Category Archives: Upper Deck

This category is all about the Upper Deck brand of baseball cards.

A New Season

Well, I guess it is that time of year again. Time for the beer and hot dogs and the man to yell “Play Ball”. Sunday will mark opening night as they are now calling it, and I will be wearing my Bleacher Creature t-shirt (shout out to Bald Vinny – check his tee’s out – and likely yelling at my TV.

Since today felt like spring and I could almost taste the bud light and hot dogs, I decided what better day to go out at lunch and buy some new wax. I ended up picking up some 2010 Topps as well as a few packs of 2010 Upper Deck (ya, unlicensed we know). Nothing really fascinating to report there, but did score a few cool cards I guess. Just doesn’t do it for me anymore, growing up a kid of the 90s with junk wax I guess busting some over-commercialized “junk 90s wax” still does it for me.

Here are a few cards that I picked up. (Pardon the borrowed images – google is just too easy these days)

2010 Upper Deck – Brandon Inge Game Used Jersey Card (#UDGJ-BI)

2010 Upper Deck Brandon Inge Jersey Card

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle (#7)

2010 Topps Mickey Mantle #7

This little game might just get me hooked on 2010 Topps – The Million Card Giveaway

Million card giveaway

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage – Rickey Henderson/Carl Crawford (#LL30)

2010 Rickey henderson

I also got a 2010 Upper Deck Pure Heat Albert Pujols (PH-2), can’t find a picture of it online so maybe I will have to scan my own. It is a pretty cool die-cut card.

Amazing that tossing $25 down can still afford to provide this much fun, suspense and surprise still at this age.

Anyone else out there cracking new wax in anticipation of the new season? Until next time…



2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball – My First Look

It is no big story that the recent release of 2009 Upper Deck Icons baseball was overshadowed big time by the Allen & Ginter release, but I did get my hands on a few packs of 2009 UD Icons to see what it was about.

Pack Numero Uno


Not a bad first pack bust for a Bronx Bomber fan like myself… I pulled a Derek Jeter basecard in my first pack of 2009 Upper Deck Icons, so far so good I thought. The 5 cards per pack is somewhat of an annoyance in my opinion, but I’m an old school junk wax collector who always wants more for my dime. To note, I do like the design of the new Icons, it is very nice that there is not too much going on, and to have the action shots make the cards pop.

Pack 2


Not a bad second pack, another Yankee in A.J. Burnett and a few guys from our crosstown rivals. Still liking the design of the cards as well as the action shots, moving right along…

Pack 3


Pack 3 was pretty decent as well, A Rod and C.C., two more Yankee stars, maybe I had a hot hand for Yankees this day. Also picked up my first insert in awhile, 2009 Upper Deck Icons Foil Insert – #IC-JH – J.J. Hardy serial numbered to 999.

Overall, I would say I think the 2009 Upper Deck Icons baseball is a decent release, although I have seen a few videos on YouTube where guys got shorted a jersey on a jersey card. This goes without saying, sometimes QC can fall short on products, and I busted a 2009 Allen & Ginter pack that was shorted a card, but still it remains my release of choice for 2009. I think the timing by UD to release the Upper Deck Icons was possibly a mishap, and as happy as I was to pull out some of the Yankees I did to add to my collection, I think I will stick with Ginter as will other collectors.


Mailday – July 21, 2009

With all the different ways to obtain cards now because of this pipeline called the information superhighway, no longer do we as collectors have to head down to the hobby shops to grab a few packs of wax. I go through swings were I look more to do business on eBay as well as some other trading forums to get cards instead of busting the wax myself.

Today was a pretty fun mail day for me, here is what it brought…


I picked up this lot of 15 1990 Upper Deck – Don Mattingly cards off eBay for about $0.27 each, but after a shipping mishap on the sellers part he refunded me my purchase price as well as a few extra bucks for troubles – great eBayer! So I guess in the end I threw these into my growing Mattingly collection under the freebie column.

Next I was recently checking out a few threads on an autographing forum I am a member of and came across some 2009 Bowman baseball cards that the seller was looking to deal. It was one of those more you buy, more you save things, so I picked up the following for $15 shipped…


  • 2009 Bowman – #1 – David Wright (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #7 – Ken Griffy Jr (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #110 – Joba Chamberlain (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #2 – Albert Pujols (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #14 – Ryan Howard (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #4 – Chase Utley (4)
  • 2009 Bowman – #3 – Alex Rodriguez (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #80 – Derek Jeter (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #145 – A.J. Burnett (5)


  • 2009 Bowman – #71 – Robinson Cano (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #30 – Torii Hunter (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #124 – Nick Swisher (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #32 – Johnny Damon (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #9 – Chipper Jones (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #117 – Mark Teixeira (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #54 – Josh Hamilton (4)
  • 2009 Bowman – #35 – Jorge Posada (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #10 – Ichiro Suzuki (6)


  • 2009 Bowman – #38 – Dustin Pedroia (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #20 – Josh Beckett (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #172 – Derrek Lee (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #44 – Ryan Braun (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #100 – Tim Lincecum (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #8 – Manny Ramirez (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #68 – Evan Longoria (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #28 – C.C. Sabathia (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #188 – Kevin Youkilis (5)
  • Not Pictured: 2009 Bowman – #69 – Daisuke Matsuzaka (6)

Sure, the Bowman is just some base, but I got a few players I like *cough*Yankees*cough* and a few other guys that are good players even those they don’t get to put on the pinstripes. I got multiples for TTM attempts (yes, I know good luck with the stars), or if anyone reading needs some of these cards to complete a set, or just for their own collections drop me a comment and we will get in touch and I will send them out to you on my dime for reading.


