By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Upper Deck’s Diamond Dealer meeting revealed more about the company’s upcoming products.
Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground, director of product development, discussed the 2014-15 hockey season, upcoming basketball and a massive Master Collection set coming while at the 2014 Industry Summit.
The All-Time Great Master Collection will feature 30 great athletes. Each box will come with one autograph from all 30 athletes, a Michael Jordan multi-diamond card, hand-painted cards, metal patch cards and a dual signed card.
Another bonus item could be an autographed buyback, a championship ring, full game-worn jersey or equipment, historical sports relics or even a Michael Jordan Motorsports motorcycle (this would be a redemption).
Just 200 boxes will be made. Players in the set include Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Don Mattingly, Tony Hawk, Oscar de le Hoya and more. See below for a full list of all 30 players.
Upper Deck has created general college products and basketball sets related to major schools. Now, UD is going after the SEC in football.
In August, 2014 Upper Deck SEC Football will be released. The checklist will include players such as Peyton Manning and Joe Namath. But there will also be a focus on newcomers – 43 2014 NFL rookies will be featured in the set including Johnny Manziel.
There will be three hits per box including Light FX Signatures.
The NHL 2014-15 schedule will start with MVP in August, which will product 99-cent packs.
O-Pee-Chee and Fleer Ultra in September, Artifacts in October and Upper Deck Series will follow it in November.
Athletes in the All-Time Greats Master Collection (list subject to change)
Ken Griffey Jr.
Oscar de la Hoya