Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Nostalgic Box Break: 2003 Upper Deck Series 1 (Part 1)
A few years ago, I broke a box of 2002 Upper Deck, with a smiling, pinstriped Jason Giambi on the cover, and showed you the highlights of a product still skirting on cool photography and a slightly bulky design. They were Upper Deck still in their prime, still manufacturing cool when Topps had a monopoly on basic.
2003 Upper Deck is honestly very similar to the 2002 release, just with a more 'cool for the times' design. Still the same emphasis on collectability, and the same genuine nature of their inserts. The kind of release I could use about now.
This box had 24 packs, 8 cards per, so we'll do 12 today, and 12 another day. That simple.
Future Hall of Famers: 2/8
Old Mariners: 2/8
Guys Named Corky: 1/8
I do think it's pretty cool that I landed two of the greatest DHs of all time in the same pack. Plus, what's more, a rare Twin Papi.
Guys I collected for some reason: 2/8
Disappointing Hits: 1/8
This is an All Star swatches game-used jersey card of Aaron Sele, and that is definitely an ANGELS swatch of the big man. However, and this is a big however, not only did Aaron Sele not make the All Star Game in 2002, he never even made one with the Angels. This is a warm-up jacket from the 2000 ASG, where he pitched for the Mariners.
Now that is all well and good, and it works as a Mariners release for Sele...but it would have worked better a year after the 2000 ASG, rather than...three. Play with what's current, UD, and do an Angels picture AND swatch- don't go for the classics. It's like if Topps came out with a card now of Jeff Samarzija's ASG uniform with the A's. It doesn't make sense.
And on top of ALL THAT...I don't particularly like the fact that I pulled a game-used card of Aaron Sele. I bet you thought I'd START with that, right.
Steroid Abusers: 2/8
Eventual 2-time WS heroes: 1/8
Team Heroes: 4/8
Borderline HOFers: 3/8
Future HOFers: 1/8
Weird Stuff on Cards: 2/8
Also, Aaron Boone has a lot of bats. Just like in 2018. Awww yeah.
Multi-fingers pitchers: 1/8
Very 2003 Stars: 2/8
Marco Scutaro rookie, before he'd help the Giants win it all.
2003 WS winners: 1/8
Borderline HOFers: 2/8
Guys Named After Informational Websites: 1/8
Astros heroes: 2/8
2000s Big Bats: 4/8
Oswalt was throwing heat, but you knew that.
Steroid Abusers: 1/8
Guys I Love Collecting: 1/8
A fun rip so far, which continues in the next 12 packs, where (GASP) an actual GOOD HIT is found???