Sunday, June 17, 2007

I Get Letters: Those UD Rookie Redemptions

This is the first in an occasional series where I reprise my "Chris the Answer Man" role and get answers to your Hobby questions. If you have any questions you would like me to answer, just drop me a line at Stale Gum reader Joe C. had a question about those redemption cards that Upper Deck seeded into packs of 2007 Upper Deck series one.

In packs of 2007 series one baseball, Upper Deck randomly inserted redemption cards that were good for 20 rookie cards. It was his understanding (and since I also pulled one of these cards, mine as well) that these cards would be numbered as part of the 2007 set (cards #501-520). However, we came to find out that UD -- for some reason that struck us both as peculiar -- decided to insert into packs of Upper Deck Spectrum baseball, the first three cards from this rookie set (#501-503).

The question Joe C. (and by extension me) had is, will these three Upper Deck cards that were inserted into Spectrum also be included in the 20-card redemption set? If not, then why not? And if so, will there be any variance between the Spectrum cards and the redemption cards?

Recently, the Upper Deck PR department added me (unsolicited) to their e-mail list. I now get all their press releases the day before their posted on So I guess you can say that I have the ear of someone at UD.

So I forwarded our joint inquiry to Don Williams, UD PR Manager, and he in turn sent it to Gregg Kohn, UD's Baseball Product Manager. Kohn confirmed that the three UD cards (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kei Igawa, and Akinori Iwamura) that were inserted in Spectrum, "will be the same 3 cards that will be part of the 20 card redemption set." As for the other seventeen rookies, well, I did some fishing on the UD website, and lo and behold, I found out who those players are!
501 Daisuke Matsuzaka
502 Kei Igawa
503 Akinori Iwamura
504 Alex Gordon
505 Matt Chico
506 John Danks
507 Elijah Dukes
508 Gustavo Molina
509 Joakim Soria
510 Jay Marshall
511 Travis Buck
512 Don Kelly
513 Kevin Cameron
514 Jared Burton
515 Kory Casto
516 Joe Smith
517 Jose Garcia
518 JD Durbin
519 Jamie Burke
520 Zack Segovia

So there you go. If you were lucky to pull the redemption card, you're getting a Dice-K Rookie Card AND an Alex Gordon. Thanks for the question Joe!

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