Tribute to 2009 Allen & Ginter - Joakim Soria - My own version!
Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals
Tribute to 2009 Allen and Ginter
by Goose Joak
Yes!! This is the first set of 2009 that I've really been excited about. Well, I take that back -- I've really enjoyed Chachis, Goose Joak Originals, and many of the other custom sets on the web. But as far as main stream releases (i.e. the stuff you have to pay for) this is the first set I'm excited about.
I think these cards are flat out beautiful, and I could hardly care less about the short prints or inserts. I just love the base cards. Here's my own version of Joakim Soria. I'm eager to see how Topps' version compares, if they bothered to make one.
For anyone who wants to do their own, you can get pretty close to the "bumpy" player texture that Topps uses by doing:
Black Level 50
White Level 13
I then upped the brightness and contrast, set as "soft light" at about 50% opacity, and layered it over the original Soria picture. There were a few other steps to get the color levels correct, but more or less that's how you get the texture.