By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Upper Deck is dipping into its Fleer archives once again.
The company unveiled the first looks and product details for the sophomore release of perhaps the biggest hit for the 2011-12 basketball season on Thursday as Fleer Retro will return in June with nods to some of the most popular insert sets of the 1990s.
With six autographs in every box (three per 10-pack mini), Retro also will pack four inserts per box — a new selection of Precious Metal Gems, Flair Legacy, Essential Credentials, Z-Force Rave, Lucky 13 and more.
The standard set will consist of 50 cards, capped by 30 rookies. Meanwhile, the company promises two Fleer EX cards per box, while the rookies (1:3 packs) are in the style of the 1991-92 Rookie Sensation design.
This time, though, of course everything will feature NCAA and high school logos for the game’s top rookies and legends as part of the company’s deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company — a new look for some of the classics from a pocket of basketball that has produced some impressive five-figure sales for originals in recent years. Meanwhile, last year’s PMGs also scorched in this high-end release. This year, there are just six boxes per case with 10 packs per mini box and only five cards per pack.
Other inserts among those to be found will be Ultra Platinum Medallions, Fleer Mystique Raise the Roof, Playmakers Theatre, Thrill Seekers, Molten Metal, Starring Role, Court Masters and Z-Force Big Men on Court.
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