Saturday, 7 November 2009

2009 Goodwin Champions baseball

The head of my school was kind enough to grab a blaster box of these Goodwin Champions in her recent visit to the US of A. I had asked for Goodwins or Allen+Ginter, I even wrote it on a post-it note, for fear of receiving another fat pack of Upper Deck. If you observe my recent posting here, you will notice that English people visiting the US gravitate towards Upper Deck and more specifically the 'Fat Packs'. It says proudly on the box and packs that this is a Major League Baseball product. There are 12 packs (2 extra packs-how generous Upper Deck) of 4 cards each. The set is however full of non-baseball cards and many assorted short prints, super short prints, inserts and parallels.

There are 150 cards in the base set (#1-#150), 40 short prints (#151-#190) and 20 super short prints (#191-#210)
The inserts are; Landmarks, Entomology Citizens of the Day, Animal Series, Citizens of the Century, mini and mini exclusives.

The parallels are foil, black bordered minis and one parallel I would like to find 'Moonlight variation', 15 cards with a moonlight background. For a full breakdown check here.

The packs:
Pack 1:
#45 Peyton Manning
#86 Brooks Robinson Orioles
#111 Kevin Garnett
#99 Ben Roethlisberger mini

Pack 2:
#85 lance Berkman Astros
#99 Ben Roethlisberger
#125 Chris Johnson
#71 Adrian Gonzalez Padres mini
Pack 3:
#17 Rollie Fingers Athletics
#37 Whitey Ford Yankees
#43 Cole Hamels Phillies
#71 Adrian Gonzalez Padres
Pack 4:
#115 Smarty Jones
#123 B.J.Upton Bay Rays
#150 David Ortiz Red Sox
#236 Jake Peavy Padres
Pack 5:
#5 Albert Pujols Cardinals
#14 Donovan Bailey
#41 Ted Williams Red Sox
#125 Chris Johnson mini
Pack 6:
#62 Yogi Berra Yankees
#96 Paul Molitor Brewers
#172 Justin Verlander Tigers
#127 Francisco Liriano Twins black border Gypsy Queen
Pack 7:
#82 Justin Morneau Twins
#106 Ryan Howard Phillies
#110 Matt Holliday Rockies
#133 Joba Chamberlain Yankees
Pack 8:
#28 Brian McCann Braves
#51 Carlos Beltran Mets
#57 Eli Manning
#4 Jorge Posada Yankees mini
Pack 9:
#81 Wayne Gretzky
#114 Michael Jordan
#141 Bobby Orr
#30 Al Kaline Tigers
Pack 10:
#4 Jorge Posada Yankees
#30 Al Kaline Tigers
#55 Chad Reed
#142 Zack Greinke Royals
Pack 11:
#2 Derek Jeter Yankees
#67 Josh Beckett Red Sox
#138 Gary Sheffield Tigers
#2086 Albert Pujols Cardinals 20th Anniversary
Pack 12:
#27 Derrek Lee Cubs
#88 Peggy Fleming
#GCM-MS Mike Schmidt Phillies Jersey relic

So a similar scenario developed here, 14 non-baseball cards from 47 cards, minis and standard cards repeated in sequenced packs.

There was 3 Red Sox, one of them a very nice Ted Williams and a Mike Schmidt relic. I'm not a big fan of football, hockey or basketball (or for that matter skating or motorcross) but all in all I like this set, very much.


  1. How can Upper Deck advertise these as baseball cards? Two of these packs didn't even feature a current MLB player. Oh well, I'll probably just pick up singles here and there. BTW, that Schmidt card is awesome.

  2. well done indeed. A relic of a Hall of Famer is always nice.