Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Video Box Break and Review: 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Hobby

One Hobby box of 2008 Upper Deck Goudey (paid $64)
18 packs per box, eight cards per pack.

Part One

Part Two

The Pulls
Base Set: 127 of 330
Short Set: 117 of 200
3 SPs: Bo Jackson, G. Perry, T. Gwynn
2 U.S. Presidents: T. Jefferson, R. B. Hayes
1 1936: P. Fielder
3 Black-Back Sport Royalty: C. Cooper, A. Dawson, G. Hall, Jr.
1 Green-Back Sport Royalty: K. Durant

6 Red Backs: A. Jones, H. Matsui, S. Anderson, P. Fielder, R. Kiner, J. Guthrie
2 Blue Backs: K. Escobar, D. Eckstein
2 Green Backs (numbered to 88 copies): R. Oswalt, M. Cain

2 Hit Parade of Champions: B. Worthlessberger, T. Brady

4 Yankee Tedium Lunacies: #6018 (P. O'Neill), 6043 (T. Martinez), 6088 (D. Jeter), and 6093 (T. Martinez)

1 Goudey Autograph: Towelie
1 Goudey Memorabilia: J. Papelbon

The Review

It's hard to believe that I wrote the preview for 2008 Upper Deck Goudey on the opening week of the season, and as I write this review the Phillies and Brewers and are opening the Playoffs.

The big difference with '08 Goudey is, of course, size. Some collectors hate the standard sized cards, but I like 'em. It's 2008, not 1934. Deal with it.

The big flaw with the product is the set size; specifically the massive amount of short-prints. 130 of the 330 cards are SPed which seems a bit excessive. And when you look at the SPs, it's clear the UD overdid it.

Did we really need more cards of dead presidents? Of course not. And what about the 1936 subset? What was the point of that?

The minis are now relegated to parallel status, which as Allen & Ginter has shown, seems to be what Hobbyists want (although, not this one). And like with A&G there are five different varieties of mini parallels.

Wrapping up Goudey are the requisite "hits" and Yankee Tedium Lunacy.

The Bottom Line

The collation was great, with ten SPs and ten parallels. I also received two "hits," four Yankee Tedium Lunacies, and two Berk Ross Parade of Champions.

Collation Review: 4 Gumsticks (out of Five)
Product Review: 3 1/2 Gumsticks


deal said...

What are the dates on the two Tino YSL cards. I am looking for one from 6/30/98 (Phils @ Yanks)

Slette said...

And I'd definitely be interested in all of the YSLs you pulled, esp. the Jeter.

Anonymous said...

Overdoing the SPs? That's an understatement! I'm so sick of all these sets with dozens of short-printed cards. You want to talk about a gimmick to get people to buy cards? There you go -- pointless short prints!

Joe Martelli Jr. said...

I think I've pulled a Towles card in every pack of 2008 I've opened. Including the base and mini in consecutive Allen and Ginter packs. Is he the new Bip Roberts?