Preview Gallery: 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions autographs

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By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Upper Deck is busy preparing its latest Goodwin Champions release, which is slated to arrive this summer, and it’s going to include plenty of autographs from plenty of sports.

Make that plenty of autographed cards from plenty of sports.

The company teased the selection of signatures — from the iconic heights of hockey’s Wayne Gretzky and basketball’s Michael Jordan to the controversial in ex-baseball star Jose Canseco — on Friday evening.

The initial release of Goodwin in 2009 included some of the most unusual cards ever made — insects, pieces of the Golden Gate Bridge, thoroughbred horse hair and more were found in packs along with autographs of some of the biggest names in sports. Based on this selection, looks like the autograph side just might be covered once again this year.

Here’s a sampling of the signatures to be found … after the jump.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


Randy Fetter

Jose Canseco as Upper Deck’s lead, how appropriate. A company that cheated represented by a player that cheated. Enough said.

Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

Jose Canseco as Upper Deck’s lead, how appropriate. A company that got caught cheating and a player that got caught cheating. Enough said.

Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

Did Jose sign that, or was it his twin brother?! o_0

Posted April 2, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink


Posted April 2, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

Gretzsky’s hair & auto should be on that card, so they can call it Auto/Mullet relic card #1/1….I would chase that in a minute…..Wow! What a wave!

2011 Philadelphia Phillies rotation is going down as “The #1 Pitching Staff in MLB History”

Posted April 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink
Thomas Capps

Give me Panini….Upper Deck has left a sour taste in my mouth too many times..And getting Durrant helps alot… kevin durant memorabilia like the shoes and other things is ahuge plus for this collector

Posted April 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
Patrick McCollough

I like the autos. I was waiting for someone to make a Canseco joke. As far as the other comments, I believe Topps is also guilty of trying to pass a card off as something it wasn’t.

Posted April 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

i cant wait, autos are on card and look awesome

Posted April 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
Devan James

This is an april fools joke. That’s Ozzie, again no tattoo’s. Although If this is were ever to happen that is a stellar auto lineup.

Posted April 3, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

ud has major problems and if they survive the year i’ll be in complete shock. you cant buy them here any way. every shop here did not recertify and quit carrying ud any thing last year.

Posted April 3, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink
Jim Johnson

baseball will sue them right away, like they did powell, what an idiot she was. If I was Topps I would go after them to protect my exclusive, but the horseracing ceo has no clue as to what he is doing. TV Guidfe cards maybe?

Posted April 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
Art Vandelay

Kevin you must live in Siberia if you cant get UD product.

Hard signed is always a plus, beats Panini and their sticker junk and the other unlicensed garbage floating around out there.

Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

Same card, diffirent year.

Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
Joe Duplissis

Chris, admit it, you’re droolin’ over the Canseco. It’s all good. I think it’s pretty sweet myself.

Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

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