Thursday, June 25, 2009

Creating Custom Baseball Cards Now Easier Than Ever!

Ever since I created my first custom baseball card available for sale, I have been searching for ways to improve on the product both visually and practicality-wise. While my original effort was a great experience, through customer feedback I was able to learn what areas to improve and how to make the whole customization process more efficient, user-friendly and yes, even fun!

I guess you could say I was trying to build a bionic baseball card much the same way Oscar Goldman built Colonel Steve Austin into The Six Million Dollar Man. Let me assure you however that the baseball card is much more affordable than $6 000 000.

The end result is the card you see below (front) and also above (back). I rebuilt it better...faster...stronger. I have the technology. Can you hear the bionic sound effects? No? OK, it's just me.

To get a magnified view of the card, simply click on image.

Let me list some of the new features and improvements.
  • Customizable Background Colors (front and back)
  • Individual Stats Editing
  • Improved Stats and Text Alignment
  • Improved Photo Upload (automatically re-sizes any photo to card's dimensions)
  • Better Graphics (classic, wood-grained bats and batter's helmets)
  • Engraved and Riveted Metal Nameplate* (front)
  • Tri-Toned Background on Back
  • Comparative Current and Last Season Stats
  • Larger Text Area for Personal Trivia
  • Various Matte Choices
The card is virtually 100% customizable by the user. About the only thing a customer can't edit (as in change color) is the 3D silver frame you see on the front of the card. The workaround to this problem is I have created a variety of stylish mattes that will be available on separate cards.

*Simulated (not actual metal)

  1. How do I change the background colors on the front and back?
Located to the right of the product image on the product page is a button labeled Customize it, situated directly below the orange Add to cart button. Click on that button and the page will reload with options to customize.

Look near the top right and you will see a menu bar with the following drop-down choices:

Select Edit Align Colors
<--click this choice

Click on Colors and then on Background. A color menu will pop up. Select the desired color by clicking on it. You can also have a wider selection by entering in a hex # in the white box and clicking enter. You can find more colors and their corresponding hex numbers here. You must repeat these steps to change the color on the back also. Just click on back view to do this.

-note: Even though the background color on the back is tri-toned, you need only pick one color and all three colors will change simultaneously to various shades.

Just follow the red words above and you will have no problem.

2. I want pitcher's statistics instead. Can I change the stats categories?

Yes, you can also do this by clicking on Customize it. Then locate the appropriate text field you want to edit, click on Change text and type in what you would like instead and then click on OK. Repeat this procedure for any other text you want to change.

I am planning on making a version specifically with pitcher's stats in the near future to make it quicker for the customer.


So there you have it. Better than the original. Like an improved cyborg much like Terminator 2 was better than the original movie. A cybernetic baseball card. Wicked!

In addition to all the practical new features, it really is fun creating even if you are just doing it to pass time because you're bored. Try out a combination of different background colors and see what crazy color schemes you can conjure up!

Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions about this product. I would really appreciate it if you test it out and see if it works like I intended it to and give me some feedback. Your suggestions are vital for future improvements. If you run into problems, just leave a comment on this post.

Also, if you would like me to create a trading card for a sport other than baseball or soccer, please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be more than happy to oblige you. Currently I am working on versions for football and hockey. Let me know what other sports you would like represented.


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