First look: 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The best of the best. The greatest athletes of generations are making their way into an Upper Deck set featuring men and women at the top of their games.

Upper Deck was very select in picking the athletes to appear in 2012 All-Time Great Sports Edition. Just 20 superstars made the cut.

Four cards will come in one tin with three base cards and one autograph, all of which are on-card signatures. The base set consists of 100 cards.

The checklist includes Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Annika Sorenstam, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Bobby Orr, Landon Donovan, Barry Sanders, Richard Petty, Kelly Slater, Joe Sakic, Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson, Mario Lemieux, Pete Rose, Hulk Hogan, Mike Tyson and Troy Aikman.

Some of the dual autographs in the set include living athletes paired with cut signatures such as Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier on a card.

Other Legacy Book Cards include:
Tiger Woods/Ben Hogan
・ Barry Sanders/Red Grange
・ Wayne Gretzky/Maurice Richard
・ Jerry Rice/Walter Payton

Beyond just base and autograph cards, there are hologram cards as well.

Some of the hologram cards will feature dual autographs and favorites from the set such as Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan on one card.

All-Time Greats Sports Edition is scheduled to be released in July. There is no price point yet. Check back at for future updates.

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



300-400 srp is my guess but distributors will hike it up even more

Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

Please explain if you can. The tiger is 05/15 and a 1/1?

Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

XStream: Some things just speak for themselves!

Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

The majority I can see being in this bunch…but Landon Donovan and Troy Aikman leaves me scratching my head. Though Landon Donovan is seen as a great USA player, he can’t make it in the European leagues…as for Troy Aikman, well, he’s a 3 time Super Bowl champ and a Hall of Famer, but on a very well stocked team.

I can see this product watering down the value for most of these greats…just like the Basketball version really brought down the value of a lot of the great stars in that product.

Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink


Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink
Justin G

The set looks cool but there wasn’t much mention of any baseball players other than pete rose. It will be interesting to see how the set looks when it comes out, definitely something that I will purchase at least once.

Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

PLEAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZE !!!!! buy this product……….so Upper Deck can pay at least Tiger

Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

I just purchased a box. Does anyone know if a Jordan is guaranteed in every case? My second question is how did Sorenstam, numbered to 70, make the cut? For $300+, a card numbered that high is ridiculous. Pete Rose, Kelly Slater and Landon Donovan also are borderline stars. Would have rather seen Gordie Howe, Julius Erving and Ali.

Posted December 23, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink

Listen kelly slater is not borderline he’s probably the greatest athlete ever!

Posted February 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

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