Seeing the box of '07 Upper Deck Future Stars brought back memories of a fun product that contained a bunch of autographs -- four of them per box to be exact.
Reviewing the hobby box, I found I would also get seven foil, numbered inserts, among the 24 packs of four cards each in the latest Upper Deck release. I'm not sure what the retail cost per pack will be, but I'd guess it to be around $5 to $8 per pack.
The first pack I ripped open had four base cards. I quickly found out that players featured in this set aren't necessarily prospects or rookies or even particularly young. All the cards say Future Stars, but within my first pack I found some veterans like Todd Helton, Emil Brown and Carlos Delgado. My second pack featured Albert Pujols, Jason Giambi and Nomar Garciaparra.
The packs advertise the possibility of getting a Dice-K autograph, which is more like what I'm hoping to find when I rip open another one. And pack No. 3 didn't disappoint me: It contained a "Clear Path to Greatness" autograph card of Ben Francisco.
Pack No. 4 had a Josh Hamilton "Rookie Dated Debuts" card, numbered to 999. I just looked up the checklist and there are 101 cards in the base set, so I should get pretty close to finishing this set. I'll probably have to trade for the last ones I need on my Web site, so get in touch if you're interested in making a trade.
Pack No. 6 yields a Rocky Cherry autograph. As other hardcore collectors will tell you, it's always kind of refreshing to start seeing some new autographs appear in the sets after getting the same guys for about a year. Pack No. 7 yields the third of my four autographs in this box -- Kelvin Jimenez. Only one more autographed card to find.
Pack No. 8 brought an "MVP Prospects" card, numbered to 500, of Ryan Zimmerman and Pack No. 9 contained my final autograph card -- Sean Henn.
There was a bit of a lull until pack No. 12 brought a Phil Hughes "Cy Young Prospect" card, numbered to 500.
Just when I thought I was done with autographs, however, came a big surprise. To my amazement, I found a fifth autographed card -- Ryan Sweeney -- in pack No. 13. The fun kept on going!
But, man, the bottom of the box was rough for me. I did pull a red, numbered to 199, Alfonso Soriano, but that was pretty much it.
If this box was an example, I would suggest buying up all the packs near the top of the box!
Seriously, though, this was a pretty fun box break. Out of the 24 packs, five of them had autographs. There was a refreshing new mix of guys for autographs, but a couple guy's I've seen in a lot of products over the past year. It gets a little irritating to end up with 20 autographs of the same guy from various brands.
I also didn't mind being able to nearly complete the set, but that makes the price of the set pretty low.
My final thought is that this would be a great product for someone trying to collect rookie autograph cards because there are a lot of them in this product.
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