You Call The Shots CONTEST!

4 11 2009

I received a surprise phone call from Upper Deck this morning. The reason for the call was to thank the Wax Heaven readers for the great discussion on the possibility of 2010 Masterpieces.

This of course gave me a great idea for a contest and to help Upper Deck create the best products for baseball that they can in 2010. Last week I received loose packs of 2009-’10 SP Game-Used Edition and 2009-’10 SP Signature Basketball.

I am offering up to one lucky collector every single game-used card and certified autograph that came in those packs and all you have to do to be considered for this contest is answer the following hobby-related questions.

The Upper Deck Product Development team will be reading and your input just may help mold the baseball products for the 2010 calendar year. Plus, it’s FREE stuff so it’s all good.

Questionnaire:

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

(keep #5 honest but professional)

There will be two winners selected. The grand prize winner, chosen through Random.org, will receive all the cards featured in the gallery below.

The consolation prize will be selected by Upper Deck and will receive a surprise package featuring autographs, relics, and more.

Contest ends Sunday night and the winner will be announced Monday.


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78 responses

4 11 2009
Jay

Mario 2010?

4 11 2009
Mario A.

Thanks for the assist, Jay!

4 11 2009
Offy

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Flagship. With 20 cards per pack, the 20th Anniversary cards aren’t as annoying. There were some fun insert sets and I liked all of the different Griffey cads in series 2.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

In execution, Goodwin. I was so excited for it and then the release was extremely botched. Too many 20th Anniversary cards, too many junk “hits” and not enough originality. It didn’t have to be a direct copy of Ginter.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

I’d love to see some of the cool looking inserts that UD is doing in other sports show up in baseball. More effort put into stuff that doesn’t have a scribble or swatch.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Probably not in pack form. I’ll wait and see how the cards look and may buy some singles. As of late, I’ve rarely purchased any Upper Deck until a year later when it takes its annual price drop when dealers see how much they are stuck with.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Piss poor customer service. For a company with an e-mail address, blog and Facebook page it sure can be tough to get a reply from them.

4 11 2009
jl

Favorite product-Goodwin Champions
Least favorite-
Insert return 2010-Buybacks
I would buy 2010 baseball
Biggest issue, would like to see an end to the plain jersey and go strickly patches. In 13yrs collectors have moved beyond plain white jerseys, yes most prime patches in high end, but make all collectors have a piece of the action.

4 11 2009
Sammy

1. Sweet Spot
2. Spectrum/X/Icons
3. Ultimate Jumbo Jersey Swatches is my favorite insert. I also like the Sports Royalty autos in Goudey.
4. Yes…I plan to purchase Sweet Spot and maybe Ultimate
5. Having sub-par inserts in the base product. The jersey cards were dissappointing and the auto checklist was dissappointing. I could have also done with the 20th Anniversery inserts in every product.

4 11 2009
Slette

1. I’d give the nod to the Goodwin’s Champions. There was a lot I think that could have been done better with the set, but I think it was a really good product for a first crack at something Ginter-ish.

2. A Piece of History – Cards were uninspiring, design was blah – I’m actually happy that I didn’t have to chase a Pettitte from that set.

3. It goes without saying, but I would love to see Masterpieces revitalized for 2010, and I’d really like to see the set size expand to maybe even 150. The SPs are fine, but no super-SPs, please.

4. I’m sure I’ll purchase some just to check them out. If Masterpieces comes back, I’ll throw a lot of money at them, and maybe Sweet Spot and flagship as well. And I’ll be chasing the singles of my player, as well.

5. Quality control. I’m sure it happens on some scale with all the companies, but I just saw a pack/box of SP Signature football opened at the LCS, and there were only three base cards in there. Yes, the brand called SP SIGNATURE shorted the autographed card. And again, this problem isn’t exclusive to Upper Deck.

4 11 2009
Mike

1. Sweet Spot. Always a decent product at its price point.

2. Legendary Cuts. Unless you pull a cut your box was pretty much awful

3. UD Portraits. The busts and 8 x10s were cool

4. Most likely Sweet Spot

5. My biggest problem with UD is the redemptions. One product will have a redemption a subsequent product will have an on-card auto. what gives?

4 11 2009
Paul

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Regular base UD
2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin
3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces but with box topper jumbos as well
4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
No
5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Product cost, watering down inserts by inserting more of them

4 11 2009
arfmax

1. Favorite product-
Goodwin Champions
2. Least favorite-
Goudey, I had high hopes for it, but the art work wasn’t up to par, and it was a major disappointment.
3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Fleer, I love the Fleer base set, as it is perfect for autograph collectors, and goes deeper into the rosters than most sets.
4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I plan on purchasing the first release, but then seeing what they are like after that before I get overly excited about buying each product.
5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Customer service. I sent multiple e-mails about an issue (missing guarantee from a box), and it took weeks to get a simple reply, which was a needed address, from the e-mail responding team, and then after I sent in the evidence, I was never compensated for the missing item.

4 11 2009
Kory

1. I liked O-Pee-Chee release.
2.This is a three way tie between Spectrum, X, and SPX. Aren’t these really just the same thing? I would can them all. If you really wanted to keep SPX going, make it a die cut insert in the flagship brand.
3.I’m with the masses on this one. I’d like to have Masterpieces as an insert ala turkey red.
4.I will probably buy O-Pee-Chee
5.There are just too many products that are the same thing. You could throw in SP Legendary Cuts and Piece of History into one product. You could make Goudy and Goodwin Champions inserts in O-Pee-Chee. I understand the thinking of making lots of products because the licenses are so expensive, but you don’t really have to worry about that now. So why not pack the flagship full of good stuff like Masterpieces inserts, SPX die cut inserts, another good die cut insert like run producers from the 90s, patch cards instead of jersey cards, maybe game ticket redemptions that don’t expire, an awesome photography insert ala the old V.J. Lovero inserts, and of course on card autos. Make people want to chase cards and sets in the flagship brand and sell the crap out of it. Make the flagship as good of a product as possible. Then, have just 3 other products. First, make O-Pee-Chee with the goudey/goodwin inserts. Second, make a piece of history/SP legendary cuts hybrid. Lastly, make a high end black/exquisite/sweet spot set.

4 11 2009
toolboxroom

1. The base UD set. I would prefer a single release not 2 seperate series. I liked the old style of a regular release, and then a high series addition later on in the year (like back in the early 90s)
2. Icons, Ballpack, Spectrum, SPx, etc… all these sets seem so repetative. Sets where the base cards are filler between the hits. I think these types of sets would work better as themes for inserts in the base set.
3. Honestly everything but the base/flagship set is forgetable in my opinion, so as long as regular UD baseball shows up I am happy.
4. UD high series.
5. Too many sets that just seems like little more than place holders on store shelves. I am a simple collector that would be happy with one base level, one mid level and one high end product. Icons, Spectrumc, etc… don’t get my attention at all and I never buy any of them.
I would give an upper deck prospect set a try though.

