I picked up this blaster of 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champion for 40% off and this set definitely had some interesting cards.
I love how Tim Tebow seems to be playing football in the middle of forest fire… Anyways, I got a lot of base cards and my best pull is probably the Dan Marino Lady Luck mini.
I have been super busy gearing up for the fourth of July so this is a quick blog post. I have a Gems of the Game baseball trading cards repack which has 1 graded card (graded 9.0 or higher), 3 fat packs and 3 regular packs. The fat packs are a 2009 UD Baseball Series 1, a 2008 UD Baseball Series 1 Rookie Edition and a 2014 Topps Baseball Series 2. The three other packs are a 2008 UD X Baseball, a 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 and a 2010 UD Baseball Series 1. That is a lot of baseball cards.
I pulled some sort of parallel of Hyun-Jin Ryun (going to my PC) and Jose Abreu (rookie card). I also pulled a Marlon Byrd autograph out of the UD X pack. Sweet!
As for the graded card…
I got a really random Mike Trout base card from 2012 Topps. At least it is graded 10, mint or better.
Upper Deck went from one of the big 2 in the hobby world to almost a non factor. I don’t really follow the business aspect of the company but from what I read they made quite a few poor business decisions. Anyways I may be late to the party but I wanted to take a look at Upper Deck with a blaster of 2014- 15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness Collection Basketball.
The designs are actually what you expect from Upper Deck right down to the glossy cards and foil lettering. Upper Deck does not make it easy collecting this set with numbering like TO-1, MG-3 instead of just 1, 2 and 3. The gimmick of the set UD Bracketology Game is a neat idea though. Basically you get a team (and a seed which you must match) and you can win prize based on their success. Although the sweepstakes is a bit confusing. I couldn’t find where to go on the site to register on the packaging or the back of the card and had to Google it. In the end, I am pretty sure I didn’t win.
Autographs fall about 1 in every 2 blasters and guess what? I won the coin flip.
I pulled an autograph of Kendall Gill!
I am not 100% sure but I think Upper Deck recently lost their Collegiate license too which is not good for them…
I was doing some holiday shopping and this rack pack of 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Series One Rookie Edition and this rack pack of 2012-13 Panini Absolute Basketball were on sale for $2.99 so I’m in and here we are.
I think I needed the Chin-Lung Hu Rookie Debut insert (which may be a rack pack exclusive) from the pack of 2008 UD Baseball but other than that, I didn’t really get much. But wow 2008 seems like a lifetime ago with players like Orlando Hernandez on the Mets.
The cards from the Panini rack pack look a lot more interesting than the “simpler is better” Upper Deck design. The Karl Marlone All-Stars inserts is definitely a rack pack exclusive. I also pulled a nice shiny Carmelo Anthony card and the player the Knicks gave up to acquire him, Danilo Gallinari but not much else for my collection.
I had a lot of time to kill (we all have friends that are always late…) so as I was picking up a drink at Rite Aid, I also picked up one of those 100 baseball cards repack. According to the packaging, this one has 3 vintage cards inside and I have 1 in 8 chance for a memorabilia card.
I think these are the vintage cards in my pack.
The Fritz Ackley & Don Buford 1964 Topps Rookie Stars are the oldest cards in the pack and honestly there aren’t too many products out there where you can pulled random cards from the 60’s. After I finished scanning all the cards, if your definition of vintage baseball cards is anything before 1980 I also found a Mike Hargrove 1977 Topps in the bunch.
Here are some of the other more interesting cards.
My brother collects Donruss Kings from all years and he actually didn’t have Rich Dotson so that is going to his PC. These repacks really have quite the eclectic mix of cards. Sure most of the cards are from the 80’s and 90’s but the cards range from 1964 Topps to 2007 Topps with Donruss, Bowman Chrome, Pacific and everything in between. They don’t cost a lot and they make for fun break in my opinion.
I don’t really follow football but I do watch the Super Bowl every year. I also don’t really collect football cards but I like to make it an annual tradition to open some sort of football pack around this time of the year. Plus the Super Bowl is in New York this year (OK technically it is in New Jersey) so it is especially exciting and there are events all over New York City.
Anyways I picked up this rack pack of 2007 Upper Deck Football because 1) – It was on sale and 2) – I can see a Peyton Manning Rookie Photo Shoot Flashback insert and it kind of goes with the whole Super Bowl theme.
Peyton Manning seems to have a slightly better career than the other quarterback insert I pulled… Also I didn’t notice this on the front of the pack but every base card is a Star Rookie and a rookie exclusive. It is an interesting gimmick but doesn’t that devalue every non- rookie base card in a related Upper Deck set because why bother with the regular set when you can cut to the chase and get only rookie cards?
My favorite baseball card sets are ones that are little oddball and they are usually not strictly just baseball cards. I think they make for more fun breaks. One of those sets was the 2009 Upper Deck Artifacts A Piece of History Baseball. In addition to baseball cards, it highlights key moments in history and they were pretty random. Sure there are ton of sets that do that nowadays but it was a bit more usual (I believe) a couple of years ago. It was definitely one of the first sets to play with celebrity memorabilia and autographed hits mixed with baseball hits. Anyways, I decided to pick up a blaster while I was doing some Christmas shopping. Each blaster is guaranteed one memorabilia card.
Here are some of the base cards
and some of the non sport cards.
This was also the year of the Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Retrospective cards. They were kind of a turnoff just because the set was so huge and they were everywhere.
For the hit I got
Bobby Crosby which yea… is kind of lame. The card is worth like maybe $0.50. Probably more interesting is this card
a blue parallel of the Boy Scouts numbered 214/299.
When I look back I was way more in the Upper Deck camp rather than the Topps camp but they make so many poor business decisions that I am actually surprised they are still around. Such a shame.