I’ve been saying for a long time to anyone who will listen that it appears to me that Upper Deck puts in way more effort into their other brands than they do for baseball.
For example, I’ve never once had the urge to watch the N.H.L in my life let alone buy some hockey cards but have busted some amazing U.D. hockey brands that left me contemplating dumping baseball once and for all.
Another example would be Upper Deck’s basketball line, which of course has now been taken away. Not only did Upper Deck produce great basketball cards including wonderful high-end products, they actually put to good use some beloved Fleer properties such as Fleer Skybox Metal.
Today I spent my morning bustin’ open 2009 Upper Icons Football & Baseball. While organizing all the cards in preparation for their respective reviews I came across Hanley Ramirez and Ronnie Brown base cards. As you can see from the side by side, front and back comparisons… it appears one got a little extra boost in design.
Am I paranoid or does the football version look much better?
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