The MLBPA considers Upper Deck's flagship set and First Edition as the same product; which makes sense since First Edition is nothing more than a stripped down version of "real" Upper Deck. Therefore, UD Series One and First Edition count as one product, as do UD Series Two and First Edition Update.
Also, factory-set exclusive releases (such as Upper Deck Update) are exempt from the MLBPA's 17-product quota.
At last year's Hawaii Trade Conference (which was held in Florida, but that's neither here nor there), the MLBPA decreed that Topps and Upper Deck would be limited to only 17 baseball card releases in 2008. A careful analysis shows that, while Topps appears to be on pace, Upper Deck is scheduled to go over their designated allotment.
Stale Gum complied this information from products already released, sell sheets already issued, and pre-sell solicitations. Baring any last-minute changes, Topps will wrap-up 2008 with 17 baseball card products. However, Upper Deck will issue 20 products -- three more than the MLBPA allows.
(Blogger's Note: I have no idea why Blogger inserts a very large gap whenever I attempt to post a table. Just scroll down.)
List of 2008 Baseball Card Releases* Since Artifacts and A Piece of History are, for all intents and purposes, the same product, I'm treating them as one.
|Topps Series One||Upper Deck Series One|
|Topps Series Two||Upper Deck Series Two|
|Topps Updates & Highlights||Upper Deck Update|
|Opening Day||First Edition|
|Topps Chrome||First Edition Update|
|Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects||SP|
|Bowman Chrome||SP Legendary Cuts|
|Topps Heritage||UD Goudey|
|Topps Heritage High Numbers||Artifacts/A Piece of History*|
|Allen & Ginter||UDX|
|Moments & Milestones||Ballpark Collection|
|Stadium Club||Baseball Heroes|
|Topps Sterling||MLB Documentary|
|Triple Threads||Sweet Spot|