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First look: 2012 Upper Deck SP Authentic Golf

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

After a lengthy absence from the golf scene, Upper Deck is coming back with a new set this year.

SP Authentic is scheduled for a June release with cards from the top male and female golfers of the world.

Collectors could expect to find autographs and material cards as well as a plethora of Rookie Cards as well as one of the coolest dual autograph cards in a while.

This is the second golf set to be announced this year. Leaf is also coming out with a product in March: Metal Golf.

SP Authentic Golf should have – on average – three autographs with at least one rookie in every 20-pack box with four cards in each pack.

Some of the golf collectors could expect to find are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and others.

If you look at the pictures, there is one card that has been jumping out to fans: the dual autograph of Michael Jordan and Woods, two of the best athletes of this generation.

Upper Deck hasn’t had a dedicated golf set since 2005 and it seems it is going all out for this product. Along with the autographs and swatches there are variations to many of the hits and inserts. In addition, red-foil parallels will be hard to find dropping at an average of four in every five cases.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

7 Comments

XstreamINsanity

I would actually have interest in getting my hands on the Payne Stewart card. He was one of my favorite golfers to watch, may he RIP.

Now, onto why I really wanted to comment…

Michael Jordan is arguably the most well known name in sports let alone basketball, but he is mostly known for basketball and basketball shoes. We know he plays golf (as was shown in Space Jam, lol), but he’s not a golfer. It seems like Upper Deck tries to put Michael Jordan in every single product they can relate him too. If they started to do a casino set, are they going to have autographs of MJ in that set as well?

I’m not trying to down talk MJ, I’m simply saying that Upper Deck is killing the market with the flooding of autographs, especially Michael Jordan’s. While I’m not a fan of his, because there are many people that are, I think it’s right that his stuff (autograph and material alike) shouldn’t be that easily available. Make it a chase. I’d have a harder time finding myself a certified autograph of Oliver Miller in a Pistons uniform than I would an MJ autograph. And seeing as how I don’t think he’s ever signed a card in his Pistons uniform (for a card company that is), Oliver’s card might get more attention (ok, maybe more so if it was John Salley or something). Point is, please do not include MJ in every set you decide to create if he’s thought about that sport or activity for 5 minutes. If he plays in Tour Golf tournaments, ok. And if you’re going to include MJ, what about other celebrity golfers; Barkley, Bird (I don’t think you have his rights though), or even BILL MURRAY? lol. Thanks for listening to my rant.

Posted January 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
Richard

I think it is safe to say that the Jordan and Tiger will be very short printed.
Upperdeck tries to seed every product with at least one “super” card to help drive
sales. And, there is nothing new with non-golfers being in a golf set. Look at the
first BAP Hockey set with a ton of hockey players being shown golfing and other
off the ice activities. If they want to do a pro-am, or celebrity combo I say more power
to them as long as they are hard signed and at least some how have a legit tie in to the
sport.

Posted January 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
Kevin

Why show on card sigs over a white box when you are going to use sticker autos? You know this
product will be 100% sticker auto and 30% redemptions. People are still waiting on cards from 2008, how is this going to be any different? I would love for UD to come out a month before this hits and say, here is who is going to be in the product and that there will be NO redemptions. I might buy some.

Posted January 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

Excellent idea Xstream, a Bill Murray auto! Better than a played out Jordan upper deck auto.

Posted January 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
tom waldron

I didn’t see Rory MCilroy in these pics for UPPER DECK to put out a viable product I hope we see the curren t golfers who like Tiger DESERVE TO BE INCLUDED.
I am glad to see Ud Putting this set out it’s been a while and older boxes are too high and scarce for me to chase Tiger or Arnold and Jack’s auto. Even redmptions Jordan’s auto is Michael Jordan.
I will buy a box.
tOM

Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink
Peterp

Who cares about this junk? Put your money in a savings account, even if you get 0% interest you win!

Posted January 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink
Joe

Peterp, well with 3% inflation, you don’t win with money in a savings acct at 0%. that is why so many people are buying collectibles, which is worth something, not the Federal Reserve toilet paper

Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

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