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Upper Deck Announces 2009 Baseball Series 2 Insert. WTF?

Posted by houstoncollector on April 30, 2009

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything personally against any of the card companies, but I will gleefully point out the absurd and stupid in the products that they put out.  This time, it’s 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 Baseball’s turn.  I’m just going to post the press release here, since UD hasn’t put it up on their website yet.

Upper Deck Adds Another Historic First:
Bo, the First Family’s Portuguese Water Dog

Canine’s short-printed insert card will appear in Upper Deck Series Two Baseball in May

North Las Vegas, NV (April 28, 2009) – Staying on top of current events and adding more variety to its baseball card lines, the Upper Deck Company is proud to unveil another new insert card that’s sure to ignite a fevered frenzy amongst collectors. Is it a newly designed David Price rookie card? Is it a special card devoted to Jacoby Ellsbury’s recent theft of home plate against the New York Yankees in this past weekend’s Red Sox/Yankee showdown at Fenway? Nope. But it is a first of its kind. In fact, it’s a short-printed “Historic Firsts 2009” insert card introducing the newest member of the nation’s First Family: Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog.

“Once Barack Obama won the presidential election and voters got tired of hearing about the weak economy, the next biggest story seemed to be focused on when the Obamas were going to get the dog that was promised to their two daughters,” said Terry Melia, Upper Deck’s public relations manager. “Believe it or not, Bo’s White House arrival the day after Easter quickly became front-page news.”

The card, entitled “Introducing the First Puppy,” shows Bo – on leash – prancing in the grass. The card will be sprinkled into random packs of Upper Deck’s 2009 Series Two Baseball product, which hits store shelves on May 19. The cardback copy reads, in part: “Throughout the presidential campaign in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama made countless campaign promises…But perhaps no assurance held as much weight as the one he made to his two young daughters…After months of speculation, Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, arrived to the White House with less pomp and circumstance than his owners but with just as much anticipation and plenty of media coverage.”

About Upper Deck

Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit http://www.upperdeck.com.

Really, Upper Deck?  REALLY?  It was front page news, so it needs to be a fucking baseball card?  How bout this one for you, then, as an insert in 2009 Upper Deck Football Draft Edition:  SWINE FUCKING FLU HISTORIC FIRST.  It’s on the front page, so obviously it’s important.  Oh.  What’s that?  It’s not about football?  NO SHIT.  

The concept of Historic Firsts was stupid to begin with.  Granted, I didn’t say as such in my first preview of 2009 Series One, but that’s because I was being nice, because they were actually telling us what the inserts were, which was good.  They’re still telling us, but now they’re telling us that it’s a piece of crap, and making it short-printed to get the mouth breathers over on eBay all excited.  

Here’s a clue, UD.  I want baseball in my baseball set.  Any other waste of space insert?  I’m tossing it into a box, never to see the light of day again.  Except when it’s short printed, and then I’ll sell that bitch on eBay faster than you can say “Upper Deck Loses It’s License”.    This should have been an insert in American Idol, not baseball.  Besides, there’s nothing historic about a President buying a dog.  Leave the pop culture to the “news”, and give us our baseball cards.

Yes, I know this has a lot of …. negativity in it, but really, this is starting to bother me.


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