upper deck debuted sweet spot in 2001, and my collecting mind was blown by the inclusion of signed pieces of baseballs included in some packs. in fact, it was later versions of the sweet spot releases that included the first thick cardboard blanks because it had previously been too easy to find the packs that included the autos. at least that is what i was told by a clerk at one of the local card shops in the early 2000's. anyway, the format of the autos was a bit clunky from that first year through 2005 - they were framed into the card by a non-descript border with a small player photo somewhere on the card. in 2006, upper deck added a generic stadium shot as the background, but in 2007, they did it right - they went to team specific stadium shots. here's a don sutton auto card from 2007 upper deck sweet spot classic
there are the fading issues with some of the later releases, including 2007, as either the ball material or the pens used by some of the players were not the right types, but the wood versions that i have seen do not suffer that fate. i recall a signing i went to where harmon killebrew and i simultaneously chastised a guy who offered the killer a sharpie to sign a ball with. you would think that upper deck would have made sure that the cards were signed properly, you know, if in fact they had a representative witness the signings. oh wait.
anyway, 2007 is my favorite sweet spot year, even though steve garvey is included in the classic set as a padre. there are plenty of dodgers on the checklist, though, including the aforementioned sutton
here are some of the other dodgers from the 2007 ud sweet spot classic set
pee wee reese
here's don drysdale
the set also included more 'modern' dodgers, such as their former manager tom lasorda
the regular 2007 sweet spot set had some dodgers, too, but the card i want to show is this adam laroche auto card
that includes some plastic-injected molded helmet thingy and a faux wood signing area. this is not so much my favorite, but it is somewhat unique.
i have a bunch of other sweet spot cards in the scanned folder, so i'll show them even though they are from the 2005 set. also not so much my favorite.
dj houlton numbered to 99