Friday, July 3, 2009

Box Break: 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Baseball


I’ll be posting my box breaks in an order similar to last time.  I’ll start off with the boxes that I was least impressed with and then finish strong.  I’m starting off with 2007 Masterpieces.

This is a set that I really want to like.  The cards both look and feel great.  There are rookies of Dice-K and Lincecum and plenty of Red Sox.  The only road block to pack breaking bliss was the fact that the word “average” seems to have a different definition to Upper Deck.  They also don’t seem to know how to count.

There are 4 cards per pack of Masterpieces and 18 packs per box for a total of 72 cards that should be in a box.  I ended up with 75 cards.  I had one pack with 4 cards plus a “hit” and then another pack with just three base cards.  There was no rhyme or reason to how these cards were packed.  Some packs have decoys and others don’t.  I don’t understand the reasoning behind that.  When all was said and done, for the price that I paid, each card cost fifty-nine cents.

From my box, I got 54 cards towards the set which is 60%.  There were 10 doubles which is 16% of the base cards that I got in the box.  That’s piss poor collation in my opinion.  I don’t understand why there should be doubles when you only get about two thirds of the set in a box.


I received 6 green framed cards.  My favorite being the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.  2003 was crushing and it made 2004 even sweeter.  The World Series was a little anticlimactic after the amazing comeback against the Yankees, but that’s alright.  Fans everywhere rejoiced, history was made and lots of people got free furniture in a promotion from Jordan’s Furniture.  I also pulled Alex Gordon, Derek Jeter, Stephen Drew, Chase Utley and Vlad Guerrero.


I pulled one black bordered card of Roberto Clemente that is numbered to 99.  He just may be the most popular Pirate of all time.  It’s a shame that his life was taken tragically while helping out others.


I pulled one blue bordered card of Sandy Koufax numbered to 50.  This is one of two cards that Koufax has in the set.  For a small set consisting of 90 cards, a lot of players have multiple cards.  There are at least two cards of Albert Pujols and three of Cal Ripken.  A little more diversity might have been nice.

SowersMy autograph was of Jeremy Sowers.  Sowers has a decent rookie season and has been terrible ever since.  At least I got an autograph in the box this time unlike the last two boxes of Upper Deck products that I’ve opened.  Oh wait, I just jinxed myself, didn’t I?


ChutleyHeltonHere are Captured on Canvas jersey cards of Chase Utley and Todd Helton.  My third card is…  oh that’s right, I didn’t get a third jersey card.  I must have gotten an extra Upper Deck Store discount code.  Lucky me.  One of these days I’ll get a box that falls on the other side of “average".”

I like the Helton card a lot due to the purple swatch.  Neither one is a dull, plain, boring, white swatch which is a relief.  I can do without pulling any more of those cards ever.

Last, but not least, I’ll finish with the box topper.  I like it, but I know that I’ve got some fans so if you’re interested in a trade, drop me a line.  I’d definitely like to get some trading going and help people get rid of their extra Piazzas, Red Sox and cards that I need for my sets.




I know my son would just love the Ripken box-topper and I need some '07 Masterpieces (want list on my home page).I love to trade cards,maybe we can work something out !

night owl said...

You probably don't want to part with the Koufax bordered card, but if you do, send me an email. I'll see what I can find for you.

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