D o you like collecting sports cards? What about autographs? If you are an Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, or need to purchase a gift for one, then Upper Deck has what could be a great gift idea—an Alabama Crimson Tide trading card set.
The set features 100 cards including legendary Alabama names like Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
Upper Deck provided a couple of boxes for review, and there were two things we learned.
First, it is a fun, addicting gift. The boxes we were provided included 24 packages of cards with each pack containing eight cards. Once we started opening the packs, we couldn’t stop. We had to see what was in the next. Would we get an autograph? What legend would be in the next package?
Each package was a treat. Whether it was a contemporary player or a legend like Ray Perkins or Kermit Kendrick or Ozzie Newsome or John Hannah or Johnny Mack Brown, each name resulted in talking about or sharing an Alabama football memory. The cards not only feature players, but great moments. One card in a package we opened included the Goal Line Stand from the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Penn State. Another moment featured on these Tide Through The Years cards was Bear Bryant’s last game as coach of Alabama. The card features an image of Bryant at the Liberty Bowl being carried off the field the night of December 29, 1982.
Second, these are high quality collectible cards. The photographs are good and the paper stock is substantial. These are a higher grade collectible card than previous Alabama football cards—though I cannot be sure, the only other cards of this nature that I remember ever seeing came in the late 1980s or early 1990s with a team of the century theme; however, these Upper Deck cards are much higher quality if you remember that set.
As for the autographed cards, over 80 former Alabama football players signed their autograph to cards in the set. In the hobby boxes, you get on average one autograph per box.
The cards are available at retail outlets in and around Alabama. Two lists follow below with hobby shops and retail locations. The cards are sold in hobby boxes and blaster boxes. The hobby boxes are larger and contain 24 packages containing eight cards. The blaster boxes are slightly smaller containing 80 cards and a national championship pennant. These are available at select Wal-Mart locations in Alabama. The list of Wal-Mart locations is included below. The championship pennants memorialize Alabama national titles from the years: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009 and 2011.
In summary, I haven’t purchased a trading card since the late 1980s or early 1990s. However, these cards with the Alabama theme and autographs have me enthusiastically looking for more. One of the great features is how the cards when shared with family of friends, spur conversations and memories. Some of these are great memories of victories on the field, and some are sad memories of lives cut short like Derrick Thomas. These are Alabama memories. Upper Deck has done a great job preserving these for fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
You can visit Upper Deck for more information on the set.
You can find blaster boxes at these Wal-Mart locations:
|Walmart Huntsville||2900 South Memorial Parkway||(256)536-2870|
|Walmart Huntsville||2200 Sparkman Drive||(256)852-2236|
|Walmart Dothan||3300 South Oates Street||(334)702-1310|
|Walmart Dothan||4310 Montgomery Highway||(334)793-3099|
|Walmart Athens||1911 Epps Bridge Parkway||(706)549-1423|
|Walmart Scottsboro||24833 Lee Highway||(256)574-1126|
|Walmart Fairfield||2701 North Texas Street||(707)428-4792|
|Walmart Mobile||5245 Rangeline Service||(251)666-7972|
|Walmart Mobile||685 Schillinger Road South||(251)633-2211|
|Walmart Mobile||2500 County Road33||(251)633-6023|
|Walmart Mobile||101 East I65 Service Road South||(251)471-1105|
You can find hobby boxes at these locations:
|A Tiny Kingdom||Birmingham, AL 35223||(205) 802-8469|
|Gadsden Sports Cards||Gadsden, AL 35901||(256) 546-7335|
|Hobbie & Collectibles||Gadsden, AL 35901||(256) 543-2255|
|Baseball Card Shop||Homewood, AL 35209||(205) 823-1118|
|Champs Sportscards||Huntsville, AL 35801||(256) 539-8985|
|Quality Collectibles||Jasper, AL 35501||(205) 384-5005|
|Gulf Coast Cards & Memorabilia||Mobile, AL 36606||(251) 470-9989|
|Comics & Cards Trading Post||Montgomery, AL 36116||(334) 272-1787|
|Big Hit Sportscards||Spanish Fort, AL 36527||(251) 626-5050|
|Bob’s Cards & Collectibles||Tuscaloosa, AL 35404||(205) 556-5577|
|CJ Sports Cards||Vestavia Hills, AL 35216||(205) 822-0408|
|All Star Collectibles||Arab, AL 35016||(256) 586-4704|
|Wonder Water||Clearwater, FL 33761||(727) 799-4855|
|Dave’s Comics||Fayetteville, GA 30214||(770) 716-9171|
|JT Sports||Marietta, GA 30062||(770) 977-0001|
|Lexington Sports Cards||Lexington, KY 40517||(859) 271-0207|
|Collectibles & More||Middlesboro, KY 40965||(606) 302-5948|
|G’s Comics||Murray, KY 42071||(270) 759-4896|
|Chuck’s Sportscards – Albany||Albany, LA 70711||(225) 567-9200|
|Ray’s Sportscards and Comics||Scott, LA 70583||(337) 236-6644|
|Gulf Coast Cards||Biloxi, MS 39531||(228) 388-5178|
|Tupelo Sportscards||Tupelo, MS 38801||(662) 620-0980|
|Browns Ford Sports & Cards||Wilkesboro, NC 28697||(336) 973-8877|
|Tenth Inning Sports||Boiling Springs, SC 29316||(864) 578-6730|
|TNC Sports||Barlett, TN 38134||(901) 372-1408|
|B & M Amusement||Chattanooga, TN 37416||(423) 490-1162|
|Marty’s Sports Card Exchange||Chattanooga, TN 37421||(423) 648-7037|
|Hot Cards Plus||Crossville, TN 38555||(931) 787-1190|
|Sports Treasures LLC||Knoxville, TN 37918||(865) 688-2273|
|Webb’s Cards & Collectibles||Knoxville, TN 37919||(865) 584-9311|
|The Collectable Company||Morristown, TN 37813||(423) 581-1800|
|Cards R Fun||Nashville, TN 37211||(615) 832-3216|
|The Dugout||Pigeon Forge, TN 37863||(865) 429-3373|
|All Star Sportscards||Chattanooga, TN 37416||(423) 894-3087|
|Bob’s Collectors Den||Cookeville, TN 38501||(931) 526-2311|