Review: 2011 Upper Deck University of Texas Football

The other half of the Red River Rivalry has a set of their own produced by Upper Deck this season. Are you a fan of the ‘Horns? Do you configure your fingers in the shape of a steer’s horns every Saturday? Is burnt orange your color of choice for random household items? Then 2011 Upper Deck University of Texas football may be the perfect product for you.

But is it worth your dime? Upper Deck was nice enough to send over a box of this product to review for everyone out there. What is inside is a little history lesson on the University of Texas football program and how they became a powerhouse winning multiple national titles. Remember, after this group of Upper Deck reviews we will have a giant contest featuring cards from all the breaks. I like to show my appreciation. But here’s what we pulled:

Design:

I am giving this the same rating as the Oklahoma product. Same layout, same design, pretty much same everything just in burnt orange. Here’s what I had to think about the design for the Oklahoma product review. “The design is neither great nor terrible. It feels kind of redundant with everything having the (Texas) colors, but then again, it is an all (Texas) product. I really love the UT Icons insert cards that are the hardest to pull in a box as you only get two of them. Those inserts alone bumped it up a little bit from a completely average 3 stars. I’m not a fan of the dual and triple cards that they feature, but the singles all look pretty good. I understand trying to fill out a product based on only one school and it must have been quite the task. I just think it could of looked a little better. Upper Deck has very talented designers, this isn’t one of their best.”

Checklist:

This product featuring Texas suffers from the same issues as the Oklahoma counterpart. Again, an exert from my Oklahoma review. “The checklist is what frustrates me the most in this product. Okay, there are a ton of legendary (Texas) players that were great for the (Longhorns) and some great in the NFL. I don’t mind the players that were chosen. However, seeing those players pop up over and over and over and over again in different subsets is what frustrates me. Not only will you receive doubles of one card, you will find several of the same player repeatedly in a box. I can’t count how many (Vince Young) cards I pulled from this box. I could, I just don’t want to. It would depress me. (Young) was great, but seeing his name repeatedly isn’t.”

Value:

Now here’s the kicker of the whole sh-bang. This box was absolutely terribly collated. Same amount of cards and cards per pack as the Oklahoma product. Except this time I didn’t fill a complete base set. I also had 43 duplicates of cards compared to about half of that in the Oklahoma product. Want to know what else? THERE WASN’T AN AUTOGRAPH! I know the box states there is “1 autograph on average per box” but an average of 1 usually means there is 1. Even the sellers of this product online guarantee an autograph per box. I got 0. Luckily this product is only $40 and you get a ton of cards. But the lack of a hit is generally seen as inexcusable in this hobby. Should probably give this a lower score, but it’s only $40 and there is really a large number of cards.

Overall:

I don’t know how or why this product is worse overall than the Oklahoma counterpart. Well I do, but it should be pretty much equal in all ways to that product. It’s not. The design and the checklist is pretty much the same as far as my opinions go, but somehow the value just got extremely screwed up. I don’t know if this is an issue with the boxes themselves or maybe the teams? Was the Oklahoma box just collated right? Is the Texas box typical? It’s sad that these products aren’t the same. I can try and contact Upper Deck on the issue and see what they say, but sometimes it’s the luck of the draw. This Texas box must have been some extremely bad luck then.

A big thanks to Upper Deck for providing this box for review. You can find them on their official website, official blog, or their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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