Baseball Week 2017 — Varsity Trading Cards

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
March 31, 2017

Baseball Week 2017

COME CELEBRATE BASEBALL WEEK WITH US!

It’s Baseball Week and we’re celebrating with 10% off all orders! Create custom baseball cards, custom softball cards, and custom trading cards of just about any high school sport. You will automatically receive a discount on any order you place April 1–April 8 2017. Discounts apply for individual pay and group pay, too!

Here at Varsity Trading Cards, we cater exclusively to high school sports teams. Your team’s coach will create an account, then invite any players that want to create their own trading cards. We can create cards for just one player or for the whole team—coaches, too!

BASEBALL WEEK IS NOT JUST FOR BASEBALL

While many people think of baseball when they think of trading cards, we make cards for many sports. This includes hockey, volleyball, soccer, football, and more! Baseball week is a great time to finally make that custom trading card to commemorate your basketball season. We also make sure that the back of your card includes your stats and bio. The best part? It’s fast, easy, and fun. You can even make your custom trading card from your mobile device or tablet!

Custom trading cards

As part of Baseball Week, we’re also offering an additional discount. The discount code will be revealed on the Varsity Trading Cards home page until April 8 2017. The discount code will be good April 9–June 30 2017.

If you’re ready to make your own custom trading cards with us, tell your coach to create an account and set up your team! Then, to create your card, just upload your photo, fill in your stats, and have your coach approve your card. It’s that easy! After you’re all done, you’ll have 20 copies of your custom trading card per pack shipped in 2-3 weeks!

LEARN MORE AND GET STARTED!

Before beginning, we highly suggest checking out the quick tutorial video below. If you’re a high school coach, sign up for an account to get started. Check out the home page before April 9 2017 to get your additional coupon code!

Before They Were Trading Card Stars: Kris Bryant

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
March 28, 2017

SOPHOMORE SENSATION SUPERSTAR ON THE FIELD AND ON TRADING CARDS

Kris Bryant, Autograph, Baseball Card, Trading Cards
Ivan Lovegren of The Breaks proudly displays his Kris Bryant autographed baseball card.

If you haven’t heard the name Kris Bryant before, you’re about to be introduced to perhaps the most recognizable new name in baseball and trading cards since Bryce Harper. (If you don’t know who Bryce Harper is, you might have to wait until we do an article about him.) In high school, he played (and even pitched) for the Bonanza Bengals in Las Vegas, Nevada. As you might have guessed, his talents did not lead him to the mound. What he did at the plate, on the other hand, made impressive waves.

In his Sophomore year in high school, Bryant hit home runs in six consecutive games[1]. He finished out his high school playing career with a .447 batting average[2]. In his Junior year at Bonanza, he had a ridiculous 1.045 slugging percentage. Who does that? Kristopher “Sparkles” Lee Bryant from Las Vegas, that’s who.

That kind of hitting and his imposing 6′ 5″ 200 lb. frame helped get him selected in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB Draft—right out of high school! He didn’t sign, however, and chose to continue his education (and playing dominating the game of baseball) with the University of San Diego. While there, he was named West Coast Conference co-player of the year as a Freshman, was selected by USA Baseball’s national collegiate team the summer of his Sophomore year, and was named College Baseball News National Player of the Year as a Junior[3].

FROM HIGH SCHOOL PHENOM TO TRADING CARD STAR

Kris was drafted in 2013 with the second overall pick and made his professional debut on April 17, 2015. Coming off his Sophomore season in the bigs, he’s already a two-time All-Star and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. In 2016, he helped lead his team to a World Series championship and was named league MVP. Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages—this is one impressive kid.

What may be more impressive is just what he’s done to help reinvigorate the trading card industry and hobby. Since his first professional cards were produced and distributed, Bryant has been one of the most sought after subjects in the hobby. Sure, if you look hard enough, you can find knock-off non-Varsity Trading Cards versions of custom trading cards from his high school days. His autograph cards continue to be in high demand, and his regular cards (what those in the industry refer to as “base cards”) are enough to make kids so happy that they cry. Seriously. Check out this video below and tell me that doesn’t just warm your heart like a fresh bagel.

Know what this tells me? This tells me that trading cards are important to both adults and kids. Hey, I used to collect baseball cards when I was a kid, and as an adult I still do! It’s very rare, though, that a player comes around that reminds you just how awesome trading cards can be. Twenty years from now, I bet that kid still feels the same way about that same Kris Bryant card.


Be sure to visit the Varsity Trading Cards home page, then learn about Baseball Week!

Baseball Week 2017


Sources

[1]
R. Brewer, “All eyes on Bonanza slugger Kris Bryant, a likely first-round draft pick,” can be found under http://lasvegassun.com/news/2010/mar/06/all-eyes-bonanza-slugger-kris-bryant-likely-first-/, 2010.
[3]
“Kris Bryant, Wikipedia,” can be found under https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Bryant, 2016.

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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