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Those of you who have read this site for awhile are well aware of the kick in the nuts I received with the 2006 Ultimate Collection Baseball break I did back in January. If you don’t remember the slaughter, check it out HERE.

In summary, I was denied two of the more valuable hits and they were replaced with 2 of the crappiest hits. While I do understand that Upper Deck tries to protect themselves from these situations by placing the words “on average” in all their marketing material, that sort of wording is primarily aimed at the “by the box” crowd. When it comes to a full case, you should hit the average!!!

Anyway, after the break I wrote a very well worded and polite email to Upper Deck’s “Customer Service” stating my frustration and asking them to make the situation right. Even though it was an older product, it was still factory sealed and in my mind was still Upper Deck’s responsibility to back up their claims.  I sent the email and got the canned email back saying that an agent would respond within 24-48 hours. A week later…

No response.

So I sent it again….

No response.

Since that time, I have sent the same email 6 times! Not one single damn response!

Now I am well aware of UD’s downsizing and the fact that there are people in the Customer Service area that are being let go, moved, or whatever. But that doesn’t mean that UD as a company can just blatantly ignore the collectors that are keeping it’s piss poor company afloat.

At this point I’m not really expecting to get any sort of resolution to my problem but I am going to keep sending the email until I can get someone from the CS department to at least respond to my inquiry.

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It’s been a slow week on the acquisition front (although I’ll have a post tonight after I can get some scans) so I thought I would post about some of the remaining 2008 baseball products (in order of current release date) from a Morneau and general perspective.

2008 UD SP Authentic
Release Date:
10/14
After having “By the Letter” sets in each of the last two SPA products, Upper Deck has thankfully left Morneau out of that line this year. Last year’s product was a major headache for some player collectors as the BTL cards had more than one combination and different numbering. The base cards are blah and I imagine they’ll be the same this year. With boxes over $90 per, I’ll be passing on this until the price drops down a ton, which it will if this product is anything like last year.

2008 Topps Stadium Club
Release Date
: 11/5
This is one of those products that I really have no idea on. I haven’t seen a checklist on this anywhere so I have no idea if Justin Morneau will have anything in here other than a base card. The boxes here are pretty pricey (~$220 per), but you do get 12 autographed cards and some other goodies per box. Now, if the auto checklist is better than the crap list from this year’s Triple Threads, then I could see maybe picking up a box. But the fact that we’re now less than a month out for this one and I haven’t seen a checklist makes me think this will end up being overpriced garbage.

2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot
Release Date:
12/20
Normally Sweet Spot is a pretty good product for player collectors. Each player seems to have a few different cards with varying material (ball leather, bat, glove leather) and various inks used for signatures. Plus, these cards don’t hold a ton of value and can be picked up on the cheap on the secondary market. You get 6 packs per box this year and only one will have the “Sweet Spot” autographed card. It strays from the tin idea last year with 1 pack per tin and the auto in that pack. This is more like how Sweet Spot was initially with the boxes with multiple packs. The checklist shows a Morneau “Sweet Spot” card but that’s all it says. Hard to say if this product will be worth the coin (~$100 per box), but my guess is that it will fall well short. This is another “wait until the market bottoms out” product.

2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection
Release Date:
12/30
Hopefully I’m not alone in thinking this way, but last year’s Ultimate was a train wreck! Ugly cards, bad relic pieces, lame checklist, and seriously overpriced. There are Morneau cards from that product that I have absolutely ZERO interest in chasing. This year it looks like UD has decided to try to really beef up this product. Morneau doesn’t appear in the current checklist all that much….just a base card and a couple cards with his signature with a couple other players. I’m pretty disappointed in this since UD has some really cool cards in this product this year featuring signed oversized jersey swatches and oversized bat barrel pieces. The product to me actually looks so good, I’m considering doing a case of it and I don’t do cases all that much anymore. I just wish there was more Morneau in there.

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