Update (June 21): This product is now scheduled for a July 3 release and will arrive with licensing/approval from the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to an announcement from the company.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
The next Upper Deck baseball set is coming soon — as in next week.
This year’s SP Signature Edition will arrive on May 1 with what the company is touting as “the best lineup of living baseball players ever offered in one product.”
Each box will carry a suggested retail price of $255 with three three-card packs and a total of nine autographed cards inside. There will be two single-signed cards and one card with multiple sigs per pack. In some cases, the company said, there will be as many as eight signatures per card.
Of course, without a league license or players association deals for baseball, the cards are likely to be without photos or logos — and no card images have been released in advance of this fast-tracked product, which will include six boxes per case. (Want a checklist or OPG for past Signature Edition sets? Click here.)
Upper Deck’s preview information stated that there will be 50 different Hall of Famers included in this one as well as multi-signed cards for World Champions (1946-now), Hall of Famer combos from the Classes of 1972, 2007 and 1991 (get out your history books to figure out those), cards for members of the 3,000-hit club, 500-home run club and more.
Single-signed cards will include retired players, active players prospects and more, while there also will be manufactured patch autographed cards in the mix, too, with players grouped by team, Hall of Fame enshrinement, nationality and more.
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