Who needs Upper Deck Masterpieces?

New images of 2009 Goodwin Champions just hit Upper Deck’s Facebook page. As you can see from the images below, this product is clearly Upper Deck’s secret weapon in the baseball card market.

If you haven’t joined Upper Deck’s Facebook, you probably should. They have single handedly make Beckett Media obsolete, as they post information to Facebook before Chris Olds can insert a Beckett watermark on it.

Too bad Donruss/Panini is still in the dark about the Internet.

Product Details:

Two Memorabilia Series cards per box, on average!
One Hard-Signed Autograph Series card per box, on average!
Twenty Minis per box, on average!
Ten  short-printed subset cards – including two Super SP’s – per box

Est. release date – September

(images lead to full-size scans)

30 thoughts on “Who needs Upper Deck Masterpieces?

  1. It appears as though Upper Deck took the artists worth their salt in the early Goudey releases and got them to paint landscapes behind the players. GENIUS.

    You have any pricing on these?

  2. This looks like a case break for the Man on the Street…

    Submarine Shane

  3. Wow. These look better than ’03 Play Ball and ’07 Goudey. Hell, they look better than Allen & Ginter. Of course the original Goodwins were superior to the A&Gs as well. this could be a great set if Upper Deck doesn’t screw it up.

  4. I think it is better than average. Some kind of textured background is a welcome element compared to Goudey. However, if it is only a handful of backgrounds (like the cloud pattern) recycled over hundreds of different cards, then that becomes a mildly lame.

    I have hope, however, as the cloud pattern looks like it might be only for the auto subset, and that’s sensible for that purpose.

    The on-card autos will be insanely great. Hopefully, no redemptions. Dare I dream that a card maker is listening to their customer base?

    One little nit, though is the continuation of mining ancient designs for the sake of new sets. Although Hobby Rule of Accumulation #78 clearly states, “one man’s gimmick is another man’s innovation”, how far back in time are we going to go for design ideas? I’d like to see a little more effort in trying to be original.

    What’s next, cards in Sanskrit?

    Cuneiform tablets with “in-clay” autos?

    That does beg the question, though–is there room for originality in the tough card market, which has a LOT of fixed expectations?

  5. Can’t wait til one of thse gimmicky card companies purchase a Honus Wagner, cuts it up, and places it in a product with “Authentic Cut Honus Wagner” card, numbered to only 10 copies.

    I’m sure we’ll see it one day.

  6. WOW! Im going to order 5 cases of this……if I dont hit anything big, then I will officially retire from purchasing UD products!

    Mario—- you can have all my Marlins cards haha GO RAYS!

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