Box Busters: 2011-12 Fleer Retro basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Fleer Retro boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How can you win an unopened mini box? Watch and find out … the deadline to enter is next Monday at 11 a.m. and we’ll pick a winner based on the comments.


I love the Fleer Retro! Brings back Memories of Days gone by. Busting boxes for alot less than $100. Now it’s a little crazy! Always looking for MJ!!! Go Heels!!!!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
Brian Kim

Well, Fleer Retro is hands down the best basketball product of the year, in my opinion. It brings back decades worth of different card memories with the retro base design and the inserts.

What I would love to find in a mini box is a Jambalaya, but I would slow roll it, expecting to see a black and white photo. Instead, I would see Jordan’s face…in color! I’d be confused and reveal more of the card, expecting to see a college uni, but instead see his Bulls uni. I’d keep slow rolling to reveal his signature and realize I hit the Buyback Jambalaya auto 1/1. I would then proceed to celebrate with an MJ fist pump.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

Love the Fleer Retro! Busting this stuff is the next best thing to having a time machine (I’m working on it, just need some plutonium).

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
Corey Mullins

I am really digging fleer retro…its always fun to take a trip back, so to speak, & revisit some of the old fleer product from the 80s and 90s…this is a fun product for anyone to collect and give some newer collectors a chanc e to take a look back.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
Michael Marrufo

I love all the retro inserts and baseset designs in these boxes. The precisious Gem inserts are great looking and I really like the old scool jambalya insert coming back in the product. If I wanted to pull anything out of these boxes I would hope I would be lucky enough to get a Jordan Buy back or a Kobe bryant auto or something like that. Great pulls you guys I really enjoy watching box busters.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
Trevor G

Fleer Retro reminds me of my childhood saving up so I could buy a few packs of cards and then stick the cards all over my walls. Id og course like to find a Jordan signed vard but a Tim Hardaway card would be just as cool as I grew up watching him play for the Heat

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
Pete Irwin

I really like the Fleer Retro. Im not a big basketball collector but from what I’ve seen, I really like it. Brings back memories of my childhood watching my brothers rip the old school basketball packs open. I, like everyone else, would love to find a rare Jordan card. Who wouldn’t want to pull an amazing card of the GREATEST basketball player of all time? Its not about the money, its about the possession. To own a great rare card of a great player is what its all about. #Collect

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

Fleer Retro looks amazing. I’m not a big fan of recent basketball products, so any retro set gets me excited. The price point on the other hand doesn’t. You’ve got a great checklist of autographs and the PMG cards are highly collectible. You are going to have some major trouble completing a set of those, even in red, unless you really want to drop some money.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
Richard Hogenson

It would be nice to see an Magic/Bird Autograph out of the box.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

I love it, and I’m not just saying that to kiss up and try to win a box. This stuff reminds me of when pro basketball still had some amount of flair. It really brings back how big of a hobby basketball cards were in the 90s. The basketball hobby has gone down recently, but products like this, where inserts are dominate, will help save the basketball hobby. The inserts and parallels are the best part. The autographs are there, but they aren’t the groundwork o this product.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

Those packs look like a really fun break. I had a lot of fun with Panini Past and Present so this looks right up my alley! Plus im a set completist so a small set = goodtimes.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

UD has done very well. The product of taking your time on a product and doing it right. The cards are beautiful and while many of the designs were not Upper Deck’s, they are timeless in today’s hobby. I still can not open a basketball product know that a Jordan autograph isn’t a possibility. I think I might be the most impressed by UD’s commitment to keeping redemption low, or in this case leave them out all together. It would be nice to stash a few of these away for my kids knowing that the value is still going to be in there years later, but as you guys said the biggest disappointment is that this will not be a product for the average Joe. It is now impossible to find and has gone up so much than it just isn’t wise to buy it at the current cost. Even singles are tough to find. We have to ask ourselves at what point does making a product so limited that it looses all mainstream collect ability? Still plenty to love here.


Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

i am loving fleer retro. A little spendy but very cool. I remember the jumbalaya cards when I first got into collecting. They are different but very nice!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

I have never gotten this product. It looks just like the old ones. My absolute favorite thing is to find autographs (Im sure anyone can agree). It just gets my heart pumping to find one of those cards I need or have been looking for, or any relic card really. I can only afford boxes that are MUCH cheaper, just like most people right now in this economy. If I receive this product, I hope to find some old LA Lakers greats. An autograph would be nice too!!!! Thanks for the oppurtunity!!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
Charles Brandon

This product looks great. The price point leaves a little to be desired. As a collector attempting to get my kids into the hobby, that is a huge factor. My boys fell in love with my old basketball cards, and would love to rip open that mini box. They love opening any box that contains the flash and panache found in this release. We as a collecting family look forward to watching the next box busters. Thanks for this one. #collect #thehobby

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
David Johnson

A week or so ago I heard that this product was finally going to hit the street. I got excited and saw that boxes were going for around $300. That was a little disappointing, as I try not to spend much over $100 on a box. However since I found out there were 2 mini-boxes in each box I decided to wait to see if I could get a mini-box for around $150. Well once the product hit we all know what happened, and now the mini-boxes are going for around $300. I sure wish I had bought a full box now for $300, as I could have opened 1 of the mini-boxes essentially for free. The product definitely looks good, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they do some retail blasters (with maybe 3-4 packs for $30), though those things would fly off the shelves even quicker than the hobby boxes have been going.
My dream pull would be either a Karl Malone buyback autograph on his 86-87 Fleer rookie, or a John Stockton buyback autograph on his 87-88 Fleer rookie. Though like everyone else on the planet I would be pretty stoked to hit any Michael Jordan insert card, and even more insanely stoked if it was autographed.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink
Tim Rash

The Fleer Retro look beautiful , I love that it has so many players from my childhood including the man himself Michael Jordan. What i wouldn’t do to have a chance of pulling an auto of his!! Then i could show off to my friend who always had all the cool Jordan stuff growing up !! HAHA

Posted September 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
chris liao

loving the retro inserts! my local card shop sold out, so i’m hoping to win a mini-box!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

Brings back memories when inserts and collecting were at their peak. Nothing will beat pulling those hard to find inserts from the 90’s. Regardless of price point, this box will bring collectors back to the hay-day of basketball. Glad to see a product like this resurface, was happy to wait for it too!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

It’s a great looking product. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on those, especially since I grew up collecting in the 90’s, it bring back a lot of memories. Also trying to educate my nephew about the hobby, I think this is a great way to get him see a bit of the past. Was hoping to see Shaq in his LSU jersey though, but great product nonetheless!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink
George Perlinger

I really like this idea of retro cards, would love to get a 1986-87 Fleer RC

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
Chris H

I think this product is absolutely amazing! Im gonna save up to try to buy a mini box (if I can find one). It’s so good to see a product where Non-AU/GUs are driving it. I remember when pulling a cool looking insert was so exciting! The Gems and Jambalayas are so cool but I also really like seeing newer players on Showcase cards. I bought tons of that stuff when I was younger! If I could, however, add one more old school insert to this, it would be the Power In The Key insert from ’93-’94 Ultra. Loved those cards back then!

Awesome break guys! Thanks for the contest!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

I love checking out the RETRO box breaks on youtube & singles on ebay, along with the boxbreaks & forums on all the sports card websites…

I do not like the College Uniforms nor the fact that UD used the same exact pictures of players across the board for different RETRO inserts…. there are a few members of the Beckett basketball boards that pointed it out.. I take this as UD being Lazy!!

Don’t get me wrong, the cards are cool & collectors are hungry for MJ & Lebron autos…. but why are people paying so much for PMG’s… ?? I don’t get it.. why pay so much for a card with a print run of a /150?

Also, I believe either LCS and/or distributors sold or gave away boxes early.. UD might be behind the internet marketing…. I believe UD leaked a few boxes and/or cards to the secondary market (ebay)… collectors went crazy.. raising the value of the card in the auction listing.. creating false demand… before the product was scheduled to be released….. Then the seller, takes down their auctions, saying that UD contacted them & asked to withdraw the auctions, until product is actually released..

There are crooks & people that commit unethical business practices and/or fraud in every business & government… it can’t be 100% stopped!

What do you guys think about sellers that had RETRO cards on ebay before the product was released? Do you think it is a marketing move that UD is behind?

I dislike that my comments are reviewed by Beckett Staff Members before others can see them.. I can post under the forums, without my comments/reviews are screened.. I wish the review process on comments against Beckett articles can be posted “as is” & not rejected/posted….

