Upper Deck Covers the Gamut with 2008 UD Spectrum Baseball

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Trading card giant’s latest Baseball release also includes “Spectrum of Stars” celebrity autograph cards!

Always trying to build a better mousetrap to one-up the competition, the Upper Deck Company seems to have done it once again with its latest baseball trading card release: 2008 MLB UD Spectrum. Not only does the extensive set include memorabilia and autograph cards of Major League Baseball’s biggest names, but it features “Spectrum of Stars” celebrity autograph cards of legendary rockers, as well as famous actors from over the years! What’s more, this year’s MLB UD Spectrum is the first product ever to feature the much-anticipated Yankee Stadium Legacy memorabilia cards.

“We’re very excited about this month’s MLB Spectrum release,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s Baseball brand manager. “The celebrity signature cards, which pack out averaging of one per box, add a fun element to this year’s launch and will definitely be a big hit with current collectors. Our hope is they might even attract new collectors to the hobby.”

The Upper Deck Company is recognizing the closing of fabled Yankee Stadium at the end of the 2008 MLB season by including “Yankee Stadium Legacy” (YSL) insert cards in ten different baseball card launches throughout the year. MLB UD Spectrum represents the second brand to include the YSL inserts and the first to include YSL memorabilia cards. Game-used jersey and bat cards of Bronx Bombers including Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter add plenty of sizzle to an already impressive collection.

Another cool element to this year’s Spectrum lineup is the random inclusion of sought-after Upper Deck buyback cards of baseball standouts including Roberto Alomar Jr., Jose Reyes and, of course, Upper Deck Baseball Spokesman Ken Griffey Jr, the latter who’s on the verge of gaining entry into Major League Baseball’s elite 600-Home Run Club fraternity. The buybacks are from previously released Upper Deck products ranging from 2003′s UD Patch Collection and Sweet Spot to
2004′s First Pitch, Vintage and All-Star Lineup.

In every hobby box of 2008 MLB UD Spectrum, collectors can expect to find at least two autographs and two memorabilia cards. Additional inserts and parallel cards include Derek Jeter’s 100-card Retrospectrum set showcasing the future Hall-of-Famer’s career. Each card parallels to an autographed version numbered to two.

The suggested retail price is $6.99 per pack, with five cards per pack and 20 packs per box. Collectors can find 2008 MLB UD Spectrum in stores now.

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Spectrum of Stars celebrity autographs, one per box on average!
  • Two memorabilia cards per box, on average!
  • Two autographed cards per box, on average!
  • Press Plates, one per case on average!
  • Look for Autographed Buyback cards!
  • Yankee Stadium Legacy Inserts randomly inserted!
  • First Product Featuring Yankee Stadium Legacy Memorabilia Cards!

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN:

Regular Cards and Rookies

  • Regular Cards

Inserts and Parallel Cards

  • Regular Card Parallel Cards (# to 399 or less)
  • Derek Jeter Retrospectrum
  • Derek Jeter Retrospectrum Parallel Cards (# to 99)
  • Press Plate Cards

Autograph Cards (2 per box, on average)

Henry Winkler Autograph

Derek Jeter Autograph

  • Spectrum Rookie Signatures
  • Spectrum Rookie Signatures Parallel Cards
  • Spectrum Rookie Signatures Die Cut Parallel Cards (# to 25 or less)
  • Spectrum of Stars Signatures
  • Spectrum of Stars Die Cut Parallel Cards (# to 25)
  • Spectrum Swatches Auto Parallel (# to 30)
  • Autographed Buyback Cards

Memorabilia Cards (2 per box, on average)

  • Spectrum Swatches (# to 99)
  • Spectrum Swatches Parallel Cards (# to 75 or less)
  • Spectrum Dual Swatches (# to 99)
  • Aligning the Stars 3 (# to 75)
  • Aligning the Stars 4 (# to 15)
  • Retrospectrum Swatches (# to 99)
  • Retrospectrum Swatches Parallel (# to 45)
  • Retrospectrum Swatches Patch Parallel (# to25)