Friday, March 12, 2021

Cardboard cousins: 2001 Upper Deck Decades 1970s and 1974/1975 Topps

 The 2001 Upper Deck Decades set was one of the first times Upper Deck ripped off vintage Topps designs. I was actually able to find a few good combos here.

#70 Mike Schmidt/Bobby Bonds. I like the way the colors work here. Schmidt (138) and Bonds (134) were #1 and #2 in strikeouts in the NL in 1974.

#61 Steve Garvey/Dave Winfield. Two all-time great Padres. Garvey is shown in a Dodger uniform on a card with Padres colors. In 2018 the two teamed up with Amgen and Don Baylor Jr. for a multiple myeloma campaign, Myeloma MVP. Multiple myeloma was the disease that killed Don Baylor.
#52 Darrell Porter/Robin Yount. This is the best combo here - same team, somewhat similar pose, matching border colors. The two were teammates from 1974 to 1976.
There was also a subset that used the '74 design. #158 matches up two members of the 1977 Reds starting rotation.


  1. Big fan of UD Decade 1970's... even if they straight up borrowed the Topps designs.

  2. rip off...or coincidence? LOL. Love Decades! UD did get pretty bold with their product. Now what will Donruss do with the 2021 Topps rip-off of their design??