Saturday, May 18, 2019
Nostalgic Box Break: 2004 Upper Deck Series 1 (Part One)
So yeah...haven't done a NBB in a while. And I figured I should stay away from Stadium Club and Collector's Choice, considering what happened...LAST TIME with CC.
So DACW had a box of '04 Upper Deck lying around, so I jumped at it. For a few reasons, too. I think that early 2000's Upper Deck flagship is very underrated, solely because you never see a lot of it in dime bins and in card shows. Because it doesn't really allow itself to an era of overproduction, it's become sort of lost to collecting time, and not a lot of people know about how great it is. That also means there's still a few unopened boxes of the stuff lying around holding some pretty great stuff.
I've already broken boxes of 2002 and 2003 Upper Deck, and both of those went relatively well. So I figured I'd try this one. Normally I'd be ripping 36 packs, but there's a good reason we only have 24:
Anyway, onto the first 8 packs of '04 UD's actual box:
Borderline HOFers: 1/8
Memorable 00's closers: 3/8
Finalists in the 2003 NL Cy Young race: 2/8
And then there's Eric Gagne. Proof that throwing harder than hell in 50+ ninth-inning appearances a year while being on steroids still hurts like hell.
2008 Dodgers: 2/8
Jose Hernandez' shot looks hella cool.
And Tony Batista...who had the herculean task of following Cal Ripken in Baltimore...is just kinda doing his thing. Hell, Batista didn't even play for the O's in '04: he'd spend his season in Montreal rounding out the Expos' existence.
Unsuccessful relatives of MLB heroes: 2/8
Borderline HOFers: 2/8
Personal Favorites: 2/8
2002 WS Champs: 1/8
2010 AND 1997 WS MVPs: 1/8
Guy that a lot of people think should be a HOFer: 1/8
2 perennially solid 2000s pitchers in Joel Piniero and Jeremy Bonderman.
And...a Highlights card of Barry Bonds. Thrilling.
Hall of Famers: 1/8
Future HOFers: 1/8
Guy a Lot of People Thinks Should be a HOFer: 1/8
Guy Baseball Reference dot com thinks should be a HOFer: 1/8
Postseason Heroes: 5/8
Philly Heroes: 2/8
We finish off with a 25 Salute insert of Troy Glaus. I think this is an insert set dedicated to people who wear #25? Weird choice UD, but okay.
I'll post the next third in a few days, but I'm already enjoying this set. And we've yet to hit either of our promised hits.