4 11 2009
Tim

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Actually the base stuff. I had some quality issues with a few of the packs that I bought, but I thought that they looked nice.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
X. I never actually bought any, but received some in trades. They’re weird, kind of flimsy, and not my favorite. The Die Cuts were a little better though.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces. I have a Manny Masterpiece that is one of my favorite cards in my entire collection. I wish there was a Fred McGriff masterpiece!

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
If they keep the base card packs cheap with a lot of cards then I would say yes. I don’t buy a lot of packs in general though, so hard to say. But I’m curious what they’ll do without the MLB license.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Definitely quality control. As someone above said, it’s not solely an UD problem, but it’s also not a problem that has escaped UD. It sucks to get shorted cards, or to open a pack to find cards that are already damaged.

4 11 2009
Rod

1. I really liked the OPC, because I was able to get cards of some players I didn’t have before from the Padres.
2. I didn’t really like any of the X products because they all looked the same and only had two or three players from my team.
3.I would to see the return of the 40 Man line from a few years ago, so those of us who like non major market teams can see more of the players from our favorite teams.
4. I will be buying some of the flagship brand just to see how it looks without the license to use the logos. If all logos are airbrushed, forgetaboutit. However if creative positioning is used that might be ok.
5. What sticks in my craw is still Documentary. Here was a chance to make a great set and it bombed big time. The repetitive use of the same pictures over and over and the way captions and card backs didn’t relate to the picture. You have photographers taking pictures at every game, diversity and variety should have been the keywords of this set.

4 11 2009
jim (gcrl)

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009? i will say the flagship/base set was my favorite. as a team collector, there are more players included which keeps things interesting. same goes for o-pee-chee.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009? i will have to go with piece of history. i was disappointed by the number of non-baseball cards and different colored parallels.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010? i would like to see o-pee-chee return, but only if they go full on and use some of the “now with (new team)” cards. make it truly like the o-pee-chee sets of the late 70s/early 80s (except for the design, of course)

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010? i will buy a few packs at least to see what the cards look like. i will definitely chase singles of dodgers.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company? insert overload. i would much rather have one more base card than a 20th anniversary card celebrating an increase in the minimum wage.

4 11 2009
Ed W

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I liked O-Pee-Chee the best. They are great for autograph hounds like me and the black parallels were very attractive. Also a nice selection of players, not just the most 100 popular, and the price point was just right.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I agree with the general sentiment about Piece of History. Uninspired, bland, recycled, pointless parallels, pointless cards, etc.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Probably Masterpiece, but would prefer it with larger player selection so player collectors like me, who doesn’t collect only mega-stars, have something to pull too.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I try to buy at least 1 pack of everything that is not ultra hi end just so I can judge the product for myself. I did buy 5 blasters of OPC however because I like to so much. I imagine I would do the same in 2010 if the design is still attractive w/o logos, team names, etc.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
My issue with UD is the same issue I have with all card companies. Some players get overproduced on GU/Auto stuff while others who are just as good or better get none. For example: Rocco Baldelli has more different GU cards than he does games played. He’s hardly a prospect anymore and still had 20 GU card THIS YEAR!! Meanwhile my favorite player, Raul Ibanez, who had been a productive hitter for many years has none. He did finally get and event worn card but that was only because he was and all star and was issued by that “other” company.

4 11 2009
lonestarr

1.) I can honestly say that virtually everything Upper Deck has produced this year baseball-wise, has left me thoroughly underwhelmed (cannot speak for any higher end stuff until I have a few cards in my possession). The only Upper Deck product I’ve busted this year that I have no complaints about and found fairly enjoyable was Upper Deck X. I know, I’m shocked too.

2.) I liked the Spectrum of Stars idea, but Spectrum on the whole did less than nothing for me. Words cannot express my indifference for these gaudy eyesores. What happened to all the cool designs and smartly applied technology from the late ’90s and early this decade?
Check it, I got some UD Golf cards from early in the decade recently, and it seems you’ve completely lost the touch you had with foil back then, or maybe you just don’t care anymore. Seriously, Icons foil parallels looks like utter garbage in comparison. Won’t even get into how the golf SUBSETS look better & classier than ANYTHING Upper Deck has produced for baseball this year.

3.) Speaking of cool designs and smartly applied technology, I was always a fan of UD3. I’d at least like to see some of the UD3’s technological wizardry return in some form. Barring that, I enjoyed Masterpieces more than almost anything any company had to offer in 2008 and 2009, so more of that would be cool.

4.) Probably, though not much, unless you produce something that blows me away for whatever reason.

5.) The vagueness of the hit CoA’s continues to seriously bug me & makes the cynic in me think your swatches are aren’t legit. If you don’t have the confidence or aren’t careful enough with your items to explicitly state what the swatch is and that it was worn/used by the player, then why should anyone believe that? Anything that vague has to make anyone that takes an extra few seconds to think about raise an eyebrow of distrust in your direction.

4 11 2009
the sewingmachineguy

I like Goodwin and Goudey. The old style stuff is my favorite. Although, I did open a few Sweet Spot boxes and liked those too.
BIGGEST PROBLEM>>> The stupid 20th Anniversary cards. Why should one of my 8 cards in Sweet Spot be a useless valueless piece of crap like 20th Anniversary?

4 11 2009
saket mehta

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Flagship and Goodwin Champions

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
UDX, Spectrum, and Piece of History

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces–It is the only product that has to most beautiful patch cards and on-card auto cards on canvas with stunning base and inserts. I think Upper Deck did a great job on this and should continue it.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I buy loose packs and boxes occasionally. I am not a case ripper, but like to try a little bit of everything and test my luck, so yes I will be purchasing some Upper Deck 2010 releases.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Quality control and overproduction. It kills me to spend $80.00 on a box of cards and not get hits and than argue with Upper Deck and explain to them this whole situation, and if you did not record it it causes more hassle. Overproduction–Ken Griffey Jr, my favorite player is just so overproduced in Upper Deck Products. He has an autograph and game used everywhere and that has just killed his value. Upper Deck should stop overproducing some stars because it is truly killing there value.

4 11 2009
Michael

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I’d say Goodwin Champions. (Sorry, I dont have the kind of money to open too much high-end stuff lol)

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Honestly I like them all, but I have only opened a few so I wouldnt really know.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces. You’ve just made them sound so good!

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes, definately.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
I’ve recieved a few damaged cards. Minor complaint though.

4 11 2009
Beaverman3001

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Legendary Cuts

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Icons

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Black and/or a exquisite stand alone.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Depends how you handle designs without a license.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Solid color patches, shouldn’t even be considered a patch if it is single color.

