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First look: 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Bugs, meteorites and Mars.

That’s not your typical assortment of finds in a hobby box, but Goodwin Champions has never been typical with its hits. This is a product that started a craze with its Entomology Cards where actual bugs were inside shadow boxes.

This year’s Upper Deck Goodwin Champions brings back the entomology cards, but also collectors will have an opportunity to find rocks from meteorites and Mars, and memorabilia pieces from museums, including Civil War and Presidential memorabilia.

This year’s installment is due out in May with 20-pack (five cards in each pack) hobby boxes yielding three hits of either on-card autographs, memorabilia cards, animal kingdom patch cards or printing plates. There are also 10 Goodwin Champions mini and numbered parallels. Early presales are going around $75 a box.

The set won’t be easy to complete. There are 231 cards of different sports figures from over the years, but there are 150 base cards with 40 short-prints, 20 super short-prints and 21 high series minis to complete the set.

The inserts will include: minis, minis with Lady Luck backs, Magician backs (numbered to 10), Presidential backs (1/1), Military Machines and a World Traveler oversized card (one per box).

However, Upper Deck doesn’t end there. For fans of the original, Upper Deck has made it so they would be able to collect the 1888 Goodwin Masterpieces originals, which were 50 hand-painted images.

The Entomology Cards, which have been a big hit for Upper Deck, have returned. In the past, the cards have featured beautiful multi-colored moths, butterflies with spotted wings and a bug that looks like a stick. Fan of these could expect to find more butterflies, beetles and different variations of bugs this year.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

8 Comments

Ed007

Michael Jordan looks like Hershal Walker. Who will want this a year from now? Cards with animals, rocks etc. I am past the fith grade rock collection stage. What is UD thinking? They have to take it one step further, ad some hip hop rappers shaking hands with a sleuth (make sure the camera is rolling to capture the mild pinched fingers) or kissing a Dolphin on the lips or nose lip or what ever the dolphins smacker in called. Heck I wouldn’t even buy that. (I would watch it on Youtube though) Baseball looks like the only thing with consistancey. Basketbal cards are looking too cheap to put in a set. The cards look like grandma’s puzzles. No holo logos, nothing. Once they are assembled you break them up and put them back in the box and shelf them, later selling them at a yard sale. I’m sure there are more product set-able coming out in the future. That last beckett needed more meat. Lost somewhere were all the future releases slated for this year. But I’ll blame it on the lock out or card companies only want us to buy what they put on our plates,…. oh no mush again.

Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
dopey

is that a picture of Seal with a Jordan auto

Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
Brandon

That Honey Badger card is sweet!

Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink
Folkert Leffring

I’m looking forward to this set, finally I get to add new cards to my badger PC… :/

The Jordan portrait is a bit off, but really, an on-card MJ auto is always pretty sweet. Might pick up a box of this.

Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink
kevin

once again the Platypus is overlooked..how does upper deck sleep at night

Posted February 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
steve-o

I’d say……..dont like the badger, the seal (no….not Heidis ex), or any of the other “unique” cards that upper deck puts into these boxes-DONT BUY THEM !!!!!!

and by the way…….has anyone seen what some of those animal patch cards from the 2011 set have been selling for ???????

Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
steve-o

I’d say……..dont like the badger, the seal (no….not Heidis ex), or any of the other “unique” cards that upper deck puts into these boxes-DONT BUY THEM !!!!!!

and by the way…….has anyone seen what some of those animal patch cards from the 2011 set have been selling for ???????

Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
Arradvark_ratnik

Can’t wait. Beats buying Topps and pulling 50 cent prospects every year.

Posted February 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

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