Make Your Own Hockey Cards — Varsity Trading Cards

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
January 24, 2017

CUSTOM TRADING CARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAMS

Some say hockey is the sport of the North. As a trading card company based in Minnesota, we are often asked “can you make your own hockey cards?” I myself have never slapped a puck around. I did once lace up a pair of skates and wobbled my way across a frozen pond. Let’s face it. I spent most of my time on the ice on my backside. Yes, there was bruising. While I did not join any youth hockey leagues, I did know quite a few kids who did. Not once did I ever see them on any trading cards. That just wasn’t a thing. Now it is!

Make your own hockey cards!

While hockey may rule northern states like Minnesota, it is hugely popular across the country. It only makes sense that we make custom trading cards for this sport. Our cards are professionally printed at high digital resolution on real trading card stock. Your cards can feature your team’s logo as well as your team’s colors. We’ve even included an autograph section on the front of the cards! At 20 cards per pack, they are great for sharing with family and trading with teammates. You won’t have to wait very long to get your cards in your hands, either. Your cards will typically print and ship 2-3 weeks after you place your order.

HOCKEY CARDS FOR THE WHOLE TEAM, COMPLETE WITH STATS ON THE BACK

It’s easy to create hockey cards with us. Your coach sets the team’s card template and invites the players to make their own cards. The players then upload their own photo to the front and fill out stats for the back. It’s just that easy! The awesome thing about our cards? We save your stats for up to five years. That means you won’t have to refill the same numbers each time you make a new card for the same team! Remember, coach. You can make your own card, too!

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Before They Were Trading Card Stars: Karl-Anthony Towns

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
January 17, 2017

TOWNS TOWERS ON COURT, TOPS IN TRADING CARDS

Karl-Anthony Towns, Rookie Card, Basketball Card, Trading Cards
Trading card collector ThoseBackPages proudly displays his Karl-Anthony Towns rookie card.

While in just his second year of professional play, Karl-Anthony Towns has already made a big impact in basketball and in trading cards. He has racked up accolades that many professional players will never achieve. One such accolade Towns achieved was being named Rookie of the Year in 2016. The year prior, Towns was named SEC Freshman of the Year. In 2014, Karl was awarded Gatorade National Player of the Year. Yeah, that’s pretty good.

Before comparisons to greats like Michael Jordan were made, “KAT” made a name for himself on the high school hard court. The son of a basketball coach, a young Towns would often practice with the JV squad where his father coached. While attending St. Joseph High School, he helped win state championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014[1]. Towns was ranked the top high school basketball player by ESPN in his Freshman year. At the age of 16, he was named to the National Basketball Team for the Dominican Republic[2].

To say this kind of play got Towns noticed is an understatement. If emojis could be posted here, there would likely be plenty of “fire’s” and “100’s” to get the point across. The things he was doing on the court would elicit such graphics. He posted a rare quadruple-double—TWICE[3]. In short, KAT’s strong play in his only year of college play helped put him at the top of many draft rankings.

FROM HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT TO TRADING CARD STAR

Karl-Anthony was the first overall draft pick on June 25, 2015 (my birthday, incidentally). His professional debut came about in late October of that year, a game in which he helped his team win. Due to his outstanding play, Towns was awarded Rookie of the Month honors each month of the pro basketball season, and he set team records along the way. Towns closed out his first year as a pro by becoming Rookie of the Year.

Towns is now in his second year of professional play and he continues to impress. He posted the first triple-double of his career in late December of 2016 while he scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and made 10 assists.

This kind of ridiculously impressive play is part of what makes his trading cards so sought after. While he continues to excel in his professional career, his cards remain just as much of a collection centerpiece as ever. I see his name and cards pop up on our Twitter feed more than any other basketball player. It seems his presence in the hobby has boosted interest in basketball trading cards by both collectors and sellers. While many casual collectors may lean more toward baseball or football, Towns has done a lot to get basketball back on the cardboard map.


Sources

[1]
Z. Schonbrun, “Two Parts to His Name, but Karl-Anthony Towns Is One Complete Player,” can be found under https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/04/sports/ncaabasketball/two-parts-to-his-name-but-karl-anthony-towns-is-one-complete-player.html, 2015.
[3]
C. Smith, “Prep superstar Karl Towns Jr. records quadruple double in win,” can be found under https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/prep-superstar-karl-towns-jr-records-quadruple-double-223503260.html, 2013.

We Do More Than Just Print Baseball Cards

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
January 3, 2017

WELCOME TO VARSITY TRADING CARDS!

Custom baseball card from 1992—we do more than just print baseball cards
The inspiration behind it all, my flimsy baseball card from 1992.

What, exactly, is Varsity Trading Cards? So glad I asked! Varsity Trading Cards is a company devoted to designing and producing trading cards for High School Student Athletes. Why would I want to print baseball cards (and many other sports) for High Schoolers? Well, firstly, I remember my more formative childhood years as a scrawny athlete. I remember how fun it was to play baseball and soccer year-round every year until I graduated. Unfortunately, I have very little else other than my own flawed memory to look back on. However, there was one year that a local photographer came around to snap silly posed shots of our baseball team to be used on trading cards. Little did we know these cards were simply pictures on photo paper with stickers on the back for us to fill out.

Secondly, I’m a graphic designer that loves to create trading cards. I’ve also been known to collect a baseball card now and then. I mean… I have a few here and there. In my Baseball Card Sanctuary. I always wished that the trading card that I got when I was a kid was more professional. It should have felt like I got something that I could have pulled out of a pack of actual baseball cards. I wanted to be able to look at the back and know that someone took the time to care about the WHOLE card, not just the photo on the front. Now that I’m all grown up, I felt it was time to give student athletes the chance that I missed out on.

CUSTOM TRADING CARDS WITH YOUR OWN STATS ON THE BACK!

What I’m offering is a real, honest-to-goodness product, not some flimsy photograph with a sticker on the back. These aren’t knock-off designs, either. These cards follow the tradition of many sports trading cards and incorporate elements that are thus far unique to Varsity Trading Cards. So how do you get your stats on the back?

Well, here’s how it works. A high school team’s coach creates an account, sets their team’s card template by using their team’s color and logo. The coach then invites players to create their own cards by uploading their own photos and providing their own stats. BONUS: we keep your stats in our database for up to five years. This means the stats you enter this year can be used next year! We don’t just print baseball cards, either. We also do football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, and more! Hey, coach. You can make your own card, too!

AND THE REALLY COOL PART IS…
These cards are offered DIRECTLY to the student athletes who order from Varsity Trading Cards; you can’t get them anywhere else!

We’ve built a fun, interactive, and intuitive card designer that develops high resolution images that are sent to a vendor that can print baseball cards. After a few weeks, you end up with real trading cards customized with your own photo, your team’s logo, and your own stats. You can autograph them, trade them with teammates, share them with friends, give them as gifts, and probably like a ton of other things, too!

I’m really excited to be able to provide a product that I wish I could have had when I was in high school. I can’t wait to hear what you think of your cards. I really think you’re going to love them!

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