2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball

2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball

2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball

2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball
Manufacturer: Upper Deck
Price: $72 - $79
Release Date: Now Available
Hits Per Box: 5
Hobby Box Configuration: 10 packs / 6 cards
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2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball Review

Summary

The Good: 2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball is chock-full of hits and carries a fairly affordable price tag.

The Bad: The quality of the hits is rather poor. The photography and design of the base cards, as well as some of the inserts leave much to be desired.

The Bottom Line: 2009 UD Icons Baseball will be very attractive to a certain segment of collectors, especially those in search of lettermen patch cards and the chance to pull a large number of hits without shelling out a lot of cash to do so. I personally would not fall into that category of collect, and was subsequently not very impressed with the set as a whole. I can't say it's a bad product, but I can't say that it is a particularly good one either.


Design (5.3)
The design of the set as a whole is mediocre and unimpressive. However, there are a few bright spots to take note of, particularly the Future Foundations and Legendary Icons insert sets. The Immortal Lettermen inserts are also fairly well presented.

Value (5.5)
2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball is directed at the budget minded baseball card collector. To be fair it does offer an impressive five hits per box. Considering that a box runs somewhere in the neighborhood of $70-$80 a pop, and at first glance it's hard not to be impressed. The quality of the hits on the other hand is lacking, and is much more commensurate to the lower mid-level price tag. Of the five hits, two of the hits are unsigned manufactured patches and two are unsigned game used memorabilia cards, leaving only one autographed pull per Hobby box.

Still, fans of manufactured lettermen patch cards should get enough enjoyment out of 2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball to consider it an above average value.

Checklist (8.9)
It's checklist was 2009 UD Icons Baseball's strongest suit. Despite my feelings regarding the unsigned lettermen patches, I have to tip my hat to Upper Deck for stocking the Immortal Lettermen, and to a lesser extent the standard Lettermen, insert sets with a top notch offering of players. The checklist is consistently strong across the rest of the set, with the exception of the autographs. With only one autographed card per box on average, the thin autograph checklist makes pulling an unknown rookie or semi-star autograph all too likely.

Enjoyability (5.3)
All in all I was disappointed with 2009 UD Icons Baseball. This was my first ever box of a Upper Deck Icons set and based on the feedback I had gotten on the products in the past I was expecting more from it.

2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball Product Information

Product Highlights

  • Look for (2) LETTERMAN CARDS per box, on average. (icons FEATURE MLB Icons such as Carlton fisk, Ozzie smith, and tony gwynn.
  • (2) Memorabilia cards, including one numbered to 149 or less per box, on average.
  • Look for (2) Lettermen Autograph cards numbered to 99 or less in each case, on average.
  • Find (1)  Signature card per box, on average.
  • Find One (1) 20th Anniversary Memorabilia card per case, on average. (2oth Anniversary Memorabilia includes memorabilia from sport greats such as Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Tiger Woods.
  • Look for five (5) 20th Anniversary insert cards per box, on average.
  • Collect the entire 160-card base set.

2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball Product Breakdown

Regular Cards and Rookies

  • Base Set - 100 cards
  • Rookie Cards- 30 cards
  • Rookie Autographed Cards- 30

Inserts and Parallel Cards

  • Icons numbered to 999
  • Future Foundations numbered to 999
  • Legendary Icons numbered to 999
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2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball, reviewed by Mike Smeth on 2009-09-05T09:04:58+00:00 rating 2.5 out of 5
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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

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