2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Hobby Box BreakOctober 9, 2008 at 1:36 am | Posted in My Cards, Upper Deck, Video | 14 Comments
I’m back with another video box break, this time of 2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection:
Here’s the breakdown of what I got:
- 6 (out of 100) base cards
- 2 Yankee Stadium Legacy cards
- 4 Dual Swatch memorabilia cards
- 4 Quad Swatch memorabilia cards
- 1 Six Swatch memorabilia card
- 1 Eight Swatch memorabilia card
- 1 Rookie Autograph card – Luis Mendoza
- 1 Autographed Memorabilia card – Brandon Phillips
I was pretty impressed with what you get in one box of Ballpark Collection. I got 10 non-autographed memorabilia cards, all featuring more than one player. The list of players on the memorabilia cards is pretty amazing: Miguel Cabrera, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek, Wade Boggs, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge, Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez, Johan Santana, Billy Wagner, John Maine, Pedro Martinez, Mark Mulder (2), Albert Pujols (2), Ben Sheets (2), Prince Fielder (2), Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Mariano Rivera, Chien-Ming Wang, Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson, John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Jered Weaver, Casey Kotchman, Tom Gorzelanny, Xavier Nady, Derrek Lee, and Kerry Wood. That is unbelievably good, and it’s typical for this product.
I’m happy with the Brandon Phillips autographed memorabilia card too. It’s a nice red jersey piece and Phillips is a really great player. He’s overlooked because he’s in the National League, which has a bunch of high-profile second basemen, and he plays for a small market team that isn’t very good.
The Luis Mendoza autograph, however, is absolutely terrible. Check out his statistics. 7.37 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in the majors, and 4.57 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in the minors. Seriously, Upper Deck, why does this guy deserve to be on any cards, let alone autographed cards? There were plenty of good rookies this year who were much, much better than Mendoza.
I think it’s really funny that Upper Deck puts CONGRATULATIONS! on the back of every autograph and memorabilia card, even if it’s a horrible card. I mean, people know how many “hits” to expect when they open a box. It’s not like the early 1990s when there were astronomical odds of pulling an autograph. We only need to be congratulated if the card is very good, maybe something that can only be found one per case, or something even more rare. If I get a Luis Mendoza autograph, I’m going to be disappointed. The CONGRATULATIONS! is kind of insulting. So save the CONGRATULATIONS! for cards that people might actually want to have.
Anyway, here are some of the nicer cards that I received: