4 December 2013 - It has taken me a little while but finally the 2013-14 Valencia Basket set is ready. This time I decided to use portrait photos, which for this design work really well. It also left a lot of space at the bottom for a dedicated and easily identifiable area for the signature. I hope you like them too!
20 November 2013 - Yesterday's was expected to be a tough game - in fact, the coach had called for all ticket holders to come and support the team as much as possible. It turned out that things went much more smoothly than expected as we beat the French team 98-52, doubling their score almost throughout the entire game.
After the game I picked up autographs from Romain Sato, Oleksiy Pecherov, Jawad Williams, Daniel Ewing and Elton Brown. Brown was very excited to see the custom card that I had made depicting him in the uniform of the now defunct Colorado 14ers.
11 November 2013 - We received the CAI Zaragoza team yesterday in Valencia. It was a tight game up to halftime but then Justin Doellman started heating up and we finally won with over 20 points difference. After the game I had the opportunity to have a chat with my fellow countryman Henk Norel and I also picked up these autos from Joseph Jones and Michael Roll.
07 November 2013 - Yesterday we played Eurocup basketball, receiving Italian team Pallacanestro Varese at home. After trailing during the first few minutes the Valencia team picked up the pace and then lead throughout. We won the game 98-64.
After the game I picked up autos from Frank Hassell (Atlanta Hawks Summer Camp) and Aubrey Coleman (former Austin Toros).
02 November 2013 - Tonight Valencia Basket set a milestone victory by winning 108-57 against Valladolid. It was the franchise's highest-ever scoring difference in the Spanish ACB League.
I received an autograph from former Kansas State player Akeem Wright, who currently plays with Valladolid. I had also hoped to catch former Grizzlies and Raptors player Will Solomon too he was rumored to be close to signing with the team, but it appears that that finally didn't go through.
25 October 2013 - Via Twitter the Fuenlabrada basketball team recently called for people to send photos of their players. I decided to send through the card I had made of James Feldeine and I promptly received a message that it would be included in the next edition of the team's magazine Fuenlaoé. Yesterday I got a copy of it in the mail and was extremely proud to see my card published. Thank you Fuenlabrada!
06 October 2013 - After a long, long wait finally the new season has kicked off and today was the team presentation game - the last of the preseason games. Valencia Basket received the Cajasol team from Seville who we beat quite easily.
I was able to get 6 custom cards signed inclduing Oliver Lafayette (Celtics), Tomas Satoransky (Wizards), Latavious Williams (Tulsa 66ers), Scott Bamforth (Weber State) and a retro card of Bojan Dubljevic. Particularly interesting was meeting Johnny Rogers who played with the Cavaliers and Kings in the mid-80s before playing in Europe. He has been living in a nearby town for a long time now where he coaches a local team.
28 August 2013 - This week is marked by most Spanish League teams kicking off their preseason preparations and I thought it would be a good moment to give a sneakpeak of the custom card set I have prepared so far.
Below are the 50 cards I prepared for (mostly) ACB players, while I am still awaiting the latest domestic transactions as well as next month's draw for players from Eurocup teams that will play against Valencia Basket.
The set is made up of 17 NBA cards, 17 NCAA cards, 8 ACB cards and 3 of other leagues while five further cards feature current NBA players.
The cards maintain the most recent design of last year's custom cards. More to come soon, so stay tuned!
20 June 2013 - Yesterday I went to get my next season's pass for Valencia Basket and I coincided with Florent Pietrus holding a press conference following the team's announcement earlier in the morning of his contract not being extended.
One of the team's most emblemetic players, he was the first winner of the franchise's 'Trofeo del Esfuerzo', an audience vote-based acknowledgement rewarding a player's unselfishness and hard work throughout the season.
Besides being a great player, most of whose efforts don't appear in the box score, he is also a tremendously friendly person and was very much loved by the people.
We had a short chat and he signed a retro insert I had prepared for the new Valencia Custom set 2013-14. All the best Flo!
29 May 2013 - Yesterday the Valencia team lost Game 3 in a best-of-three quarter finals. We had won the first game at home with a devastating 80-42, lost the road game 122-120 in 3OT and yesterday it simply didn't happen.
