Coming soon: 2012 Upper Deck Football

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Next up in the non-NFL-licensed product lineup is a college-centric showcase from a major manufacturer. 2012 Upper Deck Football is slated for an April  24 street date, and should land to the delight of NCAA football fans far and wide.
Unlike other card makers, Upper Deck operates with a collegiate contract, allowing for use of NCAA logos and full team names. The lack of airbrushing lends itself to a clean design made even more desirable in the case of on-card autographs and other opportunities featuring the incoming draft class.

The Ultimate Collection subset features 60 rookie subjects on cards numbered to 450 or less, and boasts 21 hard-signed pieces from some of the top 2012 newcomers. Upper Deck also upped the ante in its Star Rookie Stripes redemption program, offering up to 200 different one-of-one cards that can be exchanged for 15 autographed copies of the featured player(s).

Collectors can expect the following in each 20-pack (six cards per pack) box break:

  • Two Star Rookies per pack
  • Three autographs per box, which could be comprised of
    • Hard-signed Rookie Lettermen Signatures
    • Hard-signed Ultimate Collection Rookie Signatures
    • Star Rookies autographs
    • 1993 SP Football Autographs
  • Two Ultimate Collection Rookies (numbered to 450)
  • Four 1993 SP Football cards

Case busters should find:

  • 12 boxes (plus the above odds, on average)
  • Two rare parallels numbered to 10 or less
  • Four College Mascot Patches (with variations)

Again, operating with NCAA imagery, the base set looks to be deep and comprehensive with 197 rookie subjects and 50 retired players. Stay tuned to for the upcoming Box Busters episode featuring 2012 Upper Deck Football.



  1. Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    no andrew luck card?

  2. Brent Gillett
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I believe it is because Luck has a non-licensed deal with Press pass

  3. Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    In San Antonio, everyone wants RG3. They can’t get enough. Can’t wait for Upper Deck!

  4. Christian Troy
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    RG3 = Akili Smith

  5. Brent
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Not liking the looks of the autograph checklist. If those are the ones they are advertising with previews how aful must the entire checklist be. No RG3, No Blackmon, No Richardson, No Luck, None of the top prospects at all really.

    Posted November 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    yes when can we expect to be able to but ncaa football cards and how much?

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