Friday, November 16, 2012

Upper Deck Was The Sheet!

In terms of collecting cardboard, I've always considered myself a Topps Guy, because they were my favorite cards to collect as a kid and they've been around for over 60 years.

But for the past twenty or so years,
Upper Deck has been lurking in the shadows ready to steal my allegiance.  While Topps has the vintage and nostalgic feel that I love... Upper Deck has the cutting edge designs and the creativity my alter ego craves.

Back in the
early 90's, Upper Deck began producing commemorative sheets for special events such as stadium giveaways and card shows.  I owned a fair share of these over the years, but dumped them when I sold off my collection in 2001.

Last week, I acquired this from
Dave and Adam's Card World for $4.95:


The 8.5" x 11" sheet was handed out to fans attending the August 15th, 1992 A's game against the California Angels to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Oakland Athletics.

Most people wouldn't drop
$5 on this overproduced collectible (UD produced 22,000 copies of this sheet for distribution).  But for this lifelong Oakland A's fan, it's a must have item.  How could I pass up an item that features five of the greatest old school Athletics to play in the East Bay?

Upper Deck, if you're reading this...

Please, please, please hurry up... get your MLB license... and bring your cardboard ingenuity with you.

Happy Friday and sayonara!



12 comments:

  1. Wow nice. I'll have to add that to my list, as it has two players I have PC's for. Thanks fuji.

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    1. They have tons of them, so I doubt they'll be running out anytime soon.

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  2. I have one of those sheets for my Vida Blue collection and it is awesome. Not the biggest A's fan but I really like Vida and Reggie plus a couple more HOFers. Great job by UD and nice pick up!

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    1. I agree... this thing is a piece of art.

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  3. I have the Chicago Cubs version from August 16. It features Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley and Don Kessinger. I have it in an ii x 14 black metal frame with a black matboard behind it. It looks pretty nice.

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    1. That sounds awesome! I'll definitely be framing this and putting it on my office wall.

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  4. Growing up the Swingin' A's were my favorites - Campy, Vida, Rollie, Reggie and Catfish - along with Rudi, Sal, Blue Moon and North !

    Too bad Upper Deck is now garbage. As a soccer card collector, I wish they would loose their MLS license as they suck !

    Tanks for the memories FUJ !

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    1. Huge fan of the Swingin' A's... in fact that's the main focus of my Athletics PC. Agree with UD. I think it has to do with the fact that they couldn't afford to keep their talent. I hope that one day they'll turn things around.

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  5. Loved the swinging A's,nice sheet.I miss Upper Deck,wish they could get back their PRO Baseball,Football,and Basketball liscense.

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  6. For more on Upper Deck Sheets check out upperdecksheets.net

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    1. Thanks for sharing. That's a pretty impressive site.

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