Monday, May 12, 2014

Mark Prior Monday - 2004 Upper Deck Vintage Play Ball Preview

Last week when I broke down Cubs Lot #4, I mentioned a big chunk of Mark Prior cards but I didn't want to show off the nearly 200 different cards in one post. Doing one or a couple at a time will make the scanning and cropping much more manageable. Prior was a big part of the early-mid 2000's Cubs teams when I wasn't collecting so most of the inserts/subsets were new to my collection. I really enjoy learning about sets that I had ever heard of or knew very little about.

In 2004, Upper Deck, among other companies still had a license for making cards and today's set is Upper Deck Vintage. The set consisted of a total of 500 cards, broken down into 300 base and 150 cards short printed across seven subsets. I say subsets instead of inserts because they are continuously numbered to 500.

Mark Prior was coming off an All-Star season that saw him come in third in Cy Young voting (behind Eric Gagne and Jason Schmidt). This particular card is from the Play Ball Preview subset (301-315).

I'm not sure how this a preview because all of the Play Ball cards from 2004 I've seen, look like this:

Maybe since its from 2004, its a preview of 2005? Well, I couldn't find anything about 2005 Play Ball, so I think they were a one and done set.

The first 350 cards in Upper Deck Vintage year (which included the 15-card Play Ball Preview set) also had black and white parallel versions. 

The backs are identical so the only difference is that the front is entirely black and white.

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