2009 Upper Deck X Baseball
2009 Upper Deck X Baseball Product Review
By Susan Lulgjuraj
The Good: There is an insert in every pack, which makes opening the packs enjoyable.
The Bad: The design of the cards, specifically the colors, is not good. Many of the colors clash and don't seem to have any real relation.
The Bottom Line: It's a solid low-end product with many inserts and a plenty of stars. Good price for the value.
Each of the following subgrades is out of a possible 10 points, with 10 being the best possible score and 1 being the worst possible score:
The design is better than last year's set because there is more color, but overall the X seems a bit lazy. The cards with the orange-colored Xs do not look good. The photography is basic with full body shots of every player on similar backgrounds.
The inserts take a bolder step with colors and there is no mistaking the inserts. All six XPonential inserts have unique designs. The XPonential 3 cards are particularly interesting because of the gold background and huge X design. The cards are a little gaudy, but it works.
This is a small set with just 100 base cards. A hobby box yielded 13 cards shy of a complete set with no doubles. The usual stars appear throughout with players such as Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols, but good rookies are lacking. There are only five rookie cards with Rick Porcello being the highlight.
The game-used pull was dull with a small one-color swatch of Chris Carpenter. However, there was a surprise, a game-used Manny Ramirez UD 20th Anniversary bat card. The inserts are enjoyable because there are six subsets. Some player collectors will have more than five cards of their players in the set. Included in the set are several UD 20th Anniversary cards as part of the massive chase set.
With these boxes going for around $30 a box, you get many cards with the potential of something fun. The inserts are better than the base set and worth it for those alone.
For some collectors, the simple joy of opening packs makes the experience. It helps when there are plenty of cards to look at in a pack. UDx offers that with six cards per pack. This set is geared toward the player collector with the subsets limited to some of the popular players in today's game.
This is a decent starter set for children. This isn't for team collectors or those looking for big hits.
- (1) Game-Used Memorabilia card per box (on average)
- Key Rookies: Aaron Cunningham, Alcides Escobar, Dexter Fowler, Juan Miranda, Travis Snider, Mat Gamel, Conor Gillaspie, Kila Ka'aihue, and Gabby Sanchez.
- (1) Autographed card per case (on average)
- (1) Press Plate card per case (on average)
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