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RIP, Upper Deck?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TheSportsPredictor, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    MLB upper decks Upper Deck by signing an exclusive agreement with Topps as baseball card manufacturer.


    UD can still produce cards thanks to an agreement with the players union, but it can't use logos or picture the players in uniform.

    Dave Jamieson, who is writing a baseball card book, says bad idea:


    Of interest to me -- Donruss lost its license agreement in 2005. I had no idea.
  2. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member


  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    $1.25 for a pack including only 8 cards when I was a kid.

    Fuck Upper Deck.
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Upper Deck's going to be fine. And this news is a week old.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Upper Deck, for as pretty as the cards were, symbolized (and in many cases as a pioneer of) everything that was wrong with trading cards over the past 20 years.
    Expensive packs that priced out kids?
    Memorabilia cards that cheapened sports history and made a joke of the hobby?
    Incredibly high numbers of cards that were produced, further degrading whatever value the cards had?
    Karma's a bitch, Upper Deck.
  6. AgatePage

    AgatePage Active Member

    if no one ever gets upper decked again, the world will be worse off.
  7. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    A set like that could make me collect again.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Probably means that no one cares about baseball cards anymore.
  9. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Baseball cards had a tangible value back in the 60s and 70s to kids. Games on TV were fewer than games not on TV. Outlets to see pictures of your favorite players and favorite team were far fewer. Now, all a kid has to do is flip the switch on his personal laptop or turn on the TV to either ESPN or MLB.

    I'm not saying that things are better now, either. I think it was a lot cooler as a kid when seeing a highlight or a picture of your favorite player was special, rather than ho-hum.
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Cards also had a tangible value when you didn't have anywhere to find stats from previous years.

    Unless you were lucky enough to get a Baseball Encyclopedia for Christmas (and wore out the pages so fast that you begged your parents to get you another one the next year. Not that that ever happened.) :D
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Mamaweaver: Buck, what are you doing in there? You've been in the bathroom for 45 minutes! Are you OK?
    Youngbuckweaver: I'm fine ma. Just looking at my Baseball Encyclopedia. Hmmm...the pages on the 1919 White Sox seem to be stuck together...
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Word for fucking word. Nobody ever understood why I hated Upper Deck. They ruined the hobby and I never thought the cards were all that good-looking anyway. Great post.
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