As most of you collectors have seen the trend of growing number of redemptions in hobby boxes mostly, after a few years all these unsold hobby boxes full of redemptions are almost useless. It started becoming evident during breaks in older boxes, the box would state 2 hits, but one almost always seemed to be a expired redemption. Yet most of the time you still paid near or over full price and be shorted hits, and there was nothing you could do about that. Early this spring I had got for a late Christmas present 2 Hobby boxes of 2013 Topps Baseball Series 1, both boxes had redemptions as hits. In three years if I were to buy two more boxes for $100, and get just expired pieces of paper...might as well stamp loser on my head. I tell you that because my wife last year bought a box of 2008 Upper Deck Documentary at Wal-Mart just to find the one hit would be an expired Roger Clemens Redemption Yankees Relic.
My wife being the kind woman she is found another box and brought it home for me. This time instead of just one hit, I got an extra! We all have our likes and dislikes with Upper Deck Documentary cards, like they all look the same, no player names, etc. For $29.99 you get 24 packs with 15 cards in each pack, one autograph, 15 gold cards, and maybe 8 All Star Inserts. Oh yeah, and in 2008 Upper Deck had the Yankee cards inserted, that is another 15 Yankee cards. That breaks down to about 8 cents a card. Not really too bad, because chances are in a set of something near 5,000 cards you will not get a double.
I didn't take any pictures of the Documentary cards because we all know what they look like. But I scored one Giant auto of Steve Holm, and a Yankee Collection Derek Jeter Relic! It was NOT a redemption this time!
We all know relics aren't as cool as they once were, but this is a good looking relic of a future hall of fame player in the Yankee Stadium Legacy set! Not bad for $29.99 from Wal-Mart.