While at Meijer today picking up some other stuff I used some very timely rewards money to buy my first packs in quite a while: a quartet of 2015 Upper Deck football retail value packs! As many of you know I did UD's designs and college focus with this set so I was eagerly anticipating this release. I'm showing these off with less than a week until the draft so it'll be fun to see how the guys I pull do come Thursday through Saturday.
I don't recall the exact price but these were something like $5.69, though I also got 10% off today, which was nice. You get 32 cards with two of those guaranteed to be Heroes inserts of top-two QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota; each has 10 different cards in their respective sets. Vets in their college unis comprise #s 1-45 while the non-SPed rookies come in at 46-145. Two levels of short-prints cover 146-215, followed by hobby and retail photo variations from 216-255. As usual my main concern is the non-SPed rookies set, though if I can find a cheap 1-45 vets set I'll pick it up.
My one veteran pull from the four packs was RB legend Eric Dickerson, shown here with SMU; his card is #36. My experience is that hobby boxes reverse the retail trend and skew way towards vets with a couple promised rookies; since my focus is on the latter, these retail packs are always the way to go, plus hobby boxes can get really expensive, even when there isn't a player like Winston to chase.
Out of four packs of 32 I ended up with 118 base cards, one of those being the Dickerson above. From the regular Star Rookies group I pulled 88/100 with 29 doubles. Those dupes all came in one pack and included a pair of dupe inserts and one new insert, so that tells you how collation goes with these. I may try one or two more value packs if I find them, but it shouldn't be hard to track down the other 12 I need otherwise, hopefully along with the 1-45 set.
Kerry unless told otherwise.
Matt but the Coleman can be had by anyone who asks nicely.
I'm not posting a wantlist just let in case I decide to buy another pack or two, but if I do end up with one you'll see it here. I'll also make my base doubles available soon to anyone who'd like to trade for them, though as usual I'll set aside cards for some of you based on school affiliation.
And of course this product gets my annual hearty endorsement. Congrats to UD on another great college-themed set!