Card of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck Starquest Ultra Rare Alex Rodriguez

So in my previous post I noted that I pulled this card from a retail blister pack along with an Presidential Predictor of Hillary Clinton v. John McCain. Initially I was thrilled about the Rodriguez. I saw a scratch-off code on the pack and some instructions, and the words “Ultra Rare” typed at the top, and figured I’d won something.

But when I looked at it closer, it appears I am disqualified from whatever drawing this card allows me to enter. See, the geniuses at Upper Deck saw it fit to make the game to which this card belongs available only to collectors younger than 17.

Now I’m all about getting new blood into the hobby, and I appreciate whatever efforts companies make to do so — low-cost products, kid-friendly designs, etc. — but it’s a little disheartening to open a regular pack of Upper Deck, pull an “ultra rare” card and see that as an adult I am excluded from the games because of my age. I probably sound like a spoiled ass right now, but why would this game — which involves only imputing a code into a web site — be open only to kids?

The prizes appear to include video game consoles, iPods, movie passes and even boxes of Upper Deck. Don’t know about you, but there are lots of collectors who would also be into those items.

Again I ask: Why is this open only to kids? It’s not like the contest involves any skill where an adult might have the upper hand. I suspect there were good intentions with making this a kid-only contest, but what I think Upper Deck has done is created a situation where 75 to 90 percent of the prizes will not be claimed because: 1) kids will not take time to read the entire back of this card, 2) kids still do not buy baseball cards, so many of the adults who snag these in packs will simply be holding a golden ticket he cannot redeem, and 3) many of the parents who might be with their child when they get this card will refuse to go online to redeem it because they’re afraid their computer may be infected with some sort of adware, virus or otherwise.

So in the end there will be a handful of decent prizes that will be left over when this contest expires at the end of the year.


2 Responses to “Card of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck Starquest Ultra Rare Alex Rodriguez”

  1. Give The Jon the card. The Jon will have The Daughter use the code … We talk about the Ichiro you showed a couple of posts ago … The Jon … er … we all win.

  2. randy steffen Says:

    I also am dealing with the same problem. I have tons of codes and starquest codes but I am also over the age of 17. please let me know if u figure a way to redeem your prize, thank you

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