I was reading Mario’s preview and got kind of excited by the cards he posted and tempered that with my experience with 08/09 OPC hockey. Then I saw Chris linked the sellsheet, and looking that over, I think Mario’s posted only the images of the one a pack parallels.
Wanna see some ugly, then? Here’s your 2009 OPC base card (ppt):
Upper Deck has taken the two things that I think they do wrong with OPC hockey and transferred it to baseball with this one: 1) Ugly base cards and 2) too few of them a pack. Add to this a 08/09 OPC retro hockey update card per box and another New York worship set (titled on the sell sheet New York, New York), and I’m really hating Upper Deck for this one.
What makes it even worse is the 1 per pack parallel set looks so nice:
and there will be mini variations, too, which should look even sweeter.
So Upper Deck has made a set that will be primarily driven by a card a pack parallel. FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! (Did I spell that right, dayf?)
Here’s the sell sheet exclamations, with extra notes in parenthesis:
- Thirty six (36) shortprinted subset cards per box, on average! (The last 100 cards are short-printed and seeded 1 per pack)
- Thirty-six (36) 1971 OPC Retro parallels per box, on average! (These look really nice and should be sought after everywhere)
- Nine (9) 1971 OPC Mini variations per box, on average! (These, too, will probably look uber awesome)
- One (1) 1979/80 OPC Retro hockey update card per box, on average! (You got hockey in my baseball release! And what the heck is a baseball collector going to do with one hockey card a box?!?)
- One (1) New York, New York card per box, on average! (I have no idea. But I’m not thinking it’s going to be pretty)
Each 12 box case will hold 4 Triple relics and 2 signature cards, on average, plus a 20th anniversary memorabilia card and one 1971 OPC buyback.
I’ll have my hockey review up later tonight or early tomorrow, by the way. I imagine I could call it the 2009 OPC baseball box break preview, from what I read here.