4 11 2009
Instanton on SCF

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
My favorite release thus far is your contender: 2009 Sweet Spot. There have been some incredible breaks featuring some notable and legendary players. Heck, even your Kazuo error bat barrel is rather nifty.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
My least favorite was your Goudey release. I am afraid I come from a younger generation and retro-sets seem to speak to the older gen. in which nolstalgia can kick-in. I in no manner feel they are inferior (retro sets) but I hold no interest in them. Fortunately, most releases are intended for the ‘now’ generation to suit me.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
The brand that I would simply love to return would be your Black or Exquisite brand extending to baseball. You made some incredible cards with the ’07 UD Black release in the August quad AU and GU cards. The Exquisite would be fine for rookie/prospects hounds like me. To this day, people still go insane for a Good UD Black or Exquisite Rookie baseball card.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I will be purchasing UD baseball in 2010. I buy around 5 boxes of product on average to “test the waters,” and won’t hesitate to do the same next year. On the other hand, I always try to obtain as much high-end Rockies cards as my wallet may take.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
My biggest issue would have to be quality control. I understand having several boxes of ’09 Icons lacking “hits” but when there’s an empty 600 USD box of UD Exquisite Bastekball, factory sealed, that is no excuse.

Thank you for your time.

4 11 2009
Joe

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Base. It had good design and photos for it’s price point and is fun to build.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Piece of History. The design is just bad.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
An insert I would like to see is the X-Ponentials from UDX. That would be a good replacement for Starquest or multi brand insert.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I will buy three boxes of the base and make decisions later on others.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
The customer service leaves a lot to be desired for redemption cards. I know it is not completely the companies fault but it is still a pain.

4 11 2009
Timmy

1. SP Authentic
2. Upper Deck SPX
3. Definitly Jamabalaya for baseball, those hockey ones looked sick
4. Yeah
5. Not enough “wow” in design of base, inserts, relics… autos are good though

4 11 2009
Sean Langon

1. I’d go with Goodwin. I thought if they’d put a little more effort into it, such as better card stock and better backs, it could’ve been easily my favorite release of the year.

2. I’m going with Goudey on this one. I thought the previous 2 years of this set were really cool, and this one just fell flat. And the Upper Deck 20th Anniversary gets honorable mention. It was too big, too random and took away from other cards I was trying to get. Especially when there’s only 4 cards in pack to begin with (Goodwin).

3. I’d like to see them try their hand at Goodwin one more time, and hopefully really nail it this time.

4. I’d have to see the cards first.

5. I don’t know if this is just my imagination, but it seems to me that they’re much stingier when it comes to hits than Topps is. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled a hit from an Upper Deck product unless it was a Hobby Box, and even then the hits were pretty lame.

4 11 2009
Anthony K.

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
UD Goodwin, by far. Loved the auto’ed cards especially.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
SPA. The Letter autos just were not as good as 2008 (nor even 2007).

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
SP Top Prospects. Probably one of my favorite sets of 04, because I really liked the auto sets in there. The duals and triples were nicely done, in my opinion, and I would LOVE to see that done again.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I plan on purchasing a few boxes, budget willing. I will definitely be buying any Houston Astros player cards that happen to be in the sets they put out😉

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Sticker. Autos. A big boon for U.D. would be having ALL autographs ON CARD. This would put them a step ahead of the other companies and make their cards even better in the long run.

4 11 2009
dayf

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

The base brand was executed quite well. If my financial circumstances weren’t so screwed up, I would have built that set. I may do so next year when prices fall on boxes.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Anything I wasn’t completely interested in I ignored so I couldn’t answer this one too well. I will say that while I really liked your retro sets (O-Pee-Chee, Goodwin and Goudey) all three were badly flawed.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

I second the Masterpieces. Art cards can look good without logos. I also really think you guys should do Goudey or Goodwin (Or Play Ball or Old Judge for that matter) again in 2010 using old timey uniforms. There goes your MLB logo problem, especially if you do a 19th century set. One person on the last post suggested using Negro League uniforms which would be a great idea. A better idea would to be to find evrey Negro League veteran still alive and get them in a set ASAP. With autographs, please.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Assuming I’m not jobless, homeless and living on the street with no food, clothes or health insurance in 2010? Yeah, of course I will.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

I’m not big on high end stuff and redemptions and all that, but you guys need to fix the customer service problem you have. I personally have never had a problem, but looking over the interwebs, over half the complaints are about redemptions and basic quality issues. Whatever printer you’re using that puts roller marks on every other card needs to be replaced.

MY issue: You guys *still* haven’t figured out how to do a decent Retro set. It ain’t hard, Topps has been nailing it for a decade now.

Step 1: pick a decent design (you have done rather well with this step)
Step 2: make the base card checklist robust enough for set collectors (you did this right with O-Pee-Chee)
Step 3: (the step you have consistently buggered up every single time) GET THE RIGHT NUMBER OF SHORT PRINTS. The should be NO MORE than 20% short prints in a set if you want people to actually collect the damn thing. Which is kind of what retro collectors do.
Step 4: Get the right insert ratio for the short prints. Rule of thumb: The more SPs in the set the lower the ratio needs to be. If over 20% of the set is SPs, they need to be at least 1:2 packs if not 1 per pack. 15%-20% you can get away with 1:2 packs. 10%-15% you can go with 1:3 packs. 10% or less you can do 1:4 packs or higher. Here’s a tip: Heritage and A&G have it down pat. Heritage has about 18% shotprints in the base set and they have been bouncing back and forth between 1:2 and 1:3 packs for SP ratios. A&G has just under 15% SPs and they have done a 1:2 SP ratio for every set. They are doing all right for themselves with those products, no? Another tip: if you guys put out a retro set where there are almost as many short prints as base cards and then make the ratio too high, I’m going to buy a few packs, realize there ain’t no chance in hell I’m completing this set and go back to buying Heritage and A&G.
Step 5: No freaking super short prints that are harder to get than normal SPs. (For example the ones in 2008 Gourdey and 2009 Goodwin) NO. WRONG. BAD UPPER DECK. STOP DOING THIS.
Step 6: Quit being cheap with the cards per pack. These things are printed on cardboard that would otherwise be made into cereal boxes. You can afford to put 8 or 10 cards in a damn pack. Seriously, what the hell was up with retail Goodwin?? 4 cards in a pack??? That cost you at least a couple of blaster sales with me.
Step 7: If you do mini cards at all, put them one per pack. not 7 in 20 packs, not two in a pack for parallels, one mini:one pack. If you don’t it’s annoying as hell and attracts pack searchers.

Voila. Instant decent retro set that I and many others would want to build. Set collectors are a different beast than high end. You do good with the High end, now please throw us a bone.

Good luck next year…

4 11 2009
David Roy

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
My favorite product would have to be UD Goodwin because the designs were perfect as well as the jerseys and autos.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I would have to say UD series 2 just for the fact i really have no interest in the usa jersey cards.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpiece o how i have miss it.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Of course, i enjoy UD way more then topps for the fact that they have great customer service and there hobby boxes give you your moneys worth.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Some of there high end basketball products didnt feel like it was worth the money.

4 11 2009
kman

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
UD Goodwin, although I would prefer a baseball only product. (No other sports, historical figures)

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Spectrum

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces, though for me it is a similar niche to my other favorite, Goodwin. Also, I like the idea Timmy put above about Jambalaya type inserts for baseball.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes indeedy.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Sets that stray from the point. I don’t need historical figures and other non-baseball related cards in a pack of baseball cards.

