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The Break: Golf trading cards are coming back!

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Golf trading cards! In 2021!

I used to think of my awesome baseball card collection as my retirement plan. I still have a mint 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card that I someday hoped would be worth approximately a bazillion dollars. That, so far, has not materialized.

It’s been a long time since I’ve collected cards — probably 25 years. My baseball cards definitely show my age now. I didn’t collect many cards from other sports, but now Upper Deck may be forcing my hand.

In spring 2021, Upper Deck is releasing its first edition of golf trading cards in seven years. The cards will feature a variety of golfers, including men and women in the 50-card base set. There will also be a 30-card rookie set and a collection of cards for multiple-time major winners. (Old Tom Morris!) There will be cards featuring game worn apparel, and there will be Course Relic cards, featuring real dirt and sand from TPC Sawgrass’ Players Stadium Course.

While we wait for these new cards, enjoy the 1992 PGA Tour Pro Set!

Dustin Johnson isn’t playing this week

Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club on Monday, pulling out of an event where, if healthy, he would be a favorite. He pulled out of Shadow Creek last week after testing positive for COVID-19.

This seems like the standard protocol if a player has the virus and doesn’t pop a false positive test. Players miss out on playing in two or even three tournaments, and then they come back. Johnson is committed to play in the newly minted Vivint Houston Open the week before the Masters, so that’s when we should see him again.

You gotta check out…

The Masters online shop is coming: If you haven’t heard, there won’t be fans (patrons) at the Masters next month. However, Augusta National didn’t want to deny those ticketholders and badge holders a chance to get awesome Masters merch. So they’ve fired up an online shop for the first time, just for 2020 patrons. We reported on the details we know so far. If you have a buddy that can get in the shop, kiss up to them now.

Finn Scooters are pretty awesome: Back in August, I spent most of the month in the Myrtle Beach area, hunkered down with my family and my sister-in-law. I got to play True Blue, one of my favorite courses in the world, with Mitch Laurance aboard a Finn scooter. It was such a fun experience, I made a video about it.


About the author


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]

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