Posts Tagged ‘review’

2009 Topps vs Upper Deck

September 8, 2009

Today I will be comparing 2009 Topps series 2 and upper deck series 2. From the very beginning I have been faithful to upper deck, because in my mind they have been so much better, this may be because the only topps product I have ever opened is 10 dollars worth of topps retail series 2 packs. I would have to say the topps design is cheesy and trying to be simple and good while in reality it looks worse than previous years of topps flagship, the topps chrome looks like a good product and I will most likely be getting a box for christmas or next year during the topps exclusive, but as for topps series 2 I would say upper deck is far superior. The upper deck desing is magically simple with nice action shots and fun to open packs with scattered inserts and some decent game used jerseys and autos, topps has fine inserts but the etopps deal is bad, if they got rid of that and made it all legends of the game and ring of honor and stuff it would be better, the relics aren’t good and the relics need work.

Topps series 2 overall rating: C+

Upper Deck series 2 overall rating: B-

The Masterpieces review will be delayed for about a week because I just ordered another box along with some other little goodies from www.dacardworld.com. They have amazingly good priced boxes and they are very reputable, I buy all my boxes from them, please check them out if you haven’t already.

2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Review

September 2, 2009

Hi guys, here is my first review, 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum. I don’t really know why I bought this, more because I was curious than anything else. Before I start I will say I will not be buying more of these but I am happy with what I got. I ended up pulling 57 base, 3 parallels, 1 jersey, 1 jersey auto, 1 spectrum of stars auto, and 1 buyback auto. The base design looks pretty good in my mind but the purple ruins it. If it had been a green, blue, or black I probably would have bought at least another box of these. They did a good job with the parallels, I got a green jimmy rollins 20/99 which is pretty sweet along with a dan haren and a dan uggla both numbered to 250. I do like it when the base sets ar eonly 100 cards because then you only get good players. Unfortunately I did not get the Torii hunter card so I am a little disapointed with that. The backs of the cards are nice with a short and sweet summary of the player and a sharp design. Now for the hits. The jersey I got was a John Smoltz #/99. John Smoltz isn’t that good anymore and the jerseys in spectrum are tiny. I couldn’t really care more or less about it. The card that pretty much made my box was the Evan Longoria Jersey Auto 7/10. The fact that a card numbered to 10 is a sticker auto is somewhat ridiculous but it is on straight and the card looks great. The card probably paid for my 55 dollar box right there. The Spectrum of Stars autos are pretty much failures. They are sticker autos of people know one has ever heard of  and they are doing bad on the secondary market. Mine was of matt prokop, a star in high school musical 3 and hannah montana. This is pretty pathetic. I don’t think anyone would want that card, especially not me. The last hit I got was a n autographed buyback of Dave Conception from 2001 upper deck legends. The acual card is only worth 15 dollars book value, but since I have the buyback version it is probably worth more, it is still an awesome looking on card auto of famous shortstop for the reds dave conception, I heard they even retired his number 13 2 years ago.

Price: C+

Design: B

Pulls: B-

Product’s Overall rating: B-

My Box’s rating: A-

All the cards are for trade except for the longoria and conception.

Boxes for Review

September 2, 2009

Hi guys, as I have mentioned earlier I have opened a few boxes of cards so far. I will review them in whichever order the readers want me to. Here are your choices.

1. 5 Blaster Boxes of 2009 UD First Edition
2. 2 Blaster Boxes of 2009 UD Artifacts
3. 3 Hobby Boxes of 2009 UD A Piece of History
4. 1 Hobby Box of 2009 UD Spectrum
5. 1 Hobby Box of 2008 UD Masterpieces
6. I have opened a few packs and small boxes of upper deck series 2 and topps series 2, I will compare the two.

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