Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Why did Allen & Ginter and Goudey both have to be released within a week of each other? I have a mortgage to pay, dammit. I know I've already opened a pack today, but what the hell, let's open a second one.
No. 111 Delmon Young
Well, here's your first look at Goudey. The photos are artwork now and the backgrounds are lame compared to last year's set. The got the Lou Gehrig/Derek Jeter says... bit right though.
No. 59 Grady Sizemore
Nope, not as good as last years...
No. 172 Scott Rolen
Scott's card is even more boring so it's a good card to show off the back. The copy on the back has nothing to do with what Derek Jeter says... They didn't even have a ghostwriter act like he was doing commentary by Jeter and then put a fake signature on the card like in the original '34 Goudeys. There are also stats on the back this time which is another departure from the originals. The backs are not too bad overall though. There are no Red/Green variations on the large size base cards either.
No. 186 Josh Hamilton mini card
Aw yeah, THIS is more like it! Why couldn't the whole dang set be like this?? It worked last year, why mess with success? Spectacular card. Mini cards have red backs, so UD didn't completely abandon the color choices.
HPC-25 Reggie Jackson Hit Parade of Champions
Upper Deck swipes the 1951 Berk Ross set design for this insert. I'm not sure why they went with black & White photos when the originals were in color, but I'm a total sucker for this old obscure Retro crap so I love it. Plus it's Reggie!
No. 120 Billy Wagner
Billy just smelled a fart. As you can see, Derek Jeter doesn't get all the glory in this set, Ken Griffey Jr. gets his face on all the National League players' cards.
No. 16 Melvin Mora
The orange background is appropriate I suppose.
No. 295 John Elway Sport Royalty
Oh goody. The year I decide not to bother with football cards, I pull an Elway card out of my first Goudey pack. Ah well, it's a nice looking card. And a short print. I still don't have a Sport Royaly card from last year's set, so I suppose it's nice that us low rollers are allowed to have such cards this year.
Overall it's not as nice as last year's set. Once again, they only put 8 cards in a $5 hobby pack so retail is the way to go for set builders most likely. It certainly is not a bad product though. Not as good as Heritage or Allen & Ginter certainly, but this definitely won't be the last pack I get of this stuff.