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* * * So you're thinking about getting a Rookie Card are ya * * *

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Hey there...before you do anything else, print this page because it contains information on how to order your Super Star Rookie Card. The information on this page will help to make sure you are 100% pleased with the cards you order.


In 1999 a group of performers were invited to participate in a test year for a series of trading cards dedicated to the variety arts and variety artists (for more info click on the "History" link above). Response to the cards was so great that this web site was created to help answer questions and to make it easier for performers from around the world to order cards.

Around about the time the 2002 cards were being ordered "Flyin' Bob" Palmer said, "Hey, we should create a design for "Rookie Cards". It took almost two years to get things sorted out, designed and created but the Rookie Cards finally went into production in 2004. Now, the Rookie Cards are a permanent part of the Super Star Performer Cards line-up.

Parties involved in this process...

There are actually three different people involved in the trading card process -

  • The performer ordering the cards - You
  • The person who maintains the web site, looks after the designs and answers questions - Me
  • The guy at the company East Van Graphics who looks after the printing - Jeff

(East Van Graphics is also a great place to go for all of your
printing needsclick on this text to go directly to their website)

I do my best to make everything work well between all concerned, but once your order has been placed, all questions about your order should be directed to Jeff at: Also, it should be noted that I receive no money when you place an order. What I do get is samples of your card to keep in the archives, but I don't actually receive any sort of payment. This keeps the cost of the cards to you the performer as low as possible. So what's in it for me? Well, I continue to enjoy the dream that these cards will one day become super valuable... Once they do, I'll make a bundle selling them on ebay! So, what's next?

How to determine what your Rookie Season is...

Bob and I pondered this one for a long time and finally came up with this as a solution. You're First Pro Season is determined by getting your picture in the Newspaper doing what it is you do. For example, I started juggling in 1981, but didn't get my picture in the newspaper juggling until 1983, thus my Rookie Card shows the 1983 Season for the year, and I used the actual picture from the newspaper for the front of the card.

What makes Rookie Cards Special?

Well, for one thing these are more of a supplement to your promotional material than a staple in it... These cards are for the REAL fans of your show who want something a little extra. They should be a little more quirky, a little bit more retro and generally a throw back to when you first started performing. The suggestion was made to put individual performers web site addresses on the cards as per the annual cards, but both Bob and I felt that this sort of went against the "Retro" feel of the cards. The Super Star Performer Cards web site is listed, and from there people can access the card index, which contains links to everyone's web sites anyway, so if people are really looking for you, they'll be able to find you, and besides they probably already have one of your regular season cards anyway.

Keeping the look and feel of the cards consistent...

Orientation - as with the annual cards, you can have either a landscape or portrait layout.

Colors - to keep things feeling "retro" we've created 6 color options (one of which should suit your needs) to help keep the look and feel of this off-shoot series consistent.

Rookie Stats should relate to your Rookie Year...

As per the annual cards, the rookie cards have a potential 5 lines of text in the "STATS" area. But unlike the annual cards, it would be great if people used the following stats for their "Rookie" card as a way of making these cards specific to your first season "IN THE PRO LEAGUES".

  • First Started (what you do in what year):
  • First Paid Gig (Year/Description):
  • First Newspaper Picture (Name of Newspaper and Date):
  • Hardest Trick (That you could do at the time):
  • Career Goal (Things you wanted to be able to do during your Rookie Year):

Have fun with a mini bio for the "Trivia" section... There's room here to be a bit creative, but please aim to have everything consistent with where you were at during your first "PRO" season.

Notes about Picture(s)...

There is space in the design for two pictures, one on the front of your cards and one on the back. If you only send in only one picture it will be used on both the front and the back and sized to fit accordingly.

  • Tiff files (300dpi* min 1200dpi max.) *dpi stands for "Dots Per Inch"
  • JPEG files (300dpi min 1200dpi max.)
  • Maximum image size - 4 x 6 (inches), Minimum Image size - 2 x 3 (Inches) All images will be sized to fit the space available.
  • Files for offset printing must be sent at 300 dpi minimum with 400 dpi resolution preferred
  • Images should be converted into the CMYK Color Space if possible. (If you don't know what this means, don't worry about it, Jeff can do it for you)

Jeff at East Van Graphics will crop your image(s) to fit into the space available. Also, Jeff requests that you compress your files before sending using either "STUFFIT" or "WINZIP". Files up to 4 mb can be emailed directly to Files between 4 mb and 50 mb should be uploaded to at the East Van Graphics website. If you have any questions feel free to email Jeff to make sure your images arrive correctly.

Or, if you prefer, you can send a hard copy image directly to Jeff at:

East Van Graphics
Attention: Jeff Grayston
304 Industrial Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3

Jeff will scan your photo(s) and place them into the art work so that you don't have to resize or deal with any of this. Photo scanning, close-cropping and special logo work adds slightly extra to the cost, to be quoted when order placed, but not usually more than $30.

I've tried to make this as simple as possible. All you need to do is email (or send by regular mail - see address above) all of the information for the front and back of the cards to Jeff at:

Your email should include:

    • Card Orientation (either Landscape or Portrait)
    • Name/Tag line for the Font of the cards (ex: David Aiken/The Amazing Juggling Show)
    • Up to 5 different statistics
    • A short Bio or trivia section
    • The image(s)/photo(s) you want to include for the card.

Again this information is customizable, so have fun with it and include what every information you like. (Note: If the content becomes too long it may be edited to fit the available space.) Once Jeff receives this information, he will put your stats and other information into the lay out and then email you a PDF file so you can make sure everything looks good before your cards go to print. East Van Graphics won't proceed with your order until they've received your approval. Once your approval is received East Van Graphics will place your card on the next available print run.

So How Much? (Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars)

Number of Cards - 1000 2500 5000 10000
Cost of Printing - $119.00 $149.00 $229.00 $379.00
12% HST - $14.28 $17.88 $27.48 $45.48

Shipping Costs (In Canadian Dollars for Canadian Orders, US Dollars for US order, International orders, will vary depending on where cards are being shipped):

Number of Cards - 1000 2500 5000 10000
Cost of Shipping - $20.00 $25.00 $35.00 $50.00
12% HST - $2.40 $3.00 $4.20 $6.00

Payment Information...

Once your order has been received and processed, Jeff, from East Van Graphics will send you a detailed statement of charges and include a link to a paypal invoice. For anyone unfamiliar with Paypal, you receive a secure payment link from Paypal showing the amount due in US or CDN dollars (your choice) this invoice includes all taxes and shipping charges as detailed by Jeff in his email to you, and allows several credit card options for payment. If this method of payment is not acceptable, other arrangements can be made directly with Jeff.

***Please note that it can take 4 - 6 weeks for the cards to be shipped to you once the final artwork has been approved***

So there you go... If you have any other questions that weren't answered by this page, feel free to email me, otherwise, what are you waiting for?


David Aiken
The Checkerboard Guy

P.S. If you ARE ordering, please send 10 cards to me at:

David Aiken - The Checkerboard Guy
10602 Sherburne Drive
Shirley, BC, V9Z 1G8

5 cards should be autographed, the other five not. I'm maintaining the web site, and will need copies of your card so it can include it in the card index.

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