Free Speech…. REMEMBERING 9/11
I am a Navy Veteran

Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

Awesome breaks! love Fleer Retro, it was well worth the wait! hopefully I can bust some soon!
Thanks for the inside look.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

This box brings back memories. When cards was about getting that chase insert (not a memorabillia or auto) but JAMBALAYA, Preciouse Metal Gems or the Flair Showcase Master Piece 1/1. Me and a friend split a box. My side had a JAMBALAYA Dr. J. His side hade a drexler precious metal gems blue. If I open another box I love to get a Jordan auto. Born and raised in Chicago.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
Michael Boyer

I am looking for Jimmer Fredette, Jimmer is my favorite player in the NBA. I wasn’t around to see the older product so id be pretty cool to get a chance too. Ilove this product but i just cant get a box because im only 14 and dont thave the money. I hops to get this mini-box! Thanks for the give away guys!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

I also love 2012 Upperdeck/Fleer Retro Basketball. It’s great to see prints and technology used in previous years. My favorite was the Dunkin Donuts MJ Buyback Auto. Thanks Beckett!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

So many people doubted this product. But the people have spoken and it’s a hit! Upper Deck did a stellar job of re-creating old school inserts with Fleer Retro. They managed to make 6 autographs a box, an afterthought. Who would have thought that a college product would be so popular. I love it! It bucked the trend. I hope that, one day, they’ll get back some of the major pro licenses again. They clearly know how to make quality products! Anyway, I had a fun time breaking 3 boxes. Thumbs up!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
Aaron Richards

Very nice retro feel to the set. The Jambalaya cards are definitely some eye catchers
Looking forward to collecting the set and possibly trying to hoard as many Jambalaya s as possible
They remind me of the 1999 Fleer Under Pressure under set which in my opinion was awesome.

Love the box breaking and ripping retail videos! Keep it up guys

Aaron Richards
Born in 1986
Collecting cards 1992-forever

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

this box has so much awesome variety it is like a player getting a triple double and scoring with a allie oop hiting a 3 pointers and being perfect from the charity stripe a slam dunk way too go ud.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
Rick W

First and foremost I love watching Box Busters. So for me this product brings me back to my youth when I could afford to go to a card shop and buy a pack or two of cards and not having drain my wallet. Plus I love the nostalgia of the product seeing the old school Rookies Sensations and Flair showcase designs. I remember Flair being like $6 a pack and at the time that was thought of as outrageous. The product is a great trip down memory lane!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
Doug C

Awesome retro memories it would be great to get some of this product up in Canada! That mini box would go along way to improve international relations, especially if we get a hockey strike. :(

Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
Juan Katada

UD Fleer Retro hands down is the best basketball card product that was produced this year or maybe in the past couple of years. This products reminds collectors of the good days of collecting were one appreciates the beauty of the inserts. Most of today’s products from Panini are mostly loaded with Auto’s, patches and jersey cards that inserts are almost forgotten. Having Michael Jordan and Lebron James then combine it with Hall of Famers makes this product trully worth the wait and worth buying. The precious gem metals red, blue and green makes this a one of a kind product. Kudos for Upper deck for igniting this hobby once again. – Juan

Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

This product is really cool because it showcases two different card companies (Fleer and UD) in one product. I think UD did a great job with the PMGs making these cards closely resembling the originals and introducing a new color blue and serial numbering. This brings back what collectors really want to see when they open a pack of cards, the best inserts ever made! I think UD would own the Basketball card market if they continue to make this type of product.

I would enjoy opening this product for many reasons. One reason is having a chance to open up a pack and pull a Michael Jordan autographed buyback 1/1 card that shows Jordan in a Bulls uniform which can only be done with a buyback now since UD can’t make Jordan cards anymore featuring him in a Bulls jersey. I would love to have a shot at pulling this card and many other great cards including the awesome looking new precious metal gem cards. My local card shop could not even order this product as it was sold out before they could place their order. I’m hoping I can win the box and have just as much fun as you guys had!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
Ricky de camps

Give me a Noys Boys with Rodman! I don’t even know what school he went to! I just want a card with him and no tattoos! It will look so weird.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

7 words
jambalaya, precious Metal colors, michael jordan buybacks

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

I think the Fleer retro is a cool idea, only wish they would be in the nba uni’s instead of the college uni’s. Over all I think it is a very nice concept and very nice product. Also love those PGM with all those different colors…

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink
travis tavera

I would love to see myself pull the green lebron james pmg #6/10. That would really make this whole year great! Thanks for the chance beckett your great!

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
E. Shelton

I think this is a tremendous product, even if you didn’t collect the inserts of the 1990s. A popular UD basketball release is good for the industry. The cards, while throwbacks, aren’t the cookie-cutter designs of the past 2-3 years of the hobby. UD took a big chance, swung for the fences, and drained the game-winning 3-pointer with this product, to mix a few metaphors.

The downside is the product has been completely taken over by speculators, so real collectors can’t get their hands on a box or even a measly pack. That’s tough when basketball is your main game.

