Thursday, April 30, 2009

1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice

Collector's Choice was Upper Deck's foray into superoverproducedcardsforkids, and as with most other issues of this type ended up outdoing their base set. There are ever so faint gray pinstripes on the cards, and the line art in the bottom corner obviously pays homage to the '75 Topps set. This was pretty much a no frills set, but sometimes no frills sets are ok with me. This is one of them.

The 1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Detroit Tigers:
27 Matt Brunson
56 Tom Bolton
100 Cecil Fielder
110 Chris Gomez
118 Bill Gullickson
132 Mike Henneman
167 Chad Kreuter
230 Tony Phillips
275 Mickey Tettleton
291 Lou Whitaker
352 Tigers Team Card / Cecil Fielder
364 Junior Felix
375 Travis Fryman
403 Kirk Gibson
421 Scott Livingstone
442 John Doherty
459 Mike Moore
474 Alan Trammell
499 David Wells
557 Danny Bautista
561 Tim Belcher
563 Eric Davis

There were a couple of inserts:

Home Run All-Stars
HA4 Cecil Fielder

Team vs. Team
13 Cecil Fielder

Then there were the parallel cards. Someday I'd love for someone other than me to take the time to delve into the history of the parallel card. It would be great for someone to explain to me their purpose other than to drive obsessive-complusive collectors into buying every pack they could find to try and complete these next to impossible to complete sets. Perhaps, I just answered my on question. 

But I think it's pretty clear that two parallel sets in one issue is a bit too much. Especially when the gold cards were seeded 1:36 packs. IF you didn't get any doubles, you would have had to purchase 24,120 packs of cards to get a complete set of 670. Ouch. Sometimes I think these card companies are just out to make money.......

I hope that I have been able here to demonstrate just how ridiculous parallel cards are. Since I think I have done so, I promise never to mention them again. 

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