By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
They’re back — and this time they’ve got Michael Jordan in tow.
Upper Deck’s recently released World of Sports product includes a new batch of Evolution video cards — trading cards with actual video components embedded inside that can play highlights from the player — an innovation that sparked a mixed reaction from collectors last year and a war of words between two companies over who was first in the hobby with the idea.
While the hubbub might not be as loud this time around,the Evolution checklist does include a pretty big name in M.J.
While the cards were found in last year’s Upper Deck football set, this year it’s just a basketball group inside World of Sport. Besides Jordan, also to be found are Chris Paul and Alonzo Mourning. The cards show the players during their college days as Upper Deck is limited to using just NCAA logos with its licenses.
The cards include a minute of footage for each player and can be found approximately one in every 72 hobby packs and one in every 138 packs at retail — though not inside the packs but rather as a box-topper inclusion.
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