USA Baseball National Teams Boxed Set Recognized Among Year's Best
Set features complete trading cards of the 2006 National Team and 2006 Junior National Team

December 29, 2007

by Mike Payne, usabaseball.com

The USA Baseball National Teams Box Set, a trading card set that was a sellout upon its release last May, was recognized as a winner in two categories in the recently-released Beckett Baseball "Best of 2007" issue.

Beckett's annual awards issue highlights the best of the trading card industry and has become a barometer for the positive innovations and product lines emerging in the marketplace.

The USA Baseball National Teams Box Set featured complete trading card sets of the 2006 National Team and 2006 Junior National Team, as well as an average of seven autographs per box set. USA Baseball has produced boxed sets of its teams for five years. The USA Baseball National Teams Box Set won the 2007 "Best Product" in the Best Minor League Cards (non-MLB) category, while a card featuring the autographs of four members of the '06 National Team linked to Vanderbilt University - David Price, Pedro Alvarez, Casey Weathers and USA Coach Tim Corbin - was named winner of the "Best Autograph Card" in the Best Minor League category.

In the "Best Theme" category, the USA Baseball In His Own Words autograph insert set was named "Best Autograph Set" by Beckett readers whom vote on the awards. Patriotic Patches, a new insert set featuring large pieces of patches from the jerseys worn by USA Baseball players' during international competition, received Honorable Mention in the Best Set-Game Used category.

"Collectors and our readers cast a lot of votes for the USA Baseball set this year," says Beckett Baseball Editor Kevin Haake. "They recognized the quality of the product itself, which was quite obvious, but they also recognized the value of the product and they really chased the different autographs."

"Our trading card sets have always been about promoting our teams," says David Perkins, director of marketing and licensing for USA Baseball. "In that sense, we're thrilled that collectors are supporting USA Baseball in the market and appreciate our efforts. But we could not produce what we do without the cooperation of our players, coaches and teams, and with that, we at USA Baseball would like to recognize them and thank them for their contributions to the program as a whole."

Beckett Baseball "Best of 2007" Awards

Winner - Best Minor League Cards Product: USA Baseball National Teams Box Set
Winner - Best Minor League Cards Autograph: USA Baseball On-Card Signatures Commodore Connection (Pedro Alvarez/David Price/Casey Weathers/Tim Corbin)
Winner - Best Theme: USA Baseball In His Own Words Signatures
Honorable Mention - Best Game-Used Set (Active): USA Baseball Patriotic Patches