Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2011 World of Sports

Picked up a few packs of Upper Deck's 2011 World of Sports.
On the Upper Deck site they boast the return of the set for it's second year as exciting, with the addition of Football (college) to the previous sports baseball (college), basketball (college), Hockey (Team Canada), Soccer (MLS, WPS and college), golf, surfing, college coaches, lacrosse a video game champion, snowboarder..a truly strange collection of athletes.  Upper Deck stated that last years set was the surprise hit of collecting, while most of the blogs I have seen disliked the product...

I find it interesting that the wrapper features Landon Donovan (MLS-LA Galaxy), golf and basketball...no football or baseball (not complaining)...I can see collectors of one sport having difficulty with a set like this, as it is difficult to obtain the sport of interest. And do I really need a card of a video game champion (like pulling the hot dog eating champ in the Allen & Ginter set!) I also do not understand the use of college photos of pro, like Josh Wolff in his South Carolina jersey?

In my view the card designs are  good, nice clear photos, with the World of Sports banner at the bottom. The checklist for the soccer cards:
214 Kevin Hartman
215 Donovan Ricketts
216 Davy Arnaud
217 Andy Najar
218 Marvell Wynne
219 David Ferreira
220 Michael Stephens
221 Chad Barrett
222 Chad Marshall
223 Kyle Beckerman
224 Kasey Keller
225 Landon Donovan
226 Javier Morales
227 William Hesmer
228 Josh Wolff
229 Omar Gonzalez
230 Justin Braun
231 Fabian Espindola
232 Jamison Olave
233 Robbie Keane
234 Stefan Frei
235 Steve Zakuani
236 Matt Reis
237 Conor Casey
238 Marco Pappa
239 Zack Schilawski
240 Omar Cummings
241 Heath Pearce
242 Teal Bunbury
243 Juan Pablo Angel
244 Shalrie Joseph
245 Sean Franklin
246 Macoumba Kandji
247 Matt Pickens
248 Chris Pontius
249 Diego Chaves
250 Amy Rodriguez
251 Tasha Kai
252 Laura Kalmari
253 Eniola Aluko
254 Brandi Chastain
255 Cat Whitehill
256 Ella Masar
257 Jordan Angeli
258 Jillian Loyden
259 Karen Bardsley
260 Lori Lindsey
261 Lauren Fowlkes
262 Leslie Osborne
263 Nicole Barnhart
264 Shannon Boxx
265 Meghan Klingenberg
266 Hope Solo
267 Heather Mitts
268 Christie Rampone
382 Will Bruin
383 Juan Agudelo
384 Rafael Marquez
385 Sebastien Le Toux
386 Dwayne DeRosario
387 Thierry Henry
388 Charlie Davies
389 Landon Donovan
390 Chris Wondolowski
391 Omar Salgado
392 Tobin Heath
393 Alex Morgan
394 Kelly Smith
395 Christine Sinclair
396 Mia Hamm
397 Marta
398 Abby Wambach

The set features the expected autograph cards (the use of stickers, which I do not like) and relic cards... 

2 comments:

  1. I can see collectors of sport having difficulty with a set like this, as it is difficult to get the sport of interest.Golf Trips

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  2. I agree, my preference is for single sport card sets. With a set like this a collector ends up with many unwanted cards.

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