Almost everyone knows of my Masterpieces obsession/quest/lunacy/set collecting. Anyway as part of that, I have had to deal with Upper Deck inexplicably making two parallel sets almost the same as the other with a subtle difference.
In 2007 the serious black and black linen were both numbered out of 99. Here is the difference:
Here is the black:
Even from this angle it is tough to see:
Linen on the right, Serious Black on the Left.
and the green:
Green: Two Matsuis seemingly the same.
close inspection shows the difference.
Note the textured finish on the frame to the right. That is the Linen version, whereas the non textured is the Windsor. After sorting my cards it appears the windsor are 2-1 more common.
Anyway, after my epic score on Check out my cards of some of the Windsors I needed for my set I was super excited. I am getting really close to that set and to the Linen set as well. My excitement was dashed when I discovered that they sent me the Linens instead. I don't think they made a simple shipping error, I think they actually don't know the difference.
Duane from his democratic roadkill blog has been running into this problem as well. BTW D, thanks for the cards and help the man out with his Allen and Ginter Project.
Too many ebay sellers are labeling these cards incorrectly, seems it would be helpful to figure out the difference before you sell these, especially a place like COMC. The good thing is that the linens are rarer and one was a Dice-K and one was a Pujoles.