Card coloration is it's availability
white = I'm keeping it
green = available for tradered = already claimed/traded
Today's blaster is 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions. 12 4 card packs, nothing guaranteed.
On with the show.
125 Chris Johnson - East Carolina Pirates (Titans)
4 Jorge Posada - Yankees - Scott
30 Al Kaline - Tigers - Scott
108 Tim Lincecum - Giants - Colbey
55 Chad Reed - motocross racer - Scott
45 Peyton Manning mini - Tennessee Volunteers (Colts) - Julie
CD-5 John D. Rockefeller - Citizens of the Day - Julie
23 Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox - claimed by Julie
86 Brooks Robinson - Orioles
111 Kevin Garnett - Celtics
20th Century Retro 2480 - Philadelphia Phillies - Julie
77 Manny Ramirez - Dodgers - Colbey
136 Roy Oswalt - Astros - claimed by Julie
10 Vladimir Guerrero - Angels - Scott
78 Jason Varitek mini - Red Sox - Julie
135 Tony Gwynn - Padres - Colbey
33 Jeff Samardzjia - Cubs - Scott
61 Michael Beasley - Miami Heat - Scott
163 Nyjer Morgan SP - Pirates - Colbey
24 O.J. Mayo - Memphis Grizzlies - Colbey
91 Todd Helton - Rockies - claimed by Julie
116 Kristi Yamaguchi - figure skating - claimed by Michael S.
135 Tony Gwynn mini - Padres - Colbey
78 Jason Varitek - Red Sox
93 Daisuke Matsuzaka - Red Sox - claimed by Michael S.
132 Chien-Ming Wang day - Yankees - Scott
10 Vladimir Guerrero black bordered mini - Angels (Gypsy Queen back) - Julie
137 Prince Fielder - Brewers
143 Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
20 Grady Sizemore day - Indians - Scott
213 Erik Bedard mini - Mariners - Scott
56 Ozzie Smith (day? night?) - Cardinals - Colbey
47 Nick Markakis - Orioles
75 Carlton Fisk - Red Sox
102 Curtis Granderson - Tigers
109 Chad Billingsley - Dodgers - Colbey
128 Bill Rodgers - marathon runner (really?) - Scott
12 Matt Cain - Giants - Scott
23 Kevin Youkilis mini - Red Sox - claimed by Michael S.
52 Nolan Ryan - Mets - Colbey
36 Lyndon Johnson - U.S. President - Scott
64 Alex Rodriguez - Yankees - Scott
119 Carl Yastrzemski - Red Sox - Scott
98 Jason Giambi - Athletics - Colbey
71 Adrian Gonzalez - Padres
99 Ben Roethlisberger - Miami Redhawks (Steelers)
94 Adrian Peterson mini - Oklahoma Sooners (Vikings) - claimed by Jeremy
54 Kosuke Fukudome - Cubs - Colbey
Well the design is actually quite good for what it is. Although I don't quite get why some are photos and some are painted. Example, the Michael Beasley is a photo and the O.J. Mayo is a painting. I do like the inclusion of the old Cubs logo on the Fukudome as well. The night and day stuff is confusing because the Ozzie Smith looks like it could be dusk or dawn. If you know whether this is the day or night version let me know please.
Inserts / Hits: C+
To be fair to this set, it does have one interesting insert. I like the Citizens of the Day set and that is simply because I am a history buff. As an insert they work fine, my biggest problem with them is the insertion into base sets. I don't even object to historical inserts in main flagship sets, I like the Presidential ones from 2008. The minis (I got 7) are useless in my mind, although I know a lot of you love them.
By my count, I got 22 current regular baseball cards (and 7 retired ones) in this blaster, and 19 others. Even at the discounted price of $11.99 it didn't work for me. I did get at least one short print (Nyjer Morgan and maybe the Ozzie) though.
Rox in the Box: 1
Ugh, I got the only Rockie I already had, actually I already had 3 of it.
Will I Collect This Set: F
Nope. It hits just about every one of my pet peeves about modern card collecting. Short prints, non-baseball players in the base set, retired players in the base set, retro design, minis, ridiculous gimmickry (night and day cards) and uneven distribution of teams (8 of the 29 were either Yankees or Red Sox).
If the market wasn't overrun by retro sets, the grade would be higher. Or if the title on the pack wasn't Upper Deck presents Major League Baseball Goodwin Champions it would be higher. My biggest fix for this set would be to make the SPs all the non-baseball players, if both have to be present. I will definitely not be buying this set ever again. Everything is for trade, hopefully for the Rockies in this set so i can put it to bed for good.