2009 Goodwin Champions was an eagerly waited set which did not disappoint. The set did not return in 2010, which wasn't a surprise as Upper Deck was on the verge of extinction. It came back in 2011 and not knowing what to expect, I bought one blaster. I liked the set and wanted more but didn't see it again. This year I bought 2 blasters, hoping for the best.
As with last year, the set is not really a baseball set, although I think this year they feature more baseball players than last year. Of course, Upper Deck doesn't have a contract with Major League Baseball and is limited in what they can do. They learned in 2010 that MLB would come down on them hard if used MLB trademarks.
This year's set features a 210 card base set with a number of sports represented, retired sports figures, actors, artists and professional eaters (yes!). Cards numbered 151-210 are short-printed but not serial numbered cards. The short print cards don't seem too hard to get as I pulled 10 of them in the two blasters.
Here's some of the base cards that I thought were interesting.
Mike Schmidt #27
John Kruk #109
Sonya Thomas #45
Sonya Thomas, all 98 pounds of her, is a professional eater. She was The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) Rookie of the Year in 2003.
Bo Jackson #56
Larry Bird #88
Sarah Bernhardt #115
Gale Sayers #117
Brian Bosworth #132
Doug Flutie #136
Like to introduce Doug Flutie, drums
And Sam Spoons, rhythm pole
And Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, bass guitar
And Neil Innes, piano.
Come in Rodney Slater on the saxophone
With Roger Ruskin Spear on tenor sax.
I, Vivian Stanshall, trumpet.
Say hello to big John Wayne, xylophone
And Robert Morley, guitar.
Billy Butlin, spoons.
And looking very relaxed, Adolf Hitler on vibes.
Princess Anne on sousaphone.
William Sherman #165
There are several mini parallels. There 150 reproducing the first 150 cards of the base set, then the numbering jumps to 211-231. The cards feature minor league baseball players. The base minis are a cream color.
Nick Bucci #216
Marcell Ozuna #220