Wednesday, June 3, 2015

2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Generations Memorabilia Dual Relic with Ryan Braun

Card Manufacturer: Upper Deck
Year: 2009
Card Set: SP Legendary Cuts
Card Number: GM-BY
Card Type: Insert Dual Relic
Insert Set: Generations Memorabilia
Card Attributes: Dual Jersey Relics

I really do like the 2009 SP Legendary Cuts set.  Maybe it's because Robin has a significant amount of card to chase in it or it might be this card and it's sister card with JJ Hardy.  

2009 was a time before the Braun PED scandal and it was looking like he might be the second coming of Yount.  Ryan was on fire, having won the Rookie of the Year award in 2007 and having a hot bat  he was emerging as a bonifide superstar in Milwaukee and that's something we hadn't had in a while.  This card made perfect sense.  Sometimes I'll look at a dual player card and wonder why the hell were these two players put together, but not here.  This card works on so many levels and back before Ryan's fall from grace this was a pricey card.  Not insanely pricey, but I had to shell out a few bucks for it.

And for some reason I really dig Upper Deck's postage stamp theme throughout the set.  The perforated edge adds a nice inside border and the card is laid out nice.  There's not a ton of foil on the card, but the the foil that's there accents the relics and the logo in the center of the card.  I also like that at least one of the swatches has a little color with a pinstripe.  Back in the early 2000's when relic cards were taking off these two or dual color pieces commanded a premium over their plain swatch brothers.  Overall a great card.

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