Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: 2013 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

One of Upper Deck's popular football brands made a return for 2013 in Ultimate Collection. The product is as elegant as its box. But with a lot of things, its whats inside that matters.

So let's check out what I found:

  • 1 Pack Per Box, 4 Cards Per Pack
  • One Autograph Card Per Box
  • One Memorabilia Card Per Box
  • One Rookie Card numbered to 199 or less Per Box
PRICE: You can find most boxes under $85 


Base Card:
Eddie George # 43/175
Tyler Bray 18/49


Memorabilia (non-autographed):
Tavon Austin Ultimate Jersey 50/50

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Johnny Lattner Ultimate Material Signature Patch Parallel - # 6/10

The design of the overall product is well done to. From the faded gray and player forefront of the base cards to the memorabilia cards with a good size jersey swatch to the absolutely sweet looking Material Signature cards. Just check below to make that judgement for yourself as I am sure you will agree.I can only imagine how much more impressive it would be in NFL form!

There are some great finds in this years edition, including new Ultimate Collection Rookie Signature Book Cards that are on-card die-cut book cards numbered to 265 or less. Also everyone's favorite and on-card signed 1997 Legends autographs which you can find 1:7 packs (boxes). In every other pack (box) you will find a patch card and all memorabilia cards have at least two swatches or one big swatch. As for signature card offerings, you can also find single, dual, triple, and quad versions.

This is my first time ever opening this product so I had no idea of what to expect or what was hidden within. What I did know was that it was high end/high risk type of product with it only having 4 cards and a price tag around $85 per box. I gotta admit I was pretty impressed especially in terms of how well designed it was.

This however is definitely for thrill seekers. Honestly, being a non-thrill seeker I probably wouldn't take another chance on this product. With only 4 cards and 2 hits it may lead to a rough break to get back what you paid for in return. This break was saved by the Lattner but if he wasn't found in it, could have been an ouch. Don't get me wrong, if I was a thrill-seeker, this would be a product I would take a chance on. But I am a person who prefers 12 or more packs per box, 3 or more hits and more cards.

Overall, the product is beautiful and if you are a thrill-seeker and you like to take risks, I say buy here for sure with all that this product has to offer. If you are not one to take a risk, Ultimate Collection isn't for you.

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