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So this is what happens when there are no logos … (Goodwin Champions)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

On a whim I decided to purchase a blaster of 2011 UD Goodwin Champions. Yeah, I probably should have stayed away.  But I’ll admit that the image of Michael Jordan Peering at me on the side of the box and his signature scrawled in the area below his face made things intriguing.  Plus, I like that I got 12 packs in the box.

I digress.  I’d done ZERO research before  buying the box, so everything I saw in my packs was brand new to me.  Which may be why I was so stunned … and really amused … by the images I saw on my cards.

I mean I know Upper Deck really does’t have permission to print many logos on their cards, but some of these are really mindboggling.

Take a look at this Carlton Fisk.

The back of this card discusses how one of the lasting images of Fisk’s career is of him coaxing the ball fair in1975.  There’s also some chatter of him having his jersey number retired.  So how does UD honor this guy?  By depicting him as a lumberjack.  Wtf?

And Troy Aikman … Hall of Fame quarterback … blah blah blah.  All-American athlete … blah blah blah.  No mention of him leaving the world of football to be the head coach of some country’s national soccer team, which is how he is depicted here.

But perhaps my favorite … Mike Schmidt.

What says “one of the third basemen of all time” like depicting him as the director of some 1970s pornography film?   This image looks like it is straight out of Boogie Nights.

So, is this what happens when a company cannot produce cards of a player in their uniform?  Are companies just going to give us card images of players doing things that we are not used to seeing them doing?

I thumbed through the 48 cards I received in my box and noticed that there is really only ONE logo that appears on any of these cards…


Interesting, no?

This Crap Needs To Stop

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

UDZambranoI’ll keep this short: There is NO reason why I should be looking at two Carlos Zambrano cards two years apart that bear the same image. Seriously, was this image so good on 2007 Goudey that it had to be re-used for 2009 Goodwin Champions? Dear Upper Deck, as you move into a new era of your company, I plead with you: STOP RE-USING POSES.

A Trio of Traded Outfielders with Tomahawk Ties

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I’m a mark for baseball trades of any kind. I like watching players take the field in a new uniform and and in new surroundings. But one thing that kills me as a card collector is owning an autograph of a player in their OLD uniform. Enter the trio of Jeff Francoeur, Ryan Church and now Nate McLouth — three guys who have ties to the Red Hot Atlanta Braves.

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I pulled the Frenchy auto from 2008 Allen & Ginter, the Church from 2009 Allen & Ginter, and just a few days ago I nabbed this Nate McLouth card from 2009 UD Goodwin Champions. When Frenchy and Church were traded for each other, I intended to post something but was really on a hiatus. But when I got the McLouth last week, there was no way that I could NOT write something about this weird cardboard trio.

We’ve got current Met Francoeur shown as a Brave, and then current Braves outfielders Church and McLouth shown in their former uniforms, the Mets and Pirates.

I’ve discussed before how trades can affect cards in a positive fashion, but without a doubt I can honestly say that the trades hurt the value of the cards shown here. Unless I find a hardcore Braves team collector — or three separate collectors looking for these cards — I will have a tough time trying to move these.

On a positive note, at least I am writing about autographs and not game-used cards. Those would be damn near impossible to unload at any price.

Three Pack 2009 Goodwin Champions Retail Break

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

GoodwinPacksIt’s clear to me that 2009 Goodwin Champions is going to be my cheapo baseball card fix for the rest of the year. Priced at $1.99 per pack (4 cards per), I don’t feel too guilty about buying a couple packs whenever I am at a big box store. I just need to stay away from those blasters — $19.99 is a hard pill to swallow these days.

Pack 1: Ted Williams, Paul Molitor, Koji Uehara MINI, Buffalo Bill Cody

Another one for the Red Sox collection

Another one for the Red Sox collection

Pack 2: Hiroki Kuroda, Smarty Jones MINI, Carlos Delgado BLACK MINI, Adrian Peterson Anniversary card

I love this card ... and I am not even a horse racing mark.

I love this card ... and I am not even a horse racing mark.

Good opportunity to show off the back of the black minis.

Good opportunity to show off the back of the black minis.

Pack 3: Evelyn Ng (poker player), Chris Volstad, Albert Pujols MINI, Matt Holiday.

