Sometimes it takes a decade or so to polish off a set. It's not necessarily for lack of trying, more on that in a different post where my lack of trying is exactly why I haven't completed it yet.
If I recall correctly, I believe I busted two cases of 2009 Philly here in 2011 in the midst of my 2007 Masterpieces spree and here which was a 5 person group break that I did. I also opened about 11 packs of clearance racks I found at Walmart in 2011 I think? Anyway, my first attempt at collecting the set was successful in that I completed the Rookie Chicle Auto Set back in 2011. I think at one point, DA and Blowout were dumping these for around $400. Even then, that was $30 a box and you couldn't recover even half of your cost. I think original retail was $75 and now there are some straggler boxes on the bay for $55-$60
This set is stunning in person and I couldn't be happier to have completed it. The last card I needed for that set was Mr. Blindside. The checklist ain't too shabby.
The other thing that Upper Deck did that was cool was the buybacks. For the most part, they were in pretty good condition when I pulled them. The Krause and Stiger are way off center but in comparison to some of Topps' shenanigans, these are nice.
Next, are the box toppers. Each box had a box topper with an auto'd version falling one per case. My one complaint about these is the card stock is, again, Topps' level. I absolutely hate the card stock on Flagship Topps. It's garbage. These toppers are just thin for the size of card. They are packed in opaque foil packs. Beanie Wells, memba him? Regardless of the card stock, these are beautiful and are high enough quality to frame and display.
The base autos really did this set in. The two main SP's are Eli Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson. Peyton Manning isn't really SP'd. They seemed one per case. The auto checklist was weak AF and did not support the cost of the box.
I picked up this Eli some time ago. One super big surprise is that there is a Matt Ryan auto that was probably supposed to be in packs but was never packed out. I received mine as a redemption replacement. The one below is not mine:
The jerseys are all single color and not worth posting a pic. One per box. No patches were included. This also hurt the product. People love patches and auto patches.
The first 200 cards are common and are a dime a dozen. I don't recall how many base sets I got per case but it was a lot and I couldn't give them away. My favorite player leads off the set.
Upper Deck then classified cards 301 to 400 as SP's but it only took me a case to complete a set. There's Obama