Thursday, September 17, 2015

>>'64mfc 3-D Prototype • Casey Stengel

I ran into a Casey Stengel photo that just had to be colorized. Using the cut-out method, this one went quick. Casey was in color in about 90 minutes. This came out good :)

On an unrelated note that becomes related, I was looking at old Kelloggs 3-D cards. As far as I knew the first of these appeared in 1970. I was delighted to find that Topps attempted to jump into the 3-D scene in 1968, issueing a test set of 12 cards.

From BaseballCardPedia:

"1968 Topps 3-D is a 12-card set. Issued two years before Kellogg's inaugural 3D set, 3-D was a "test set" sold in plain white wrappers -- believed to be only in the New York City area. Each card measures 2 1/4" X 3 1/2", a quarter-inch narrower than a standard-sized trading card, have rounded corners, and were produced by a New York-based printing company named Visual Panographics.
The cards use the same lenticular printing technique that would later be employed by Sportflics in the 80s, and by Topps with 1995 Topps D3.
The backs were left blank, and the set checklist below is in alphabetical order.

Roberto Clemente
Willie Davis
Ron Fairly
Curt Flood
Jim Lonborg
Jim Maloney
Tony Perez
Boog Powell
Bill Robinson
Rusty Staub
Mel Stottlemyre
Ron Swoboda
Test cards of Sam McDowell, Brooks Robinson, and of an Italian soccer player were issued before this 12 card set was released. Those cards measures 2 1/4" by 3 1/4" and has the team name on the top but with no player identification. In addition, test cards of Tommy Davis, Rick Monday and John O'Donoghue were issued and recently discovered without either team identification or player identification."

It turns out that there are a lot more than 12 of these 68t 3-D cards. 
Learn much more about them here:

Deciphering variations in the quirky 1968 3-D’s

Here are some of the 68t 3-D cards from the set and an uncut test sheet:

                             ^The Maloney Variations^

The Roberto Clemente is one of the most sought after and valuable 3-D cards out there.

Look what was done to 1967 Mets Tommy Davis on his 3-D card. Did someone try to draw his face in? Wacky Topps.

So, back to the colorization. 

Since I use the cut-out method I end up with a bonus. A stand alone color cut-out of Casey that I can use with any background image I desire. And of course the image would be Shea. 

Casey didn't manage the Mets in 1968 so I didn't want to use the same 1968 design that Topps has used for it's experimental 3-D cards. Since his last full year managing was 1964 I tried to imagine what a Topps 1964 3-D card might have looked like if had they issued one.

I hope to find a nice color picture of Tommy Davis batting and remake his 68t 3-D card without the doodling all over his face.


The Mets dropped the last two to the Marlins. Not good but nothing to get worried about. I sense a bit of a downswing and some fatigue, but the closer we come to clinching the more revved up they'll become. This was just a little lull. 

It would be fitting, if we really want to take back New York, that we spank the Skanks in this series coming up. 2 of 3 will suffice, but a sweep and I'll be dancing around the room like Snoopy.

The carnival like atmosphere of a subway series is just what the Mets need to wake them up & prepare them for what's to come. 
Lets go Mets!!


  1. Great job on the Stengel. I probably would have believed that to be a true color photograph.