Time therefore to take stock of what has been the 'result' in in-person autos. I received a total of 21 autos on regular cards, one signed ticket and 58 autos on custom cards - 24 of which for the Valencia custom set. This makes a grand total of 70 signatures, not including a few autographs on the warm-up jersey or what I received through the mail.
Although I am of course happy with the quantity, what I really take pride in is the positive feedback I received from players on seeing the custom cards that I did. Particularly those cards depicting the player in their college days got a good response.
In the off-season it will most likely be a bit more quiet here but I hope to be back soon with new updates.
4 May 2013 - Today marked the 25th anniversary of Valencia Basket ascending to the first division league, which was celebrated with our team wearing jerseys with the same design as back then and by honouring the players of that legendary team.
We won our game against Valladolid and after the game I picked up a few autographs for the Valencia Custom set, as well as on a custom card for Ryan Humphrey and a 2004-05 Xavier game schedule that features Justin Doellman.
Also attending the game was local hero Victor Claver, who currently plays with the Portland Trail Blazers. He came back to town a few days ago for the summer after not qualifying for the NBA Playoffs. We chatted a little while about how things had gone for him in the NBA this season and he kindly signed two custom cards as well.
Lastly a fellow fan had gone to see our former player Nik Caner-Medley, who currently plays with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. As a favor she very kindly had two of my cards signed.
30 April 2013 - By a local basketball fan I was requested to make a team set of custom cards for Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv. It proved to be quite a challenging project, firstly because of the size of set - 14 cards in the set plus a few others not included in the Maccabi set - but also because of the lack of decent photo material.
In the end however the set came out very well and I may even use the design as a template for future projects.
Read more on the newly created 'Contracted work'-page.
21 April 2013 - Valencia Basket played against Lagun Aro, the team from San Sebastian that is going through a pretty rough patch as they currently rank penultimate. In first half our team was better but we didn't quite make a gap, it was only in the second half that the team sharpened up and eventually took the W by 28 points.
Before the game there was a signing session by team legends Victor Luengo and Nacho Rodilla in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the team winning the European ULEB cup. They both signed custom cards for the Valencia set.
After the game I received autos on custom cards from Ekene Ibekwe, Raulzinho Neto and Adam Hrycaniuk and Lagun Aro coach Sito Alonso signed a regular card.
Most notably I also met Qyntel Woods - former Knicks, Trailblazers - whom I had made three different custom cards for. I had found three great photos and couldn't decide which photo to pick for a card. In the end I decided to just make all three and Woods was tremendously kind and signed all three.
8 April 2013 - Yesterday Valencia Basket received Real Madrid; the current leader who have gone 25-2 so far. However, despite having our main centers on the injury list and our team's leading scorer looking at three fouls halfway first quarter, Valencia pinned down Madrid with a solid defense backed up with 12/25 in three pointers. We had a lead of up to 20 points in third but ended up winning it 88-79.
Before the game injured PF Florent Piétrus (brother of Michael) signed a custom card for the Valencia set in a signing-and-picture session. After the game I managed to get a few more autographs, including from Rudy Fernandez and the American players with Madrid. Especially Marcus Slaughter, who is the most cheerful guy you can imagine, was really excited seeing the card I made depicting him in San Diego State uniform.
23 March 2013 - Today Valencia Basket received Herbalife Gran Canaria at home - a direct confrontation as we were tied in classification. We started off quite bad but managed to turn around the game by the end of the first quarter and maintained the lead from there onwards.
It was a 'home-coming' game for Brad Newley who played in Valencia half season last year and to the surprise of many wasn't renewed for this season. After the game he signed my Valencia Custom Card. Xavi Rey signed a regular custom card and Jon Scheyer signed a regular Topps McDonald's card.
I also had a fun chat with Slovenian player and Raptors pick Uros Slokar, who signed the card shown on the right. He told me that this particular a card was a mess-up by Upper Deck as the player depicted is not him but some Canadian comedian (!!). They sent him a letter of apology and everything, lol.
