Acetate Card of the Day: 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs

Man, that is a long title.

In case you are new to the blog, I am a huge fan of cards made with acetate or whatever they are made of that makes them see-through. I have always loved see-through cards and I love to collect cards of my favorite teams and players made this way.

My next installment is this 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs autographed card. You can see where the card is autographed, you can see through the card to the white thing on the other side, although I don’t remember where I took that photo.

I love the design of this card because while the top and bottom isn’t see through, the middle part which makes it “glacial” because you can see through it like ice, is autographed. I also like how Upper Deck has the photo of the player over the see-through spot which gives it some extra depth when looking at the card in person, almost like a shadow. If you turn the card over, you see the reverse image of the player while seeing the autograph from the other side.

No one really does the see-through cards anymore, but Upper Deck usually has an insert or two which goes back to this sort of design. I know Panini Contenders had one see-through subset this year, but I think it should have been designed more like this. And actually, I just came up with a great design concept for that specific insert set including the acetate component. If you want to know, you know where to find me!

I have a couple of see-through cards in my CheckOutMyCards account from back in the early 2000s, so when I get them sent out to me I will make sure I show you some more of my new favorites. Until then, if you have any acetate cards of the players or teams I collect, let me know! I’ll gladly take them off your hands.

2 Weeks Until the Showdown!

That’s right, it’s two weeks until the showdown between Upper Deck The Cup and Panini Dominion hockey.

I know that 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup is already out and I, for one, have already ordered my box. Now hopefully, I can somehow get my slimy paws on a box of 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey too so I can give you the showdown of the century. This is a battle of two heavyweights, call it Ali v. Frazier if you will. I’ve been waiting for this showdown since I first heard about Dominion coming out, especially with my beloved Hartford Whalers having their own subset.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to not open The Cup when it gets here in a few days. Luckily, since Dave and Adam’s Card World is one of the few certified dealers,  I was able to get 8 free packs of 2008-09 ITG Heroes & Prospects packs to hold me. I was also able to grab a bunch of team bags that I’ll be needing before I ran out of cash as well.

That’s right, because of you Upper Deck my box breaking fund is now down to $2.54. I’ll now need to come up with a plan to get some 2010-11 Panini Dominion in two weeks with very little resources. Think I can do it?

September 2011 Trading Card Releases

September is right around the corner just in time for some great sports card releases. From the high end to the low end, September is packed full of products. As always, the rating is based on how excited I am for the product. So let’s get it started:

Baseball:

2011 Topps Chrome baseball – September 7, 2011 – $65 – 7/10

A pretty decently cheap price for the same cards as Series I and II but with Chrome technology and 2 autographs a box. Nothing earth shattering here though, I’d rather wait until Finest comes out.

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball – September 21, 2011 – $66 – 5/10

OMG BRYCE HARPER AUTOGRAPHED CARDS!

Basketball:

2011-12 Upper Deck SP Authentic basketball – September 28, 2011 – $118 – 7/10

Upper Deck brings the college court back again with this year’s SP Authentic basketball. With new exclusives to their basketball products, this looks to be a solid product by Upper Deck, and if the lockout continues, could hold more value over the long term if Panini decides to not make any products this season.

2010-11 Panini Elite Black Box basketball – September 14, 2011 – $250 – 9/10

Panini’s newest high end basketball product comes out hot and ready to go. A great looking set that reminds me of the old Upper Deck Black, Panini Elite Black Box looks great with beautiful hard autographs from all of the game’s top stars. This is another great original product from Panini.

Football:

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia football – September 14, 2011 – $155 – 8/10

A 1 hit per pack product that brings you some of the nicest patches and autographs of the season with the new on-card rookie autographs. As always, a hit with football collectors and this year should be the same once again.

2011 Panini Timeless Treasures football – September 14, 2011 – $91 – 9/10

I really like the look and quality of Timeless Treasures this year. Bringing the old and new players together in this product is great and some of the designs are top notch. I’m happy to see this product brought to the gridiron and I think Panini did the product great justice.

2011 Topps Platinum football – September 7, 2011 – $88 – 7/10

I am kind of disappointed by the looks of things and I really hope that I missed something on the sell sheet. I don’t like the college jerseys with the logos edited out and that is killing me on this product. Add in some checklist issues with very little veterans and tons of rookies and I’m not real excited about this product.

2011 Topps Prime football – September 28, 2011 – $86 – 8/10

An underrated product last season, it returns with some solid hits and a pretty nice design overall. A great product to hold you over if you are waiting on Topps Supreme.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football – September 13, 2011 – $112 – 8/10

I really like this product except for one thing. Those autographed patches may look absolutely horrible with the retro design. I hope it was just the mock up in the sell sheet because the more I looked at it the more I didn’t like it. Maybe they will look better in person. But I still think this will be an above average product.