4 11 2009
Marvin Jung

Questionnaire:

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin Champions – loved the design, simplicity, and the ease of putting together a master set (kind of – the inserts are making it a bit tough)

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
First Edition – all sports; just simply bland in design all together – too much of everything and too much of nothing.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Goodwin – not sure how it would look or be done without the MLB license, but it was/is a beautiful concept – by the way – print it on a thicker stock; the current stock on Goodwin is super flimsy and feels cheap.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
SP/Goodwin (if there is one)/Sweet Spot/Masterpieces

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Coalition. Absolutely horrendous. I’ve spent $1000 on Goodwin alone and have enough of the base cards to build 100 base sets; I’m still more than 50% short with the short prints and the ssp’s. Would have been cheaper to purchase a complete set on Ebay.

4 11 2009
Don

1. Ball Park Collection

2. A Piece of History

3. Artifacts

4. Yup

5. The time it takes for redemption to be fulfilled.

4 11 2009
White Sox Cards

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin Champions looks absolutely beautiful!

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Icons was a disappointment.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces should return without short prints.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes, how the cards look without the logos will determine how much though.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Player photos and team listings that do not match each other. It’s annoying for a team collector.

4 11 2009
RNCoyote

1. O-Pee-Chee for being a throwback to the 70s, 80s, and early 90s with cards on the box panel. I love building this set.

2. Piece of History and X. UPX has a very bland uninteresting design while PoH makes us appreciate the times of the past it was ill-conceived and becoming inserts you don’t want. It didn’t help when one of PoH cards I pulled was Patriots winning the Super Bowl but on the back they made more attention on Paul McCartney halftime concert than the win itself.

3. Team USA baseball. It showcased potential and future prospects playing for our country.

4. If O-Pee-Chee still around for next season I will build that set.

5. Too many related set. While there is lot of variety the sets are pretty much the same. To me X is too much similar to Spectrum Icons set and at same time its SP-lite. Same with Goudy and Goodwin set. It needs to be different feel than just slapping a design and call it fresh when its reminds of you similar sets the brand put out during the same year.

4 11 2009
Bryce David

Favorite product: Goodwin, bought a box pulled an card jordan auto love it.
Least favorite: Sweetspot, I know it has been good, but 07 SSC was a charm for $60.
Insert return 2010: I really like the 20th anniversary cards, excellent photogrpahy
I would buy: 2010 Exqusite Baseball, Cant wait if its like BKB and FB.
Biggest issue: stop fake patches and boring jerseys, and who killed premier I love that set.

4 11 2009
Robert S.

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

The base series 1 and 2 if you are talking about sets. Reasonably priced product with a few hits per box.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

No product I opened or purchased a hand-collated set was that bad. I do have a problem with the “release” of the 20th anniversary retrospective cards. I didn’t like them and I can’t seem to get rid of them as singles I offer for sale, demonstrating there may not be very many collectors trying to build the set like they did for Yankee Stadium Legacy.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Other than flagship, I would like to see 40-Man return because I miss a comprehensive set from UD (or even Topps) that has at least every 25-man roster player for all the teams. Best way to go about things may be to start the set content with the 25 man opening day rosters and add players who joined the 25 man roster in the first month or two of the season – that should be able to yield a July release, I would think.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

I plan to, but that could change depending on how nice the design looks or
if the logo airbrushing is done well or looks like a bad unlicensed card from the 80’s.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Inattention to quality control. Wrong autos on cards, upside down autos on cards, or mostly when I open the base products, I get packs or series of packs with at least one miscut card or a card or two in each pack has dinged corners. A pack fresh card should be NR-MT/MT, IMHO. I once sent some of the miscut cards back to UD’s customer service address and never heard back with replacements or replacement product to allow UD the opportunity to apologize for the horrible quality control.

4 11 2009
Tigre

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
SP Legendary Cuts the card stock is nice quality with decent card design (with the exception of some of the memorabilia cards) and quality of the cards was decent.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
SPx, though I’m a big fan of ’08 SPx common cards design, with their flashy die cut design. The ’09 cards lacked in that area, and the memorabilia cards were pretty forgettable…

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
It’s not so much what I want to see, as what I don’t want to see, Piece of History, X, and Spx didn’t do much for me this year… Spectrum/Legendary Cuts were probably the ones I enjoyed most thus far

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Quality, the original flagship UD product had a clean cut yet cutting edge design for cards at the time, this should always be a focus for UD products. I have plenty of examples of poorly created 2009 cards, not only the roller creases on base product, but ballpark collection memorabilia cards where jersey pieces are going rogue, icons cards with foil remnants, and goodwin champions cards with creases. It’s not just an issue in a single product. And a side note, the packaging of a box of Spectrum is pretty ridiculous.

4 11 2009
mmosley

1. Goodwin Champions – great looking cards, i love the old school images, nice backgrounds, could have not included Super-short prints

2. Goudey – LOVED 2008, big disappointment this year.

3. Masterpieces – its the only set I collected in 2007 and 2008

4. I’ll have to wait and see. The lose of the baseball license will be tough to overcome. It all depends on the product and how it looks.

5. Making goudey irrelevent this year. doing away with masterpieces. losing mlb license.

4 11 2009
SteveTX

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

By far, the revival of O-Pee-Chee. I know it wasn’t nearly as popular as other brands out there, but I think there’s a market for a stripped-down, retro themed set for set collectors out there. It’s everything Topps Heritage should’ve been, but isn’t.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

I absolutely love the idea of retro-themed sets, but I didn’t think Goodwin Champions was nearly as good as it could’ve been. For nearly the same price, Allen & Ginter was just a much better looking, feeling product and I bought it 10 to 1 over Upper Deck’s version. Either change this one drastically or shelve it for something more original.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

I thought the 20th anniversary UD Griffey RC insert was genious. I never got my hands on one, but it got everyone excited about baseball cards again–even on blogs that have nothing to do with baseball cards or sports!

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

I would love to see another OPC baseball set and would likely purchase multiple boxes if similar to this years release.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Not just with U.D., but with the hobby as a whole, I would love to see more originality in some sets. Masterpieces was a very unique product that was similar to nothing else on the market. How about a cloth set like what Topps tried a few times over the past couple of decades? Thinking like that will get people interested in the hobby again.

Also, baseball cards in general have just gotten too expensive over the years. I would love to see more sets with cheaper price points that don’t necessarily look like it. That will, almost certainly, make me want to buy more of your product.

