I don’t normally write reviews on trading card products. It’s no secret that I am a collector, but I don’t buy as many boxes as other collectors, therefore I don’t feel as qualified to rate and review them. But I have recently bought two hobby boxes of Upper Deck’s 2008 “A Piece of History” cards, and I have to give them credit. This is what collecting should be like.
First of all, they’re affordable. This is a big deal to me because I think the card companies are doing their best to price most kids out of the hobby. It’s refreshing to see one of them step up to the plate with a product in which you get several impressive inserts, short-prints, jersey & autograph cards for not a lot of money. So a tip of my hat to Upper Deck.
The base cards are really pretty with kind of a silver faux marble border. I could see where some collectors might think the design gets tired after a while since all of the base cards have basically the same design, but I think it looks great. I’m also guessing that every card has limited numbered parallel cards with gold, red, and blue variations. In addition to ball players they also included several “Historical Moments” cards which are also quite nice. The only problem you might run into would be that if you decided to get one graded they would likely be knocked down a few points due to cutting errors. This design looks like it would be a little too easy to mess up the centering, etc. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too hard to put together a whole set for you set-builders out there. The base set is only 100 cards with another 100 of Rookies & Historical Moments. I’m not much of a set builder myself, but I will probably put one together since I’m not too many cards away from it after only two boxes.