Retail exclusive cards and Joe DiMaggio cut signatures are part of the chase in Upper Deck’s baseball product.
Upper Deck’s 2010 Series One Baseball release includes a number of short prints. The company has now released details on what cards will be difficult for collectors to locate in packs.
“We are very excited to announce the unique short-prints as well as some of the more coveted autographed inserts that baseball collectors will be discovering as they crack packs of Upper Deck 2010 Series One Baseball,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s Baseball brand manager.
There are actually four “retail-exclusive” short-printed cards in this year’s flagship brand. The card quartet includes Sarah Palin, Joe Jackson, Pete Rose; and a special five-time world champions card (1998, ’98, ’99, ’00 and ’09) highlighting New York teammates Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The Palin and Rose cards can only be found in random packs purchased at Wal-Mart, while the Jackson and Yankees cards will only be available through random packs in Target stores.
The insert lineup includes 20th Anniversary Heroes Art cards, which celebrate the hobby’s first-ever certified autographs introduced by Upper Deck in 1990 with its Reggie Jackson signatures. The 10-card lineup is headlined by Jeter, Ken Griffey Jr., Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria and Cole Hamels and the autographed versions of each player are numbered to 90.
A Joe DiMaggio “Baseball Heroes” cut-signature card (numbered to 56) is availalbe as well as a “Piece of History” 500 Home Run Club Bat card of Gary Sheffield, numbered to 350.
Upper Decks’ “Celebrity Predictor” pairings showing some of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples in caricature form are included as short prints. The perforated tandems include couples like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer; Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise; and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. There are a total of 10 such duos.
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