4 11 2009
Jason Ballew

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

I would have to go with the flagship set here, with UDx a close second. 20 card a pack hobby and 18 card a pack retail makes for a great set for set collectors. UDx is a good budget set with a good insert and paralell versions to be honest.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Ballpark Collection, by far. When your set is designed around the game-used materials, and almost everything in the set other than the case hits are single-color swatches, this becomes very bland and boring. A close second here would honestly be Spectrum.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Some of the 90s Fleer inserts that UD is using in Hockey, for one thing. Hell, bring back Fleer Ultra like it was in 2006. Drop Ballpark Collection, and make SP Threads instead. Change SP Authentic to have patch autos from the rookies, like Football is.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Doubtful. To be honest, until something changes in the card industry, I have little incentive to actually purchase product from anything other than eBay. I love busting wax, but I’m not going to spend $50-100+ for a box that might have 2-3 cards I actually want, and a bunch I couldn’t get rid of if I paid someone.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Bland, stale card design. The following describes nearly every sportscard product over the last five years: ‘blah’ hits per box, most of which will be single-color swatches. One autograph, usually of a low-level player (especially in baseball). One good hit per case. Random paralells that may be hard to tell the difference between. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

4 11 2009
GDodger

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin Champions – Has the best looking cards of the bunch.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goudey – Why didn’t they part so far from what was good with ’08.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
I, like many others, would like to see Masterpieces return.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Most likely, but will wait to see what they look like first.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Too many types of insert sets. I used to try to collect them all from some of the sets, but can’t keep up with it any more. Makes them not as unique as they once were.

4 11 2009
Paul

1. My favorite Upper Deck baseball release was O-Pee-Chee. It was big enough to include a lot of players, and the design reminded me of the sets I used to collect. The lack of UV coating made them perfect for autographs, too.

2. My least favorite would be a tie between X, Spectrum and A Piece of History. I just couldn’t see any point to these sets.

3. I’d like to see the Fleer brand revived with a set, and I’d like to see some hologram inserts again in an Upper Deck product.

4. I’ll probably pass because the logos do matter to me. If not paying for an MLB license allows Upper Deck to offer more value for the price, I may reconsider.

5. The arrogance of producing an unwanted huge insert set to commemorate their anniversary and spread it across all their brands. The Yankee legacy cards were bad enough.

(Please don’t enter me in the contest — I have enough card clutter & I don’t collect basketball.)

4 11 2009
calicokidcards

1. AP Authentic – I am one of the few that probably collect Jason Motte (fellow Iona College grad) and you features him in this set. He was included inboth the future watch and the rookie letters. Almost done spelling “ROOKIE”. I also like the clean design. I thought it would be Goodwin after the sell sheet came out, but the auto list was weak and there was not enough baseball players in it.

2. Goudy was my least favorite. Not a fan of the design. It reminds me of the Charles Swabb commercials. NOT GOOD to be making that comparison.

3. Masterpeice. I would like to see it be a 300 card set, not just 100 cards with 25 retired players. It should be like the 2007 when it comes to the box configure, not 2008.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010? If Masterpeice is part of it, yes. Otherwise I would probably just buy off the secondary market. Can afford $60 for Ballpark and $90 for SP Authentic. Saving to get that Jeter auto, and unlike MR. SCOTT, i have yet to pull one in all my years of buying UD.

5. Biggest issue with UD is stickers, like most. Do away with them. I have been quite luck wih UD. I always get the stated odds (had issues with Topps a few times) and received redemptions quickly (still waiting on a few Topps ones). Also, how about blaster hobby boxes. It is hard to spend $80 on a box, but if I could get 12 packs of SP Authentic with a letter auto and 50% chance of the other auto for $40, I would purchase it. Maybe more mini box options.

4 11 2009
ig4mer

1)- Goodwin Champion- I like this product more than Allen and Ginter and that is saying a lot. The Goodwin Champions Ichiro base card is one of the best looking cards I own. I also liked that MMA fighters were included in the checklist.
2)- Probably Spectrum. I didn’t care for any of the celebrity autos in the product and it didn’t stand out in any other way. Also for the first time since I got back into collecting (maybe 3-4 years ago), I bought more Topps base set rather than Upper Deck base set.
3)- I definitely want to see Goodwin Champions back with hopefully better case hits. I won’t mind seeing Masterpieces back. It was a fun set to complete.
4)- I would definitely give the Upper Deck a shot and buy a few packs here and there before I buy boxes.
5)- I am worried with the Topps exclusive that the Upper Deck cards won’t be collectible and won’t hold value well (book, trade, personal). In other words, I worried if Upper Deck can compete with Topps anymore. What I am hoping is that Upper Deck has some innovative ideas to be competitive and thus relevant in the collecting world.

Usually I like Upper Deck products more than Topps and I am cautiously optimistic for them.

4 11 2009
fly29

1.My favorite one was icons

2. Ballpark

3.Masterpieces!

4. If I get a good enough allowence I will probably

5. poor designs!!!

4 11 2009
HobbyWatcher

1. Favorite Product SPA baseball – The lettermans are fun even tho they are getting old.

2. Spectrum

3. Masterpieces

4. By far the best design in the hobby so yes

5. Redemptions they are a bad for EVERY company.. That being said UD’s customer Service is the best in the industry. I have found that they are far more knowledgeable than the other companies, they can talk with me about cards and the industry

4 11 2009
Alex

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I liked goodwin the best. I am a sucker for retro themed products. I liked the alternate logos for some players, the backs of the cards and for the most part, the art. Some of the art could have been improved.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
X and Spectrum were a waste of cardboard. The design is old and not exciting. I don’t see the point of having an X all over every product. Its

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces was a favorite. The cards were among the nicest for the few years they were printed. I also like the holograms. Holograms always made a card look better.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Perhaps. Depends on the product and the way it looks. Curiosity will probably get the best of me.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
I don’t see the point of having an X all over every product. Its like they did their market research in the 90s.

4 11 2009
Drew

Hmmmm…. this should be interesting

Favorite Product: Well, I liked Goodwin, and SPX a little, and I’ve bought some Ballpark singles, Icons was OK, Goudey was a little strange, and flagship was pretty nice, but all in all, I guess my fave was Goodwin, nice design, still many tweaks need to be made, it’s not Allen & Ginter, it’s a step up from Goudey. Upper Deck, if you’re reading, please know that. It’s still a nice set, I bought a blaster and was pretty happy, especially with a Mariano Rivera Gypsy Queen mini!

Least Favorite: Upper Deck X was pretty brutal in my opinion, I guess that’s the worst one. Cheap design, X Ponentials are the only high in a series of lows. And also, if you’re going to make a brand called upper deck x, please don’t make little previews of x in spx and spectrum, the only product that should use the x is upper deck x

Favorite Insert: Hmmm…. Well I really like the Dimaggio’s in SPX but I’m sure many others didn’t, I guess that was the best. I’ve also always liked the Sport Royalties in Goudey.

Will I buy next year: No doubt, even without a license, if you put products like Masterpieces back out I will jump all over them, I’ll always buy, not just to trade, but I like getting little tastes of each product.

Biggest issue: 3 words

20TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE

If you make these, make em in style

I’m a tough critic, what can I say, but when a card company is reading this I want them to make sure they know what I want. Thanks so much Upper Deck, I’m not a huge basketball fan but that quad is sweet!

4 11 2009
Mike Newman

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
SP Authentic

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Sweet Spot

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
UD Reflections or UD Masterpieces

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I’m sure.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Their difficulties with fulfilling redemptions.

