Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2001 Upper Deck Golf – 2001 National VIP Promo

Product Highlight: 1997 Topps Genuine Issue Tiger Woods Photos

In case you haven’t heard, Tiger Woods was involved in a bad car accident. Luckily it sounds like he’s going to be ok. Whether or not he’ll play professional golf again is totally undecided. Its way too early to tell, and by the look of what is left of the SUV he was driving we’re just lucky that he’s still alive. This is Tiger Woods we’re talking about here. A comeback isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. We’ve seen it happen before. He surprised the world when he came back and won the Masters Tournament in 2019. Anything is possible.

When it comes to cards of Tiger Woods the first company that comes to mind is Upper Deck. That makes perfect sense since he’s had an exclusive deal with them going all the way back to 2001. But that wasn’t always the case. Prior to 2001 he didn’t have a dedicated place you could go for his cards. They were kinda hit or miss, and all over the place. Two cards from this time that stick out to me the most would be his 1997-99 Grand Slam Ventures Masters Collection, and 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids.

A product that I believe is drastically overlooked is the 1997 Topps Genuine Issue Tiger Woods Photos.  That’s correct.  Four years prior to his Upper Deck exclusive, Topps issued this small Tiger Woods-themed set after he won the Masters in 1997.

Its strange to see Tiger Woods pictured on a Topps product.  Topps isn’t known for their rich history with golfers. This set consists of six 8″ x 10″ photos. 10,000 sets were produced.  Each pack has the same six pictures.  There are no autographs and/or relics.

Here is the checklist:

  • #1 1996 US Amateur
  • #2 1997 USPGA Championship
  • #3 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open
  • #4 1997 USPGA Championship
  • #5 1997 Masters
  • #6 1997 US Open

With the recent amplified interest in sports cards and memorabilia over the last year, packs of these photos have seen a big jump in price. Sealed packs now sell for $100-$200.

None of the photos have any type of design to them.  No borders and/or fancy coloring. In a strange way it gives us a glimpse as to what a golf-focused Stadium Club set might look like.

Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 1999 Nickelodeon Magazine

Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2009-10 Upper Deck The Cup Sidney Crosby Tribute Patch Auto

Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2001 Upper Deck SP Authentic Golf – Authentic Stars Auto

Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2001 Upper Deck #1

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection #50

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Card of the Day: Ickey Woods 2011 TRISTAR OBAK #73

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods/David Duval 2014 Upper Deck SP Authentic – Authentic Moments Gold Auto

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Upper Deck Teases 2014 National VIP Set

Upper Deck has been pretty quiet about their plans for the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  They’ve promised more details to come out this week.  But in the mean time Upper Deck gave me a quick glimpse into their VIP set.

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