When Goodwin Champions first appeared on eBay, there was a seller who had opened a couple of cases and quickly posted the results. We weren't sure about this product, so devoted nearly 45 minutes late one night to perusing what appeared in those box breaks. The posted photos were helpful, and it was a nice, completely noncommital way to view the set. One thing that became clear is that although we liked the design well enough, after staring at them for a while we didn't feel compelled to collect GC. The cards look like something of a cross between 2007 Goudey and 2009 Allen & Ginter, with an occasional touch of Masterpieces thrown in.
We couldn't tell from the eBay pictures anything about cardstock or texture, of course, but within days, many bloggers noted that they found the cards to be flimsier than A&G. But comparing an UD retro style product to a Topps retro style product is like comparing a boiled turkey dog on a gluten free bun to a classic grilled Nathan's Famous. The former's taste is weak and there's not enough authenticity in the nitty-gritty details.
So, combing eBay that night, we picked a few items, very reasonably priced, and now are sated with Goodwin's, with the exception of base cards for David Wright, Curtis, Barry, and John Maine. The entire enterprise took about as much time as an errand run to Target and the total price, with shipping, was less than a blaster. The method worked for us.
The autographed cards are particularly nice, because they're on-card and look sweet and pleasantly unstickery.The mini foil cards are prettier in person than we were expecting:
Lucy likes Rollie because his name is Rollie.
The GU cards are aesthetically pleasing and the cardstock is plenty heavy: