It is scary out there. And probably not the best time for a post, but writing helps me keep sane during these trying times. I also thought that there might be a few of you looking for a diversion as we shelter in place.
One of the posts that I read when I first came across this blog was by Nick Vossbrink about creating your own baseball cards. I thought that was a pretty cool thing to do and was very impressed by the images of the creations in the post. In the post Nick mentioned that Matt Prigge was using the Rookies App to create his cards, so I decided to give it a try.
I downloaded Rookies App from the Apple App Store (it is free) and installed it on my iPhone.
Overview of the Rookies App
The Rookies App is extremely easy to use.
To get started you click on the Create Your Own button. A template pops up, but you can change it by tapping on the 4 small squares at the bottom left of the screen. From there you can choose from 24 templates. In each template there will be a plus sign button or buttons (some templates allow you to have 2 images on a card) for uploading images. You can choose images stored in you photo library on your phone, take a photo with you camera and use that image, or choose photos from your Facebook library (you will need to sync the app with Facebook library). You can resize the image by pinching up or down on your photo.
Once you choose you image or images you can enter text in the various fields on the front of the by tapping the Aa letters at the bottom of the screen. By tapping the ink dropper icon on the bottom of the screen you can change the colors used in the template that you have selected. You can even add information on the back of the card by tapping on the icon with 2 boxes. This will allow you select one of 5 different template to add information to the card.
You will also need to enter information for a credit card if you want to order cards. You order 20 cards at a time. The price with shipping and taxes is $16.99 (will vary slightly depending on where you live).
Once you place your order you will get your cards in about 10 days. The cards arrive in packs of 20.
The quality of the cards are excellent.
Using Published Photos
There are tons of possibilities for utilizing already published photos of players for your cards – magazines, picture books, scorecards, yearbooks, etc. I have found that if you have a steady hand and a smart phone with a good built-in camera that you can take photos of published pictures that are fine for your cards. A few things to keep in mind are to make sure the image is as flat as possible and that there are no shadows.
Included below are some cards from my Pittsburgh Pirates Team Set using photos from the 1979 Pirates Yearbook.
Using Original Photos
I enjoy taking photos and the Rookies App allows me to merge my two hobbies – photography and baseball cards. I have included below some of my favorite cards that I have made using photos that I have taken. Under each card are some details about the picture.
Take care and be safe.
13 thoughts on “Creating Your Own Cards with the Rookies App”
Fun post. Love the idea of snapping photos from old magazines and programs.
One thing I have to point out here as both a photographer and custom card maker is that I try and balance my respect for copyright with my belief in fair use by only making custom cards for my own personal use.
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Glad you liked the past. I agree that custom cards should only be for your personal use.
The ones you made from your own photos are amazing! I especially love the Elroy Face. What do the backs look like? Blank? Text only?
Love it! Thanks for introducing us to this.
I hope you will write a blog post that highlights some of the cards that you create.
The backs for these cards do not contain any text. There is not a blank template for the back of the cards. It defaults to a Rookies logo. There are a couple of nice templates for adding text that I have used for other cards. At the SABR Annual Convention in Pittsburgh in 2018 one of the members made and incredible poster that detailed Elroy’s 1959 season when he went 18-1.
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Will this be available for Android?
Do all 20 cards have to be the same or can you make 20 different?
Do all 20 cards have to be the same?
No. You can choose a quantity of 1 up to 20 for each card you create. The final order has to total 20 cards.
Can you use this to make football cards? pa