First look: 2014 Upper Deck’s Goodwin Champions trading cards


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Goodwin Champions is coming back with new patches, World War I relics and slew of new signers.

Each box of 2014 Goodwin Champions will come with 20 packs and five cards in each pack. There will be three hits per box that range from a number of different elements such as autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards, Museum Relics and Goodwin Masterpieces.

Each box will contain 10 mini cards with the chance at getting Magician Back or Presidential Back parallels. Each pack will have a mini, short-print or insert.

On the case level, collectors will find five Origin of Species Patch cards, four Monster 3-D cards, one dual-swatch memorabilia short-print and one Sport Royalty memorabilia card.

Some of the hits are new to Goodwin Champions.

The manufactured patch cards are Origin of Species, and start a new three-year program for Upper Deck. The 2014 set will begin with The Dawn of Complex Life with six tiers of collectability: Reptiles, Fish, Cambrian Explosion, Arthropods, Tetrapods and Cephalopods. The checklist will include 100 cards of different degrees of rarity.

The 3-D Monster cards are a new addition to Goodwin Champions, and will be tough pulls. There are four subsets within the 3-D Monster cards: Bizarre Beasts (1 in 120 packs), Classic Creatures (1:360), The Giants (1:870) and Alien Menaces (1:4,160).

Goodwin Masterpieces Art of the Ages continues with 300 new paintings. Some of the additions include Vincent Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night, Picasso’s Old Guitarist and Cezanne’s The Card Players.

There are also Museum Relics from World War I, which Upper Deck recently displayed at the 2014 Industry Summit.

When it comes to autographs, Upper Deck has added some new, recognizable names such as Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Lindsey Vonn, Ken Griffey Jr., Eric Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Byron Buxton. It also added a number of Winter Olympians including Shani Davis, Ashley Caldwell, Steve Holcomb, Julie Chu and Hayley Wickenheiser.

Goodwin Champions is set to come out in July.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.




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  1. Zeprock 25 March, 2014 at 20:30

    Remember when Goodwin Champions was basically a baseball set? I miss that. I like the look of their cards but could care less about any card depicting anything other than baseball. I guess this product is not for me. I will have to search and trade for the singles I want. I certainly won’t be buying it.

  2. Anthony C 25 March, 2014 at 22:59

    Considering they don’t really have a MLB license, making a baseball set is totally pointless. Not everyone’s a baseball fan anyway.

  3. Ed 26 March, 2014 at 08:34

    C’Mon Now!!!

    Licences or not.
    This looks like some left-over products from various issues that you (not me) would pick up (1,000 cards in a box) at the swap meet for a $1.00

    People really buy this stuff ?


  4. Mr. Happy 28 March, 2014 at 16:45

    Always bust some of this product, for the price its beats hitting more repetive garbage auto from overpriced Topps Baseball product.

  5. mike 13 August, 2014 at 18:06

    this product is great. never know what your going to get. i landed a redemption last year of michael jordan auto. this year a museum collection redemption.

  6. Sue Jones 5 December, 2014 at 18:31

    Bought my first pack; pulled a Julie Krone autograph.She is a horse racer.Nice signature, with a happy face!

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