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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday's Afternoon Blaster - 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Welcome to this week's Sunday Afternoon Blaster.  This is a purchase from my local Wal Mart which I hadn't noticed prior to this week.  Either I missed it or Wally World has a stash of old blasters in the back.  We shall see in the upcoming weeks.  Last week's monstrosity of a repack blaster, well monstrosity is overstating it a bit but it wasn't good, inspired this purchase.  I got one pack of the 2007 version of this set in that box and I figured 2008 would be just as good, we shall see.  There are 3 Rockies in this set, of which I own 2.  The goals for this blaster are card #30 Matt Holliday and a cool short print or parallel that is very tradable.

Card coloration is it's availability

white = I'm keeping it
green = available for trade
red = already claimed/traded

Man, Dice-K was everywhere in 2008, wasn't he?

Today's blaster is 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces.  8 four card packs, nothing guaranteed.

On with the show.

pack one
43 Chin-Lung Hu - Dodgers
85 Chris Carpenter - Cardinals
4 Chipper Jones - Braves
46 Robin Yount - Brewers

pack two
8 Jim Palmer - Orioles
23 Jim Thome - White Sox
32 Justin Verlander - Tigers
18 Alfonso Soriano - Cubs

pack three
86 Carl Crawford - Rays
65 Jorge Posada - Yankees
YSL 782 Babe Ruth - Yankees
81 Ichiro - Mariners
67 Eric Chavez - Athletics

pack four
57 Pedro Martinez - Mets
29 Troy Tulowitzki - Rockies
39 Roy Oswalt - Astros
90 Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals

pack five
15 David Ortiz - Red Sox
1 Brandon Webb - Diamondbacks
76 Greg Maddux - Padres
48 Ryan Braun - Brewers

pack six
2 Justin Upton - Diamondbacks
102 Nolan Ryan - Astros (short print)
53 Carlos Beltran - Mets
88 Frank Thomas - Blue Jays

pack seven
79 Russell Martin - Dodgers
64 Joba Chamberlain - Yankees
YSL 1336 Joe Gordon - Yankees
25 Joe Morgan - Reds
11 Carl Yastrzemski - Red Sox

pack eight
50 Joe Mauer - Twins
22 Kosuke Fukudome - Cubs
74 Luke Hochevar - Royals
60 Whitey Ford - Yankees

Design: A-
They named this set well, because these are Masterpieces.  Most of the paintings aren't as good as the 2007 set, but there are only a couple that I didn't think looked that good.  The Verlander card is my favorite due to the detail of the scoreboard during his no hitter.  Fantastic.  I am on the fence on the textured front. It just doesn't feel like a card, but I can overlook it because at least it's different.

Inserts / Hits: D-
This is not the product for hit seekers, at least not the blasters.  I am not aware of any insert sets other than parallels in this set, but I don't think there are any.  I will say one thing about the (usually ignored on this site) Yankee Stadium Legacy cards in this blaster.  I was not bothered by them one bit because they did not replace a regular card.  These types of basically uncompletable sets only bother me if they impede my attempt to collect something else.

Value: B

Not bad, nothing great popped out other than the Ryan short print (which looks great in its rainbow goodness).  But there were some good cards and I feel like I go my money's worth out of this.  And when all is said and done, that's all I am looking for.

Rox in the Box: 1
Well I missed out on the Holliday to finish this set, but it's not horrible or anything.  I got 1 Rockie out of 32 cards, that's right where it should be considering there are 30 teams.  I was hoping for the Holliday, but I did not expect it.

Will I Collect This Set: F
As good as this set is, it really just isn't my style.  I have always thought card collectors fell into one of two main categories, photography lovers and stats lovers.  I am more the latter, but I am not a crazy new school sabermetrics fanatic.  But when I started collecting the numbers fascinated me more than the pictures.  This is a set ideal for the photography/art lovers though.

Overall: B
This is great set for what it is.  I would never want a flagship set to be like this with all the retired players and funky design, but for a side set this isn't bad at all.  Just like with 2008 UD Timeline, I was right on the fence for collecting this set, but the short prints decided it for me again.  Even though I am not going to pursue this set, I would buy a (discounted) blaster again just for the fun of seeing these cards in person.

1 comment:

hiflew said...

Wow I figured this would be a popular set as trade bait. Obviously I was mistaken. Oh well, que sera.