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

The hype for this product is out of control! Rightfully so, of course, seeing as though it seems to be very limited and singles are selling for obscene prices. One thing people need to remember though is online card shops such as Dave and Adam’s Cardworld etc. can’t sell this product until it’s been on the streets for 90 days. Expect this product to become more readily available in less than 3 months because I’m willing to bet the majority of cases are in online card shop limbo. So much for the card company’s new rules against non brick and mortar card shops. The online shops are going to benefit the most when the “live” product dries up and the rabid basketball collectors (with seemingly endless bank accounts…) are ready to spend at 3-4 times current values. Maybe more.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

Although skeptical at first, when I saw that it was a 16min video, I actually enjoyed it from start to finish. This product looks like a lot of fun and brought back a lot of memories from the 90s when most of these products were released. I think Upper Deck did a good job with this product although I am very disappointed with how expensive this product has become in a short period of time. If I was opening this stuff, I would hope for a Rookie Sensations auto of Kawhi Leonard, go Aztecs!!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

Hi Chris & Rob.

Enjoyed the break a lot and you guys sure got lucky on that Jambalaya and Blue PMG!

I have very mixed feelings about Fleer Retro. To start off with what I dislike: for starters it’s college. Because college basketball isn’t televized in Europe it’s something I can’t really relate with, which is a shame considering UD hasn’t got any other option. For the same reason I don’t really relate with the rookies (and their auto cards) either.
Lastly, many of the photos used for this set have already been used in previous sets (Rodman for instance) which I think is a lousy job, especially considering the formidably high price per box.
Then again, I started off collecting in the 90’s and for that reason I absolutely love the designs chosen for this set. It is something that I can’t only relate with but also enjoy opening again. For me it’s a great way of revisiting those old memories while busting something new – both commons and those beautiful inserts alike.
For this reason I am also very pleased with the selection of players; lots of 90’s players, HOF’ers and some of the current stars.
What I find interesting is the relatively high count of cards per box, usually high-end boxes tend to be low on commons ( 1 pack, 8 cards or so) but this actually appears to give quite a bang for your buck – lots of autos and inserts and lots of commons to get close to completing the set.

Overall I’d say I love the look of the set – by far best of the year, I like the player selection but because it’s college the cost is too high for me. I’ll have to wait and hope that after the craze over the inserts has cooled down prices come down, because I would like to have a shot at this.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

There’s a reason all the old inserts are coming back in vogue. The creativity in die-cut and material design in the 90s were just amazing. It’s a shame that the advent of the jersey card sapped some of that creative design muscle that the manufacturers were exercising to entice collectors to rip open packs. Some of the inserts I would have liked to see included would have been the Prime Twine insert from Skybox Hoops 1998-99. I know Panini has the rights to the Hoops brand, but it was a Skybox product so maybe Upper Deck can still make them? Anyways, Prime Twine is some of the most exquisite die-cut design out of any card I’ve ever seen. Not just that, but MJ didn’t make it in the initial set. How great would it be to correct that oversight!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink
Daniel Broadbent

This product is amazing, not only does it give oldschool collectors like me the chance to pull inserts such as PMG’s that were almost impossible to pull in their day, but it also brings collectors minds back to the glory days of trading cards, with the vintage designs. I hope that this set draws more collectors towards collecting vintage basketball cards. It would be very cool and nice to pull a rodman or a stockton retro 86 fleer card in their college uniforms because they were not printed in the original 86 fleer product. So hopefully such a card does exist in the new fleer retro product. Pulling any decent nostalgic 90s insert would be incredible.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 5:33 am | Permalink
Tim Sims

I am a new collector and the fleer retro looks nice! Gives you some old school with MJ and Dr. J and some new school like CP3 and LBJ. A bit too pricey for my budget but great cards nonetheless!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:53 am | Permalink
Eddie Knipper

I think it’s great that there’s a product like Fleer Retro that has its high price driven by difficult to pull old school inserts rather than just autograph and memorabilia cards. You can still get great value out of the boxes, but the focus is more on the cards rather than whats embedded in them.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink
Josh Mintz

I got back into collecting when my six-year-old son took an interest, and when I got sucked back in, I was floored by how much it has changed.

Fleer Retro is a fantastic release for many reasons. It gives us older collectors a chance to relive memories and show our kids what cards used to look like. It blends today’s players with legends, so the younger folk can get a glimpse of how Lebron came to be Lebron. Plus, the rush of pulling an autograph that is so fundamental to the hobby today is integrated.

Bottom line: Upper Deck knocked it out of the park because they were able to juxtapose everything that hooked us in the first place with everything that keeps us coming back today.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink
Alex Wedeen

Love the break as always! Great cards!!! Love the retro look. Wish I could afford a box

Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

Thanks for sharing the fleer retro box break. This is a great product to enjoy especially for long time collectors like myself. Seeing the cards from the 1990’s bring back great memories of me and my dad going to the local card stores and hunting to pull the rare inserts at that time. It is great to see upper deck taking a different approach with brining back nice and rare inserts instead of throwing in some jerseys and autos.

