I’ve been saying for quite some time that Upper Deck’s design team clearly has more talent for creating football products than anything else. It seems like every time I bust a U.D. football product, I am amazed by a design, insert, or another new concept. 2009 SP Threads follows in that tradition.

For starters, the base cards look cooler than anything I’ve seen this year in football. The die-cuts, which we’ve been seeing a lot of from this design, still looks great and actually features a different photo on the back … something that’s very rare in trading cards these days.

The sample box Upper Deck sent was not the typical Hobby box which promises five memorabilia or autograph cards per box. Instead, it was a box with 144 cards and one game-used relic. Dave & Adam’s is selling the full version for $80 dollars, which would seem like a better deal given Upper Deck’s reputation for football.

I’ll let readers be the judge on this one. What do you think of this year’s SP Threads?

(click on thumbnails for full-size scans)