Maybe I’m dense, but I fail to comprehend the uproar about insert cards such as the ones below.
If you don’t like the cards, really, don’t buy them. They’re not part of the base set. It’s no more a gimmick than any other insert card. And frankly, I’d rather see an insert of a vice-presidential candidate than your run-of-the-mill superduperhypermegarefractorexpealadocious.
There are too many people as it is who are so politically uninvolved and detached from their civic duties that they can name the 38th, 39th, and 40th man of their favorite baseball team yet haven’t the faintest whisper of a notion who it is that runs their federal, state, and local governments. If throwing Sarah Palin, Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barack Obama cards into packs of baseball cards is what it takes to get the average person familiar with these people, then it’s a worthwhile task. It’s meaningful, and not at all the gimmick that so many are trying to write this off as.
You know what’s a gimmick? Having nearly infinitesimal parallels of the same card in the same set. I don’t want 17 different versions of a Ryan Theriot Baseball Heroes card — he’s not a Baseball Hero, and what the heck is the point of all these parallels?
I digress. I happen to LOVE the politically-themed inserts this year. I don’t love that they’re short-printed, thus creating artificial demand. But what I thoroughly abhor is all the hand-wringing about them. Seriously, get over it. They’re baseball cards. Bigger fish to fry, you know?
18 packs, 4 cards per pack
Set completion: 57 out of 90 (63%)
With the cards I had from this set prior to purchasing the box, I now stand at 67 out of 90 (74%) base cards. That’s not a huge success rate as far as set building!
Captured on Canvas (advertised insertion rate: 1:18)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (RC)
Strokes of Genius (advertised insertion rate: 1:6)
Michael Bourn (RC)
I ended up with three GU and one AU, rather than the advertised odds of one GU and three AU. Works for me; I’d rather have the GU cards anyway. Getting a Dice-K GU was a bonus too.
2007 UD Masterpieces 34 Troy Tulowitzki Blue Steel 22/50
2007 UD Masterpieces 70 David Wright Pinot Red 38/75
2007 UD Masterpieces 2 Babe Ruth Windsor Green
2007 UD Masterpieces 3 Bobby Thomson Windsor Green
2007 UD Masterpieces 18 Reggie Jackson Windsor Green
2007 UD Masterpieces 21 Walter Johnson Windsor Green
2007 UD Masterpieces 86 2004 World Series Champions Windsor Green
2007 UD Masterpieces MP9 Jered Weaver Box Topper
The Wright parallel looked nice, but I really find myself frustrated more often than not when it comes to parallels. I don’t want them, and they’re taking up space in my packs that could be used for base cards that I want.
I still love the look of these cards, and I’m just a trade away from completing the set. Kudos to Upper Deck for doing such a small, manageable, easier to collect set. It’s a shame that they had to go and ruin this year’s Masterpieces by adding 30 pointless short-prints to it.