Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Nostalgic Box Break: 2002 Upper Deck Series One (Part One)
Well, I think we've had enough of Collector's Choice for right now. So I'd say we go for a more contemporary, more recent set that does some things well that deserves some more credit. And, in this case, it's 2002 Upper Deck.
The way the Upper Deck flagship dynasty worked went in heats. From 1989 to 1993, UD put out some very basic, very cool, very photography-based sets that are still well-liked today. 1994-1999 is a completely different heat, of very foil-based, overdone sets that are really products of their own time. 2000 to 2002 is its own little cluster of more minimalistic, photo based sets, before the design kind of took over and semi-bland-ified the set from 2003 to 2005. 2006 to 2009 was the last of the golden age- quirky photos, minimalistic designs, collectable, fun sets, and stuff that still gets remembered to this day.
2002 is the tail end of the earl 00's era of big photo, waning-design type sets, and is still pretty damn cool, as we're going to find out in these next 24 packs. I think I'll be able to knock this out in two posts.
BriRo, a little while before he clinched the starting job, in a nice infield play.
That's 12 packs, so I'll finish off the rest of the box another day, but so far I'm liking the slickness of this set.