Pack Break: 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Rack Pack

OPeeCheeRackO-Pee-Chee is out in retail stores here on the West Coast, which I guess is no news in and of itself. But until Sunday, I hadn’t seen any single packs, just these rack packs, which proclaim “HUGE VALUE!” I’d beg to differ. You can see my rant below.

Here’s the break of my one — and only — pack of O-Pee-Chee, which I broke a few days ago. Rack Pack cost $4.97, contained 24 cards.

Top Pack

Jim Thome, 2

Alex Rios, 343

Jeremy Bonderman, 207

Magglio Ordonez, 32

Luis Castillo, 297

Joel Peralta, 81

Kevin Youkilis, 30

2009OPCKevinYoukilis

Evan Longoria, 400

2009OPCEvanLongoria

Ryan Howard,220

2009OPCRyanHoward

Oscar Salazar, 462

John Smoltz, 456

Raul Ibanez, 79

Bottom Pack

Shave Victorino, 467

John Maine, 159

Chris Ray, 352

Scott Feldman,274

Marcus Thames, 413

Edwin Encarnacion, 142

Kevin Slowey, 337

Colorado Rockie Team Checklist, 523

Julio Lugo, 78

2009OPCJulioLugo

Jason Kendall, 347

2009OPCJasonKendall

Wish someone could tell me what his tattoo really says …

Sean Gallagher, 402

Ryan Freel, 206

Comments: Much has been written recently about this product. Some have talked about how Upper Deck hoodwinked collectors with what seemed like a last-minute design change; others have blogged along the same lines, only taking things further and discussing the pseudo settlement between Topps and Upper Deck over the design. Whatever. Bottom line: This product baffles me.

Do I want the Red Sox from this set? Yes. Will I spend another penny on this stuff? No.

I’ll admit, the Box Bottoms (on the Blasters) are intriguing, but honestly, where’s the value here? For $4.97  at Wal-Mart ($4.99 elsewhere) you get 24 cards in the rack pack. For the same price, I can get a rack pack of BASIC UPPER DECK which contains 36 cards (2 inserts), all of which are better looking and of higher quality. The single packs contain six cards and cost $1.59, whereas basic Upper Deck packs cost $2.99 and contain three times (18) as many cards as the O-Pee-Chee. Again I ask, where’s the value?

My rack pack contained ZERO parallels, which may be common, but I guess I won’t know for sure since I am not spending another penny on this junk. Oh, and in case you care about details, there aren’t UD holograms on the back of these cards, and some of the images appear to have been shot with some high school yearbook backdrop. Seriously, of the 24 cards I pulled, nine of them feature posed pictures of the player standing in front of some backdrop.

2009OPCYearBookWhich begs the question: If Upper Deck can get its photographers to schedule a photo shoot with the player, why can’t the company get someone to sit down with the athlete so they can offer collectors ON-CARD SIGNATURES in various products?

I know I’m doing a lot of bitching here, sorry for the negativity. There is a purpose in this product, as it is geared toward the set collectors. But if that is it’s sole purpose, isn’t base Upper Deck already covering that sector of the hobby? I mean there are like a thousand (literally) beautiful cards in that set, and pack after pack packs quality photographs to make the collector feel like he/she is getting good value.

Dear Upper Deck,

Me No Likey.

Your’s Truly,

Newspaperman

3 Responses to “Pack Break: 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Rack Pack”

  1. fenwaymac77 Says:

    Too many Rocky movies will make you cranky.

  2. If you think 4.97 for 24 cards is bad the 6-card packs are 1.57 and 90 card blasters are 19.97 so the racks are actually the best deal.

  3. Jeff, good call on the blasters. I forgot to mention those. I got real excited when I saw them, then I did the math and got ticked off because it was almost like paying a quarter per card. Gah!

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