Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review: Upper Deck USA Football 2013

Coming off from a very successful 2012 campaign with its inclusion of Jameis Winston's first time on cardboard, Upper Deck brings back USA Football for a sophomore season!

  • Two to Three Regular Autograph Cards
  • Two to Three Memorabilia Cards
  • One Autographed Memorabilia Card #'d to 49 or less
  • 24 Packs Per Box, 5 Cards Per Pack

PRICE: Boxes are around $70


Base Cards:
The set consists of 100 cards,  featuring 50 top NCAA D-1 recruits from the United States and Canada


Memorabilia (non-autographed):
Shane Cockerille
Weslee Richmond
Harley Kirsch

Autographs/Autograph Memorabilia
Mason Ewing Base Auto
Amari Barret Base Auto
Jevante Stanley/Jordan Grimes/Nate Delaney Team Canada Triple Auto
Delando Johnson Patch/Auto #d 20/49

The design is similiar to another Upper Deck football brand a few years back. But, I think it works here well with the color schemes chosen. I like the fact they chose two color schemes in the base, autograph and memorabilia cards for both USA and Canada.

I also like the fact they used landscape design on the memorabilia cards.

New to this year is autographs, and memorabilia featuring not only the USA under-19 team, but also the under-18 and under-16 teams too. Also new to this years is your chance to collect cards and autographs from Team Canada's under-18 and under-16 team. Great additions.

THOUGHTS:  At first glance you look at this product and say, "who in the cardboard are these guys?" And yes, I had the same reaction. But, that's what you expect with guys 19 and under. I look at this product as future value. These are the first cardboard of potential stars and what I consider Upper Deck's version of Topps Bowman with the prospecting it features.

For $70 or a little under, you get at least 6 hits and this box had 7. A ton of cards and possibly a ton of future value here if these guys pan out. The one thing I wished Upper Deck did do was add some inserts or parallels. Because if your pack didn't produce a hit, you got base cards. I think there needs to be an added  insert of some-sort. Other than that, an interesting product to keep an eye on in the future.  You just never know when one of these guys could turn big.

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