21 March 2013 - Yesterday Valencia Basket played their home game against Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban in the Eurocup semifinals. We knew it was going to be a tough game but hadn't anticipated on being 19 points behind (3rd quarter). Fortunately we managed to shorten the distance to 10 points and we still have a chance to make it to the finals.
After the game I had an opportunity to catch Derrick Brown and Richard Hendrix and have them sign two rookie cards. Through COMC I had also ordered regular cards for Nick Calathes and Jimmy Baron Jr., but unfortunately they didn't arrive in time, so instead I made two custom cards for them, which they signed.
06 March 2013 - Although I had promised myself to stick to only two sets of custom cards for the time being, I had the opportunity of designing and making these cards. They are gold foil on one side and silver on the back and the card's design is black silhouettes of three players (Dubljevic, Doellman and Faverani) printed on transparent sticker. I slightly cut the corners at a 90º angle to give it a hint of a plain gold ingot.
Today, Valencia Basket played against Russian team Unics Kazan in the Quarterfinals of the Eurocup and I had the opportunity of Justin Doellman and Bojan Dubljevic signing their cards.
Terrell Lyday, who bombed 6 of 6 three-pointers on us, signed a blank card that I may give a post-signing design.
26 January 2013 - Today Valencia Basket played a home game against UCAM Murcia. Our team miraculously tied the game with 0.7 seconds on the clock, but Murcia amazingly managed to get a tip-in from the following inbound pass and take the victory.
Better luck I had getting signatures after the game. Justin Doellman signed my jersey and Thomas Kelati signed my custom Valencia card.
I also brought the newly designed custom cards I announced a few days ago for Murcia players Joe Ragland (Wichita State), Marcus Lewis (Oral Roberts) and David Barlow (Australia).
It was funny how all three of them were happily surprised to see these cards - especially Ragland who called me back to show his card to an agent he was chatting with and asked where I got the cards from and how I made them.
All autos uploaded on their respective pages.
21 January 2013 - I have started preparing a new set of custom cards aimed particularly at obtaining in-person autographs from members of teams playing against my home team that don't have regular cards. The key principle behind this set was to have a one-fits-all template that would allow for a quick turn-around in creating a new card, while still achieving a visually attractive card and an overall consistent set.
Although many of these players play for European teams I try to make the cards with NBA or college photos for greater visual value. So far I have made 16 cards, including the below of Marcus Slaughter, Lamont Hamilton, Jakim Donaldson and Alhaji Mohammed.
I hope to be able to upload signed versions soon.
6 January 2013 - Valencia played against Bilbao Basket today. We started the game well with a 12 point lead at the end of the first quarter, but ended up giving it away slowly but surely. With 1.4 seconds on the clock they tied the game with a crazy three-pointer to send it into overtime. In OT we managed to take the lead and finally took the game by three points.
Our injured guard Pau Ribas did a signing session before the game and he signed my custom card.
After the game Larry Abia and Mickaël Gelabale signed my custom card from the Valencia Custom set and Raül Lopez signed a regular game-used card. I also had Bojan Dubljevic sign my jersey (for the Jersey project) and Lamont Hamilton signed a blank decoy card.
Another great few additions to my collection on a very memorable game night!
19 November 2012 - Today I sold the duplicate Rik Smits autograph custom booklet. While I still hold my own copy, this second copy will go to a buyer in the US. This marks the first time I sell one of my custom cards and I would like to thank the buyer for his interest in my work.
Full proceeds of the sale have been donated to the Indiana-based Riley Children's Hospital.
25 November 2012 - Valencia played against Barcelona today. It was going to be a tough game as we had some injuries and their team is traditionally very strong. We started off 2-14 but ended up winning by three points despite Juan Carlos Navarro having two opportunities to tie it in the last five seconds. The arena was mayhem.
Our injured center Vitor Faverani did a signing session before the game. He signed a custom card and my jersey as well.
After the game Chris Quinn signed my custom card from the Valencia Custom set and Juan Carlos Navarro, Pete Mickael, Nathan Jawai and Joe Ingles signed regular cards.
It was pretty amazing getting seven autos from six players on a single night with a character win to go with it.
