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.
My 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?
Here 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.