2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball Checklist and Details

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With 2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball, it has the card maker doing standalone basketball again. It’s not a large set and it’s not licensed by the NBA, but it’s Upper Deck basketball.

The base set has just eight cards. All are 2021 draft picks. Of those, seven are first round picks including Scottie Barnes, Josh Giddey and Jonathan Kuminga who went in the top 10.

The design finds its roots 25 years in the past. It’s based on the 1996-97 SP Basketball subset that featured such Rookie Cards as Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Steve Nash.

Cards are available exclusively on Upper Deck’s e-Pack platform. Rather than buying packs with random cards, they’re being sold individually. Collectors can pick the cards and quantities they want for $9.99 each.

There is a chase element though. Gold parallels land 1:10 packs. These have a simple change in the name and logo color on the front. Gold cards are a second card in applicable packs and do not replace the base card.

2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball Gold Josh Giddey

Collectors who build the full set of eight can redeem it for a special LeBron James Achievement card. A full set of Gold parallels unlocks a Gold version.

2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 1
Set size: 8
Release date: August 4, 2021

2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball Checklist

Base Set

8 cards.

Parallels:

  • Gold – (1:10 packs)

Teams below note who they were drafted by.

CK Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards
IT Isaiah Todd, Milwaukee Bucks
JG Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
JJ Jalen Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
JK Jonathan Kuminga, Golden State Warriors
JS Jaden Springer, Philadelphia 76ers
MM Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors
SB Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

Achievement Checklist

1 card.
Not in packs. Must redeem full set of 8 cards to receive.

2021 Upper Deck SP Premier Prospects Basketball LeBron James

Parallels:

  • Gold

A-LJ LeBron James

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