With the rise in high-end baseball cards in the last few years it’s easy to forget the two flagship brands that got many of us collectors started in the first place. While these releases may lack the hype and punch of a product like Triple Threads or Bowman Chrome, Topps and Upper Deck is still a set-collector’s dream come true. So which one has the upper hand? Below I have included large scans of the last 5 years worth of Topps and Upper Deck, with a scan of their 2008 releases as well. Which company has come through for you? Which design is the best & worst? Which year had the best player selection? Finally, if you could only afford one single Hobby box in 2008 and your choice was series 1 Upper Deck or series 1 Topps, which one would you choose, if any?