Monday, December 21, 2009

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Retail Box Breaks (6 boxes, Just The Hits)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Retail Box
24 packs, 4 cards per pack
Cost:  $9.99 (Blowout Cards - Black Friday deal)

Box 1:

Russell Martin (Framed Brown, s/n: #047/100).

Victor Martinez game used jersey.

Box 2:

Lance Berkman (Framed Brown, s/n: #013/100).

Miguel Cabrera game used jersey.

Box 3:

Victor Martinez (Framed Blue, s/n: #008/125).

Chad Billingsley game used jersey.

Box 4:

Stan Musial (Blue Framed, s/n: #034/125).

Nick Blackburn auto.

C.C. Sabathia game used jersey.

Box 5:

Stan Musial (Framed Black, no serial number).

Miguel Cabrera (Framed Black, no serial number).

Eddie Murray (Framed Brown, s/n: #001/100)

Back of Eddie Murray.  Love this card.  Interestingly, this is the only box that did not have a game used card.

Box 6:

Alex Rodriguez (Framed Black, no serial number).

Pedro Martinez game used jersey.

And finally, the card that made me want to post these hits right away:

Frank Robinson (Framed Silver, s/n: #20/25).

Frank!  What a nice card.  This is the first silver framed Masterpieces in my collection.  I am very happy it's an Oriole and one of my favorite players.

These retail boxes are a super deal at $9.99.  What makes them a steal is the stack of base stars.  There are only 10 or so cards per box that aren't star players.  And even those are mostly rookies that haven't made their mark in the majors yet.

And although it is rare to pull an auto from these retail boxes, and the jersey cards are almost all plain white swatches, the hits are icing on the cake anyway.

Just when you think you've seen all the cards in the set, another wonderful short print will pop up. 

At the usual cost of $20 per retail box, they are still a good deal.  A beautiful set that never gets boring.


  1. Very nice! I actually just purchased two of these as part of Blowout's weekend special at $15 a pop. I'm really just going for the base set, but it's nice to see that you generally can expect one hit and one framed parallel per box. Had I been aware they were part of the Black Friday sale (not sure how I overlooked this particular box...) I would've purchased more!

  2. Aren't those Stroke of Genius autos great looking?

  3. They sure are. Some of my favorite on card autos of all time!

    BTW Joe S. will be busting some Masterpiece on his blog soon, too.

  4. I know very little about the Masterpieces set. But I do know that the Frank Robinson card you pulled looks great!!!

  5. trade the miggy GU card??

  6. Ah, sorry wicked, Cabrera is one of the players I collect. One of my favs. I'd trade the Billingsly, Victor Martinez or Sabathia gu if you are interested.

  7. If you want to find a new home for the Martin, Billingsley, Musials and Berkman, I got a nice, warm little spot for them :D