Jul
01

Upper Deck Releases 2011 Goodwin Champions Set

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Just as the 2011 professional baseball season readies itself for its annual Mid-Summer Classic later this month, the Upper Deck Company is excited to release its second baseball-themed trading card set of the year: 2011 Goodwin Champions! The 231-card regular set features an impressive array of baseball legends and prospects plus memorable champions and standouts from many other sports as well!

NOTHING BASE ABOUT IT: Nolan Ryan is part of the 231-card regular set.

The box break summary is enticing to say the least, with three of the following four categories guaranteed (on average): hard-signed autograph cards; single- or dual-swatch memorabilia cards; embroidered animal patch cards; and 1-of-1 printing plates! In addition, on average, collectors can expect to yield 10 Goodwin Champions Minis per box; one “Figures of Sport” die-cut insert; one “World Traveler (5” x 7”) box topper; and one “Goodwin Citizen” insert card consisting of notable historical figures including Louie Pasteur, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Jules Vern, Louis Vuitton and Vincent Van Gogh.

LBJ: Each of the Commanders-in-Chief have a total of 10 hand-painted "Presidential Masterpieces" cards in the set.

Outstanding best describes the phenomenal lineup of hard-signed autograph cards found inside 2011 Goodwin Champions. A total of 84 sports stars have signature cards including Alex Ovechkin, Annika Sorenstam, Bode Miller, Chris Paul, Nolan Ryan, Bill Walton, Steve Carlton, Carlton Fisk, Candace Parker, David Robinson, Walt Frazier, Greg Louganis, Mia Hamm, Bo Jackson, Johnny Bench, Janet Evans, Jim Rice, Larry Bird, Bubba Watson, Landon Donovan, LeBron James, Johnny Miller, Michael Jordan, Michelle Wie, Mark Spitz, Wayne Gretzky, Ryne Sandberg, Bobby Orr and Tiger Woods. This release marks the first time that both Watson and Wie will have autograph cards appearing in a trading card set.

MRS. NOMAR: U.S. Women's Soccer icon Mia Hamm has autographed cards in the set.

The base set alone features 150 regular cards, 40 short prints, 20 super short prints, and 21 high series minis short prints. A brand new element to this year’s release is an impressive array of hand-painted “Goodwin Masterpieces Presidential Series” cards showcasing all 43 U.S. Presidents. Each President has a total of 10 hand-painted cards which allows collectors the opportunity to build a full set. Another new addition to the 2011 version is an insert collection entitled “Museum Collections Relics” which includes extraordinary rarities from historical icons like Abraham Lincoln, Annie Oakley, Napoleon, The White House and even the Spirit of St. Louis!

WATCH OUT: The Entomology lineup includes this interesting delivery of a rusty brown scorpion!

But wait, there’s more; “Animal Kingdom” patch cards make their Goodwin Champions debut as well. Seek out cool patch cards spotlighting the likes of such incredible animals and mammals like the salt water crocodile, the red-eyed tree frog, the North American Moose, the King Cobra, the humpback whale, the great white shark and the African elephant. The Animal Kingdom cards are all seeded at different rations based upon the featured animal’s actual endangered species status. Finally, rare Thoroughbred Hair Cuts cards return to the mix featuring Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and 2007 Preakness winner Curlin.

Upper Deck’s 2011 Goodwin Champions Baseball set boasts five cards per pack, 20 packs per box, and is available on store shelves now.

The key elements (and seeding ratios) within 2011 Goodwin Champions are as follows:

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AUTOGRAPHS (overall odds 1:20 hobby)

This 84-card set is broken into six distinct tiers of scarcity as follows:

GROUP A (1:1,577 hobby)

A-AO Alexander Ovechkin
A-DR David Robinson
A-FR Walt Frazier
A-GH Grant Hill
A-JB Johnny Bench
A-LB Larry Bird
A-MA Magic Johnson
A-NR Nolan Ryan
A-OL Hakeem Olajuwon
A-RC Randy Couture
A-RD Derrick Rose
A-TW Tiger Woods

GROUP B (1:729 hobby)

A-CF Carlton Fisk
A-HA Mia Hamm
A-IL Igor Larionov
A-JA Bo Jackson
A-JT John Tavares
A-LO Lou Brock
A-MU Stan Musial
A-PA Chris Paul
A-RO Dennis Rodman
A-RS Ryne Sandberg
A-WF Whitey Ford
A-WG Wayne Gretzky

GROUP C (1:339 hobby)

A-AB Amanda Beard
A-BM Bode Miller
A-BO Jon “Bones” Jones
A-BW Bill Walton
A-CA Steve Carlton
A-CN Cam Neely
A-HO Gordie Howe
A-LD Landon Donovan
A-LJ LeBron James
A-MJ Michael Jordan
A-MM Manny Machado
A-MW Michelle Wie
A-SC Sidney Crosby

