When we previewed 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition baseball a month or so ago, we had already heard the rumors. In case you missed it, Upper Deck released the product without any preview images other than what the box looks like.
We heard the rumors loud and clear at the time. The rumors were that this product would not feature any photos of the players depicted. It would pretty much be just autographs on cardboard…well, it’s worse. Autographed stickers on cardboard.
For $300 a box, you get a good number of autographs from legends, current stars, and prospects. However, that’s about all you get. The cards don’t feature any pictures of players at all. Nothing on the card was taken with any sort of camera.
It looks to be the biggest waste of money to hit sports cards since The Great Chase from Tri-Star where you get a bunch of 80s/90s junk wax. Sure, you might get some autos from some fantastic players, but they are only worth the cardboard the stickers are stuck on, and it doesn’t look good.
It’s sad, really. Upper Deck lost the MLB license a couple years ago and had all these autographs in stock with nothing to do with them. Well, they figured out something to do with them instead of waiting to see what the future of baseball cards will bring.
“We’ll let the product speak for itself.” Those were the last words from Upper Deck on the product. Confidence collectors will enjoy it? Not much of it in that statement and it shows.
I’d probably just peel the stickers off and put them on a different Upper Deck card of that player from a few years ago so at least it looks a bit nicer.
Here’s a couple auctions: