Putting on my Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring and a tall mug of Ovaltine, I'm going to attempt to decipher the available info.
It's priced at $90 for a 20-pack box. And remember, although the date says it's a 2009 product (that was announced in 2010), don't expect any of those MLB logos. But Upper Deck's got this one figured out by offering a competing USA-heavy product immediately after they're putting out their USA box set. Each box is slated to have a total of four autographed and game-used cards.
The set has 100 base cards, 20 Top Prospects, 65 Base Set High Series Signatures and 25 Rookie Signatures. The base set will also have a Blue Platinum parallel numbered to 170 copies.
A plus that I see is that Upper Deck appears to be adding some value to boxes by creating several different insert sets that are placed at somewhat tough but not ridiculous rates.Basic inserts include Signature Skills (1:25 packs), Signed, Sealed and Delivered (1:25 packs), and Trophy Winners (1:50 packs).
Common autograph and game-used insert sets focus largely on USA Baseball. Along with the previously mentioned High Series Signatures and Rookie Signatures, the following appear four per box:
- USA Star Prospects Game Jersey
- USA Winning Materials (/499)
- USA Flashback Fabrics Dual JerseyImpressions Signatures
- USA Star Prospect Signatures
- USA Prospects- Auto Jersey (/399)
- USA Future Watch Auto Jersey National Team (/799)
- USA Future Watch Auto Jersey 18U Team (/899)
- USA By The Letter Autographs
- Gold Signature parallels (1/case)
- Team USA Patch Autographs (combined 1/case)
USA Star Prospects Patch Auto (/25)
USA Future Watch Auto Patch National Team (/50)
USA Future Watch Auto Patch 18U Team (/50)
- Autographs (combined 3:4 cases)
- UD Black Pride of a Nation (combined 1:2 cases)
- Team USA Memorabilia (combined 1:2 cases)
USA Star Prospects Game Patch (/25)
USA Premier Materials National Team Cap Flags (/4)
USA Premier Materials 18U Team Cap Flags (/1)
USA Winning Big Materials (/10)
USA Flashbacks Fabrics Dual Patch (/25)
Without images, it's near impossible to get a real feel for this set but the more I look at the inserts and the structure, the more it seems like license-free Upper Deck's version to Bowman. You've got your token veterans in the base set like Bowman but the driving force behind the flashier inserts, that will likely drive sales, is based on the youngsters. Instead of being Minor Leaguers, they're national stars.
Since there's no pictures yet, I give you Bobo the Baseball-Playing Chimp and his handsome striped shirt.