Good: Interesting checklist, Interesting concept, Relatively cheap $70-$80 box price, 3 hits per box, Stars from a variety of different sports captured on cardboard, Decent names on the auto and relic checklists
Bad: Feels cheap, Lack of variety when it comes to card types (only autos, relics, Clear Competitors inserts, base cards), Many of the autographed cards don't feature a picture of any sort, Sticker drop autographs, Info on card backs far too brief
The Bottom Line: 2.5/5
2010 Upper Deck World of Sports features an intriguing checklist that includes a multitude of stars spanning the sports spectrum. Unfortunately, an idea is only as good as it's execution and World of Sports is a poorly executed product. The product's overall presentation is best described as "generic".
The one thing that the first year product does have going for it is a relatively cheap box price of around $70-$80 , but there's probably not enough here to justify ripping a box if the multi-sport concept doesn't appeal to you. 2010 World of Sports may not be very good, but the idea is one that could be improved upon and turned into an extremely cool product in coming years.
The base card design is serviceable, but extremely lacking when it comes to overall presentation and feel. Where the product really falls flat is when it comes to the set's numerous non-picture autographed cards. There's something extremely boring about a card that features nothing more than a players name and a sticker drop or two. The best designed cards in the box are easily the "Clear Competitors" acetate (plastic) cards, which are seeded 1 per box.
The checklist is extremely ambitious and includes stars from the world of basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, skating, BMX, skiing, swimming, MMA and several additional sports I'm sure I'm forgetting. Upper Deck's usual circle of stars are also present - Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Sidney Crosby, Landon Donovan and so on. If you're a fan of college sports, the Olympics and odd ball sports, the checklist is right up your alley.
The odd and innovative nature of the product has led to some surprisingly high single card sales on eBay. The product may be extremely lacking in terms of design, but that doesn't appear to bother a handful of collectors at the moment. It will be interesting to see how WOS singles are selling several weeks from now, when the "new product" buzz ceases and the reality of the product's poor presentation has a chance to set in.
Fun Factor: 2.25/5
It's always fun to open a new product, whether it ends up being good or bad. The curious nature of this product led to a better break than expected. The one area that really damped this enthusiasm over the course of a box was the product's cheap presentation. Overall, the concept was interesting, but the execution left much to be desired. That being said, the product was at the very least interesting, even if it lacked the sea legs to swim into trading card greatness.
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