..to get the photography right where Topps couldn’t. I am pretty easy going when it comes to my cards. I like to be informed, but I can’t say I get incredibly emotionally involved in them. I don’t love Upper Deck, nor do I hate Topps. Both companies produce some cards I like, some cards I hate, and some cards that are like oatmeal – bland, but it serves a purpose. I don’t like reading rants, and I certainly don’t like writing them, so the biggest rise that is likely to come out of this blog is a rather mellow ‘yuck’.
The one area where Upper Deck consistently one ups Topps in is photography. I don’t consider this a rant, its been consistent enough that I chalk it up there as a fact right now. For any sport – base Upper Deck captures some of the greatest photos put on cardboard. Its not the foil, or the layout, its just stunning photography. A few posts ago I complained about what I figured was Topps’s lame effort in selecting a photo for Josh Hamilton’s Home Run Derby card. Luckily, Upper Deck came along with a card in Timelines to give me a nice piece of Home Run Derby on cardboard. Behold, the beauty that is 2008 Upper Deck Timelines card #308….