I needed team bags this weekend, so I hit up one of the local card shops in town. I wasn’t looking for too much, I was considering cracking a box of ITG Heroes and Prospects, but he didn’t have any. Says the demand for ITG products has really dropped off, and it just sits on his shelves. I don’t find that surprising, but it is still kind of depressing. In lieu of that, I grabbed three packs of Upper Deck Series 2.
I ended up with a stack of really nice base cards that I will look at more than once (the driving factor for me to get UD instead of Topps, even though Topps has more Hamilton’s), and I even managed a few hits.
Team USA Base Cards – Justin Smoak, Kyle Skipworth – cool looking cards, and these kids are both pretty good prospects.
USA National Team Jersey & Autograph – Tommy Medica /499 – this was in the first pack I opened. I saw the thick card, and flipped right to it, assuming it was a decoy (I have amazing luck pulling decoys). I had forgotten that UD decoys are grey cardboard, not white, and was pleasantly surprised with an autographed jersey card. I really wish UD would pay more attention to quality control with the signatures though.
USA National Team Blue Autographs – Brett Hunter /149 – The next pack held another thick, white card. A nicely centered blue autograph of Brett Hunter.
This is not my usual pack breaking luck, but I will definitely take it. Kind of nice to beat the odds every now and then!