2011 Upper Deck University of Oklahoma football – September 20, 2011 – $45 – 5/10

Hockey:

2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey – September 14, 2011 – $380 – 9/10

Finally, the long wait comes to an end. The first high end product from Panini in the hockey arena is finally going to be showcased to the public after a delay by the NHLPA. Will this be The Cup Killer?

2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey – September 20, 2011 – $92 – 8/10

One of Upper Deck’s first all out hockey products of the new season is back and looks just as good as it has ever been. A great looking design as always, new players on new teams, new rookies and rookie redemptions, and some sweet patches and autographs in this hit per pack product.

That’s what we got for September 2011 sports card releases. I will be updating this page as I do more previews as it looks like I have a ton of previewing to do that I’ve missed. So stay tuned for lots of previews!

Preview: 2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

With 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup less than a week away now, we look forward to the next season of hockey products. One of the favorites for finding new rookies is 2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey. I know everyone loves rookies and Upper Deck really is giving 2011-12 Black Diamond collectors some treats in the rookie department this time around.

The newest case hit from Upper Deck in this product is Lustrous Rookies. If anyone remembers the “lustrous” sets from UD Black, this pays great homage to one of the best sets I’ve seen. I own some Lustrous Materials from UD Black and just love the design and the clear view through the card. The fact Upper Deck is bringing back a subset of near the same design is exciting to me.

Continuing with rookies, you can find 1 Ice Premieres rookie per box and as usual you can find 3 Triple Diamond rookies and 1 Quad Diamond rookie per box. You may also find a parallel of these as well in Ruby, Gold, or Platinum. As far as veterans go, you can find 6 Double Diamonds, 3 Triple Diamonds, and 4 Ice Veterans.

These box breaks are always filled with different versions and parallels. With 5 cards per pack and 24 packs per box, you are almost pulling one parallel or different version per pack of cards.

Another new card this season is the Championship Rings set, which is obviously going to be a favorite by me. An acetate-rainbow based card, featuring a giant ring on the card with a player from a championship team. Yes, I love acetate cards and Upper Deck really does acetate cards great justice with every acetate set they make and I love it. These can be found 1 every 3 boxes so they are limited.

Finally, you can find the usual Hardware Heroes, Gemography, and Black Diamond jerseys. A new twist with the Black Diamond jerseys is you can put the cards together to complete the background design of the card. I’d imagine if you found a booklet card display, you could put each card on each side and have a nice piece to look at, despite it not being hinged.

2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey hits stores in December 2011, right in the thick of hockey season.

Preview: 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup Subsets

Here is the counterpart to my post of some of the subset cards from 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey. Now we at Sports Card Blog are featuring some of the amazing subsets from 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup hockey! Now I just want to dive right into it as these cards look great.

Limited Logos:

 

These are amazing patches. There really isn’t more to say about it. Nice big patch windows, great multi-colored patches, and some nice hard signed autographs…absolutely beautiful to look at. The only thing that bothers me is the white stripe where the autograph goes, but that bothers me in every product too unless it’s placed in a good spot. I prefer the faded area of the photo set up for the autograph.

Property Of:

 

Just like the Panini version in Dominion. But these cards are still really cool and make great 1 of 1 cards and obviously Upper Deck was the first to do this type of card. Just a great subset anyone lucky enough to pull would be happy about. Although it would be cool to have an autograph on there somewhere, maybe on the stick?

Emblems of Endorsements:

 

Pretty cool looking cards with dual patches and an autograph. I’m not too keen on the window design here but overall it’s going to be a dynamic subset regardless and the design is pretty clean. Although the gold on gold lettering may not look great, we’ll have to see in person. Kind of like how you couldn’t read names and teams on this past year’s SP Authentic.

Honorable Numbers:

 

I still don’t get the point of having a dual autograph with the same person on it twice. They did it with SP Authentic and I thought it was terrible. They are doing it with The Cup and still think it’s terrible. I know Sidney won’t do dual autographs but seriously, this is the solution? Meh.

Rookie Booklets:

Actually I really like these booklets with the autograph on one side and some nice memorabilia pieces on the other. They have actually designed the exterior of the booklet better too since Exquisite football so I am excited that these will be inserted into the product.

Scripted Sticks:

I actually really like this subset too. If done correctly with the right color sticks and ink, it would make a great looking subset to complete the whole set which would be extremely difficult given the rarity of the cards. But it would make one beautiful set to put together.

I have more images on my other preview post of 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup that you will need to check out. I’m just too lazy to do anymore repeat photos so just go see my other preview post.

Remember, it releases the last day of August 2011!