Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Is Back!

Upper Deck has just announced that SP Legendary Cuts will be back and they are changing the way the set is built. Gone are the base cards, gone are the Mystery Cuts and gone are the redemption cards. This release will consist of a 200 person checklist featuring 91 Hall of Famers all numbered to 35 or less.

I have always been a huge fan of the Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts releases, actually my best box ever was a box of 2001 SP Legendary Cuts where I pulled a Babe Ruth bat card and a Joe DiMaggio cut signature and to follow that up I pulled a Mickey Mantle jersey relic from the 2002 SP Legendary Cuts.

Upper Deck is adding some extra value to the release with multi cuts booklets that will be themed including a 1919 Black Sox quad cut (pictured below), a 1927 Murder’s Row eight-cut and an All-Time Home Run Kings cut. There will also be political cut signatures including the first 43 Presidents. Hopefully the Upper Deck 1927 Murder’s Row cut signature booklet looks better then Topps attempt with the Topps Tribute Legendary Lineup.

George Washington
I have to admit, George Washington had a beautiful signature.

The Camelot booklet includes Ted Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

1919 Black Sox
The 1919 Black Sox booklet is of interest to me, I have always been enamored with the team and this is a nice collection of people associated with the scandal. My favorite player, Buck Weaver, is not included along with Joe Jackson. This set includes some very important cogs in the scandal: (Left to Right)
Chick Gandil- Gandil was the first player approached by gamblers in their attempt to throw the World Series. He was sort of the "ring master" of the fix.
Eddie Cicotte- Eddie was the Go-To pitcher for the White Sox winning 29 games in 1919 but after being screwed over by owner Charles Comisky he eventually gave in and fixed the 3 games he pitched. Eddie was also the first player to turn himself in following the World Series.
Charles Comisky- The White Sox owner, a notorious tight wad and all around asshole, and probably them main reason why players like Cicotte gave in to the gamblers.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis- Landis became the first Baseball Commissioner in 1920 and one of his first acts was to ban the 8 players involved with fixing the World Series games. He included players like Weaver and Jackson, who both played well in the Series, in the ban because they supposedly knew about the fix.


  1. Those are unreal. certainly a gem for any collectors collection.

  2. Could you tell me the retail price of 1 pack?

  3. Boxes (1 pack/box) run $235-250 each.

  4. It was hell making those cards!!!