First Look: 2012 SP Authentic Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

One of Upper Deck’s iconic brands is back – 2012 SP Authentic is scheduled for a December release.

These college-based cards feature new and old players such as Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and Tim Tebow.

Upper Deck has created a 100-card base set with 50 additional short-prints for SP Authentic. Collectors can find five cards in a pack and 24 packs in every box.

Some collectors might find more than SP Authentic in their boxes. SP Threads packs are inserted throughout the product. There are four SP Threads packs in every case and each come with one autographed jersey card.

Highlights include SP Rookie Patches and dual, triple and quad autographed Signs of the Times, numbered to 35 or fewer.

Stadium Authentics is one of the more prominent new autograph subsets in SP Authentic, acetate cards with autographed and bowl variations.

Besides current players, collectors can find the 1994 SP set. These cards fall at a rate of four per box and include die-cut parallels.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Matt Gilman
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    More useless mystery event-worn stuff. Ugh.

  2. Jared
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Didn’t RGIII play for the Baylor Bears? Why the card with him as a Mountaineer, which would be West Virginia? Am I missing something here?

  3. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Jared, These cards are mock ups. Probably just a mistake in this process.

  4. Jared
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks Susan, I thought we might have been looking at cards that have made it through production.

  5. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Let’s hope not. :)

  6. Daniel Wilson
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    that’s the uncorrected error card, lol

  7. Jeremy Johnson
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    The Blackmon card also has the Oregon State “OS” rather than “OSU”

  8. chris
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    will they ever include current veterans in their sets? its been rookies, retired players and one maybe two current players. what the heck is upper deck doing here? why no current players in the base set? no wonder beckett doesn’t tag the cards as rc’s. get on the ball upper deck and quit wasting that clc .

  9. Robert
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I will not be buying any more sp bought a whole case last year only to get no tier one patch autos at all no dual or triple autos and no future watch autos only late rounders and undrafted free agents then when contacted ud and let them know about four mixing hits and nothing but tier 2 autos In a whole case they sent me 2 more tier two autos and two no name base autos so I think I will pass and find something else with better coalition

  10. Craig Wesson
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi i got an error card robert griffin iii where it is cut wrong so there is no “robert” at the top of the card have you heard about any more of these? Its an sp authentic card

  11. Brad
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Can you tell me where in Beckett this set and inserts are listed? I have feb 2013. And cannot find them in there at all? Thanks

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