I’m glad to see Upper Deck bringing back the Philadelphia Gum football name to the hobby. It disappeared after the 1967 season but that was my first ever football card buying experience. I loved the look of all four of those sets (’64-67) and they were among the first sets I put together once I grew old enough to buy cards in quantity as an adult. If you’re a football card collector I’d still highly recommend them today. The sets are only 198 cards and even with some of the pricey stars and rookies like Butkus and Sayers in ’66, they’re very attainable.
But….I just looked over some of the promotional material on the 2009 version and instead of just paying homage to a great issue, Upper Deck has jumbled a 300-card base set with 25 Barack Obama cards, five Woodstock 40th anniversary cards, 10 Vietnam War cards, 11 Election cards and a bunch of misplaced 1935 National Chicle-themed cards. You can check out the info here.
I can’t quite figure out the connection of 40th anniversary subsets in the proverbial shout-out to an issue that ran from ’64-67, but I guess the card companies feel they have to do something to jazz up any issue that’s produced.
I would have liked to have seen a simple set, with maybe some super high quality card stock and maybe some of those cheesy backgrounds like the car that was behind Jim Brown’s pose on one of his cards (it was his car). Throw in some autographs and the obligatory buyback cards (no creased crap, please) and you would have a winner.