Saturday, February 13, 2010

2010 Upper Deck retail pack break #1

2010 Upper Deck retail [$1.50 each / $4 for three packs from a booth at a card show] - I wasn't looking for any particular hits [like I've read and heard, flagship products are all about 'set building' and this product is UD's flagship baseball brand, not Ultimate Collection].

I was hoping to get a smattering of base cards - particularly some of the 40 Star Rookies featured, even though they are part of the set and I assume are not anymore special, other than they feature rookies who made their debut in 2009 and feature UD's own version of the Rookie Card logo.

The fact these cards are not licensed by Major League Baseball is something to think about - but I'm not a baseball card traditionalist/snob and was more intrigued, than put off by the idea these cards are only licensed by MLBPA.

Like previous UD flagship releases, the images on the cards are generally sharp - the images are not as distorted as other collectors would like to assume.

Perhaps choosing suitable images [i.e. team names/logos on jerseys either obscured or not visible at all] to use on cards made the people at Upper Deck take a closer look - rather than just plopping any old photo on a card.

Pack one  
93 J.D. Drew - Dustin Pedroia cameo

407 Chase Headley
5 Brian Matusz Star Rookie - pronounced 'Mattis,' probably the best lefty pitching prospect in all of baseball.

269 Ervin Santana
315 Glen Perkins
363 Daric Barton
501 C.J. Wilson

242 Willie Bloomquist

SB-191 Sonia Sotomayor / Sept. 26
400 Zach Duke
131 Josh Fields
443 Ian Snell
449 Taylor Teagarden
96 Clay Buchholz
415 Luis Perdomo

577 Reds team checklist - featuring Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto
478 Evan Longoria
555 Ballparks - not identified by name, it is the one in Los Angeles, where Kirk Gibson hit his iconic home run in the 1988 World Series.

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