If this wasn’t an official Wax Heaven review, this could easily be titled ‘Upper Deck Conspiracy pt. 5’. This release is just another example of Upper Deck releasing a superior product that looks much better than what they produced for baseball.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all comes from the insert, ‘3D Stars’, which is a throwback to those classic Sportsflics cards we grew up on in the 80’s and 90’s. Not surprising, the gimmick still works extremely well and would make for a great insert in baseball next year.
The only downside to this product is Upper Deck’s inability to come up with a parallel that can compete with Topps’ Refractor. Upper Deck Football looks great, features wonderful photography, and top-notch design but it just cannot compete with Chrome and on-card autographs.
It’s clear that the group of designers behind the U.D. football releases is the absolute best staff around. I think it’s time Upper Deck goes back to the drawing board to come up with a suitable parallel to capture collectors’ heart (and money) for the 2010 releases.
Until that happens, Upper Deck Football will always be the A.C. Slater of football releases. Sure, he’s good-looking, charming, and a great athlete but it’s Zack Morris that everyone loves (Topps Chrome).
Current eBay price – $55+
Guarantees – 320 cards, 3 relics & 1 autograph
Look for – Cut Signatures, Premier Autographs (case hit)
Perhaps the best use of U.D.’s flagship design
Excellent, crisp photography
Lack of popular parallel hurts brand
Relic – Matt Ryan
Relic – Marques Colston
Relic – Pat White
Autograph – Garrett Wolfe
Final Grade: B+