The saying don't look a gifted horse in the mouth fits 2009 SP Authentic very well. I will try to be as fair as possible on this one, but to say 09 SP Authentic is cheesy would be an understatement, because it truly falls in the Velveeta category of manufactured cheese.
First of all lets talk quality, because in the long run that accounts for a majority of the overall card. It doesn't take long after pulling a B.T.L ( by the letter) to realize that Upper Deck has taken the quality of their manufactured patches to an all time low.
One of the most noticeable differences from previous releases is the jersey, and letter patch itself. The solid white jersey fabric is incredibly loose, and accounts for a majority of the visible space inside the frame. To me this gives the card a generic look one that was avoided in previous releases.
As for the letter patches themselves they have to be the most disappointing part of the whole card. I have yet to see any multi colored letters come out of this release, and from what it looks like Upper Deck replaced them with ridiculously bright colored ones.
The letters are also incredibly thin, and there isn't much room for ink. It makes you wonder if the player was better off signing the jersey instead of the actual letter. At least you would have a legible autograph in return.
Below are a few comparable examples:
2007 SP Authentic
2009 SP Authentic
2006 SP Authentic
2009 SP Authentic
When it comes down to it there really is no comparison.
To say that Upper Deck went with quantity, and not quality would also be an understatement. I cant tell you how sick I am of paralleled cards. Its gotten to the point where unparalleled cards are the rarity. I pulled six of them, and honestly who cares?
The only bright spot of this box (if there was one) was the Jordan Schaffer future watch autograph I pulled.
These are nice cards, and the fact that this one is numbered to 475 makes it SUPER RARE! I wonder how valuable it is compared to one that is numbered to lets say 525 ?
Overall SP Authentic was not a good experience, and I'm not just saying that because I pulled dookie. The overall quality of the B.T.L's, and the endless amount of useless parallels was what sunk this ship in the end. Upper Deck took what used to be a destroyer, and turned it into nothing more then a salvage boat.
Rating: 2/5 Fingers
The Mojo Hand