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Upper Deck combines manufactured letters with plastic autos in upcoming basketball release

By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor

Upper Deck is taking one part UD Glass and one part past letterman releases and meshing them together in its next basketball product with one name that’s pretty big in the basketball card world.

Michael Jordan.

The company’s 2011 All-time Greats set will arrive on June 14 with Letterman autographs as seen above encased in PETG plastic and signed on the smooth surface instead of the fabric. Each four-card box will contain three base cards and one autograph — each of the same player — with just 20 players on the product’s checklist. Each case includes just three boxes.

The base set will consist of 200 cards, while the insert lineup will include Storybook Career booklet cards, One-on-One Dual Signatures booklets, the Lettermen autographs and All-time Nine signatures, which are 1/1s. There will be no sticker autographs in the product, according to the company.

The 20 players on the checklist? Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Steve Nash, James Worthy, Jerry West, John Havlicek, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Hakeem Olajuwon, Walt Frazier, Derrick Rose, Clyde Drexler, Grant Hill, Chris Paul, Larry Johnson and Anfernee Hardaway.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

9 Comments

Looking forward to seeing what price the place on these

Posted May 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
ssbledsoe

Sorry, usually dig UD’s stuff, but even with this on-card, I’m not digging this product. The price will be well beyond the Nash, Penny, Grandma-ma pulls you’ll get out of most cases.

Posted May 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
Tom Waldron

Intresting but isn’t this Topps Sterlingish. I suppose it will have a Exquisite price tag too.
You have to give Upper Deck credit they are using every angle to stay viable in the market place.
I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it on my buget. I wonder if the auto’s will smudge or fade not sure how that will play out over time. I would like to have that Mj auto in my collection look nice.

Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:25 am | Permalink
Kreepy

Seen this before and its a horrible idea, that Jordan looks horrible. Blue ink on the plastic on a blue letter, its so hard to make out the auto. Horrible horrible IDEA!!!

Posted May 26, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink
DuhAficianado

Price point will be half or less than Exquisite.

Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
Darin Amundson

I agree with some of what the others are saying. Kudos to Upper Deck for trying to come up with a good idea, the autos on letter patches suck, but this idea should have stopped way early in development, it is not attractive. I hate manufactured letter patches in the first place, i just don’t get them. This auto on clear plastic is not good, and why sign vertical when you have the surface to just sign horizontal near the bottom of the card? It’s an idea that probably sounded good on paper, but someone needed to step up and say this is not working. Here’s a funny question, what is worse this auto’d plastic cover over a manufactured patch, or a manufactured patch with a sticker auto placed over it that looks like it could fall off anytime.

Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
BILLY JOE

Check out a Super Box on sbaycards.com…..best deal yet!

Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink
doug

will be in the $300 a pack range i agree the penny and grandma autos deter the price even the bill russell is not as valuable as in the past there are only a few items to make your money back but as a collector there are some decent pulls to be had jordans are supposed to be 1 in 6 packs they are due to start falling in value also with all the different variations of autos he is putting out

Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink
Bobby Chalermsopone

UPPER DECK IS STUPID. AUTO LETTER PATCHES SUCK, CAUSE THE AUTO’S ARE NOT CLEAN. THEN YOU ADD THE “UD GLASS” ON TOP OF IT. IF ANYONE COLLECTED THOSE UD GLASS AND TRILOGY AUTOS, THEY KNOW THE AUTOS ARE ALWAYS SCRATCHED UP OF HAVE LINES THROUGH THEM. WAY TO COMBINE 2 BAD IDEAS INTO 1 GIANT CRAPPY IDEA. TAKE NOTES FROM TOPPS UPPER DECK.

I STOPPED BUYING UPPER DECK AFTER THE LEGENDARY CUTS REDEMPTION CRAP.

NO MORE REDEMPTIONS FOR ALL COMPANIES!!!

Posted May 27, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

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