Saturday, April 3, 2010

Jordan Leopold Jersey Card

Here is (yet another) prime example of Upper Deck wanting to do too much: they acquire a game-used Jordan Leopold jersey, chop it up in enough small pieces to warrant making a card for it, and just as they're producing the cards, they learn he was traded, off-season, at the draft. They don't have a picture of him in his new uniform (Colorado Avalanche), so the picture on the card will match that of the jersey (Calgary Flames).What they should have done is just let it be, write that he was a Flame for the season. But no - they had to go and write ''Colorado Avalanche'' under his name in front and show the Avs' logo on the back of the card. Why? What if he had been traded again before the season started?

There are limits with wanting to be up-to-date, and when you cross them, you can ruin a perfectly good card. Especially since this card (#J-JO) is from the 2006-07 Upper Deck Series 1 set... you want to have a card of him as an Avalanche? Then put it in the Series 2 set! This was actually the first jersey card I ever picked up in a pack, so it left a bizarre first impression.

Leopold himself is a defenseman who walks the fine line between ''very good'' and ''elite''; you have a very good team if you can afford to have him as your #3 or #4 defenseman, but if he's your #1, go-to guy - despite having won a Hobey Baker trophy in College - you might have a depth problem.

He has twice been a Flame, with an injury-filled, 3-season stint in Colorado sandwiched in the middle, and then fell of the face of the earth (he signed a free agent deal with the Florida Panthers) before re-appearing as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He has represented Team USA in World Championships 4 times (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008), at the 2006 Olympics, and at the 1999 and 2000 World Juniors.

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