Current faces on old designs along with a healthy dose of short prints highlight the newest baseball card product to hit shelves.
Upper Deck is paying homage to some of the company’s better known card designs in its release of 2008 Timelines Baseball.
In each pack, collectors will find on average, one card each with designs from 1992 UD Minor League, 1995 SP Top Prospects and 2004 UD Timeless Teams. Cards with the designs from the 1993 and 1995 SP brands will be a little tougher to pull and likely more valuable. Upper Deck has also included rare autograph versions of these cards that will fall – on average – two per box.
The aesthetics may be time-honored, but the players featured are from the 2008 season. Rookie cards of standouts like Jay Bruce, Evan Longoria, Clayton Kershaw and Kosuke Fukudome will be included in the throwback themes.
“It’s really a different pack-opening experience when you see some of the designs from years past in a new product,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s associate brand manager for baseball. “It was an amazing season for baseball and this is a great way to chronicle it in a different way. We’ve heard a good deal of excitement about collectors wanting to find autograph versions of the 1993 and 1995 SP designs in particular, so now they have their chance.”
Eix short prints are in each hobby pack on average and the product includes over 100 SPs, inserts and parallels in each box.
Chase elements include “Yankee Stadium Legacy” memorabilia cards, (“Signs of History” exchange cards for cut autograph cards from former
Base Set and Subsets
o Base Set
o Rookie card subset (50 cards) (1:1 pack)
o 1992 UD Minor League regular subset (30 cards) (1:1 pack)
o 1995 SP Top Prospects regular subset (50 cards) (1:1 pack)
o 2004 UD Timeless Team subset (100 cards) (1:1 pack)
o 1993 SP Rookie Card subset (25 cards) (1:3 packs)
o 1995 SP Rookie Card subset (25 cards) (1:6 packs)
Inserts and Parallel Cards
o Base Card Gold Parallel (50 cards) (1:6 packs)
o Base Rookie Gold Parallel (50 cards) (1:12 packs)
o 1994 UD All-Time Heroes 20th Anniversary Parallel
o 2004 UD Timeless Gold Parallel (#ed to 25)
Autograph Cards (two per box, on average)
o 1994 UD All-Time Heroes Autograph Parallel (#ed up to 99)
o 1995 SP Top Prospects Autograph Parallel (#ed to 95)
o 2004 UD Timeless Autograph Parallel
o 1993 SP Rookie Autograph Parallel (#’ed to 93)
o 1995 SP Rookie Autograph Parallel (#’ed to 95)
o Timeline Cut Signatures (#ed up to 99)