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Upper Deck takes aim at fairway with new releases by Chris Olds
January 31, 2011, 8:59 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck has its sights set on a return to the golf world sometime soon and a pair of future products will include a golf card first and a big batch of Tiger Woods.

Those are things that golf fans — who have been without a set of their own since 2005 — will undoubtedly appreciate.

Up first, is a first — Bubba Watson‘s first Upper Deck golf card. It will appear in 2011 Goodwin Champions, which will arrive later this year.

Upper Deck’s Sports Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin had additional details.

“We’ve reached a deal with the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open winner for image rights and autographs,” he said. “That’s kind of big news as many were wondering if we would ever produce Goodwin Champions again. The last Goodwin Champions set had a lot of very unique and innovative trading card inserts sets, so we are very excited to bring that product back with even more bells and whistles that will be announced in the coming months.

“Watson’s first autograph cards will appear in 2011 Upper Deck Ultimate Champions, a cross-sport product with a high-end look and feel.”

The second item — a whole lot of Tiger — can be seen after the jump.

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Win a Goodwin Champions Entomology card & more … by Chris Olds

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds gives you a sneak peek at three cards from Upper Deck that can be yours by reading us online here at The Beckett Blog and on as well as in a future issue of Beckett Baseball.

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Goodwin Entomology Cards bugging out on secondary market by Chris Olds

The long-awaited Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards have finally arrived and they’ve got collectors buzzing now that they’ve finally seen those creepy crawlies inside cardboard.

Sales of the critter cards have been brisk with most of the cards topping $100 and even a couple of $200 sales.

The cards were the winner of the Best Gimmick Set award in Beckett Baseball‘s Best of 2009 Awards.

Check out the video above featuring Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, who helped bring the set to life.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-16) Contest No. 3 — A 2009 Goodwin Champions Evelyn Ng autograph card by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Card Gallery: 2009 Goodwin Champions Entomology cards by Chris Olds

We’ve gotten a sneak peek at more of the 2009 Goodwin Champions Entomology cards from Upper Deck — and the Beckett Baseball Best Gimmick Set of 2009 winner definitely delivers the weird.

While we’re saving the nastiest of the creepy crawlers for the next issue of Beckett Baseball, here are a few more to check out. Learn more about the cards here and here.

See them all after the jump …

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Entomology cards by Chris Olds

Upper Deck has continued to release images of its forthcoming Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards, which will be bugging many a collector when the redemptions begin shipping soon.

You can see some more images that UD released on Monday after the jump — if you can handle them.

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Prepare to be bugged by these baseball cards by Chris Olds

Upper Deck has started unveiling its 2009 Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards that include an actual dead insect embedded into a sports card that is ultimately a shadowbox for the insect.

Issued as redemptions in its 1800s-inspired baseball set last year, the company has started to receive back the cards from its manufacturer and this first card seen above is roughly four times the size of a standard baseball card (roughly 5×7) and at least 10 times creepier.

Read more about the cards by clicking here.