Tag Archives: card design

2014 Archives Soccer – #32 Dominic Dwyer

1959 Topps Front ddwyer1959 Topps Back ddwyer

I’m still trying to figure out what colors work best with these cards. I’ve done green blue and now orange.  I couldn’t go blue with this one, as it would interfere with his jersey.  Other than that small issue, this version of the Archives Soccer set looks great.  I will have to come up with a fourth version soon.  Also I will need to do a checklist at some point.  I’m thinking make each 14 card section a checklist in it’s own style.

As for Dominic Dwyer, he is killing it for KC.  He has 14 goals and an assist in 19 games started.  He may not have been a starter at the beginning of the season but he’s one of the most important players on the team right now.


2014 Archives Soccer Set – Joao Plata (1985 Topps)



So the set is really coming along beautifully.  This was my first Real Salt Lake player.  What is strange about this card is the putting of the team name in the yellow area.  I mean what do you call a Real Salt Lake player?  I suppose I haven’t been watching soccer long enough to know.  There are a few times like this that I have run across.  Teams like FC Dallas, Sporting KC, and Chivas USA just to name a few.

Still the card is sharp and I do love the colors of the uniform and how they go well with the card.  I will be printing this one one out shortly, hopefully tonight if all goes well.  For a TTM send out later this week.

2014 Archives Soccer – #31 Robbie Keane

1959 Topps Front rkeane  1959 Topps Back rkeane


I love how this card came out.  I am still trying to figure out what colors to use in the background.  I was going to use a light yellow but with that photo, it would wash out with his pale complexion.  I was going to make his name blue and yellow, but again, it would washout on the background of the card.

As for Keane, he has been an international superstar for years.  Now he is just killing it in the MLS.  42 goals in three years is fantastic and he seems to get better with age.  What do you think about Keane and the card?

2014 Soccer Archives Set – #17 Marco Pappa (1977 Topps)

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Here is card number 17, I have been using the MLS Castrol Index to determine which player to do next.  Because most of the top players will be difficult to get to sign through the mail, I have been using the weekly list as well to get some of the not as well known players.  To say Marco is not as well known is kind of dumb since he is an integral part of the Sounders organization at this point.

Marco has been around the world.  He’s played in Guatemala, the Netherlands and the US.  He’s been on the Fire and now with his first season for the Sounders, he might have just found his home for the next few seasons.  He has played internationally for the Guatemalan National team since he was a teenager.

Let me know what you think of this card and Pappa.



2014 Soccer Archives Set – #5 Brad Davis (1985 Topps)

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Card number five of the Soccer Archives Set is Brad Davis.  I just noticed that the S is Davis is partially chopped off.  I’ll have to fix that before printing.  I have noticed quite a few cropping errors since I am writing about the cards before printing.  I highly recommend that you do the same when making your own cards.  Sometimes after a creation you become so elated with yourself that you miss the little things.  I also caught the cropping error on the Sean Johnson card the other day.  Text seems to be the biggest of my worries.

Another problem I have run across is that my particular ink jet printer doesn’t do reflections well.  The Clint Dempsey card has a spot on his head where he is perspiring, this doesn’t translate well to ink jet printers.  It almost looks like a smudge so be careful when you are choosing a subject picture.

Back to Brad Davis, he has been in the league for a long time.  Drafted in 2002 after a great two years at St. Louis University, he has been on the Houston Dynamos since 2005 where essentially he has been a starting XI since day one.  He also has been a fixture on the USMNT since 2005 and even started against Germany in this year’s World Cup.  Essentially a must have for this year’s set.