Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Topps got pushed until Friday, but Upper Deck was waiting for me there at the hobby shop. Sweet, beautiful, wonderful, ON TIME, gorgeous Upper Deck. First pack of the year, bitches.
52 Dave Bush
13 Woody Williams
169 Austin Kearns
286 Juan Uribe - first Sox of 2008, sorry Steve
233 Jared Burton
155 Aaron Heilman
272 Boof Bonser
116 Bengie Molina
77 Aramis Ramirez
96 Miguel Montero
57 Prince Fielder
18 Ty Wigginton
291 Andy Pettitte
291 Andy Pettitte
(sound of needle scraping over record)
WHAT THE HELL UPPER DECK?!?! THIS IS FREAKING 2008, NOT 1990! DUPLICATES IN THE SAME PACK ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE! I'M ALREADY TIRED AND CRANKY FROM WATCHING ELECTION RETURNS FOR TOO LONG LAST NIGHT AND AM SUFFERING FROM CRUSHING, BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT BECAUSE THE BOX I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR TWO MONTHS IS DELAYED AND NOW YOU PULL THIS?!?!?! I PAID FIVE BUCKS FOR THIS DAMN PACK! YA BLEW IT, UPPER DECK, YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN ME OVER TO YOUR BASE SET AND YOU GODDAMN BLEW IT!
"That was a highly articulate outburst, Vyvian"
back to the pack rip.
321 Rob Johnson RC
339 Justin Ruggiano RC
375 Matt Holliday Checklist
312 Willie Collazo RC
393 Johan Santana Season Highlights
YSL6208 (!!!) Tino Martinez 08/05/2000
Ok a brief break while I catch my breath and scan the cards.
Ok. First of all I have to say the stuff looks good. The 1995 rip-off design looks nice although I'm tired of having to squint and hold the card up to the light to decipher the name on the front. The backs look great. The portrait stands out and is a different photo from the front, there's full stats, a bio or blurb if there's room, name and personal info, a big logo and the card numbers are readable and all in the same spot. This is how the back of a baseball card should look. There's five more cards per pack than last year, which is nice as long as YOU DONT GET DUPES. Seriously, there is no excuse for that and it turns a decent pack into epic fail. Here's another nice thing about 08 Upper Deck:
Hey look! Odds are back! Not much in there... but there are odds at least. I don't know why they didn't put the Yankee Stadium insert odds on the pack. I know it's 1:2, you know it's 1:2, but not everyone who opens a pack will know it's 1:2. Oh well, I'm being nitpicky again I suppose. A step in the right direction for UD. I'm still disappointed in this pack, I just don't think this is five bucks worth of cards. I know about the two game used and auto in the box, but I'll buy a scratch off lottery ticket if I want to gamble. At least it's a little easier on set collectors now with the extra five cards in the pack. There is one thing about this pack I thoroughly enjoyed:
Ok that's damn funny. "Unleaded" cards. That's why they're so freaking expensive, they are made out of gasoline! Perfect for little pyromaniac children to play with. At least Upper Deck has a sense of humor. I however, do not. I feel like a starving dog that just got thrown a rubber bone. I guess I gotta wait till Friday for my Topps.