Upper Deck adds Civil War items to Goodwin

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes are usually the focus of the trading cards we collect. Basketball and baseball stars. Football and hockey legends.

Upper Deck is taking a different approach to 2012 Goodwin Champions – which still showcases athletes – by taking a look at America’s history. One of the highlights in this year’s product are the Museum Relics, but this time with a Civil War theme.

Goodwin Champions released today, and collectors have a chance to obtain relics from the Civil War era. Some of the artifacts are buttons, hat insignias and Confederate currency.

Upper Deck brought in David Miller, a professor at the University of San Diego, who offers courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, to look at the collection. Miller recently wrote a post about the Civil War collection and the meaning behind some of the pieces.

“As soldiers raised above their garrison in they could have had little inclination of the coveted place their flag would one day hold among treasure hunters,” Miller wrote.

That’s one of the pieces collectors will have a chance to grab – a piece of a Union flag that was actually flown during a battle.

“This flag bore witness to the very personal experiences of some of the War’s participants,” Miller said. “In this way, it reflects the common soldier and all complexity of war. At the same time, the flag bears witness to the values for which those men fought, varied as they were. It reminds us that the War    something to everyone who participated.”

A concern is cutting up the flag for cards, but Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin noted on the blog that the flag was already cut up and torn when it was purchased.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. You can email Susan her with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Richard
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning”. This should not be confused with those who burn the flag as a political

    Yes, the flag you mentioned was already damaged. But that’s like saying the body of a loved one was already decaying so its OK to to dismember it and distribute it.

    I admit to collecting patch cards, but I do not equate such memorabilia with the US Flag. I acknowledge their legal right to desecrate the flag that they own, but I for one will never choose to have anything to do with it.

  2. ernest lantto
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    as a retired U.S. ARMY soldier what you have done is dispicable. you are no better than the terrorist who burn our countrys flag. you say it is in disrepair then it shoud destroyed not cut up and put into cards. you discrace they men and women who fought and died for this great nation.

  3. Chris Clock
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I think the other parts of the collection have their uniqueness and collecting attraction but to cut up an American flag for this is just a disgrace. But this is Upper Deck…..what do you expect.

  4. Matthew
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    While I don’t complete disagree with them cutting up the flag. It is important to note its a Union flag that was flown during a battle. If I’m not mistaken that’s not exactly like cutting up an American Flag. There is a difference, as small as it is.

  5. Mark
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I for one was never in the military. I do have relatives that were. My parents taught me at a very young age that as an American we live in a free country. With that being said it still does not give you the right to destroy an American Flag. At that young age I was taught dignity and the pride of being an American. Also that a person, that destroys an American Flag is disgracefull and quite frankly not an American. Maybe people should boycot this product and UpperDeck all together. Just an Americans opinion.

  6. Bob
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    While this might not be the most “dignified” way to dispose of flag, I think it is important to draw a distinction between a Union flag and the flag as we know it today. The Union flag does not symbolize the United States of America, and instead represents a time when our country was divided and in turmoil. If the flag was already destroyed what is wrong with allowing others to have a piece of US history. I don’t necessarily feel that Upper Deck profiting from the flag is ideal, but nor do I agree that destroying it is the best course of action. Every day artifacts and items that are/were sacred and important to many cultures are sold to collectors on the secondary market for profit, including flags. Where is the outrage for that? Maybe it isn’t the most tasteful thing in the world, but I certainly don’t think it is Upper Decks worst transgression.

  7. gary hurd
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Great now they are cutting up Civil War stuff? This relic crap has gone too far, I would much rather have a chance to pull a redemption card to win the entire item…It has to stop

  8. Richard
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    while you might be able to use the argument that the flags flown by the south are not “American Flags”
    the ones flown by the north during the war should be given extra reverence given the sacrifice that was
    made by so many to preserve the union. Not that I would want them to even cut up a flag flown by the
    south. It just feels too disrespectful.

  9. Duke Harless
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    First the flag was a Union Flag. To those that didn’t take history, The “Union” Was the United States, not the Confederate States, ( not that cutting up any relic is excusable). It was an AMERICAN Flag. The fact that it was not in good condition is a moot point. Upper Deck has NOT published any photos of what the entire flag looked like before they completely destroyed it. They published a picture labeled as a SECTION of what they had of the flag. I have seen the smallest sections of flags preserved in museums. They had a professor from a San Diego University examine the relics and used that as an excuse to justify the actions they did. They also claimed that thy consulted several veterans and historians who backed their decision. I am betting they do not have one shred of documentation signed by a bonafide museum, historian or Veterans Group that advocates them treating this flag they way they did. If they do I challenge them to publish it and then get the opinions of the National Park Service the VFW. They are doing a PR back peddle now, and frankly I hope this gets to be headline news. Its our country’s flag, not a pair of socks worn by a baseball player.

  10. William Tecumseh Sherman
    Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    A flag is a symbol, not a country. How insecure is a man in his country when he fears attacks on simply the symbol? In a country bordered by two vast seas, on a continent with no plausible threats by its neighbors, one would think a man would feel supremely confident in his country’s safety. Can one love the symbol more than the country?

  11. ernest
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    apparently mr William Tecumseh Sherman you have never fought for your country or you would not ask such a STUPID question. our flag is america. as swore by my oath to this country i will protect my country and flag and unfortunately that includes you and the others who want everything they have but won’t fight for it.

  12. Sean
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    This just disgusts me. If even an American flag (and yes a Union flag is an American flag) flown in battle, possibly with American soldiers literally dying to defend it, isn`t sacred to these people then nothing is.

    Even if it wasn`t an American flag, the fact is that these things are one of a kind pieces of American history that are being systematically destroyed for incredibly short-sighted reasons that will deprive future generations of these objects. It was bad enough when they were destroying irreplacable baseball memorobelia, but now they are actually destroying items of national historical significance (well, not that baseball isn`t of national historical significance, but anyway) .

    The only contemporary example I can think of in which people have displayed this level of depraved indifference to historical preservation is the Taliban in Afghanistan, when they destroyed those Buddhist statues a few years ago. Well, they Taliban and that little old Spanish lady who accidentally defaced the painting in that church a few weeks ago, but she did it by accident. Only Upper Deck and the Taliban have deliberately gone this far.

    Select company.

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