When I heard 2008 Spectrum was coming out, I really didn't think too much of it. Last year's Spectrum was an OK release. It was highlighted by a bunch of celebrity autographs and cool-looking jersey cards. On the other hand, Upper Deck had promised to make this a better box this year, so I was kind of excited to see how the product changed.

Product Specs

• 20 packs per box, five cards per pack
• Usually around $7 a pack
• Two autographed and two memorabilia cards per box on average
• Lots of numbered parallel cards
• Includes Yankee Legacy cards
• Buy Back Autographs are randomly inserted
• One celebrity autograph per box on average.

My box of 2008 Spectrum

I consider my box a major success. Here are the highlights:

• I finished 70 percent of the base set (70/100)
• I pulled a Justin Verlander Black Printing Plate (1/1)
• I pulled a Buy Back Autograph of Roberto Alomar
• I pulled a sick autograph of Joey Allen, guitarist of Warrant
• I pulled a numbered-to-30 relic/auto of teammate Boof Bonser
• I pulled a numbered-to-75, three-star Swatch of Reds Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Aaron Harang
• Last but not least, a numbered-to-25 Patch card of then-Blue Jay Carlos Delgado, which looks really good.

Final thoughts

If my box is like the rest, then this is one of my favorite releases of the year. I had big hits in six of the 20 packs I opened. So, on average, you can walk into a hobby shop and take your chances -- buy three packs for $20, and the odds say you will most likely have a big hit.

I was very pleasantly surprised with this release after last year's so-so product. I really wasn't expecting much, but I was blown away with the feeling of opening a very high-end product. Hopefully, this wasn't a loaded box and that there are more like this out there. If there are, this product probably isn't going to sit on the shelves very long!