This is also the first day of the year which makes the Phungo cards The first card set to be released in 2009. We are very proud to announce that the first card in the inaugural Phungo set is of Phillies Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn.
2009 Phungo #1 Richie Ashburn
Today is also a Hall of Fame Thursday which makes Richie Ashburn a very appropriate subject for the first Phungo card. It is the first day of the first month and Ashburn's uniform number was also #1 - A perfect opportunity to recognized one of Philadelphia's great baseball Icons.
I recently went on a brief rant about topps Photography in a comment over at Night Owl Cards. I was almost positive, I could get better looking card shots then Topps. And I did on a few cards not a lot but I am pretty happy with the pictures I have taken.
Part of my inspiration came from the pictures taken by Mario over at Wax Heaven. My photos are no competition for Wax Heaven - I think Mario knows a lot more about what he is doing, has better equipment, has much better access than I do, and he is just plain and simple a better photographer.
My other inspiration was White Sox Cards, where Steve sought out to produce a card of every White Sox from this season. Once again my design is pretty simple, restricted to my meager skills with MS Paint, but functional - not nearly the caliber of White Sox Cards.
There are bunches of subjects I have created cards for, they are not all statues like the one of Ashburn above. I hope you enjoy them.After spending two months editting and selecting pictures I am mostly left disappointed with Topps. I am sure they have hundreds of Photos to choose from. I restricted myself to shots that I took. My picture were often taken more than 30 rows from the field. Several shots were taken from the upper deck. I used a fairly inexpensive digital camera with a modest but efficient zoom capacity. The 64 photos I came up with are not all baseball card worthy, but a few are. It amazes me that a company with Topps resources couldn't do better.
The cards are largely Phillies, but I did get players from about a dozen other treams, which should keep you non-phils fans interested. And I think I have 1 or 2 cards of players that have not gotten cards with their current teams yet. I drew from Allen & Ginter a tad and produced some Phungo Cards of non-baseball subjects.Let me know what you think of the cards and a Happy New Year's to everyone.