My take on Upper Deck Documentary

August 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Upper Deck | 3 Comments

The baseball card blogosphere has been buzzing over the last few days about a massive new set that will be released by Upper Deck later this year, called Documentary. Check out the posts on Stale Gum, Cardboard Mania, and Sports Cards Uncensored. Documentary will include 166 cards for each of the 30 MLB teams, for a total of 4980 cards. Each card will commemorate one game played by that team in the 2008 season. There will apparently be two cards for each game, one from each team’s perspective. It’s not clear why there are 166 cards when there are only 162 games on the schedule. I don’t know what will be on the other four cards for each team. I’d also like to know if there will be cards of the post-season games since I’m starting to believe that my Rays will make the playoffs this year.

Now obviously, no one in their right mind would want to collect an entire set of this. However, I think it would be a lot of fun to collect all of the Rays cards since this is such a historic season for them. It could be a great way to remember various games years from now. It would also be good to have the cards from the games that I attended in Washington and Philadelphia earlier this year to help remember the details of those games.

Although I like the idea of this set, there are a few things that I really hope that Upper Deck will do:

  • Use a picture from the actual game on the front of the card. I don’t want to see the same pictures on multiple cards like the Yankee Stadium Legacy cards.
  • Show the box score and a short summary of the game on the back of the card.
  • Show the team’s record after the game and their place in the standings, including number of games back.

If done right, this could be a really great set. It’s definitely a fresh, innovative idea and I commend Upper Deck for that. I can’t say that about most of their sets this year. Let’s hope that they make it as good as it can be…

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  1. I’m lookng forward to snaggin’ up the Tribe cards!

  2. If they made the set like you suggest, I would buy a Mets team set every year!

  3. Well, as it turned out, that did exactly what you (and I) didn’t want–they went with stock photos unrelated to the game (and in some cases even any player that played in the game), making it a complete waste of paper. Great work, UD….


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