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20/11/2013 - added Elton Brown, Dan Ewing, Oleksiy Pecherov, Romain Sato and Jawad Williams to Custom Cards
11/11/2013 - added Michael Roll and Joseph Jones to Custom Cards
07/11/2013 - added Aubrey Coleman and Frank Hassell to Custom Cards.
02/11/2013 - added Akeem Wright and Nik Caner-Medley to Custom Cards.
20/06/2013 - added Florent Piétrus to the new Valencia custom set
I currently have in-person and through-the-mail autos of Larry Abia, Sito Alonso, Scott Bamforth, Jimmy Baron Jr., Derrick Brown, Elton Brown, Nick Calathes, William Buford, Nik Caner-Medley, Demond 'Tweety' Carter, Victor Claver, Nando De Colo, Tremmell Darden, Taquan Dean, Troy DeVries, Justin Doellman, Jakim Donaldson, Dontaye Draper, Bojan Dubljevic, Mike Efevberha, Chuck Eidson, Daniel Ewing, Vitor Faverani, Rudy Fernandez, Tony Gaffney, Lamont Hamilton, Geert Hammink, Will Hanley, Richard Hendrix, Adam Hrycaniuk, Ryan Humphrey, Ekene Ibekwe, Joe Ingles, Nathan Jawai, Pooh Jeter, Joseph Jones, Thomas Kelati, Marko Keselj, Toni Kukoc, Oliver Lafayette, Joffrey Lauvergne, Marcus Lewis, Serhiy Lishchuk, Raül Lopez, Victor Luengo, Terrell Lyday, Stefan Markovic, Nacho Martín, Rafa Martinez, Pete Mickeal, Chechu Mulero, Swen Nater, Juan Carlos Navarro, Raulzinho Neto, Brad Newley, Andres Nocioni, Lucas Nogueira, Henk Norel, A.J. Ogilvy, Haukur Palsson, Oleksiy Pecherov, Kirk Penney, Velimir Perasovic, Florent Piétrus, Trent Plaisted, Chris Quinn, Joe Ragland, Pau Ribas, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Jason Robinson, Nacho Rodilla, Johnny Rogers, Michael Roll, Rodrigo San Miguel, Romain Sato, Tomas Satoransky, Marcus Slaughter, Rik Smits, Jon Stefansson, Ime Udoka, Fran Vazquez, Latavious Williams and Qyntel Woods. I currently have in-person and through-the-mail autos of Larry Abia, Sito Alonso, Scott Bamforth, Jimmy Baron Jr., Derrick Brown, Nick Calathes, William Buford, Nik Caner-Medley, Demond 'Tweety' Carter, Victor Claver, Nando De Colo, Tremmell Darden, Taquan Dean, Troy DeVries, Justin Doellman, Jakim Donaldson, Dontaye Draper, Bojan Dubljevic, Mike Efevberha, Chuck Eidson, Vitor Faverani, Rudy Fernandez, Tony Gaffney, Lamont Hamilton, Geert Hammink, Will Hanley, Richard Hendrix, Adam Hrycaniuk, Ryan Humphrey, Ekene Ibekwe, Joe Ingles, Nathan Jawai, Pooh Jeter, Joseph Jones, Thomas Kelati, Marko Keselj, Toni Kukoc, Oliver Lafayette, Joffrey Lauvergne, Marcus Lewis, Serhiy Lishchuk, Raül Lopez, Victor Luengo, Terrell Lyday, Stefan Markovic, Nacho Martín, Rafa Martinez, Pete Mickeal, Chechu Mulero, Swen Nater, Juan Carlos Navarro, Raulzinho Neto, Brad Newley, Andres Nocioni, Lucas Nogueira, Henk Norel, A.J. Ogilvy, Haukur Palsson, Kirk Penney, Velimir Perasovic, Florent Piétrus, Chris Quinn, Joe Ragland, Pau Ribas, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Jason Robinson, Nacho Rodilla, Johnny Rogers, Michael Roll, Rodrigo San Miguel, Tomas Satoransky, Marcus Slaughter, Rik Smits, Jon Stefansson, Ime Udoka, Fran Vazquez, Jawad Williams, Latavious Williams, Qyntel Woods and Akeem Wright.
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