2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Museum Collection Autographs Honor WWII Veterans


2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Museum Collection Signatures Lauren Bruner

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not unusual to look to our cards for heroes. We throw the term around a lot to refer to people and players we look up to. But let’s face it, there are different levels of heroes. A part of 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions is looking at some other types of heroes. Many would refer to them as real heroes that don’t came with fame, fortune or millions of dollars.

2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Museum Collection Autographs will honor the accomplishments and stories of World War II veterans.

More than a dozen veterans are slated to be featured in the set. All of these cards are hard-signed.

Not only will the cards pay tribute to these veterans, but it will help tell their stories and offer direct connections to history. Lauren Bruner, the first of the people announced, has his story posted online.

This isn’t the first set to feature signatures from WWII veterans. A few years ago, a small company called iCardz produced a set highlighting the real-life men portrayed in Band of Brothers. One of the chase sets was a series of autographs. Boxes might be tough to find now, but they are selling singles and sets through their website. Lynn “Buck” Compton, Amos “Buck” Taylor, William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Edward Heffron, Clancy Lyall, Donald Malarkey and Earl McClung are among the available cards.

2010 iCardz America at War Band of Brothers Autographs SP1 Lynn Buck Compton


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Charlie DiPietro 8 December, 2015 at 13:42

    Thanks to Upper Deck for honoring those who served our country during WWII. Although my dad did nothing deserving of anything more than a Purple Heart, he was still a hero to me. In 1943, he did volunteer for service upon completing high school, just four months after turning 17. He was so young, the Army required written permission from his mother to enlist.

    I am sure everyone has stories of someone in their family who’s service to their country makes them proud.

  2. Steve Coderre SSG, (RET) US Army 101st Airborne 8 January, 2016 at 19:04

    Thank you Upper Deck, your company’s actions speak louder than words!

    This is a beautiful way to remember all of the actions of those brave men
    who fought for us all in WW2 !!!

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