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And You Thought Yankee Stadium Legacy Was Bad?

Posted by houstoncollector on February 2, 2009

Remember back in 2008 how we were getting all of those 20th Anniversary preview things from Upper Deck?  I kept asking people what it was about, and no one, store owners included, seemed to know.

Well, now we know.  Upper Deck has decided that one huge insert set spread over all their products isn’t enough, so let’s go for two, with the Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Retrospectrum Set weighing in at 2500 cards with 100 memorabilia cards as well.

“We wanted to do something different that would really get collectors excited and I think we’ve succeeded,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s senior brand manager. “Never has there been such a comprehensive set or a way for collectors to own so many unique moments. From Ronald Reagan leaving office and the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. playing in the same game with the Mariners, we didn’t miss a moment.”

“Another key element we did to make this set compelling for sports fans in particular was to acquire never before seen images of the games greatest stars during their freshmen seasons,” said Masherah. “We have new card images of Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989, LeBron James in 2003 and Sidney Crosby in 2005 to help collectors see their favorite athletes in a new way.”

“The memorabilia cards add a higher-end chase element to the set that collectors should appreciate,” said Masherah. “The biggest names from all core sports are included in this special set, so that should get collectors talking. The memorabilia cards will be pretty limited as well with each card falling at a ratio of one per hobby case on average so that scarcity should help increase the secondary market values on these cards.”

Note to UD:  Which collectors are you trying to excite?  This should have been broken down into five seperate sets, in my opinion.  Drop insert sets into each sports’ products throughout 2009, highlighting the best athletes of the past 20 years, with remakes of their rookie cards using the style of each year.  Make a new 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. card in the 1989 style with a new picture.  2001 Upper Deck Albert Pujols.  2007 Upper Deck Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Go all out with that.  Do the same with every other sport.  Put an additional insert series of say 50-100 cards of the top sports highlights over the past 20 years, in each sport.  Take all the other crap that isn’t sports-related, and make it its own set, like Topps did with Americana.  

Putting all of this in a 2500 card set in baseball only?  This is crap.  This just gives me another crappy insert that I’ll stack up and throw on Ebay for suckers to buy, just like YSL.  

That being said, I am interested in seeing what Houston stuff is in it.

Edit:  Here’s a preview video.  Also, some of the card images.

ronaldreagan  michaeljordan  kengriffeyjr  

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5 Responses to “And You Thought Yankee Stadium Legacy Was Bad?”

  1. Paul said

    The big question in my mind: Does 2,500 different cards = 2,500 different photos?

    If it does, I might be a little bit interested. If not, these cards are less welcome than those David Wright filler cards in every Topps pack.

  2. houstoncollector said

    Good question, Paul. I don’t know, but …. give me a little bit.

  3. houstoncollector said

    Some will share the same photo, but with different text.

  4. Paul said

    When is Upper Deck going to realize that they should only use each photo once?

    If you can’t afford 2,500 different photos, why not make a smaller set?

  5. houstoncollector said

    Actually, http://thesportscardfile.com had a good comment on this. Basically, the companies are paying for the pictures through other companies. So they’re trying to save money, and thus the duplication of pictures.

    As far as the size of the set, I still believe this should have been split into five different sets, four spread over each of the sports, and the last one done up like Topps Americana Heritage.

    The concept of the set is actually pretty damn cool. The implementation, though, sucks.

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