It's been a while since I delved into the Rick Stelmaszek Files. Bob W's Custom Baseball Cards has given me material for this installment.
Bob W. is the masterful force behind a site loaded with great custom card creations. While roaming around (okay, I admit, I spent hours on Bob's site), I found four custom cards he made of Rick Stelmaszek, one of JohngysBeat.com's all-time favorites.
I don't know where he found the pictures, but the cards are awesome. I think the Yankees card is a PhotoShop, but it works, especially for a card of that era. Stelmaszek never played for the Yankees major league team, only their minor league affiliate.
I love these cards for several reasons. First, I just love custom cards, especially when there was no other card. Even when there was another card, I like seeing alternate versions. In this case, Stelmaszek did not have a 1969 card nor a 1976 one. He had one from 1974, a card picturing him airbrushed decently into an Angels cap.
I wonder why Bob chose these particular years to use? Maybe Bob will see this and answer my question. I would have liked to have seen one of those psychedelic 1972's featuring Stelmaszek or even a full card version of his 1973 Rookie Prospects card.
Besides the Stelmaszek cards, there are a ton of other custom goodies on Bob's site. Lately I have literally been spending hours marveling at all of the creations. If you are into cards or custom cards, check out Bob's site.