Friday, August 16, 2013

2000 Upper Deck Master Collection Set of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Not only have I always wanted to write a little something about this set, I've also wanted to add it to my own collection.  Unfortunately, the price has always been far beyond my pocketbook. 

Featured here is the 2000 Upper Deck Master Collection Set of the Brooklyn Dodgers. They were sold as a complete set consisting of 15 base cards, 11 relic/autographed cards and a mystery pack that had 1 of 10 possible relic/autographs cards unique to the Master Collection set.

This is, in my mind, one of the finest looking Dodger sets ever put together.  Check out the pics below to see if you agree with me.

Directly above and below are pics of a wooden case that held the set.  Only 250 total sets exist, and they were sold wholesale from the Upper Deck for about $1,500.00 (maybe $1,000.00 - I don't remember exactly). 

Well, recently a seller broke up a complete set and sold them on eBay.  I dutifully sought to add some of my favorite players to my collection.  Unfortunately, I was not successful, so instead I figured I should at least write about it here.  Check out pics of every base, relic and autographed card in the set below.  Also, I've gathered photos of 5 of the 10 possible mystery cards that were available.

BTW, the total price of all the cards sold on eBay (the 26 cards in the set) was $779.  If I include the mystery pack card then it sold for a grand total of $890.  That's quite a discount compared to what they cost right out of the factory.  I have routinely seen complete sets for sale on eBay and other retailers for about $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.

The value of the set has obviously suffered due to the large number of relics that have flooded the market since 2000.  Furthermore, I wouldn't blame you for doubting the legitimacy of several of the relic pieces.  The Koufax jersey, Jackie bat and Zack Wheat bat pieces are prohibitively expensive, even in 2000.  And considering the recent fake game-used uniform scandal unearthed by the FBI, it might be safe to assume that the better relic pieces are likely fakes.  Heck, I don't think you could ever convince me that the Sandy Koufax jersey piece is real.

Nevertheless, the design of these cards are top notch.

Here are the base cards.  Click on any pic to embiggen.  Each card came in their own plastic case.

#BD1 - Jackie Robinson                            #BD2 - Duke Snider

#BD3 - Pee Wee Reese                              #BD4 - Gil Hodges

#BD5 - Carl Furillo                             #BD6 - Don Newcombe

#BD7 - Sandy Koufax                          #BD8 - Roy Campanella

#BD9 - Jim Gilliam                              #BD10 - Don Drysdale

#BD11 - Sandy Amoros                             #BD12 - Joe Black

#BD13 - Carl Erskine                           #BD14 - Johnny Podres

#BD15 - Zack Wheat

Below is the 11 card relic/autograph base set.

#LOF1 - Gil Hodges                           #LOF2 - Jackie Robinson

#LOF3 - Pee Wee Reese                          #LOF4 - Jim Gilliam

#LOF5 - Roy Campanella                         #LOF6 - Zack Wheat

#LOF7 - Carl Furillo                          #LOF8 - Don Newcombe

#LOF9 - Duke Snider                        #LOF10 - Don Drysdale

#LOF11 - Sandy Koufax

The Sandy Koufax card above sold for $389.99.  I think that was a steal.  Previous sales I've seen over the years were well over $500.00.

Directly below is the Duke Snider/ Don Newcombe auto/relic card from the mystery pack.  It sold for $111.50

Here is the complete checklist of the 10 mystery cards.
  • Don Newcombe and Carl Furillo Dual Bat
  • Duke Snider and Don Newcombe Dual Autograph Bat
  • Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider Dual Bat
  • Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges Dual Bat
  • Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Dual Bat
  • Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella Dual Bat
  • Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale Dual Jersey
  • Gil Hodges Bat Cut Auto
  • Jackie Robinson Bat Cut Auto
  • Pee Wee Reese Bat Cut Auto
And below are 4 additional pics of mystery cards.

Robinson & Campanella Dual Bat           Koufax & Drysdale Dual Jersey

Robinson & Reese Dual Bat                Pee Wee Reese Bat Cut Auto

Here are some more mystery pack cards.

Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider Dual Bat

Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges Dual Bat

Gil Hodges Bat Cut Auto

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