Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
E-Mail The Bookie:
Have a question or comment for Bob?
Follow Bob here:
Most Recent Entries
- Golf: All-Western Conference Teams
- Baseball: Jesuit OF Taylor selects Duke
- Land O’ Lakes defensive standout Shaheed Salmon picks up first offer
- Football: All-Western Conference Teams
- Rays non-tender Fuld
- Chargers WR Allen top rookie in Week 12 voting
- Collect call: 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls
- Panini’s Totally Certified hockey to debut in February
- Leaf releases some corny inserts
- Volleyball: Berkeley Prep’s Brown a finalist for Miss Volleyball
- Rays 2014 spring training schedule
- Proposal would ease FHSAA penalty for violating “follow the coach” law
- Maddon’s Thanksmas returns for 8th year
- Maddux, Glavine, Thomas highlight newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot
- Glennon finalist for rookie award for second straight week
Upper Deck inserts depict presidential candidates
Posted Feb 4, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Feb 4, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The Florida primary is history and the candidates for president are becoming clearer. As we wait for the Republican National Convention this summer in Tampa, it’s not a bad time to reflect on those men and women seeking to occupy the White House in January.
Upper Deck has taken that step, with a nine-card World of Politics insert set that will be part of the World of Sports product that will be released Feb. 21.
The inserts will be seeded one in every 40 packs on the average and will include President Barack Obama and the chief Republican challengers: front-runner Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum (throwing a baseball). Others who campaigned who will get a card are Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry. There’s even a Sarah Palin card thrown in for good measure.
Upper Deck has gone political before. During the 2008 campaign, UD produced Presidential Predictor cards that were inserted into Series 1 baseball. Those were caricatures of the candidates, with each tied to a baseball play or event. I thought those were very well thought out and lots of fun to collect — I mean, George W. Bush putting a phantom tag on Al Gore and getting the call was priceless, and so was John McCain with a home run swing that looked suspiciously like Ted Williams’.
There also was a Hillary Clinton card that was pulled from production, a parody that portrayed the former first lady (and current Secretary of State) as Morganna, the Kissing Bandit. Probably a good move.
This year’s cards are more sedate, or presidential-looking, if you will. The photographs are sharp and crisp and completing a set will be a nice goal for collectors.