GROUP D (1:246 hobby)

A-AS Annika Sorenstam
A-GL Greg Louganis
A-JM Julia Mancuso
A-JR Jim Rice
A-NL Nastia Liukin
A-OR Bobby Orr
A-RL Ryan Lavarnway
A-TP Tony Perez
A-WA Bubba Watson

GROUP E (1:72 hobby)

A-AW Abby Wambach
A-BE Layne Beachley
A-BL Bill Laimbeer
A-CP Candace Parker
A-DH Damien Hobgood
A-HS Hope Solo
A-HW Hayley Wickenheiser
A-LP Laffit Pincay Jr.
A-LW LeVon Washington
A-MD Matt Danowski
A-ML Johnny Miller
A-OC Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd
A-PR Paul Rabil
A-SM Mike Smith
A-SP Mark Spitz
A-TG Tyson Gay
A-TH Tim Hardaway

GROUP F (1:35 hobby)

A-AA Amber & Angela Cope
A-BS Billy Sims
A-CG Cammi Granato
A-CH Cody Hawn
A-CJ C.J. Hobgood
A-GB Gretchen Bleiler
A-HM Hunter Mahan
A-JE Janet Evans
A-JG Jonathan Garcia
A-JL John Lamb
A-JO Marion Jones
A-KK Kasey Keller
A-KV Kolbrin Vitek
A-LI Brittany Lincicome
A-MO Mike Olt
A-PE Carlos Perez
A-PL Pierre Lueders
A-PT Peter Tago
A-RM Ramon Morla
A-RY Robinson Yambati
A-YV Yordano Ventura

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MEMORABILIA (overall 1:13 hobby)

This 51-card set is broken into four distinct groups of scarcity as follows:

GROUP A (1:14,613 hobby)

M-FDR Franklin Delano Roosevelt
M-HT Harry Truman
M-TR Theodore Roosevelt

GROUP B (1:179 hobby)

M-CD Clyde Drexler
M-DR David Robinson
M-JL Julius Erving
M-RD Dennis Rodman
M-RO Derrick Rose
M-SC Sidney Crosby
M-SY Steve Yzerman
M-TW Tiger Woods
M-WG Wayne Gretzky

GROUP C (1:31 hobby)

M-AI Troy Aikman
M-AM Alonzo Mourning
M-AO Alexander Ovechkin
M-AW Abby Wambach
M-BS Barry Sanders
M-EH Earl Campbell
M-GH Grant Hill
M-OL Hakeem Olajuwon
M-HO Hope Solo
M-JE John Elway
M-JM Johnny Miller
M-JO Magic Johnson
M-JR Jerry Rice
M-LB Larry Bird
M-LJ LeBron James
M-MD Matt Danowski
M-ME Mark Messier
M-MJ Michael Jordan
M-ML Mario Lemieux
M-PR Paul Rabil
M-RY Patrick Roy
M-YO Steve Young

GROUP D (1:22 hobby)

M-BJ Bo Jackson
M-CN Cam Neely
M-CP Chris Paul
M-DD DeWayne DeRosario
M-EL Eric Lindros
M-IL Igor Larionov
M-KK Kasey Keller
M-KS Kyle Skipworth
M-LD Landon Donovan
M-MC Michael Choice
M-MH Hunter Mahan
M-MM Manny Machado
M-NG Natalie Gulbis
M-PT Peter Tago
M-RB Ray Bourque
M-RW Russell Westbrook
M-TA John Tavares

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MEMORABILIA DUAL-SWATCH VARIATIONS (overall 1:320 hobby)

This 11-card is broken into five distinct groups of scarcity as follows:

GROUP A (1:87,680 hobby)

M2-TR Theodore Roosevelt

GROUP B (1:8,768 hobby)

M2-TW Tiger Woods

GROUP C (1:2,923 hobby)

M2-AO Alexander Ovechkin
M2-SY Steve Yzerman

GROUP D (1:877 hobby)

M2-JE John Elway
M2-LD Landon Donovan
M2-MJ Michael Jordan
M2-SC Sidney Crosby

GROUP E (1:585 hobby)

M2-JM Johnny Miller
M2-LJ LeBron James
M2-MM Manny Machado

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ANIMAL KINGDOM PATCHES (overall 1:62 hobby)

The checklist for this ground-breaking 100-card set is structured upon the actual endangered species status of each animal provided on the back of the card (ranging from Least Concern to Extinct).

