Baseball card manufacturers have used jerseys, bats, and patches as box hits for well over a decade now. Very often, these cards feature an image of the player not wearing the same style jersey on the card as what's contained in the card. This can become frustrating, but let's admit it we still love those plain white jersey cards that are guaranteed 1 in every 24 packs.
Upper Deck has always been thought of as being innovative in the card collecting industry. Remember in 1989 when they debuted their first baseball card set and they had holograms in the corner. FUCKING HOLOGRAMS!!! Damn, that was cool. As collectors sought out game used materials for their card collections, Upper Deck continued to innovate what was placed in our cardboard collections.
While this card won't get an induction into the Baseball Card Hall of Fame, I have to say this card is beyond cool.
Pictured on the card is Brian Giles and Aramis Ramirez of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Giles is swinging and ARam is fielding. In the direct center of the card is a piece of officially game used baseball complete with some red stitching and faded letters of AGUE BASE. The card has nice symmetry with the two players and even pictures both players wearing the same style home uniform.
The card is not numbered nor do I know the print run. Upper Deck was a great company for baseball card collectors and it's a shame that we don't get to see their unique items year after year anymore.
The Pirates had a rain delay earlier today which caused the game to start a bit over 2 hours after it was scheduled. Charlie Morton was pulled after only 4 innings and 61 pitches. They are currently losing 4-0. Let's hope for a big late innings rally by the Bucs to gain some more ground on those first place Reds.