4 11 2009
Gavin

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
-Goodwin Champions, by default. I was extremely disappointed with Baseball across the board in 2009, even though it is my favorite sport to collect. I liked the concept of the Goodwin set, especially some of the creativity behind the base card checklist. However, the minis & parallels were excessive, the autos/relic list was sub-par, and the 20th anniversary cards were completely unnecessary.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
-I did not buy any other UD baseball release because nothing seemed worth the $$$. I am tempted to buy some Sweet Spot but even that seems like too much of a gamble at the current price point.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
-I would like to see an Exquisite Baseball set (or insert) that is as high-quality as the UD Exquisite football/basketball counterparts.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
-I would REALLY like to, but only if quality is produced. PLEASE give me a reason to spend $$$.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
-My issue is not with UD, but with card companies in general. I would like the card companies to invest a little more in the Hobby by increasing marketing spend, increasing R&D, producing higher quality products at lower margins. Ultimately this will pay off in terms of long-term value creation for the company. The card companies currently seem very short-sighted, almost as if they are trying to squeeze the last penny out of the collectors and the Hobby with piss-poor release after release.

4 11 2009
bob enlow

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
sweet spot…the autograph cards are just awesome

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Ballpark – just to much going on a card

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
I like the inserts from the 1997 base set…great pictures and some nice die cuts

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Sure – I always like to try the products

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Dont make the USA relics/autos count as part of the insert ratio…they should be in addition too.

4 11 2009
bob enlow

FYI…i forgot to add…part of the reason for my comments is my 9 year son and 6 yr old daughter have never gotten to experience just some real cool inserts of their favorite players.

4 11 2009
Bainestothehall

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Flagship set, I’m a traditionalist.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
O-Pee-Chee… I dunno, didn’t do it for me.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Goodwin Champions

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Sticker Autos, but it’s really not that big of a deal.

5 11 2009
Toriihunter

1. My favorite release was by a longshot sp authentic because of the amazing base design, cool inserts with some nice autographs mixed in.

2.My least favorite release is hard to say because I like to think happy thoughts about a hobby that makes us happy but I would say spectrum for lack of decent inserts and boring hits

3.I would love to see masterpieces and sp authentic return and maybe a goudey or a low end Goodwin champions.

4. Probably not unless something great happens but I will be buying lots of 2007-2009 product

5. My biggest issue with ud is their lack of creativity in base and insert design and the outragous price points

5 11 2009
johnlaf

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

My favorite release from Upper Deck from 2009 was by far Goodwin Champions, I truly feel it was worth the wait to the end of the season. I loved the painted backgrounds and bought the Garrett Atkins auto and Jeremy Bloom auto as a perfect reminder of how beautiful the Rocky Mountains are back in my hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. Very well done with on card autos and mixing the print count on the base cards as well as the “hits” to add some chase to the product! The etymology inserts and d day inserts were a very unique idea as well.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

I personally did not care for UDX, but I still remember as a kid needing to buy those collector’s choice cards with my allowance, so I understand the need for it. With that being said, my least favorite brand was Upper Deck Ballpark Collection. Essentially a carbon copy of last years cards with serial numbers. It was bland and plain, and essentially a way to dish out relics. Instead of 8 tiny pieces of relic, 4 on each side, take 2 teammates and put giant swatches on each side of the card. There is no such thing as a NL Central collector, so nobody is satisfied with a Cardinals/cubs/brewers/astros hit… however throw in a giant pujols swatch on one side and a giant wainright swatch on the other and BAM its a amazing.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Absolutely hands down masterpieces. I have bought plenty of it in 07 and 08 and missed it this year. As for inserts, go back through marios blog and pretty much every card manufactured for football, hockey and basketball that he wined about wanting for baseball, would be great additions. Particularly the fleer EX line.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Without question yes, some. If you can figure out a way to make a beautiful set without your MLB licensing, absolutely I will be all over that. I imagine something like MLB classics, where you take the original franchises, strip down their uniforms of their logos, and put those uniforms on the modern players… just a thought. Not sure if you can use team names or not, but if you can’t using the local nickname for the teams would be cool too. i.e. Bronx Bombers for NYY, the ‘mazins for NYM, the cards for Cardinals etc…

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Every card company has its issues. I think that the biggest issue with Upper Deck is probably the major “insert” sets taking up room in a pack. IF it is in there, and that is a big IF, it should not count towards your number of cards in a pack. Biggest example, lets say I buy 1 single 5 card pack of Goodwin, and I get 2 minis, a 20th anniversary set, and two base cards… that does not help me at all… but 2 minis, a 20th anniversary set, and three base cards in a 5 card pack is fantastic… plus it would look like a “hot pack” and could be mistaken by a pack searcher… is there anything worse than that.

Also with that… stick to a sport specific major set… i.e. YSL for baseball. Pulling a random hockey, football, basketball, political card in my retro baseball pack, simply blows.

I hope that I was of some help to you and that my advice can be put to good use!

5 11 2009
csmtampa

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Flagship. The photos were awesome, though the hits not so much.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Ballpark. Too many players randomly thrown on a game used card.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

UD3. Im sure with the technology we have today it could be brought back and made an instant hit.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Probably not in baseball, but I will for football.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Redemptions (same as every card company) Having 20 players who shouldn’t be considered “hits” compared to the 3 that are. Low value on a box break.

5 11 2009
csmtampa

Torrihunter- Goodwin is a low priced product……

5 11 2009
Joe

1. Sweet Spot
Before Sweet Spot it was Spectrum (no joke)
2. A Piece of History/Artifacts
Hate the multi-player inserts that are designed to have jerseys in them, but with non-jersey versions have upwards of 4 of the same team logo where jerseys should be…and then there are parallels of that too
3. UD3/Elements
Loved the emphasis on the the printing tech used in these sets
4. Yes
Mainly out of interest at how they work around the loss of MLB license…I do like the idea of the Exquisite as a chase set.
5. With base Upper Deck I frequently got packs of cards with many miscut cards or cards with roller marks on them. So I’d say my biggest issue is card quality control.

5 11 2009
JBob

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

OPC was the best, think about set builders but the Topps suit is troubling.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Ballpark was too expensive for what it delivered, plain swatches aren’t getting it anymore.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Starquest Inserts. They appeal to a shiny flashy part of me and what can I say but i like them.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Probably only 1st edition.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

I think the boxes they deliver to Beckett bothers me. Can’t they issue Beckett a voucher that entitles them to get a free box from a local card shop?

5 11 2009
AdamE

Mario – I want to answer the questions but please don’t put me in the Grand Prize drawing because I really don’t need the basketball cards so I would rather they went to a basketball collector.

1. Best product – Goodwin was far and away the best.
2. Worst product – X, Again. Icons wasn’t far behind.
3a. Returning Product – Would be happy to see Goodwin and Masterpieces back. (these should be easier to make non-liscensed cards of also)
3b. Returning Inserts – HOLOGRAMS!!!!!
I love mini cards!!
I don’t know who owns the rights to it but I would love to see the return of Pinnacle Tropy Collection.
4. Will I buy? – Goodwin/Goudey/Masterpieces yes. High end stuff No Way.
5. Biggest Issue – Cross product inserts. Reason number on e I have not bought much Upper Deck stuff. I hate pulling those idiotic YSL and 20th anniversary cards.

