It's been all over the interwebs by now, but hey, I got stuff to do.
The 2009 Upper Deck design has been leaked.
Hand Collated has the details.
Wax Heaven has the images.
Stale Gum has the box.
I swiped the Chipper image. 'Cause it's Chipper.
So what do I got to add to the party?
Well, I like the design. It's a good combination of full bleed borders and just enough of a design element to anchor the card. I'm generally a fan of retro issues, and I'm glad the '75 O-Pee-Chee inserts look more like the actual 1975 cards then they do Upper Deck's 2001 '70s Decade set. The other inserts look decent, but the past few years Upper Deck seems to have put a bigger focus on the base cards, which is a good thing. All in all, I'm looking forward to this set.
I also have one thing to say to Topps. I really hope that your 2009 issue is going to put more emphasis to the cards and the base set, because otherwise Upper Deck is gonna clean your clock. They already have hands down the best base set of 2008 and while one year is a fluke, two years is a trend. Please don't make the foundation of your 2009 set a bunch of fake prospect cards, flipped cards, photoshopped cards, rodent cards, prognostication cards, and other assorted detritus. If you do, this collector might be focusing all his energy on building a set of Upper Deck in 2009 and waiting for one of the dozen or two Topps factory sets to come out later in the year.