First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even though the college basketball season is in full swing, Upper Deck is looking ahead to the end of the schedule as they are ready to unleash 2014-15 NCAA March Madness Collection on February 4.

The first product of its kind to be made by the company, it will not only look back on the greatest moments in tournament history, but plans to add a compelling Bracketology interactive game feature. Collectors that receive the cards will scratch off to reveal the depicted team’s bracket seed and location. If it matches the seed the team actually received, then your card is live and ready to compete for prizes.

What else will be found in this product? Find out after the jump.

Curry

With this release, Upper Deck has managed to put together a strong 100-card basic set that will be augmented by 100 short printed cards and additional Hi Series Autographs.

Johnson Bird

In terms of inserts, the company is keeping it relatively simple as it will not feature memorabilia cards. Instead, there is a variety of different autograph collections to be enjoyed. In terms of highlights, look for Tournament Stars Dual Autos, Most Outstanding Players Auto and Tournament Champs Autos. Player selection is solid with the presence of collegiate legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Bill Walton and Shaquille O’Neal along with future stars in Aaron Gordon and Shabazz Napier.

Each box of 2014-15 NCAA March Madness Collection is slated to include six Bracketology cards to go along with two autographs among the 12 packs inside.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Basketball and Beckett Hockey magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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  1. Paul Angilly 21 November, 2014 at 22:28

    Like the looks of this set, but once again, why has Upper Deck not been doing this for the past several years? They wait until they’re about to be shoved out of the college market to start using their CLC license? I’m pretty sure Panini isn’t going to wait four years to start making college sets like this.

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