5 11 2009
jswaykos

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

I have only purchased a handful of ’09 Upper Deck product, but have been axiously waiting for Sweet Spot, which is my favorite UD product every year.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

O-Pee-Chee. Too tough to collate an entire set, but nothing “nice” inserted to ease the sting of buying multiple boxes.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Masterpieces. Or Sweet Spot in tins with 4 hits, like in ’07.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Yes. Can’t say what, exactly, but I’m all for spreading my spending money around on various products.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Recycled photos. It’s hard to justify buying multiple packs/boxes across different sets when all of the pictures look the same. That, and out dated photos on relics.

5 11 2009
Charlie

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Having not seen Ultimate Collection yet, at this point it would have to be Sweet Spot. While I would like to see the Classic go back to being it’s own set like 2007, it seems as though vast improvements were made. Going back to ball point pens was the right thing to do, and the “leather” seems much improved. The decision to continue the Classic Jumbo patches sealed the deal for this set.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Probably SP Authentic. I had always loved the By the Letter Signatures until this year when they were transformed into a cheap looking knock-off of their former self. They were done very well for at least the last 3 years, so I couldn’t see it affecting the profit margin all that much to continue doing them well.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Something along the lines of 2005 Ultimate Signature Edition. Very heavily stocked with retired players. 100% on-card autographs. Solid, well thought out design. Reasonable price point per tin.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

I suppose it all depends on what the products look like, and what players are included. Honestly, I feel like so much more can be done now without all of the MLB restrictions.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

For the last few years, it seems as though viable brands have been downgraded or eliminated altogether, while cheap looking brands like Spectrum, UDX, and SPX continue to get made, and fall flat soon after release. I guess I wish card companies as a whole would value the collectors opinions more, and do a little more market research before continuing bad / eliminating good products.

5 11 2009
Alex Szulcewski

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I haven’t purchased much baseball this year as Im not a fan of some of the products, however SPX would be my choice, value-whise it seemed the best, and had some pretty nice hits in it.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Piece of History was by far my least favorite. Quite frankly Im sick of pulling Hollywood cards and non-sports cards in general. Its a wasted hit.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
UD Heroes. It was a big hit in 08 and I still see cases and boxes opened quite frequently.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Depends on the prices and the type of players secured in the product. I can assure, the less I pull of Hollywood and non-sports garbage the more I will buy.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Normally, just not getting the stated hits. However, there customer service department is superb to deal with and always takes care of me. Nick Leslie was been especially helpful to me over the years and I appreciate there department going above and beyond to satisfy the customer.

5 11 2009
Newspaperman

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I really enjoyed the base Upper Deck Baseball product, but I felt that Goodwin Champions really offered a solid return for the collecting dollar. The cards looked good, they had a retro feel and they did not cost collector’s an arm and a leg. I loved the minis. Also, anytime a collector can have a shot at a Michael Jordan or Derek Jeter on-card autograph for just a couple of bucks — especially in the retail version — that’s a win for the collector.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
I think “Icons” and “X” just weren’t very good. I think the design on both were lackluster and there really was not much for the collector to chase. Also, the massive “Anniversary” set that crossed over every UD product this year was a tad bit annoying. Just way too many cards, many of which had no general collecting interest. A smaller set with specific guidelines may have worked better.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
I’d LOVE to see SPX return to its roots with the holoview technology. I recently opened a box of 1996 SPX baseball — a product that is 13 years old — and had more fun than I did opening any 2009 UD product, including Goodwin Champions!

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I’d buy some Upper Deck baseball releases if the cards look appealing. If they are nothing more than basic stuff without logos, I’ll probably pass for the most part.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
My biggest issue with UD right now the tendancy to target the best-looking products toward sports other than baseball. I do not collect football or basketball, but there have been some awesome designs for cards in those markets. It seems like a lot of the baseball products look the same year after year.

5 11 2009
Nick T

1. I personally like SP Game used cause of the patches. Great colors and ud knows what we want in the product.
2. I didnt like sp authentic baseball cause of the rookie patch autos with the yellow so that is why i am not buying the product.
3. I like to see a lower end of exquiste in which a pack would be 30 bucks and get 2 hits like a rookie auto and a patch/jersey.
4. I always look forward to any product coming out that I have a strong interest in.
5. the redemption service cause when i call up it takes too long to get my card replaced or having a concern on how my card will get to me.

Thanks Mario!!

5 11 2009
stangy24

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

My favorite UD baseball release for 2009 was Goodwin Champions. It was innovative with the entomology relics and the on-card autos, which with UD’s exclusives, made for some of the nicest looking autograph cards in years.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Probably Ballpark Collection. Yes, there are some monster hits there, but it seems as many of the multi-player swatch cards didn’t really make sense.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

I really want to see Upper Deck use the shadowbox technology they used in this year’s SPX football for one of their baseball products. They are sweet looking cards…

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

Absolutely, especially now that they can produce cards of players outside of the MLBPA like Pete Rose, Canseco, etc.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Redemptions! I still have pending redemptions that are well over a year overdue. I wish they would do another offer where you could send a list of players you like and they would send you something comparable instead of the redemption that may or may not every be produced…

6 11 2009
Jason C

1. Big fan of the basic flagship set. Simple design, nice photography, good value.
2. I was disappointed in the Goudey set. Simply hideous artwork. I’ll also be in the minority and say I wasn’t thrilled with Goodwin, either. No focus at all.
3. Let’s get back to the 40 Man sets, with an “Expanded Roster” update late in the year to take care of trades and the like. Keep the bells and whistles away and make it affordable for younger collectors. Challenging to complete, but collectors can focus on their favorite teams if they choose. Additionally, I’d like to see a new version of Heroes.
4. Oh, sure. The flagship is a given, and I usually get a retail box or two of other stuff.
5. Nothing major, I guess. I like all relic cards no matter what, but I can certainly see how others view them as being watered down.

6 11 2009
Kerry

1. Base series 1 & 2

2. Goudey

3. Masterpieces

4. Yes

5. I am not too fond of receiving political cards in my baseball card packs. It’s not a huge issue though. It’s just the only thing I could think of. I think that UD as a whole is a great company.

6 11 2009
Dom

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
My favorite baseball release was SP Legendary Cuts. It had a nice, clean, and classic design.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Sweet Spot was the worst. Personally, I’ve always believed in the stupidity of the fake, manufactured bat and ball patch autographs.

3.Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
I would love to see Masterpieces again. It was a design and set rivaling Allen and Ginter.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
I’ll probably pick up a few packs of of SP Legendary Cuts, SP Authentic, the flagship brand, and Masterpieces if it returns.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
My biggest issue is that it got rid of good brands and reuses the letter X WAAAAAAYY too much. Uses some different letters at least why don’t you guys!