My wife and I just had our first baby and our family time, believe it or not, is sitting on the bed and opening boxes of cards. She is definitely excited when we do it because starts eating the wrappers and playing with the boxes. The glow of the inserts definitely catches her attention (she loves the precious metal inserts) Thanks again for sharing the break and I look forward to continuing this tradition with my little one.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

i like it.

this stuff bring back memories of when my brother and i would go to the local corner store and get a couple of packs in hopes to get our favorite player/s (mine was Michael Jordan and Magic) and then the rest of them we would put them in our spokes to make our bike sound like motor bikes (hahaha) if we only knew better.

what i would like to get out of this pack would be the all time great i(n my opinion) Michael Jordan and then to bring those memories back i would use the rest in the spokes of my bike again, just kidding. what i would do is have me and my kids open it and make memories with then so when they get older and have lives of thier own they can look back at the fun.



Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink
Matt Gilman

I have seen a ton of breaks of this product, but as trying it myself, I can’t afford to with a family lol.

I think the one thing this hobby has been missing for awhile is a Fleer product. And since Upper deck owns the license it was great they revived them. And they did it in style by bringing back some of the collectors favorite things about Fleer. Precious Metal Gems, Flair Showcase, Autographics, then they top it off with a great looking base set.

Great break guys and thanks for the contest. Hope to be able to get my hands onto some!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink
Gary Poll

Awesome looking break, love the retro look and all the old time inserts. Can’t afford to get any of those older inserts, so this is probably my best shot at them. Love to have a Jambalaya or a PMG, just beautiful looking cards. As always, Thanks for the break.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

The 90’s is often looked at with disdain because of the overproduction but it did lead to many new innovations. Luckily the Retro styling is back and Fleer is where it all started. Love the design and the player selection, definitely one of UD best products in a while.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink
jonathan card

Fleer Retro is the first product that has come out in awhile that I said I would try and save up for. I love this product in that im more excited to see a insert than a auto. Seeing the designs makes me understand why people are so crazy about them, it makes you remember being in awe of the card you just pulled back in the days where an auto was not even thought about. I like collecting just for fun and seeing what my collection can become, and this is one product I think I will go after . i would like to see the price lowered and more inserts inserted and if your going to have a base set that is small then I would say just get rid of it all together and do a purely insert based product. One of my favorite things in any sport collecting arena is to put together the insert sets i almost neve put together base anymore. Anywas great fun break and great looking product

Posted September 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
Matt Genaway

Fleer Retro is almost….ALMOST….as cool as Chris Olds’ collection of white dress shirts.

But seriously, it’s really nice to see cards make an impact on the hobby that don’t have an autograph or jersey attached to them. Really liking Fleer Retro!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

Forget the mini box…how about the John Havlicek Jambalaya card! I BLEED scarlet and gray and would be ecstatic if I were to pull that card! A Jambalaya card with a Top 50 NBA player…from THE Ohio State University…pictured in his college uniform. That is what I call the product of the year! Thanks Upper Deck for releasing and amazing retro product, and thanks Beckett for sharing the box break!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
Brad Absher

I have to wonder if these PMG’s are going to hold their value the way the old one’s did. I mean it is just an insert card numbered to /150, /50 or /10. I mean what makes them so special to command thousands of dollars? I would pay that for one but I would certainly sell one for that. Seems that sometimes, some people have more money than sense. Oh well, to each their own.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

I love this product! It has been so highly anticipated and it has sure delivered. It is kind of like a high end version of Panini Past and Present.I also love the mini boxes like Topps Triple threads because if you can’t afford a whole box you can just get a mini box with the same amount of quality. If I win this mini box I hope to get some PMG’s because they look great! Also this product delivers a big nostalgic feel with all of the inserts and old players. It really kind of brings some long time collectors back to the day. The set also gives you a wide variety of the new rookies and inserts. The only thing that I can say bad about this product is that it might not deliver the value you payed for. For example you get 6 autographs and most of them are rookies that you probably never heard of. Other than that this product has blown me away! Overall I think this product lived up to all the hype and I can’t wait to maybe pick up a box! I would give this product a 4 out of 5. I hope I win!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
roberto rodriguez

This looks like a fun box to open this is the best all in one wish they had nba jerseys on that would’ve made it perfect best product I’ve seen in a while takes me back

Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink
Rob B

I love this product much more than I thought I would…I am not at all a fan of college cards but the retro sets more than make up for the pictures as it takes you back to the best period of collecting ever!!

Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink
Larry Keller

I think Upper Deck has done one of the coolest things possible without an NBA license with Fleer Retro. I think it is amazing to get the experience of new and old players while reliving some of the most classic basketball card designs.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
Dan Piehl

I would love to pull either of the Karl Malone cards in the set, but mostly would like anything. So many of those inserts were too expensive when I was kid growing up that it would be great to finally be able to pull one of them. Keep up the great work.

Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
Charles Hudspeth

I am really enjoying the Fleet Retro offering. I can rememberopening some of the original stuff and it takes me bacGreat video guys!!

Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink
Cory Furlong

What a great combo of cards! Great inserts, great base set. It reminds me of the 80’s and 90’s which for me was the best time to collect basketball cards. Even with the high price point this product is a winner. Thanks for the video guys!

Posted September 13, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

Here is what I think we have learned from this product. Design is very important to the popularity of cards. Panini has had a few products where design was actually thought about and look really cool. I think the main problem with the cards being manufactured today is that its all about churning out x number of sets a year and having x number of parrallel sets x number of autographs, jeresys etc. This set shows that the old school designs were diverse, thought through to be different(even the parrallel cards like PMG), and that while jersey and autograph cards are great, they are not necessarily what makes a card collectable. It would be nice to see a company pick up on this and maybe make a product like they used to, lower the price, put thought into the designs, make it available, so you can find it at the drug strore or gas station again and if you are lucky hit that 1:1000 die cut glow in the dark card of your favorite player. Those are the memories that this product brings back to me.

Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

One of the best products in recent memory. A lot of variety, all the cards are of high quality. Every break seems to reveal something new. Whether it is an awesome PMG, high quality die cut inserts, or unexpected autos (Jordan buybacks! On card autos!), every box seems to have something different. Heck, I lost my virginity 15 years ago, but I found it in one of the mini boxes I busted. Pretty awesome, I’m born again!

Posted September 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

Man are you kidding me??? This is the best product I have ever seen, college jerseys or not!!! Brings back all the memories of me being a kid in the 90’s wishing I could rip open every pack in the cardshop!!! Ive actually thought about ebaying my whole collection just for a chance to buy some of these boxes!!! The price is getting so rediculous though my wife would leave me for even buying a mini box!! LOL!! Love the Golden Touch and Big Men on the Court inserts!! Love the PMG and Jambalaya cards although I have never pulled either of them just stood in jelousy as other people pulled them as a kid!! Upperdeck was very creative with this set!!! The old style cards, the flair showcase cards, the Noyz Boyz and championship hardwares!!!! This is everything you loved wrapped into one!!!! The only downfall is I wish they coulda had some better rookies to put in the set and a few of the players that are Panini exclusives !! How cool would it be if you could pull a Anthony Davis PMG!!!(Green) With the unibrow complimenting all that glistening green shine!!! Hey, cant a UK fan dream??? LOL!!!

Posted September 14, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink
gary h

i really enjoy watching the videos of all the fleer retro box breaks online. u guys pulled some good cards and many others have to on youtube. I guess its exciting for me b/c i have 5 kids and coming up with $300 bucks to spend on a box of cards is unheard of in my household! But i can keep watching videos and wishing it was me pulling those cards worth thousands of dollars. Thanks for the excitement and keep up the good work @ Beckett!!!!!

Posted September 14, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

This Is a great looking product. All the retro cards are sweet and the 90s inserts are super sweet. Winning a box would be super super sweet.

Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink
james dukes

Very good looking product, brings me back when I was younger and ripping and hoping to pull a Jordan or Iverson. Those were the good ol days. Thank You

Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
Albert Legaspi

This product reminds me of the Golden Age of basketball cards….the decade of the innovative inserts….nostalgia…

Baseball cards golden era was the 1950s with the release of colorful larger size cards when we were introduced to the 1952 Topps….basketball golden years was the 1990s, In my humble opinion, when autographs, jersey-card and PMG + Rubies!

What I want to see out of this product is the Precious Metal Gem!

Posted September 15, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink
Lon Levitan

2011-12 UD Fleer Retro is not just a great product, it’s making history.

Looking back over basketball card hobby history…1989 Hoops was the breakout set when the hobby truly began. It had the Admiral rookie and and Pistons team card. It made us look back to 1986-87 Fleer and drool over cards we had banged-up and stickers that were all over our notebooks.

