08 Ultimate Collection & 08 Bowman Sterling Pack Breaks

I decided to stop at the card shop this afternoon while I was on my way home and picked up a pack of 2008 Bowman Sterling baseball and a pack of 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection baseball.  Here are the results:

2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection:

  • Randy Johnson base #’ed/350 
  • Chipper Jones base #’ed/350
  • Vernon Wells base #’ed/350
  • Jim Rice Triple Jersey on-card autograph #’ed 20/20

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2008 Bowman Sterling:

  • Masahide Kobayashi RC Refractor #’ed/199
  • Jeff Locke autograph
  • Tim Fedroff Black Refractor autograph #’ed/25
  • Jake Arrieta autograph jersey
  • Yunesky Sanchez Refractor #’ed/199

I knew that the Ultimate Collection was a real hit or miss product, but I wanted to give it a try and I think I did pretty well.  I know it could have been much worse.  I know someone who would really be interested in the Rice autograph (I’m talking to you John from A Pack A Day).  The best card from the Sterling pack would have to be the Fedroff Black Refractor autograph numbered to 25.  I enjoy watching prospects go up and down through the system, and it makes it even better when I have a good card of them.

This week’s eTopps cards are……

JERRY RICE

PEYTON MANNING

ROGER STAUBACH

Revisiting 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football

North Las Vegas, NV (December 15, 2008) – When Upper Deck released its 1997 Legends Football set, it changed the industry forever. Collectors fell in love with the set for the simple, yet classic design, its incredible value, and the opportunity it presented to pull autograph cards from some of the greatest players in the game.

Something was missing in the set, however. Where were the current superstars? Players like John Elway, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman and others were not included in the original set. Collectors will have their first opportunity to add those players to their 1997 Legends set when 2008 Ultimate Collection Football releases on February 11, 2009.

These new cards will have the same classic design as the ‘97 Legends set and all autographs will be hard-signed on the cards. These cards will also be numbered as part of the ‘97 set. Collectors can find one ‘97 Legends update autograph card per case on average.

“Collectors have been waiting for us to resurrect this set for some time,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck brand manager for football. “It was important enough to us that if we did it, we did it by providing collectors with the players who were not available on the initial checklist. Well, we’ve accomplished just that so football fans should be thrilled to add these cards to their set.

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This week’s eTopps cards are……..

TONY ROMO

JORDY NELSON – RRO

RAY RICE – RRO