Friday, May 23, 2008

2008 Upper Deck First Edition

After my most recent let-down in the world of pack opening (1994 Fleer Sunoco-Atlantic), I just had to pick up a pack to redeem my faith in wax packs. It's hard to say if I accomplished my goal or not. You be the judge:

In a 10-card pack, there were THREE Oakland A's cards: rookie left-hander Jerry Blevins, right-hander Chad Gaudin, and the Piazza formerly known as catcher.

Also included in the pack were two Rockies (Yorvit Torrealba and Jeff Francis) and Yankees' Johnny Damon. His card is actually very well laid out, as the "position line" near the bottom adds a little "action line" to the card:

Let's see, we also have Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum, and Pirates' Jack Wilson. In addition to the regular issue cards, each pack includes a "StarQuest" card. This pack's insert turns out to be someone that "After 19 years in the Major Leagues, still garners a tremendous amount of respect. The 1997 AL MVP was intentionally walked 14 times during the 2007 season - good enough for seventh most in the National League. (paraphrased)" Uhhh... Well, I guess that's one way to look at it. Have you figured it out yet? It's none other than Junior himself:

All-in-all, not too bad, I guess... I mean, we're talking a 1st round HOFer (Piazza) and another possible potential HOFer (Junior). Still, three cards from one team and two from another strikes me negatively. Of course, if those were Tribers, I might not feel the same... LOL


William said...

Did you just call Griffey Jr. a "possible potention hall of famer?" He'll probably get 95-97% of the vote on his first ballot.

dayf said...

I think the Griffey "possible" Hall of Fame comment comes from a subconscious Indians-Reds rivalry bias.

Has anybody pulled a Starquest from this stuff that wasn't green? Are their other colors or is green it?

--David said...

Yeap, I said possible... While some of my opinion may be based on the Tribe-Reds rivalry, I happen to be one of the three people in the world who think Junior just ain't what he's played up to be. He is like Elvis and The Beatles - overrated and a product of 'good timing.'