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Retail ramblings: 2013 Upper Deck football
Posted Jul 6, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Jul 6, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Upper Deck officials certainly were euphoric when the company announced the signing of Andrew Luck to a card and autograph deal late this week. So when I saw some retail 2013 Upper Deck football at my local Target, I figured I’d open a pack. Price for a pack containing five cards was $2.99.
Naturally, I did not expect to pull a Luck card. But the five cards I did pull were not bad, although I really used to love the full-bleed photography Upper Deck pioneered. One could argue that 2013 UD football uses full bleed, but there are other elements on the card that come into play. So I will say no, they are not true full bleed cards.
All five cards I pulled had gold stamps that read “Star Rookie” on them and were on the left-hand side of the card. You have to turn the card sideways to read “Star Rookie,” and the player’s name, position and college are at the bottom of the card.
What I did enjoy was pulling a card of a player from a smaller college — linebacker Keith Pough of Howard University, the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defensive player of the year. This guy had 71 tackles for losses during his college career, including 28.5 during his sophomore season.
He was undrafted but signed with Buffalo; I really like his optimism.
“Everything that people look at as a negative, I see as a positive,” Pough told Buffalobillsdraft.com editor Dan Hope. “When I am one of the best defensive players in this league, it’s going to make my story that much greater because I didn’t go to a D-I powerhouse or I wasn’t drafted or I’m undersized, I’m too slow, I’m not big enough, I’m not tall enough.”
Sounds like Pough has heard a few things.
The other four cards included Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges, Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson and Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.
The card back photograph is a horizontally cropped version of the front one. The statistics are clear and concise and reflect the player’s complete college career.
There were no inserts, relic or autograph cards in this pack. But then again, I was not expecting any.
The cards were a fun look at some possible future stars in the NFL.