Vick is Officially Back in the Hobby

Upper Deck has announced that the first 2009 Michael Vick card has been put into production. The card will be numbered as part of the flagship 2009 Upper Deck set, but will be randomly inserted in packs of 2009 SPx. Due to a rush to get the card printed and collated into SPx production, it will be short printed. 2009 Upper Deck is set to go live on September 1 while 2009 SPx is slated to follow two weeks later on September 15.


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No official card of Brett Favre in a Vikings jersey has been produced yet, but Upper Deck is entertaining the idea of also making such a card part of their flagship set while inserting into a later release, just like the above Vick card.

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3 Responses to Vick is Officially Back in the Hobby

  1. jswaykos says:

    That’s kind of a weird concept, isn’t it? Or is it common in football cards since there aren’t a billion different sets?? I’m starting to get my yearly itch for a pack or two of football cards, any recommendations for something basic and cheap but still nice looking?

  2. CPAdave says:

    This is a bit odd, even for football. I cannot recall off the top of my head any other time I’ve heard of a card for one set being inserted into another set, unless it was something similar to the massive YSL set (Topps did one like that for Brett Favre’s TD record). I’m guessing it’s because they wanted to get him into their flagship product, but there is only one series each year, so they couldn’t just wait until series 2 is produced.

    As far as recommendations go: if you just want something dirt cheap to scratch that itch, go with 2009 Score. Very low end product but it does have that 1989 Rookies insert set that looks cool. If you want something a bit nicer, shoot for Topps’ or Upper Deck’s flagship. Both are usually very low price but have a clean and good look to them (the design almost always follows the baseball version of the same year). You won’t have guaranteed hits per pack, but if you want to splurge and buy a box, you will probably get an auto and 2-3 jerseys. They can also be good trade ammo as people seem to like to build larger flagship sets over smaller specialty sets like Upper Deck Icons or Donruss Classics.

  3. Tim says:

    In 2007, I believe Topps inserted the Bowman Barry Bonds card across several Bowman products. I don’t know if they were the same card or what, but this article made me think of that card.

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