For a few weeks now, I've been anxiously anticipating the upcoming Upper Deck release - Masterpieces.
I remember this product being a blast back in the 2008/09 season when it debuted. The artist painting feel of the card, putting it on a matte, textured card stock and the great action many of the cards all made the robust checklist very popular. Not to mention the jersey variations and hard-signed autograph finds. A great product.
Word of Masterpieces being resurrected this season got me excited. And I really got my ears perked when I learned that Trevor Linden would be on the checklist.
Recently, Upper Deck showed off some of the cards in a Facebook post. Here's what I saw.
And I really like how they've built the signature and memorabilia components.
Hopefully, like last time, there will be some all-time greats included along with today's current stars.
Oh yeah......did I mention Linden is in the release?
You can kind of tell in the collar of his jersey.
Really? That's the best photo you could draw from?
Hmmmmmmm. Going back I'm seeing a bit of a trend with these cards.
This Ovechkin offering lacks any sort of dynamics that the original Masterpieces had.
I'm getting a little bit concerned.
Doing his best "glide, turn left". A real action shot if I've ever seen one.
OK, opinion time.
With a product like this (that has a very distinct and definitive history behind it) why would Upper Deck fill the pot with portrait shots and lackluster action?
Seriously? Take a look at all the above cards. It would be very fair to say that the Linden offering has the most action in it. And if that's the case.....not good.
In this day and age, shouldn't the best of the best in terms of reference photos be available for a project like this? Why didn't Upper Deck use the 08/09 offering as a guide?
Great detail, great framing, good looking card.
And the white border base version really looks bland when compared to the brown border gems.
What more would a person want in a card? Tons of great color, creativity and artistry. Both in the player depicted and the artist capturing.
So what happened? Why the change?
I'm not certain, but what went from a high-level of excitement on the set has turned to a lukewarm simmer for some Linden chasing.
Not the end of the world, but I do believe that more could have been done with this set.
What are your thoughts on Upper Deck Masterpieces? Both the original offering and the upcoming release? What are your thoughts on the portraits painted?