Monday, October 25, 2010

Box Break: 2 Blasters of 2009 Upper Deck Icons

I should have stayed far, far away from these. I paid 12 bucks a piece at Wal-Mart. What a waste of money. I guess I was hoping to get lucky and pull a Wieters Rookie or a good jersey card (1 was promised per box). I already got the one card in the set I really care about (Legendary Icons insert of Cal Ripken) but it's just another throw-away, mail-it-in, junk set from Upper Deck. Hell, UD didn't even care enough to write anything on the card backs. The guy that writes those things must have been on vacation that week!

Here are the so called "Hits" of the box

Box #1

Tony Gwynn Legendary Icons #971/999
Cole Hamels Foil Parallel

Joe Mauer Future Foundations GU Jersey swatch

Box #2

Roy Oswalt Icons #636/999
Roy Oswalt Foil Parallel
Billy Wagner Icons GU Jersey swatch

I got no, I repeat NO rookies out of the boxes and the Wagner jersey card is dinged on the upper right hand corner. I did nearly get a complete set but I feel no obligation to finish it (81/100 base cards) Why do I continue to fall into this retail trap when buying cards?

Both Oswalts are already spoken for but everything else is for trade for stuff on my wantlists.


  1. I'll be honest. We did five boxes of this for the first group break and the impression I got was that Icons is ALL about the hits. The base simply stinks. W/o a solid hit (lettermen or auto) you're just not going to be happy with it. Sorry the retail bug got you.

  2. I would be willing to give the Gwynn card a good home if would like to throw it in the trade package. I'm working on my end of the trade and will send you a list soon.

  3. I haven't bought any of these blasters, but that dreaded retail bug bit me with both 2008 UD Timelines and 2009 UD Goodwin Champions so I can feel your pain in wanting to complete that set.