Ever Wonder What the Largest Baseball Card Set in History Looks Like?

North Las Vegas, NV (June 25, 2008 ) – As a prelude to the New York Yankees upcoming move to their new stadium next year, the Upper Deck Company has built a beautiful new home in which to display its 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy insert set. When the insert cards initially launched as part of Upper Deck’s 2008 Series One Baseball launch in February, collectors could only imagine what a set this size might actually look like. Well, they no longer need to guess as visitors to next month’s 2008 MLB All-Star FanFest show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City will get a first-hand look at the impressive display as part of Upper Deck’s corporate booth.

Now that all 6,661 cards have been released and are available across various 2008 Upper Deck Baseball products, it is possible that some collectors will be able to put the entire set together. The collection features one card for every single Yankee home game ever played at Yankee Stadium since its doors opened on April 18, 1923. Collectors who are already pursuing the collection have been using a special website (www.ownthelegacy.com) that Upper Deck designed that allows them to archive the cards online and track their progress against fellow collectors to see who’s the farthest along.

With so much news surrounding the closing of historic Yankee Stadium, Major League Baseball paid a recent visit to Upper Deck headquarters to see the complete set. To view the segment, click on the following link at MLB.com and search for the “Upper Deck Releases the Yankees Legacy card series” at: http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp

“It took nearly three days for a staff of four to pull each of the cards and then another two days for a staff of four to collate them in the proper order,” said Terry Melia, Public Relations manager for Upper Deck. “The display is an impressive way for us to showcase the enormity of the set. We had nine decades to cover, so each of the 18 drawers contains approximately half a decade’s worth of games. If placed end-to-end, the cards would measure 1,943 feet long! We are very excited about sharing this incredible set – and its special display case – with baseball fans at this year’s MLB FanFest.”

A final decision on where the Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection display case will ultimately reside has yet to be made.

“We’ve been approached by the Yankees, so this could make a nice addition to the new stadium,” said Melia. “But we’ve also received inquiries from the Museum of the City of New York. It’s important that the display case reaches a final destination where baseball fans and historians alike can appreciate its size and historical significance. That’s what makes card collecting fun and that’s what this set is all about.”

Yankee Stadium Legacy

Yankee Stadium Legacy

Yankee Stadium Legacy

Yankee Stadium Legacy



  1. Maybe it’s just me, but I think they got hosed. How hard would it have been to display every card individually in some kind of wall display/hall display? Okay, yeah, so it would be 1900+ feet if cards were placed singly in a row, but what if you divided that into about 10 rows starting 2.5 feet off the ground? That’s only 190 feet of wall space. So, then you have the cards on each side of the hall, and you are down to about 90 feet (ironically, the distance between the bases) each side. At least that way, every card would be displayed and people would be pulling stupid drawers….

  2. I thought this set was more than pointless, why do we need 6,000 plus cards detailing every game at Yankee Stadium? Are they going to do the same thing when Fenway closes? I hate when they do stuff like this because it serves no purpose other than appeasing homer Yankee fans.

  3. Incredible though I wonder why they didn’t wait until the end of this year so that they could include this last season.

  4. Agree with Chris on that…

    If you really want to see what the largest set in history looks like, contact Carl Tompkins, the man who completed the 1988 Tek set (all 90 players, all 90 variations, 8100 cards total).


    JayBee Anama

  5. Wow, that looks pretty slick… I could *really* use a few of those slidy plastic drawer cases. I coulda sorted all those cards in less than 5 days though. Upper Deck employees are weak.

  6. I find it funny that Upper Deck could not afford enough plywood, plexiglass and paste to put each card up for viewing. That way people could look up the game they went to in 1953 and tell someone else about it. I could have done it for a couple of boxes. 20 if I had to join a union.

  7. While I agree that it is a stupid set, I’m getting really tired of all this Topps Tek crap. People keep saying this everywhere. Yes, it is the largest set in history. However, as much as I really don’t give a rat’s ass what Upper Deck does, they have very clearly stated over and over and over again, that this is the largest INSERT SET ever.

  8. Piece of Yankee Stadium History $100,000? Offer turned down.

    It is the most historical stadium in sports; Known as “The House that Ruth Built”, Yankee Stadium stands strong and proud since 1923. Not only have the NY Yankee’s had this stadium for home games since then , they have also won 26 World Series Championships there, far more than any other major league team. Throughout the years the stadium has been home to the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, and an endless list of legendary players. That part of history will come to an end on September 21, 2008. The last day the NY Yankees will call it home.
    If you are a fan, an avid collector or an investor, you may have a chance to own a piece of New York Yankee history. Recently a collector who has the December 31, 1923 American League Baseball Club of N.Y. Journal Entries Private Ledger had been offered an undisclosed 6 figure amount for this piece of New York Yankee Stadium history. Details on the Private Ledger are Profit & Loss, depreciation on Stadium construction, franchise contracts with players, real estate, shares, equipment, stadium construction costs; rent received, park privileges, and much more. The Private Ledger was originally purchased from items at an Estate of the late Colonel Jacob Ruppert. Yankee Stadium might be known hand in hand with Babe Ruth, but Ruppert was the owner of the NY Yankees when the Stadium was built. Ruppert is also known as the man who brought Babe Ruth to the Yankees. In 2005, the 1919 the Boston Red Sox contract that sold Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees for $100,000 sold in auction for $996,000. The buyer, who outbid six people for the six-page document, told reporters that he would have paid more, and that no matter how much someone offers him, the contract “is not for sale.”

    The December 31, 1923 New York Yankee Journal Entries Private Ledger is said to be going up for auction on EBAY under the username Gary123cheifs as early as the evening of August 28th. Do not miss your opportunity to own a piece of New York Yankee History.

  9. Topps Tek is not the largest set guys; it’s not even close. Anybody heard of Topps Moments & Milestones? I dunno about 2008, but the 2007 set is 12,400+

  10. My collection, not including duplicates, is approximately 25,000 cards and counting, and I’m 13. That figure also does not count for the football and basketball cards I have.

  11. My collection, not including duplicates, is approximately 25,000 cards and counting, and I’m 13. That figure also does not count for the football and basketball cards I have.

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