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Comments: Three packs, 12 total cards — 8 baseball players, a poker player, a football player, a “Wild West Showman” and a fucking horse. This stuff is awesome. In all seriousness, this is the kind of enjoyment I like out of cheapo packs. I loved the Teddy Ballgame in pack No. 1, loved the contents of Pack No. 2 — the Smarty Jones is pretty kick ass, even though I am not a horse racing guy — and the Pujols Mini in Pack No. 3 was worth the price of admission, to use a cliche. I have an affinity to Pujols cards — base cards, parallels, inserts, game-used, whatever. I love them ALL.

2009 Goodwin Champions Blaster Break

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Stumbled into a local Target and what do I see? A small stack of 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions staring at me. Yes, the retail version of this product is live. Not only were there a handful of blasters, but also a gravity feeder, which someone apparently rifled through before I got there. Someone remind me why Upper Deck is using nearly transparent wrappers for the retail product? Gah. Anyway, here is the break of my one and ONLY blaster — 12 packs, 4 cards per pack. All will be for trade except for any Red Sox.

Pack 1: Phil Hellmuth, Hunter Pence, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Toews

The very first Goodwin card I see is Hellmuth. Hmm ...

The very first Goodwin card I see is Hellmuth. Hmm ...

Pack 2: Alex Rodriguez, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz MINI, Phil Niekro

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Pack 3: Matt Cain, Lyndon Johnson, Nate McLouth AUTO, Stephen Drew

Happy to have pulled an auto, but my luck has been off. That's topin for another post soon ...

Happy to have pulled an auto, but my luck has been off. That's a topic for another post soon ...

Pack 4: Curtis Granderson, Bill Rodgers, Rollie Fingers MINI, Matt Ryan (college)

Pack 5: Nick Markakis, Carlton Fisk, Josh Johnson, Carlos Delgado

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Is UD going to use the same shot of Fisk in every release? This is a repeat of Goudey.

Pack 6: Derrick Rose, Grady Sizemore, Derek Jeter MINI, Robin Roberts

Can't go wrong with Jeter

Can't go wrong with Jeter


Pack 7: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Chien Ming Wang, Alexander Ovechkin BLACK MINI, CC Sabathia

I'm not a hockey guy, but I believe Crosy and Ovehckin are Nos. 1 and 2 in the sport.

I'm not a hockey guy, but I believe Crosby and Ovechkin are Nos. 1 and 2 in the sport.

Pack 8: Kristi Yamaguchi, Ben Roethlisberger (college) mini, Great White Shark ANIMAL SERIES, Ken Griffey Jr.

This is what happens when the sports leagues go with exclusive contracts.

This is what happens when the sports leagues go with exclusive contracts. Barf.

Not sure if I like this one better than the Allen & Ginter Great White Shark card.

Not sure if I like this one better than the Allen & Ginter Great White Shark card. /sarcasm

Pack 9: Michael Beasley, Todd Helton, Akinori Iwamura, Koji Uehara

Pack 10: Vlad Guerrero, Jeff Samardzija, Adrian Gonzalez MINI, Alexander Ovechkin

Pack 11: Kevin Garnett, Roy Oswalt, Al Gore Nobel Peace Prize Anniversay card, Joey Votto

For a split second, I thought this was a instant-win scratcher card of some sort. Nope.

For a split second, I thought this was a instant-win scratcher card of some sort. Nope.

Pack 12: Chad Reed, Brooks Robinson, Jake Peavey MINI, Joe Dimaggio

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Comments: From the first card (Hellmuth) to the last (DiMaggio) this blaster of Goodwin Champions was entertaining. Can’t argue with an on-card auto of a Major League star — even if he is is pictured in the uniform of his former team.

From a broader perspective, Goodwin Champions is indeed UD’s answer to the wildly popular Topps Allen & Ginter set, but it does feel like a slight variation on Goudey — which really was not that impressive. As is the case with A&G, the minis are pretty neat, but hard to store.

As far as people represented in the set, it is refreshing to see a set where Micket Mantle IS NOT a big draw. Not to hate on Mickey, but Topps really has harmed his cardboard legacy. As collectors, we shouldn’t groan every time we see a card of one of the game’s greatest stars, but that seems to be the case these days. I was more than happy to see Mr. DiMaggio though.