Upper Deck Awards

Apparently, I’m eligible to win an award by Upper Deck even after this scathing piece I wrote on them earlier this year. If I win, whatever prize comes my way will be given away by Upper Deck to a reader of their choice.

Upper Deck has never been scared of the critics and I’ve never been afraid of expressing my opinion so if you think I did a respectable job as a blogger, drop me a VOTE.

-Mario Alejandro



  1. Believe it or not, I don’t believe that UD has crossed over into hypocrisy with the creation of these awards. UD doesn’t seem to be over-promoting the awards, as if decided by some neutral objective.

    It’s reasonable to expect that awards given by a manufacturer will pick nominees that reflect favorably upon the company. If UD purported them to be objective, representative of the greater hobby, etc., then that certainly would be hypocritical.

    I used to work for a software company that would produce an annual calendar featuring customers’ images of the 3D graphics work they created with the company’s tools. Every year, some customers would complain that they were left off, and not without some justification. The issue was that some of the customers of the modeling product I managed also were users of competitive simulation / game engines. They weren’t blackballed, so to speak, but for the sake of product “balance”, those customers had a harder time getting in, depending upon the quantity and range of submissions.

    What really would be interesting is the development of similar awards, but from a quasi-neutral hobby entity. I don’t think that most of the dinosaur hobby press is the answer for that, but they could surprise.

    I think it’s a positive thing, and I’m willing to go along with these Best of the Hobby Web (and What’s Good for Upper Deck Too) awards at face value, until given reasons otherwise.

  2. Bad News for Ebay Sellers.

    Today was the first day of free postings under 99 cents on ebay (up to 100 a month – up from 5).
    Yesterday there were 207,000 Topps cards listed for sale. Today there is 1.5 Million listings for Topps cards.

  3. This makes me think of the Beckett “Best” issue, in which none of their awards reflected the vote of the readers. I think it was two issues ago, where stuff like Triple Threads was voted “Best Break” even though they mention Ginter being the far and away reader favorite. Seems that they may be a bit out of touch, no?

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