1993-94 brought Finest to basketball and something called “a refractor,” and if you got a Jordan, Penny or Webber it was a dream come true. 1996-97 Topps Chrome, only available via retail stores, was simple yet an instant classic, with the best rookie class of all time – Kobe, Iverson, Marbury, Camby, O’Neal, Abdur-Rahum, Walker, Nash. Even Matt Maloney’s RC is still worth $4!

1996-97 was a great was a break-out year both for Rookie cards but also sets like E-X2000. Autographics hit the scene with Garnett, Hill, Pippen and if you found a George McCloud or Steve Nash, you were one lucky soul. Preciuos Metal Gems, Flair Legacies, Ultra Platinum hit the scene.

2003-04 brought us with Exquisite, the most exciting product to open in years. Unrealistic prices kept it out of the hands of most. Those patces and autographs were jaw-droppingly beautiful. At too it Lebron, Melo and Wade and you’ve got something there.

The hobby has had a few landmark sets — and 2011-12 UD Fleer Retro is now joining these others as an automatic HOF product. It’s brought back everything we love — Autographics, the sheer beauty and rarity of Precious Metal Gems, 1986-87 Fleer, BMOC!, Jambalaya, and even that 1996-97 A Cut Above set.

For an audience that collects for nostalgia — for a keepsake of our heroes — Fleer Retro brings it all together. It has wonderful looking and limited print run collectibles of many of our favorite stars and current “Rookie Sensations” plus a thoughtful tribute to some of the most beloved sets from the past 16 years.

Each box is guaranteed at least something you’ll love. It was worth the wait. It’ makes you giddy to bust it open. And it makes you wonder….how can any card company attempt to top this? While I thoroughly enjoy this, it also getting me excited for what’s to come for our hobby.

From mod: This one was selected as the winner.

Posted September 15, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink
Lon Levitan

2011-12 UD Fleer Retro is not just a great product, it’s making history.

Looking back over basketball card hobby history…1989 Hoops was the breakout set when the hobby truly began. It had the Admiral rookie and and Pistons team card. It made us look back to 1986-87 Fleer and drool over cards we had banged-up and stickers that were all over our notebooks.

1993-94 brought Finest to basketball and something called “a refractor,” and if you got a Jordan, Penny or Webber it was a dream come true. 1996-97 Topps Chrome, only available via retail stores, was simple yet an instant classic, with the best rookie class of all time – Kobe, Iverson, Marbury, Camby, O’Neal, Abdur-Rahum, Allen, Walker, Nash. Even Matt Maloney’s RC is still worth $4!

1996-97 was a break-out year both for Rookie Cards and also sets like E-X2000. Autographics hit the scene with Garnett, Hill and Pippen, and if you found a George McCloud or Steve Nash, you were one lucky soul. Preciuos Metal Gems, Flair Legacies, Ultra Platinum hit the scene.

2003-04 brought us Exquisite, the most exciting product to open in years. Unrealistic prices kept it out of the hands of most, but those patches and autographs were jaw-droppingly beautiful. Add to it Lebron, Melo and Wade and you’ve got something there.

The hobby has had a few landmark sets — and 2011-12 UD Fleer Retro is now joining these others as an automatic HOF product. It’s brought back everything we love — Autographics, the sheer beauty and rarity of Precious Metal Gems, 1986-87 Fleer, BMOC!, Jambalaya, and even that 1996-97 A Cut Above set.

For an audience that collects for nostalgia — for a keepsake of our heroes — Fleer Retro brings it all together. It has wonderful looking and limited print run collectibles of many of our favorite HOFers, current stars and “Rookie Sensations” plus a thoughtful tribute to some of the most beloved sets from the past 16 years.

Each box is guaranteed at least something you’ll love. It was worth the wait. It makes you giddy to bust it open. And it makes you wonder….how can any card company attempt to top this? While I thoroughly enjoy this, it also gets me excited for what’s to come for our hobby.

Posted September 15, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink
Lon Levitan

Delete this. Also, the 9:36 a.m. (second post) fixes typos from the earlier post. Thanks!

Posted September 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

I love the looks of the Fleer retro and that Upper Deck bring the old school inserts into the legends and rookie.
Love the pmg and it’s cool that they made the blue which back in the day they didn’t have. What I dislike about this product is the sticker auto on autograhics.

Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
James w.

I love the looks of the fleer retro. They brought back old school inserts into legends and rookies. And the big one pmg with the blue version which back in the day there was no blue . Hate sticker autos on autographics.

Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink
Zack Akin

I love you guys, and I am stoked about this product. What a great opportunity for lower budget collectors like myself to get a crack at get some new age designs of the classic 90’s inserts. I would love to get that mini box and bust it open. Thanks for a great idea upper deck.

Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:12 am | Permalink
Jonathan Mills

Sometimes, it is good to go back and rekindle magic that once was in order to bring you more relevance than you already have. Fleer has done just that. This brand is hot and, although it is high end, I am finding it very difficult to find it (at least for a price under $600). It makes me look back in RETROspect, wishing I would have bought more “precious” fleer products in the late 1990s. Well, they say, “hindsight is 20-20″. I wish I would have been able to look forward back then.

Posted September 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
Derek Johnson

A couple days ago I get a message from my buddy in Atlanta (I’m in Toronto), something to the effect of .. Bro Bro !! i gotta figure this out still but I got a way we can make some money.. I say sure what’s up man ? Always listening! He replies ” you gotta check out this new Fleer Retro product, it’s selling hotter than any other product in the history of cards!! He proceeds to send me several links of 2K+ PMG’s and a Jordan 23/50 which i believe got 20K. To make what was a very long conversation short, he was interested in pooling our money together to buy a box and crack it. I tried over and over again to explain that although box busting is no doubt, the most fun you can have (for us card nuts :-) It is absolutely not a money making venture. I spent a long long time sending links back and forth basically explaining how perfectly you have to hit to make a profit on a $600 box. After literally many hours into the early morning, he definitely came to agree and realize that although it’s possible you hit a monster name PMG /50 in their jersey #… The odds are stacked against you. It was an epic conversation to say the least but the main point of all it was, By the end of the conversation, i realized he just wanted to crack one of these boxes so bad for himself. He is always reminding me of the Emerald PMG Kobe that sold for 37K and how he use to buy those packs ! “If only i had known bro, I would bought so many more” So this box to him represents a second coming for those who didn’t know what those original inserts would turn into. (I assume not many knew ? ) Personally i’m a hockey card collector and have been since i’ve been 3, Although my buddy collected in the mid 90’s, I’ve really got him back into the hobby recently and it’s been such a joy having someone close to you share your passion. I would certainly love to open a box like this but It would mean 100x more to my buddy, I literally can’t even put it into words how pumped he would be.Thanks so much for your consideration :-)

Posted September 17, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink
Bob A

I’ve been thinking about my comment since you posted the video, trying to best exhibit my ‘wit’, ‘skill’, and ‘creativity”. I even thought about applying for a job at Beckett to increase my odds, then Rob took that out of the mix. Now I think I’ll have to settle for timeliness – 2 minutes before the deadline!

Love the product – it’s not every day that you can get food from a box of cards – probably the only time I’ll be hoping for a redemption…oh wait a second, it’s JAMbalaya? Who knew, the things were so darn tough to pull back in the day :)

Seriously though, Hakeem Jambalaya and I’d be one seriously happy dude!

Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink
Tom Waldron

Frist this is exciting to see Fleer again,.The Brand that helped all of us get excitied about Bsketball again.
THat said it was a product that didn’t have auto’s for awhile and it used what it had in INNOVATION to bring a great product each and every year. How we chased those inserts and the odds were never easy either.
Here the odds are GUARENTTED to be in the product not sure it’s the same sure they LOOK the same but really can u compare the old with the new —-no at even the original price wjy would you pay thses amounts for a guarentted insert. The Fleer product of old is still the King and Jordan still Rules all cards and inserts.
I remeber how my som hit a FLEER 07 JORDAN MISSING PIECES JERSEY.
Upper Deck has the FLEER rights but it’s not at a price the average collector or Kids can enjoy .
Don’t get me wrong I love the inserts and would love to have one but I also know what I can afford and not.
If only Panini could use the Fleer model of old to excite new collectors and give us new Jordan inserts Lebron auto’s a shame Fleer is gone we could use their Innovation these days.
Thank you for considering me for that giveaway my son and I would love it.
THANKS Chris and Beckett for always keeping me informed

Posted September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink
michael allison

thank you for the opertunity to win the Fleer Retro, i am 50 yrs old when i was growing up as a young boy i never had the chance to get and collect the real players of the sports like i do in this day of time.I do remember meeting Jerry West in Beckley West Virginia ,my home town .so i beleive that fleer retro is going to be in my collection of cards ,thanks again gentelmen . as paul harvev would say GOOD DAY

Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink
chaz ford

This product takes me back to the summer of Shaq’s rookie cards. I would spend as much time as I could in the local shops opening basketball packs hoping to score one of his cards or even better, one of the inserts. I’ll never forget that feeling and I would love to re-live those memories with a box of Fleer retro!

Posted October 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
Chris Olds

It has not yet been given away. We’ll close this contest out on Friday.

Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
Bob A

Did you ever give this away?

Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

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