Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CC: Poorly Documented

OK, I bit the bullet and finally picked up a huge mess of CC Sabathia Documentary cards. Yes, the set was a spectacular failure, stemming mostly from the fact that the player pictured on the card often had nothing to do with the game the card is talking about. While the concept of a-card-for-every-game has merit, the execution was careless. Let's see what I got.

2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3408 MIL115
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3498 MIL118
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3588 MIL121
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3678 MIL124
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3768 MIL127

And some gold "2008" parallels.
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3408 MIL115 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3498 MIL118 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3588 MIL121 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3678 MIL124 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3768 MIL127 Gold

A couple more...
2008 UD Documentary #3858 MIL130 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133 Gold

And ones with the other photo to round out the lot.
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4848 Gold

That will be the first and only time my CC collection grows by 25 cards at once. Actually, I'm left with just one base card to chase in this set. The end is near.


TJ said...

Yeah, I didn't realize they were like that when I bought a bunch of Billy Butler cards off Sport Lots. It seems like a cheesy idea. Oh well, now I know.

Todd Uncommon said...

I agree completely. Documentary was (and arguably, still is) a fantastic idea for a card set.

However, the execution on this makes it probably the worst set of the past quarter century. It's a set that adheres to its own purpose occasionally, if not infrequently. The repetitive use of photos just adds to its failure (and who wants gold-bordered fail as a chase card?).

It's like UD came up with the idea in a product meeting, found out how really huge a job it would be, and started panicking, sticking on pictures of panda bears and bacon on the front just to get the set out the door on time. Great backsides, poor full frontal mockery.

The silver lining is the Seasonal Signatures set. I think it's the most handsome lame autograph subset ever. The design, while repetitve, is clean, and even the sticker autos look pretty good.

Although filled with mostly nobodies, the auto subset supposedly includes the likes of Jeter and Junior, according to the UD website checklist, but I have *never* seen either one show up on eBay--ever--and I have been looking for the last two years. Makes you wonder if they even really exist.