LEAST CONCERN (1:78 hobby)

AK-1 Bald Eagle
AK-2 Emperor Penguin
AK-3 Koala Bear
AK-4 Platypus
AK-5 Robin
AK-6 Cougar
AK-7 Nine-Banded Armadillo
AK-8 Caribbean Flamingo
AK-9 Grizzly Bear
AK-10 Fennec Fox
AK-11 Ocelot
AK-12 Red-eyed Tree Frog
AK-13 Western Diamondback
AK-14 Swamp Wallaby
AK-15 Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
AK-16 Blue Footed Booby
AK-17 Texas Longhorn
AK-18 Mustang
AK-19 Zebra
AK-20 Canada Goose
AK-21 Orca
AK-22 Pacific Walrus
AK-23 Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog
AK-24 Jaguarundi
AK-25 Humpback Whale
AK-26 Flying Fox
AK-27 Baltimore Oriole
AK-28 Ruby Throated Hummingbird
AK-29 Blue Jay
AK-30 Monarch Butterfly
AK-31 Black Mamba
AK-32 Moray Eel
AK-33 Fire Salamander
AK-34 Greenbottle Blue Tarantula
AK-35 Bighorn Sheep
AK-36 Salt Water Crocodile
AK-37 Howler Monkey
AK-38 Warthog
AK-39 Wildebeest
AK-40 American Badger
AK-41 North American Porcupine
AK-42 Three-Toed Sloth
AK-43 Atlantic Puffin
AK-44 Wolverine
AK-45 Peacock
AK-46 Mandarin Duck
AK-47 Ostrich
AK-48 King Cobra
AK-49 Stoat
AK-50 Meerkat
AK-51 North American Moose
AK-52 Springbok
AK-53 Peregrine Falcon
AK-54 Eurasian Lynx
AK-55 Praying Mantis
AK-56 Raccoon
AK-57 Toco Tucan
AK-58 Chameleon
AK-59 Timber Wolf

NOT THREATENED (1:974 hobby)

AK-60 American Bison
AK-61 Beluga Whale
AK-62 Sand Cat
AK-63 Margay
AK-64 Giant Anteater
AK-65 Okapi

VULNERABLE (1:923 hobby)

AK-66 Galapagos Tortoise
AK-67 Great White Shark
AK-68 Cheetah
AK-69 Slow Loris
AK-70 Komodo Dragon
AK-71 African Elephant
AK-72 Mandrill
AK-73 Amazonian Manatee
AK-74 I’iwi Bird
AK-75 African Lion

ENDANGERED (1:1,096 hobby)

AK-76 North Island Brown Kiwi
AK-77 Northern Spotted Owl
AK-78 Giant Panda
AK-79 Sea Otter
AK-80 Lar Gibbon
AK-81 Snow Leopard
AK-82 Bengal Tiger
AK-83 Pygmy Hippopotamus
AK-84 Bornean Orangutan
AK-85 Whooping Crane
AK-86 Great Hammerhead Shark
AK-87 Tasmanian Devil
AK-88 African Wild Dog
AK-89 Egyptian Vulture
AK-90 Red Ruffed Lemur
AK-91 Takahe

CRITICAL (1:4,871 hobby)

AK-92 Black Rhino
AK-93 California Condor
AK-94 Hawaiian Monk Seal
AK-95 Western Gorilla
AK-96 Spix’s Macaw
AK-97 Mountain Pygmy Possum

EXTINCT/MYTHICAL (1:14,613 hobby)

AK-98 Saber-Toothed Cat
AK-99 Do-Do Bird
AK-100 Chupacabra

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MUSEUM COLLECTION RELICS (overall 1:2,237 hobby)

All nine cards from this compelling set are a challenge to track down, but there are four distinct groups of scarcity to note as follows:

GROUP A (1:54,800 hobby)

MR-AL Abraham Lincoln (Desk)
MR-AO Annie Oakley (Gun Handle)
MR-WHP The White House (Plaque)

GROUP B (1:16,237 hobby)

MR-NB Napoleon Bonaparte (Chair)
MR-WHB The White House (Wood)

GROUP C (1:6,959 hobby)

MR-LBJ Lyndon B. Johnson (Jacket)
MR-LN Lord Horatio Nelson (Battle Flag)
MR-SS Spirit of St. Louis (Medical Gauze)

GROUP D (1:4,473 hobby)

MR-EV Edward VIII (Handkerchief)
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5 Comments

1

Is there a list of all the Entomology subjects and the odds of pulling an entomology redemption?

2

Two words ….Simply outstanding!

3

2010 Goodwin Champions was a huge success in my store. 2011 looks to be even better. Love the checklist content.

4

Any idea when the Entomology items will ship? Based on the video, it sounded like they’d be ready to go when the product dropped. Just curious if that is still accurate.

5

Love the cards but what info is available about the cards with the corner markings and the cards with just the full line drawing patterns ?

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