Saturday, January 28, 2012

An Oddball Upper Deck 2008 Variation

I paid 99¢ for eight Cubs 2008 Upper Deck cards. Then again, it was 99¢ for just one card. Take a look:

It's a single sheet of eight cards with the center card congratulating the 2008 NL Central Division champs. The cards are exact duplicates of the actual UD cards, same size, same pictures, same card numbers.

The sheet isn't perforated, so I don't think its supposed to be cut apart. I check ebay pretty regularly for Cubs cards, and when I found this sheet, it was the first time I saw it. I was the only bidder, which explains the bargain price. What I haven't been able to figure out is what this card is from. Was it given away by UD at Wrigley Field? Chicago area hobby shops? The Cubs Convention? I plan to keep an eye out for more of these to see if I can come up with any other information on it.

The back does have an Upper Deck oddity. Back when UD first came out in 1989, they played up the fact that their cards had a hologram on them to make the cards more difficult to counterfeit. To this day, they still use the hologram....

....but not on this sheet. The area where the hologram would go is blank. Boy, I sure hope I didn't waste 99¢ on a counterfeit product!


  1. It may have been distributed at gift shops at Wrigley Field. I have a similar sheet of the Mets from 2008 that was given away free with a $10 purchase from the souvenir stands at Shea Stadium. I think it's still tucked away my 2008 Mets yearbook. :)