By Todd Johnson
With Eugene now in play, there were a lot of great cards this month. For most of the cards in June, the summer sun and creeping shadows had a huge effect on the pictures. I made over 100 cards this month, although only 11 are in this post today. Still, there were some great shots that exemplified the light aesthetic.
Mike Nester of Northsiders Report and I were joking around with Scott about a picture one day and the resulting conversation went sideways into me making a card of Scott without his face showing. With a little filter, it turned into a classic 1964 Topps’ card.
Rikk Carlson captured the first card of Wladimir Galindo before he broke his leg and was put on the DL for likely the rest of the year. I love the light in the pic in a 1982 design. I found this Dylan Heuer pic on the Iowa Cubs Flickr account. Mills hasn’t pitched since April but Dylan’s mix of light and dark is quite captivating. For Adbert Alzolay, the lights and shades are muted but they create a unique ambience in this 1972 card from a photo by Larry Kave.
I love it when the Pelicans wear the dark blue jerseys. It is such a classic look. Justin Steele meshes well with the dark frame of a 1971 card. Adbert Alzolay, meanwhile, has it going on in 1990 Topps card as the light baby blue matches the frame of the card. Larry Kave did well on both of those two pictures. Rikk Carlson proved to the master of light by getting a HR by Isaac Paredes on film. It’s a classic shot with a touch of shadow on his left side from his arm and bat.
On opening night, the Eugene Emeralds wore their new gold lettered jerseys in honor of winning the Northwest League Title in 2016. Top prospect Miguel Amaya shows off his classic stance in a 1972 card, which I have grown to use quite a bit this year. Amaya’s teammate, Enrique de los Rios is bathed in sun and shadow in a 1964 card. Charcer Burks almost won Card of the Month as the blue and grays pop in this 1985 card from a Minor League Baseball picture.
And this month’s winner is Rikk Carlson from South Bend. Duncan Robinson looks amazing in sunlight and blue that creates a web of colors that contrasts well with the outfield fence and the grass while Robinson in his windup. When you blow up the picture, the detail is amazing!