Sunday 25 June 2017

2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's baseball

This was a set that I tried not to like but it was impossible. The psychedelic colours,  'groovy' fonts and purple/orange combination of the packs certainly make this different. 
This was also a simpler time of collecting, no variations or short printed time limited gimmicks, just the base set, a few inserts, some relics and autographs. 
There are 180 cards in the base set, the last 90 cards are broken into sub-sets: 
Rookie Flashbacks #91- #110, 
Decade Dateline #111- #140, 
Award Winners #141- #170, 
1970 World Series #171- #180.

The inserts include:70's Super Powers, Bellbottomed Bashers,  Decade Dynasties, Disco Era Dandies and The Arms Race. 
The back of each pack states:
"Randomly inserted into these specially marked packs are the following cards:10 Disco Dandies (1:14), 10 Bellbottom Bashers (1:14), 10 The Arms race (1:14), 6 70's Super Powers (1:23), 6 Disco Era Dandies (1:23), UD Decade Game Used Bat Cards (1:48), UD Decade Combo Bat Cards (1:336), UD Decade Game Jersey Cards (1:168), Signed UD Decade Jersey Cards (1:480), UD Decade Game Used Patch Cards (1:7500),"
The Red Sox, (although I have always toyed with the idea of trying to collect the whole set), available from this set are:
#24 Dwight Evans
#25 Fred Lynn
#26 Rico Petrocelli
#27 Carlton Fisk
#28 Luis Aparicio
#91 Carlton Fisk RF
#93 Fred Lynn RF
#128 Carlton Fisk DD
#147 Carlton Fisk AW
#157 Fred Lynn AW
#176 Carlton Fisk WS

I purchased this blaster quite a while ago when it looked as if the card collectors in the UK were going to meet up in a sort of conference/get together type thing. However when push came to shove not many people were willing to travel since the collectors were spread across the UK, as far north as Scotland and me down south in Kent - so it never happened and doesn't look like ever happening. Hence the breaking of this blaster plus a few others in the future.

The blaster contains 8 packs and each pack contains 5 cards.

Pack 1:
#26 Rico Petrocelli Boston Red Sox
#71 Jack Clark San Francisco Giants
#150 Reggie Jackson AW Oakland Athletics
#176 Carlton Fisk WS Boston Red Sox
#BB9 Graig Nettles New York Yankees

Pack 2:
#15 Dennis Eckersley Cleveland Indians
#67 Steve Rogers Montreal Expos
#93 Fred Lynn RF Boston Red Sox
#129 Chris Chambliss DD New York Yankees
#155 Mike Hargrove AW Oakland Athletics

Pack 3:
#42 Chris Chambliss New York Yankees
#68 Gary Carter Montreal Expos
#119 Billy Williams DD Chicago Cubs
#145 Chris Chambliss AW Cleveland Indians
#SP4 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants

Pack 4:
#8 Sal Bando Oakland Athletics
#34 Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins
#104 Dale Murphy RF Atlanta Braves
#130 Ruppert Jones DD Seattle Mariners
#171 Brooks Robinson WS Baltimore Orioles

Pack 5:
#17 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
#60 Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs
#86 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
#105 Bert Blyleven RF Minnesota Twins
#156 Joe Morgan AW Cincinnati Reds

Pack 6:
#43 Roy White New York Yankees
#69 Andre Dawson Montreal Expos
#131 Ron Fairly DD Toronto Blue Jays
#157 Fred Lynn AW Boston Red Sox
#D1 Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles

Pack 7:
#18 Tommy Davis Baltimore Orioles
#44 J.R. Richard Houston Astros
#70 Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants
#106 Thurman Munson RF New York Yankees
#132 George Foster DD Cincinnati Reds

Pack 8:
#19 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
#45 Jose Cruz Houston Astros
#98 Robin Yount RF Milwaukee Brewers
#124 Al Kaline DD Detroit Tigers
#158 Tom Seaver AW New York Mets

Only 4 Red Sox, but as I said I think it is time to go after the whole base set plus inserts. I need another pursuit like I need a third armpit, but these cards are awesome, I like them almost as much as the 1975 Topps set.


  1. Love this set. Just a few cards from finishing it off. ... Just need to pull the trigger.

  2. agreed... I always wanted to collect this one, but could never find packs.