Only the cuts made the cut in Upper Deck’s upcoming Legendary Cuts set

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By Chris Olds | Editor

We all know what made Legendary Cuts — a staple for baseball card collectors the last decade — popular, right?

Well, they’re back — and that’s all that Legendary Cuts will include this year when it arrives in June.

That’s right, just cuts.

Upper Deck teased the return of Legendary Cuts on Tuesday evening, what looks to be a somewhat limited one-cut-per-pack product with a checklist of just 200 cards in the set. According to the company, there will be 91 Hall of Famers in the product, each limited to 35 or fewer copies.

So there are just cuts — and more differing cuts — to be found.

“The key driver with this product has always been the cuts so we decided to try something new,” wrote Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin on the company blog. “We asked ourselves, ‘If the cuts are the most important thing, why not make them the only thing?'”

Oh, and also new this year? Booklet cut cards — the company touted a 1919 Black Sox cut as well as home run kings cuts and more. The product also will include cut signatures for all 43 United States presidents as well as cards of their wives.

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.

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  1. Hscshooter 30 March, 2011 at 06:48

    With all the talk about machine stamped or secretarial autos, no one for sure if going to know if these are actually authentic autos. If PSA/DNA is authenticating these cards then it’s anyone’s guess if they’re real. I would be pretty ticked off to pay big bucks for this product and then find out the auto is not really signed by the person. All of a sudden you have five JFK autos!! Do the math, 91 HOF’ers #35 or less, 43 Presidents, booklet cuts. That’s a lot of autos of really tough autos to get in the first place but Upper Deck has them or purchased them. Roll the dice and take your shot.

  2. Kenneth Westrum 30 March, 2011 at 07:20

    Makes you wonder if the value of the cards are going to be worth the price of the boxes or if the cards are more for sentimental value…

  3. Randall Breaux 30 March, 2011 at 08:01

    There are definately experts out there that are capable of verifying autos. Including those specialized in politics. Plus, considering the economy being what it is today, I would definately take the word of Upper Deck if they claim to have bought 5 signed documents/personalised letters from the 4 Kennedys pictured above at a resonable price. So, yeah, expect to pay out the wazoo per box if you’re trying to get a hold of one. Very impressive Upper Deck.
    I have taken quite some time away from collecting, starting back up in ’06, and I am amazed at all the comments demeaning UD. Maybe I missed a slump they fell into between now and then? But come on guys, UD is one of the first, if not the first, cards to break the mold of plain Jane cardboard, counterfiet-able and quickly wearing cards that helped greatly to evolve the sports card into what you see displayed proudly in hobby shops all over the nation.
    God Bless-RJ

  4. DAVID THIELE 30 March, 2011 at 12:24

    Hasn’t this already been done? It’s called Razor/Leaf Sports Icons. Granted the Icons are multi sport but this is nothing new. They will probably start out at 200.00 a box but will come down once people get tired of pulling Rollie Fingers and Jim Palmer. You can get the Sports Icons for less than 100 and you get 2 cut autos.

  5. Jeff Kruer 27 April, 2011 at 09:20

    The product sounds great, however, based on my experiences of waiting for months to receive redemption cards from Upper Deck, that then turn out to be disappointing, I’ve sworn off anything from Upper Deck. Customer service is a sad joke!

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