I’ve been not so patiently waiting for Beckett to get the the 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Checklist uploaded into their database, so I could do a study of what 2008 was like for Josh Hamilton cards. Its up today , so here goes. Of all the big changes at Beckett with their website – the new search and database feature is top notch. No more guessing whether a card is autographed, or trying to puzzle out what team a player is pictured with. A database like this is a very powerful tool indeed. Even moreso if you are a geek like myself.
531: Total Josh Hamilton cards issued in 2008 baseball products. (Ummm, wow – that’s a lot of cards. He gets a definite boost in this category with his inclusion in Moments & Milestones as well as Documentary.)
138: One of Ones (OK, that’s just ridiculous.)
59: Pack issued, certified autographs (This number isn’t obscene compared to the others, but that’s still a ton of autographs.)
35: Game used memorabilia cards. (This is a number I can live with – a bit more than one GU card per product release. Its overkill, but it could be worse.)
387: Serial numbered cards. (Almost 73 % of Josh Hamilton cards issued this year have been serial numbered. Lots of these are from M&M – but still.)
70: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Very Short” also known as ‘between 2 and 10. (I don’t have very many of these. Some blue parallels from M&M, but I think that’s it).
72: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Short” (11-25). (If I ever get really bored, I am going to go through and compare the lists from various print runs to see if they are just a bunch of different parallels. Again – 45 or so Black parallels from M&M really cranks this number up.)
17: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Mid Run” (26-50). (How did this happen? Oh right – the drive by manufacturers to create artificial scarcity. Of course. Why have one card /50, when we can change the colour and make 2 cards /25).
21: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Large” (51-100). (I didn’t set out to depress myself when I decided to break down these numbers, but that is basically what is happening.)
58: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Very Large” (101-250). (Hey! Finally a number that went up significantly from the last category, whilst going down in terms of scarcity. Of course – mainly attributable to the M&M base versions being /150).
18: Cards with a print run that Beckett describes as “Huge” (250+). (I like this category.)
113: Base Cards. (Again, hugely swollen by his inclusion in M&M and Documentary).
312: Parallels. (Ouch.)
346: Topps Cards.
185: Upper Deck Cards. (That’s a huge difference. Almost all of which is made up from M&M.)
There has been a lot of ‘year in review’ style posts, articles and stories on Josh Hamilton’s 2008 season on the diamond. I am thinking this is likely to be the only look back at his 2008 year on cardboard. My main concern is that Hamilton didn’t really ‘blow up’ until the All-Star Break this year, and he still appeared on over 500 different cards. Next year, I can assume it is only going to get better (worse?). Even if the overall number goes down with the exclusion of Topps M&M from the product list, I would expect the autographed and game used numbers to increase significantly.