2008 Upper Deck Star Quest baseball cards are fun to chase and pull together. A full set is 60 cards with each possessing each one of the various parallels shown. I didn't begin working on this 6-card parallel set until a few years after it was released. What I like about this release is that it's very easy to identify each of the various cards. Upper Deck caught on in the mid-later part of the 2000s by clearly stating, on the back of each card, what set said card came from. This dramatically helps collectors correctly organize and archive their Upper Deck cards. This set is no different. The backs tell you from what set they came and their associated rarities.
From left to right, the following is what's shown. If your pursuit is one of pulling together a 6-card run featuring a specific player, here's what comprises the run. The Common through Ultra Rare examples were inserted into retail packs at Target and Wal-Mart at a rate of anywhere from 1:1 to 1:36 packs depending on the rarity and where they were purchased.
- Common: These feature a flat foil dark blue finish.
- Uncommon: These feature a flat foil gold finish.
- Rare: These feature a flat foil royal blue finish.
- Super Rare: These feature an holofoil dark blue finish.
- Ultra Rare: These feature an holofoil gold finish. The reverse has a small scratch-off section. It's best to find examples where the scratch-off is still intact.
- First Edition: These feature a flat foil green finish. Inserted into packs of 2008 Upper Deck First Edition.
The 2008 Upper Deck Star Quest run is kind of a sleeper as it's overshadowed by so many other inserts and parallels from 2008. This set was released at a time when parallels were being implemented by many of the card manufacturers. In a big way, the parallel concept was sorta beaten into oblivion in 2008. With sets like Topps Moments & Milestones, Upper Deck Documentary, and UD A Piece of History, player collectors have an overwhelming amount of stuff to chase from 2008 alone. It's fun, sure, but it can be a lot to think about. For something somewhat less ambitious but still very interesting, try your hand at pulling together a 6-card run from 2008 Upper Deck Star Quest.