Mike Perez – 1993 Upper Deck, A card of a card of a card

I remember way back in 1993, I was steadily approaching a decade in age when the 1993 Upper Deck baseball set was released. It was on, and I dragged Mom and Dad down to the hobby shot to get a pack, which later turned into a box. I remember busting the packs with fury, looking mostly for Yankees and likely hoping for a Mattingly.

Then it happened, I stopped for a few seconds to look at the 1993 Upper Deck Mike Perez card, and it was at that moment something in my world changed. I remember asking myself what the hell was I looking at, and then it was followed with trying to figure out how that was possible – remember I was shy of 10 years old at the time, my photography and computer knowledge were Polaroid and math blaster at best.

I then took the card around to friends and family in a top loader, because I was convinced I was holding something unworldly… oh to be young again! It was the other night when I was continuing the quest to organize my collection when I happened upon a yellowing toploader containing none other than the 1993 Upper Deck Mike Perez.

1993 Upper Deck – #204 – Mike Perez


I have other Perez cards, but this one sticks out. Mike Perez pitched about 7 years in the majors mostly with the Cards, and had a decent career where he finished with a .600 winning percentage over 8 seasons, and a combined ERA of 3.56. No doubt a career that wont land him in Cooperstown, this card will forever be a part of my collection and hold that special spot from my childhood. I have about 5 or 6 of the same card from the various packs and boxes I busted of 93 UD, and for sure its worth nothing, but trust me when I tell you this Mike Perez isn’t coming out of the top loader.


Jonathan Papelbon – You forgot your shirt!

Figured in lieu of his 2009 All Star Game win, I would throw up a quick post about Jonathan Papelbon. When I decided a few weeks back that I would get back into the swing of things (yuck is that a baseball pun?) and start collecting cards again, I went over to Target and bought a few boxes. One of which was some leftover 2008 Upper Deck, I noted on the box that I was guaranteed to come home with a memorabilia card that day, although that wasn’t the deciding factor I will say I was a little excited by it.

I get this purchase home and look forward to ripping into it, being a collector of the late 80s and early 90s I have quite a bit of Upper Deck including some sealed factory sets that I got to dust off the other day. You see, I have always seemed to like Upper Deck for some reason or another, I don’t know if it was just a thing when Topps in the late 80s had to step aside when the 1989 Upper Deck cards hit the market, but for whatever reason I like them.

I get home and bust the box open…


Jonathan Papelbon – 2008 Upper Deck “UD Jersey” – #UD-PA

Although he toes the rubber for the team I hate, I will say the kid has some stuff! With 4 consecutive trips to the mid summer classic the right hander picked up the win in the 2009 All Star Game. I have to put this out there though, Jonathan… as long as Mo is in pinstripes, we will see you at Fenway! When Enter Sandman plays for the last time at Yankee Stadium… well I guess you would look pretty good in the pinstripes!


1992 Upper Deck Box Break

As I had previously mentioned, at the recent Dania Beach Card Show I purchased a box of 1992 Upper Deck on my way out of the show. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but figured it would be fun to break a box again and maybe I could get a Manny RC which I could have burned up for a funny YouTube video or something.


Well Last night was the night and it was time to finally break the box of 1992 Upper Deck. I have to say when I took out those 36 packs of cards it somewhat brought me back a few years to my childhood and the excitement of not knowing what you were going to pull!


It was fun to make a little mess with the contents of the 1992 Upper Deck box.


I went through the cards and pulled a few that I thought might book decently, but most were just the early 90s junk cardboard that isn’t worth much. I guess the contents of the box were good and worth $7, but there is no doubt the suspense and fun I experienced breaking the box were well worth the money.


I figure I will use the bulk of the other stuff for TTM. Leave a comment or send an email if you are interested in any cards from the set, and I will look through and see if I have them and send them out to you.


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Card Store Grab Bag Break 7/8/2009

I busted the Grab Bag that I picked up at the card store and here is what it had in it, enjoy…


Grab Bag Contents:


NBA CardsFREE to the first visitor to send address

1996 Fleer Skybox Metal Universe


  • #191 Hersey Hawkins
  • #195 Detlet Schrempf
  • #196 Willie Anderson
  • #197 Oliver Miller

Baseball Cards



1987 Topps

  • #7 Todd Worrell Record Breaker
  • #266 Jeff Hamilton
  • #326 Mark Gubicza
  • #401 Billy Jo Robidoux
  • #503 Larry Andersen
  • #528 Ken Dixon

1992 Leaf Studio

  • #56 Ken Hill
  • #84 Doug Drabek
  • #224 Dave Henderson

1994 Upper Deck

  • #220 Lou Brock (All-Time Heroes 125th Anniversary)
  • #87 Luis Tiant (All-Time Heroes)

1989 Donruss

  • #123 Bob Knepper

1989 Topps

  • #280 Bob Knepper

1995 Topps

  • #228 Darryl Kile

2007 Fleer

  • #2 Alfonso Soriano
  • #43 Albert Pujols
  • #61 Adrian Beltre
  • #163 Nomar Garciaparra
  • #219 Jeremy Bonderman
  • #243 Jason Michaels
  • #339 Jose Garcia
  • #366 Juan Salas
  • #388 Carlos Beltran (Mets Checklist)
  • RS-JB Josh Barfield

Was it worth $1.99? I’m not sure, but it was a good time opening it up so I guess it was. Also, because I don’t collect basketball cards anyone who wants those just shoot me an email with an address and they are yours.

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