6 11 2009
Jay

Favorite U.D Release: I would have to go with SPx.

Least Favorite. Everything, but Legendary Cuts, and SPx. It was a terrible year for Upper Deck.

Return: Upper Deck Ovation, Upper Deck Vintage, and SP Game Bat. Regardless of what people say these were great brands, and far exceed any of the crap they put out this year. This coming from a die hard Upper Deck sympathist.

Problem? No Problem I just hate it when they break my heart.

Mojo

7 11 2009
jamoke

1. Goodwin Champions. Any set that has my wife saying, “These are gorgeous paintings! Why dont you buy more of these?” Is great in my book. 2. Goodwin Champions! I know this seems crazy. I hate the stock. It feels cheap for such a great looking design. It was the first time I actually felt reservations about buying cards that my wife liked. 3. Holo technology. I love the Hologrfx, and the SP holo cards from 94. If ever there was a time to blow peoples collective minds with technology

7 11 2009
jamoke

That time is now. Advanced looking stuff will help compete with video games and other distractions that both kids and adults face. The shadow box cards are a big step forward. 4. I will buy UD because I buy everything. I am a degenerate like that. 5. Customer service IS HORRIBLE! I have received the same email asking me for my full name and address no less than 5 times in reference to a shortage. That is one area where Panini has excelled. There is no shame in copying a good strategy UD.

7 11 2009
jamoke

There will need to be a major sea change in philosophy. The UD brand name is linked with exceptional quality, innovation, and poor customer service. Improving CS wont be good enough. There will need to be an aggressive campaign to make people aware of the improvements. People like Mario are the type of people you will need for such a task. His recent posting of TOPPS resolution for a damaged card is the kind of press UD will need to improve their tarnished CS image.

7 11 2009
Kris

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009? SPA

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009? Goodwin? Goudey? Anything where they tried to be creative, but brought the fail.

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010? Not really an issue for me — Rehash old stuff or bring in new stuff, as long as it’s done well.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010? Absolutely, but I won’t be pre-ordering anything. Their biggest problem’s going to be everyone’s wait-and-see approach.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Honestly, I think it’s a numbers game. The Upper Deck card company really doesn’t seem to have any sense of the word value. It’s all very simple math that they’re having trouble figuring out and they definitely need to bring someone in to help.

They’re spending their money on all of the wrong things. They seem to think that collectors just want autographs and game used, but they’re dead freakin’ wrong. Collectors want autographs of players they’ve actually heard of.

Honestly, people get more pissed off pulling two nobodies than they ever would have gotten just not pulling an autograph.

Take a look at the secondary market, please. I’m sure you’ve put together enough statistics to blow my mind — So analyze them. What do Collectors want? Who do collectors want?

Does it make sense to pay a player 99 cents per autograph if over the course of the year only three people on eBay spent 0.99 + 2 shipping on his autographed card?

Do some passive freakin’ market research! Contests like this are great, but analyzing the market is better. People will say lots of things, most of which they’re unsure of. Will faster redemption service result in more or less sales? Probably not.

You have a live auction house at your freakin’ doorstep with eBay. There are also dozens of forums that track trading values. Don’t let this information go to waste. It’s telling you exactly what collectors want, and more importantly exactly what the “re-sellers” want.

Most companies would kill for the information that’s readily available to you guys and it’s free!

You could get a 200 page complete work-up of the baseball card market with patented algorithms for under 100K.

Seriously: 3 math guys, 2 marketing guys, 3 months. Bingo, Bango, Bongo.

7 11 2009
Evan

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwim Champions

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
First Edition

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
SP Authentic

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Not enough time and effort put into the low quality brands(1st edition, etc.)

7 11 2009
Jacob

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin Champions. This product showed the best UD has offered yet with a retro set.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
A Piece of History

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces. I enjoyed the artwork and the on-card autos were great.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Probably so.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
I would like to see lower prices on some of their products. Some of the high-end products are the best I have ever seen (ex. Exquisite) but the prices point is too high for most.

7 11 2009
Chris W

1. my favorite product of upper deck this year was UDX. It was the only UD product i bought this year and it was quite good.

2. My least favorite product was their SPX it was a huge let down from last years and 07s

3. I would like to see the buybacks and something like donruss crusade would be nice.

4. i woudl only buy UD if the flagship price was cheaper then topps. and jsut makeing their products less expensive in general would make me buy more.

5. my biggest issue is the customer service mainly with redemptions and their prices.

7 11 2009
Jordan

1. My favorite would have to be Sweet Spot. From what I’ve seen, it seems to be the product of the year

2. Uh, UDX was a little over the top as usual. Plus, last year’s set might have been a little better in design.

3. Masterpieces. Maybe because of the checklist, or the design, but it was a wonderful set in 2008, and I’d love to see it return.

4. Would there be any reason not to? Would I die if I opened a box of Upper Deck next year? Of course I’ll collect UD next year, license or no license

5. Well, I really think that the company should stop it with the major 1000 card mega-sets like Yankee Stadium Legacy and the 20th Anniversary Set. Also, they should try and shoot to get rid of the techno products like UDX and SPX. But I definitely think that asking the bloggers their opinion was a great idea, and could strengthen their products next year.

8 11 2009
don grimes

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
Goodwin
2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?
UDX
3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?
Masterpieces
4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?
Yes
5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?
Too long of a wait for redemptions

9 11 2009
dkrill

1. What was your favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

I would have to say that it was Goudey. I have not collected Goodwin Champions because it is too similar to Goudey, and there are too many “strange” cards in it, but I like the design.

2. What was your least favorite Upper Deck baseball release of 2009?

Definitely O-Pee-Chee. Cheap material, terrible pictures, lousy production. I don’t understand all the fuss. It was supposed to look too similar to ’71 Topps, but ended up looking like a poor man’s mid-80’s Donruss. Just an awful product.

A close second would be the flagship product. Too many cards in the set, too bland of a design, photography slipped from past years. Why bother?

3. Which brand/insert/would you like to see return in 2010?

Masterpieces. Definitely! Love the painting-style pictures, love the on-card autographs, love-love-love the framed cards. Beautiful production, nice sized set for collecting, good hits. A BIG mistake to leave this one out in ’09.

4. Will you be purchasing any Upper Deck baseball releases in 2010?

If Masterpieces is out, probably that. Maybe Goudey, if it isn’t too similar to the past three years, and there aren’t an exorbitant amount of short prints. Maybe SP Authentic. Probably some Sweet Spot, as that seems to have the nicest bang for the buck. Maybe Legendary Cuts if it has a nice design like this year’s edition.

5. What is your biggest issue with U.D. as a card company?

Too many products that don’t distinguish themselves from each other. What is the deal with UD-X and the other product that had X’s everywhere?!?!?! Getting rid of the stuff collectors love, like Masterpieces, and bringing out lousy stuff like O-Pee-Chee. Too many high-end products, like Legendary Cuts, Ballpark, Piece of History, Sweet Spot, etc. They all fill the same niche. Slim it down and firm up the offerings to fewer but better.

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