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Baseball Card of the Day: 2004 Upper Deck Team USA Chris Capuano autograph

2004 Upper Deck Team USA Chris Capuano card

This Chris Capuano autographed baseball card arrived in my mailbox yesterday while I was out at CitiField. I won it on eBay for $4.63 and it will be Capuano’s placeholder autograph in my collection until Topps makes him a Mets card and I can get it signed.

Capuano played for Team USA in 2001 in the World Cup of Baseball tournament – they won a silver medal.

In just a few minutes, Capuano will make his first start for the New York Mets. Let’s hope it’s a good one – Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Autograph of the Week: John Maine

Yesterday morning, I wasn’t really looking forward to the start of spring training. Then the Mets put some new flex ticket plans on sale and all of a sudden I’m going to the home opener and I’m excited about my first major league Opening Day.

Today’s Mets Autograph of the Week was signed by John Maine, another person who has got to be feeling pretty ambivalent about the start of spring training.

Maine is still looking for a 2011 contract. He was briefly linked to the Phillies last month, but it doesn’t seem like the City of Brotherly Love is still an option for Maine. His agent, Rex Gary, suggested that multiple teams have interest in Maine last week. Hopefully it will all work out.

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Upper Deck Baseball: 1989-2010

As you probably saw yesterday, Upper Deck settled its lawsuit with Major League Baseball. The financial aspects of the agreement don’t really interest me – I don’t have a stake in Upper Deck.

What does interest me is where Upper Deck will go from here with their baseball card line.

According to reports, Upper Deck agreed it will not make any new sets of cards using MLB logos, uniforms, trade dress, or club color combinations. The card manufacturer also agreed it will not airbrush, alter or block MLB marks in future products.

That pretty much sounds like Upper Deck is getting out of the baseball card business. But then there was this statement by Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “As a company, we are changing the direction of Upper Deck’s baseball products going forward. We are looking forward to creating fresh and innovative set content that will continue to get collectors excited.”

So, what does this mean for the future of Upper Deck’s baseball products?  Maybe this is an unintentional look ahead.

This Mike Pelfrey Signature Sensations card could very well be the final Upper Deck card purchase. Aside from some stray bits of legalese on the back, there’s nothing to indicate that it wasn’t sanctioned by Major League Baseball. Even if they had airbrushed away the Mets logos, I still would have taken it. I needed a Mike Pelfrey autograph for my collection. 🙂

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2009 Upper Deck Mets

Francisco Rodrguez

When I was in Target today, I had to check out the baseball card section. I ended up buying a couple $5 packs of Series 1&2 Upper Deck, hoping to get the two update set cards I still need for my team set. No such luck, though I did get three Mets cards I already had.

(I also got a couple of rookies named Hanson and Wieters. I think they’re supposed to be pretty good. 😉 )

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