Preview: 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

After a pretty successful product last season, Upper Deck is bringing back the Goodwin Champions product again this year with some really interesting new additions. Last year, collectors were captivated by bugs, animal patches, and hand painted portraits of former US Presidents on trading cards.

This year, things are changed up a bit. You will still have your “casual” shots of current and former athletes which may appear kind of strange, but the hits in the product this year may make you have to pick up your jaw from the floor.

Entomology returns for it’s final year with rare and colorful insects inserted into a nice little shadow box. You all should know the deal on these as they’ve been around for a few years now. Museum Relics returns as well, but this time it has a real theme. The theme is “Civil War” and shadowboxes will be created for US Civil War relics including money, insignias, and buttons from the Civil War. The Presidential portraits will be replaced with 50 hand painted cards featuring the original 1888 Goodwin Champions set. Another great addition is “It Came From Outer Space!” which features meteorite and space debris pieces.

Other than the cool relics inserted, you will find hard signed autographs as well. Combined with the above, you will have 3 hits per box. A great addition to any product is the 5×7 box topper, which Upper Deck provides as well. On a case level, there will be one dual memorabilia short print, five Animal Patch cards, and one hand painted 1888 Goodwin Champions card or It Came From Outer Space relic, or Civil War or Entomology relic.

While this product may not be for everyone, it’s definitely something different that many collectors will enjoy once again this year when it releases on August 14, 2012.

You can read more about 2012 Goodwin Champions on the official Upper Deck blog.