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Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - Managers Subset

Well life prevented me from posting anymore last week as I intended, but nothing was going to stop me from getting this set started on time.  As I have mentioned several times, the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set will be based on 1988 Score.  As much as I love that set, one thing that 1988 Score was not known for was outstanding subsets.  Excluding the Reggie Jackson tribute, but I will get into that one later this week.  Since subsets were not a huge part of the set back in 1988, I needed to get a little bit creative when focusing on the offering of subsets of this first week.  The key for me was to add things while remaining relatively true to the original set and its features.  One missing component from 1988 Score was managers.  I was on the fence about whether to include them this year, but I love managers in sets and I feel that a complete set just isn't complete without their presence.

That brought me to a design question about managers cards.  Should they mimic the regular cards with just an MGR in place of a position like most sets or look completely different a la 1960 Topps?  I chose the latter.  So now onto the design.

To start we'll take a look at one actual subset from 1988 Score that really didn't have a purpose.

This was the All Star subset in 1988 Score.  This subset reminds me of the Classic Combos that Topps used in their mid 2000s flagship sets.  That is not a compliment.  The biggest problem is that this is literally HALF of the entire subset.  I was not going to use a 4 card subset in my Quarry Unlimited set, but I could at least use the design.   Join me now and we can a look at how it all came together.

Let's take a look.

As you can see I included the three in-season managerial changes even the moronic Arizona one that happened three days before the season ended.  Alan Trammell deserved better than that, but I'll discuss that more when we get around to the Diamondbacks team set.

I thought about including the star in the names but decided against it.  I also decided to change from the original landscape style to a portrait style so it would fit in more with the rest of the set.

I have to say that my favorite from this group is the Tom Lawless with the Joe Maddon a close second.  I am absolutely in love with the orange bat.  So what do you think of the opening salvo of the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set?

Thanx for reading.


night owl said...

The '60 Topps manager cards are among my favorites because they're quite different from the player cards -- so I'm all for this idea.

I was wondering why there were so many cards, until you mentioned including interim managers.

Zippy Zappy said...

Trammel's legacy with the D-Backs is probably that imagine if him getting tackled by Mattingly.

BobWalkthePlank said...

Looking good!