Upper Deck combines manufactured letters with plastic autos in upcoming basketball release
By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor
Upper Deck is taking one part UD Glass and one part past letterman releases and meshing them together in its next basketball product with one name that’s pretty big in the basketball card world.
The company’s 2011 All-time Greats set will arrive on June 14 with Letterman autographs as seen above encased in PETG plastic and signed on the smooth surface instead of the fabric. Each four-card box will contain three base cards and one autograph — each of the same player — with just 20 players on the product’s checklist. Each case includes just three boxes.
The base set will consist of 200 cards, while the insert lineup will include Storybook Career booklet cards, One-on-One Dual Signatures booklets, the Lettermen autographs and All-time Nine signatures, which are 1/1s. There will be no sticker autographs in the product, according to the company.
The 20 players on the checklist? Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Steve Nash, James Worthy, Jerry West, John Havlicek, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Hakeem Olajuwon, Walt Frazier, Derrick Rose, Clyde Drexler, Grant Hill, Chris Paul, Larry Johnson and Anfernee Hardaway.
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