Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box (Hour 5)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long today … this is Hour 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 8 (each includes three UD packs and one SP Authentic Preview pack)
Cards per pack: 18
Cards in this box: 144
Base set completion: 
71 of 200 (36 percent)
Duplicates: 17
Triplicates: 1

Notables on base cards – Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Curtis Strange, Bobby Jones, John Daly, Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart

Insert cards: 53 (see gallery below)
Tiger’s Tales (24) – Tiger Woods (several duplicates, set not completed)
Golf Gallery (1) – David Duval
Stat Leaders (2) – David Duval, Nick Price
National Heroes (2) – Shigeki Maruyama, Nick Faldo
SP Authentic Preview (24) – John Daly, Curtis Strange (2), Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Bob May, Tom Weiskopf, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler, Gary McCord, Gary Player, Brad Faxon, Dudley Hart, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Curtis Strange, Tiger Woods, Ken Venturi, Jesper Parnevik, David Duval, Sergio Garcia, Nick Faldo (AS), Shigeki Maruyama (AS), David Bergnanio Jr. (AS)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Tour Threads (1) – Garrett Willis

What’s Buzz-worthy: This landmark release could have one of the biggest print runs of any 2000s product but despite that it’s one that still stands up to this day. It’s a cheap, quality rip. The main chase in the standard packs is the Tiger Woods Rookie Card (not to be found in this box) but we did get a mess of Tiger’s Tales inserts (one per standard pack) and a subset card of him and other stars of the PGA at that time. This box beat the one in 288 odds for a memorabilia card and it delivered all other inserts as it should have. The SP Authentic Preview cards include three card types — the standard cards, the Ambassadors of Golf subset and Authentic Stars, a “sample” version of what would become numbered cards in the later release. These are stamped “xxxx/SAMPLE” where a standard card would be serial-numbered. These are the main draw here with two types of rare parallels of all SPA Preview cards (Gold /250 and Red /50) also to be found along with Authentic Threads memorabilia cards. These SPA cards had some names among them but none of the biggest ones. The lone drawback here is that opening these packs can be complicated (packs inside of packs) and some cards can often have damage from packaging. These boxes can be had for less than the price of a blaster box so they are a fun rip with a decent shot at some low-cost thrills.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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