2016-17 MBC Basketball
MBC Basketball is back with the first (and realistically, only) release for this upcoming NBA season. The base set features a simple design with subtle textures all throughout the face of the card. Big player photos are used and there is a “prismatic” effect for the background.
The Champion Kicks set and design got a lot of attention when it was first released in 2010-11, the very first MBC custom card set. This revival goes for a more flat design that’s very much inspired by the magazine covers from publications like SLAM and KICKS. There are two versions of each player card,… Continue reading 2016-17 MBC Basketball Champion Kicks
Well whaddayaknow? Another old insert set makes a comeback for this season (aka I’m running out of ideas!). Anyway, one of my favorite themed set ideas, Flashbang focuses on the explosive players with the ability to run the floor and finish with force.
This themed insert set was borne out of the head-shaking, smile-inducing fashion statements of OKC Thunder superstar, Russell Westbrook. He’s a consummate hipster with his fashion sense so I thought it’d be silly fun to create a set showing NBA stars and their (often unique) off-court attire.
2015-16 MBC THE RACE
“After a long hiatus, MBC is back with the latest set just in time for the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs. This base set features players from the 16 teams vying for the coveted NBA Championship.” This set’s design is a throwback to the Fleer Flair releases from the mid-to-late 90’s. There is also a limited-number parallel… Continue reading 2015-16 MBC The Race
Here is the parallel set to the base set of 2015-16 MBC The Race. It features a prismatic zoom effect for the background. Each card is numbered to 199.
I grew up on 90’s NBA action so I always have to create a set that honors the players I grew up with. This time this set focuses on the players from that era who are amazingly still active and producing on the floor. It’s a fairly straight forward two-tone design.
This set focuses on each team’s top producer and the individual who possesses the so-called X-Factor. The design calls back the die-cut look from products of the past such as the Upper Deck SPx line. Instead of a totally die-cut finish, there is a sturdy layer of clear acetate inserted between the fron and back… Continue reading 2015-16 MBC The Race X-Factor
2013-14 MBC ROOTS
The return of the MBC Roots brand which is targeted towards the more budget-conscious and set-building collectors. Here are the base cards for 2013-14 featuring a simple, flat, and slightly retro design. It also shows off the brand new MBC logo
Spectacles is a parallel to the main set and features prismatic technology. Numbered to 399.
A die-cut insert set focusing on the top rookies from 2013-14. The background is supposed to be etched foil. I’m pretty proud of this because even if the layout is simple, it screams 90’s cards to me 🙂 Below is a mock-up photo of what the card might look like in real life. Full view… Continue reading 2013-14 MBC Roots Future Attractions
The next insert set from 2013-14 MBC Roots is called Game Changers. It is a die-cut themed set focusing on players who have the uncanny ability to turn a game around and almost single-handedly win the game for their team.
The 2013-14 return of the First Line/Last Line insert, first released in 2010-11. Similar to the first version, this set features the steals and blocks leaders of each team this time on a “flip” layout with a wood texture design on the front.
A simple insert set featuring some of the best players in the league with recognizable nicknames.
2013-14 MBC PRIME
OK, so I decided this is gonna be the base card for a separate product simply called MBC Prime 🙂
This is a parallel to the main set and is basically supposed to be like the refractor version and is numbered to 199. I admit that when Topps Finest came out with the refractor technology in ’93 I thought it was hideous. Well it was really hideous because Topps designs were pretty nauseatingly bad. The… Continue reading 2013-14 MBC Prime Prime Time
The second parallel set to the main set, Prime Movers features an acetate background and a limited print run of 149. Note: I’m not sure if it’s just on my monitor but the large images below have a horizontal blue line right down the middle of the card which isn’t there when I view the… Continue reading 2013-14 MBC Prime Prime Movers
Dedicated to the best aerial artists in the NBA, MBC Prime Flight Commanders features a huge swatch of an authentic NBA jersey and is numbered to only 20. The 2013-14 MBC Prime Flight Commanders Historical Flights subset focuses on a few retired greats who used to take to the air with great frequency. Admittedly not… Continue reading 2013-14 MBC Prime Flight Commanders
Autographed insert set from the 2013-14 MBC Prime release. Focuses on players who have had recent breakout seasons.
Here’s the base set design for the 2012-13 MBC release. The design for 2010-11 was very light and bright so I thought I’d do the exact opposite and use a dark theme and a 2-photo layout which I’ve always liked.
Look who’s back making cards after a year off. I just thought I’d try making new designs for this year’s rookie crop. Simple designs, really, but a bitch to do at times.
I just felt like doing more designs this time revolving around marquee players who have recently been traded to another team (the set title is pretty self-explanatory). This set took a while to get it’s final design due to my struggle with typography but I convinced myself I did something different since I didn’t use… Continue reading 2012-13 MBC Reboot
My first attempt at an Autographed card design. Pretty straightforward here, I just relied on some texturing in the background and on the player photo itself. The window for the autograph is there but it’s designed to be an on-card autograph memorabilia.
These had been sitting on my hard drive for a while and I was hesitant to upload them at first. Anyway, here is a new set focusing on active veterans drafted in the 90′s since that was when I started my collection. I purposely included players who don’t see a lot of playing time these… Continue reading 2012-13 MBC Old Skool
Here is the base card design for MBC 2010-11 (my own custom card brand – done for fun). Use the menu above to view other designs for the insert sets and other MBC brands. This is the initial brand from MBC and would be similar to Upper Deck’s SP Authentic line.
More of my custom card designs. This is an insert set from the main MBC 2010-11 brand 🙂 Use the main menu to view the rest of the designs. This insert set features players who can run the floor and finish with authority. Team-based custom colors and slightly embossed type.
More of my custom card designs. This is an insert set from the main MBC 2010-11 brand 🙂 Use the main menu to view the rest of the designs. Champion Kicks is pretty self explanatory. It features players and their exclusive shoe endorsement deals. There is a short-printed subset called Champion Kicks Classic kicks that… Continue reading 2010-11 MBC Champion Kicks
My first attempt at a memorabilia card. This set features marquee player’s who have yet to win an NBA Championship ring.
Call Signs is a straightforward set focusing on NBA players with notable nicknames.
This set focuses on present players who have been compared often to some of the best players from years past. There are some obvious pairings but I know some comparisons will be met with trepidation. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.
2010-11 MBC Majestic
This is the high-end brand from MBC, similar to National Treasures or even Exquisite Collection. I don’t intend on the card stock to be as thick as Exquisite’s but closer to what a regular jersey card would be. There are two designs here; one for veterans and another for the 2010-11 rookies. The frame is… Continue reading 2010-11 MBC Majestic
2010-11 MBC ROOTS
This brand is the “economical” release from MBC and is akin to the regular Upper Deck or Skybox Premium cards of the 90′s. Cards are team-color coordinated.
This set focuses on the best defenders on a given team. It has a back-to-back design with the steal leader (First Line Of Defense) on the front and the shot blocker (Last Line Of Defense) at the back.
This insert set really has no player theme but includes some of the better performers in the league. The main theme is obviously the space backgrounds which are unique to each player.