I found this Travis Hafner 2005 Artifacts Signature Patches in a bargain bin at a show this year and thought it’d make an excellent image for this set. I got this card for less than $10, which is amazing considering it contains a small print run, complex patch, and an on-card autograph. 2005 Artifacts is a treasure by design but ultimately, that’s the only thing that sets it apart from competing manufacturers of its era. The release contains 22 different sets, 16 of which feature the GU/AU concept. The upside: it provides player collectors ample opportunities to add interesting cards to their collections. The downside: sometimes too many options can diminish desirability. All in all, 2005 Artifacts is a very attractive release with lots of interesting cards.
|April 2005||Release Date: Cards 1-200|
|February 2006||Release Date: Cards 201-285 issued in 2005 Upper Deck Update|
|April 11, 2008||Exchange Deadline|
2005 Artifacts was issued in 4-card packs, which came 10 packs per box, and 20 boxes per case. Cards 1-100 feature active veterans, cards 101-150 feature prospects, and cards 151-200 feature retired stars. High series (cards 201-285) were issued in packs of 2005 Upper Deck Update. It’s a beautiful set aesthetically with many parallels containing a holofoil finish, which over gradient backgrounds really makes these cards pop. In-hand, they are stunning.
2005 Artifacts was issued during the prime era of GU/AU cards. This is a supreme example of a set that overused the concept with 16 different insert sets containing one of these characteristics and set counts upwards of 100 cards. Minor differences from set to set make a lot of this stuff look the same. Given the depth of the release, general odds are provided as a blanket over all GU/AU cards.
The benefit to this set, however, is if you collect a guy who’s featured somewhere in it, you have a chance to chase some really interesting cards. These cards are beautiful and they scan really well.
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|Set||Total Cards||Print Run(s)||Odds|
201-285: Issued in ’05 UD Update
|Rainbow Blue||285||100||1-200: Overall Parallel Odds: 1:10|
|Rainbow Red||285||50||1-200: Overall Parallel Odds: 1:10|
|Rainbow Gold||285||25||1-200: Overall Parallel Odds: 1:10|
|Rainbow Platinum||285||1||1-200: Overall Parallel Odds: 1:10|
|AL/NL Artifacts||99||100-325||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|AL/NL Artifacts Rainbow||99||50-99||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|AL/NL Artifacts Signatures||100||30||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|AL/NL Rare Artifacts Signatures||93||1||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|Autofacts||100||15-699||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|Autofacts Rainbow||100||1||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|Dual Artifacts||100||44-99||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|Dual Artifacts Rainbow||100||25||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|Dual Artifacts Signatures||100||10||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|Dual Artifacts Bat||12||25||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|MLB Apparel||100||100-325||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|MLB Apparel Rainbow||100||50-99||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|MLB Apparel Autographs||100||30||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|MLB Rare Apparel Autographs||96||1||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|Patches||94||3-50||Overall GU Odds: 1:3|
|Signature Patches||96||4-10||Overall AU Odds: 1:10|
|UD Promos||100||–||Only made for cards 1-100|