Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Upper Deck Spectrum

I picked up a blaster box of 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum on Saturday. I won't be buying any more. $20 for 28 cards, 3 of which were the 20th anniversary cards. Of the remaining cards, I only got 4 players I collect and only one parallel card. Here's the sorry lot.

#64 Alex RodriguezDoes anyone else think these cards are too purple?

#85 Ichrio
And that they all look pretty much alike?

#24 Jim Thome
And that they look pretty much like 2008 Upper Deck X? Especially the backs?

#40 Lance Berkman
Only one Astro and no Phillies.

#14 J. D. Drew
Although I collect Drew, there are plenty of other players I'd have rather had.

#8 John Smoltz Spectrum Blue

Much nicer looking than the base card and the only parallel in the box.

#120 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Retrospective
I've only seen 5 of these cards. This one makes as much sense as last year's Upper Deck Documentary. The card celebrates the end of Communist rule in Hungary as symbolized by the reburial of 1956 Prime Minister Imre Nagy in Hero's Square in front of 250,000 people. The picture looks like some guys redecorating a night club.

And I learned what it means when the box says "MEMORABILIA CARD in EVERY box (on average).
It means, that some boxes, like the box I bought, don't have a memorabilia card.


deal said...

When I saw that 20th aniv card I assumed that with all those orange stars that they putting the finishing touches on the Astros ballpark. foolish me thinking that a pack of baseball cards may contain baseball related cards.

FanOfReds said...

Yeah, Spectrum isn't much of a product again this year. Of course, I bought a couple of blasters when there wasn't any other '09 cards on the shelves, so now I have enough of the set to try and complete...I'd trade for any you got that I need.

Slette said...

I was thiiiiiiiiiiis close to buying a blaster about a week ago, just to open something. I resisted the temptation and decided to buy the singles I wanted and save my money. Seeing breaks like this only reassures me I made the correct choice (no offense).

PunkRockPaint said...


You have been "spectrummed"


night owl said...

"Does anyone else think these are too purple?"


My own Spectrum commentary coming soon. But you are correct, sir.

--David said...

I'd be happy to take the Thome off your hands. I, too, was burned by the stupid 'on average'... Remember when 'on average' meant you got at least one, but sometimes, you got more?

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