Preview: 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

First off, please God, we can only hope this is not as bad as World of Sports. I want to get into the whole multi-sport thing, but World of Sports wasn’t Upper Deck’s best effort. You can check the review tab for my personal box break and review of that product.

Anyway, this product is filed under baseball on most website, but you can find a ton of autos from a large cross spectrum of sports in this product. The best part about this product is that every card is hard signed. Finally companies are starting to give what the collectors want and that is hard signed autographs. This product will have 20 packs with 5 cards per pack. The base set is 150 cards so it will take 2 boxes to make a complete set.

Every box will contain a total of three of the following: Hard signed autographs, Memorabilia, Embroidered patch cards (more manu-patches! ew), or a 1 of 1 printing plate. Every pack will have a mini, a short print, or an insert inside it so you will get your insert fixes. Also, this marks the return of the 5×7 box topper in all the boxes. Personally, I think all boxes should have some sort of box topper and this is a great addition.

Included as relics in this product are several intriguing possibilities. World leaders from the past and present, inspirational people, and landmarks from around the world. Did I mention the bugs are back? Yes, Entomology is making a comeback with all new bugs and beetles and all that stuff if you are into it. They were a hit last time, but personally I would squish them. I’ve never been a fan of non sports in my sports cards. I can understand the occasional Americana relic in certain sets, but bugs? Not my piece of the pie. Although animals involved in sports are different. There will be Kentucky Derby winner relics in this product as well which I don’t mind.

Although this is not officially licensed in any sort of way, the design of the cards is nice and it looks like the checklist is full of stars from the sporting world. Most of the cards have the player in a casual, non-competitive setting which I’m not crazy about, but I don’t hate it either. It’s definitely different but hopefully in a good way. But I don’t think it will be hard to do better then World of Sports.

Right now it’s set to come out the first week of July 2011. The price point is around $70 for a full hobby box.

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5 Responses to Preview: 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

  1. Nathan says:

    Most of the cards have the player in a casual, non-competitive setting which I’m not crazy about

    I actually think that this format works very well for a non-licensed product. If you’re going to airbrush the logo off the cap you might as well just remove the uniform altogether.

    I really like the scans I’ve seen of this product.

    • I don’t completely hate it, I just don’t care for it. Have you seen the Nolan Ryan card? He’s dressed up like a cowboy, although he is a big Texan. It doesn’t make sense when you are trying to portray a sports trading card product. ITG does the unlicensed product very well and figures out the best way to get a good picture without violating the licenses. I guess it’s more of a personal preference.

  2. Nathan says:

    Yeah, some of them are just plain goofy, I think the funniest so far is the Bill Walton. But I do think that most of them work

  3. mfw13 says:

    This product is going to be a dud because there aren’t a lot of people who wants cards of players in street clothes. If the checklist had included a lot of people from sports which don’t use uniforms (i.e. tennis, golf, various Olympic sports, etc.), that would be one thing, but if all the cards are going to feature people like Bill Walton sitting in front of a piano….ugh!

    Heck, UD still has a hockey license…why didn’t they include a bunch of hockey players at least?

    • Yeah I don’t understand the photos used, but I’m sure it will have it’s own niche. Then again, World of Sports was kind of a dud and it had people in their sports uniforms.

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