When the news came that Upper Deck was retiring the Masterpieces brand, all hope for a well-done U.D. retro-themed product fell on Goudey. Unfortunately, this year’s Goudey artwork was bizarre at times and didn’t quite live up to the hype. Thankfully, Upper Deck had a secret weapon to fall back on.
Simply put, Goodwin Champions is the best Upper Deck baseball release of 2009 and despite a very rocky start, it appears that U.D. will go out on top thanks to the surprise hit, UDx, and SP Authentic. With Sweet Spot going live this week, we could be in for a very strong final performance of MLB-licensed U.D releases.
As for Goodwin Champions, it features some of the best artwork on trading cards I have seen since Masterpieces and the game-used relics and on-card autographs are done just right. While it may not be the Allen & Ginter Killer many expected, it’s still one of the best releases of 2009.
Current eBay price – $45-$55
Guarantees – Three relics or autographs per box
Look for – Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter autographs
Well-done game-used relics
Too many mini parallels
Relic – Chris Young
Relic – Vladimir Guerrero
Autograph – John Maine
Printing Plate – Fausto Carmona
Final Grade: A-
(Please forgive the Maine scan, still working out the kinks)