Rare Air: Upper Deck readies Michael Jordan UNC Master Collection


By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

If you like Mike, then this set might be for you.

Well, 250 of you that is.

Upper Deck is readying what will be the most-limited – and most high-end – Michael Jordan card set ever made with the 2013 Upper Deck Michael Jordan UNC Master Collection, which will arrive this summer.

Each wood-boxed set will be limited to just 250 serial-numbered copies and include 23 standard cards. It also will include one hand-painted Masterpieces card – each limited to 30 – four signed cards and one complete patch set with the cards comprising either the standard or alternate Carolina logos. In addition, each box will include one Master Collection Shadowbox, Precious Metal Gem or a 1/1 autograph.

 “Upper Deck produced Master Collection sets over 10 years ago and fans still inquire about them frequently,” said Grant Sandground, Upper Deck’s director of product development. “We felt Michael Jordan would be the perfect subject to re-imagine these ultra-premium sets around. It’s the type of set that 99 percent of collectors can’t afford, but 100 percent of collectors would love to own.”

As an added bonus, each set also will include a replica 1982 UNC National Champions ring.

A price for the sets was not announced.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Ed 5 April, 2013 at 15:13

    I never like the idea of a Full Individual Collection Set.
    I would be pretty upset if I was setting on a few Jordan Autos right now.
    Upper Deck is going to flood the market with whatever product will sell and keep them in the mix.
    Oh, and as of right now the asking price is about $4500.00
    I don’t see where busting up one of these sets would be profitable, anybody willing to pay over $1,000.00 for a Auto of Jordan can probably afford to buy the whole set for $4500.
    Out of my price range…..and sets like this just burn my interest in collecting. Why bust boxes when Upper Deck will just reproduce the good stuff later and put it in a Master Set “Collection”
    But, I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to survive……God Bless Them All

  2. PATRICK 5 April, 2013 at 16:42

    What a surprise, another over priced crappy product produced by Upper Deck. I wonder if these cards will come damaged like the rest of their high end products do. Anyone willing to pay 4500-5000 bucks for cards with manufactured patches needs to pass the peace pipe.

  3. David Johnson 5 April, 2013 at 16:58

    Ed, most of the people busting boxes are not going to be buying these sets. It will be really interesting to see if these sell out, and how quickly they sell. It will be even more interesting to see how many of these sets get broken down, as $4,500 doesn’t leave much for profit (but it the first few broken will most likely turn a profit as there will be some collectors that want one of the Precious Metal Gems or specific autographs that are not in every set). They also just announced a Tiger Woods set, so they must be getting good reaction to this set.

  4. anon 5 April, 2013 at 18:00

    “It’s the type of set that 99 percent of collectors can’t afford …”

    With all due respect, this a classless thing to say.

  5. afff 5 April, 2013 at 22:06

    would love to get my hands on a set but like everyone else the price is to high for me

  6. Charlie DiPietro 5 April, 2013 at 22:55

    99% of all card collectors can not afford a T206 Wagner, a nice 1933 Goudey Ruth, a 1952 Topps Mantle or a BGS 10 Michael Jordan Fleer RC. Most of us do not despise the fact that they exist and someone other than ourselves own them. This set is another coveted gem of our hobby.

    Upper Deck knows there is a population of Michael Jordan collectors throughout the world that want a high end product such as this. They have determined that number of collectors to be about 250.

    There were 250 sets made. That is much less than 5 per state as Michael Jordan is in huge demand overseas. Latest count is there are over 500 card shops in the United States and Canada, and there are at least 20 big internet retailers. My allotment from Upper Deck was one set.

    Although a number of these sets will be busted and sold in pieces on eBay, they were made to be sold intact to the 250 Michael Jordan collectors with at least $4400 to spend on their favorite sports hero. As sets get busted, it will increase the demand for The Michael Jordan Collectors who want a complete boxed set. These boxed sets include a total of 100 red PMGs and 10 Green PMGs distributed within the 250 boxes; and there are an unknown number of 1 of 1 Jordan autos. If just a few of these end up on eBay, sealed box prices will go up.

  7. deeez 7 April, 2013 at 16:33



  8. Card Opinionator 7 April, 2013 at 20:35

    Thanks for bringing common sense to this discussion Charlie. I can’t afford a New BMW, but I don’t say they suck and are overpriced. I don’t blame UD at all. Great product, for those few that can afford it.

  9. Tom Waldron 7 April, 2013 at 20:47

    There has been a recent increase of availbe Jordan auto’s in Ud products this year.Does this lessen the appeal after all wasn’t that the idea in the first place to keep the allure of rarity when you hit his auto?
    Its a case of pay for what you can’t find. Good Marketing by Ud This seems inline with the ud authentics and Tiger will follow Lebron etc.. Where there is market viability money will follow.
    I still would rather HIT Mine. I can’t afford Exqusiste or other hi end and I just wish Jordan would sign for a few other companies guess I’ll see what LEAF is doing with those signed Helmets?
    thanks again

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