2008-09 Upper Deck Champ’s Hockey – the Base

Also commonly  known as the Upper Deck hockey version of A&G.  For those die hard hockey card fans out there – its much closer to 03/04 Topps C55.  Right down to the box design actually.  The only thing it is missing is the box topper containing all minis.

I’m going to review this box / product on a piece work basis.  This post is dedicated to the base cards.

2008-09 Upper Deck Champ’s Hockey has a 100 card base set.  Its mostly current players, but there are a few veterans thrown in there as well – as you can see by this awesome looking Bobby Orr.  These cards would be awesome for TTM – but a lot of these guys are tricky TTM.  Any time a set is limited to 100 cards – it contains mainly the biggest names.  That cuts down on TTM opportunities.

These cards are printed on thick cardboard stock.  The backs are grey cardboard, feature a 5 year stat rundown, with totals for the player’s entire career as well.  There’s also a short write up about the player.  Current and legend players receive the same treatment for the card backs.

This is a set I wouldn’t mind seeing doubled or tripled in size.  It would improve the chances for TTM sigs (and the set has the perfect finish).  Also, with the large number of minis, and other things in the packs – breaking more than one box would get less repetitive with a larger base set.

Overall – the base set gets a 9/10.  the only deduction being for the small size.  QC was good.  The thicker stock holds up well, and while there were a few rough cuts, they don’t detract from a card nearly so much in a vintage themed set as they would in a more modern design.

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