Upper Deck teases return of Exquisite Collection


By Chris Olds | Editor

Fear not high-end football card collectors, your season is not over.

Upper Deck teased the return of Exquisite Collection football on Wednesday evening with a sampling of images from the brand that brought the ultra-expensive trading card to the masses in basketball for the 2003-04 season.

This time, though, it’s arriving fresh on the heels of two high-end football card releases — Topps Five Star and National Treasures from Panini America — and it’s NCAA-only as Upper Deck has a Collegiate Licensing Company exclusive.

Set to arrive soon — on March 29 — it will include some new features such as triple-booklet cards.

We’ll have more details on this product as soon as it’s available.

See more after the jump.


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  1. SteelerNation28 9 March, 2011 at 19:13

    Cant wait to get at least a few packs, if not a box of these, I thought Playoff Contenders was a nice release! These are the nicest Jersey card designs Ive seen all year

  2. will hannah 9 March, 2011 at 20:27

    looks nice, but no stores will be offered the product so they can sell it. UD has screwed up the next few products by dumping the distributors right before product comes out. I see only the sellers in bed with UD to get this product at the correct price

  3. Nathan Oak 10 March, 2011 at 06:08

    Wow, this is surprising. There’s probably going to be a lot of ticked off people that bought five star thinking that there wasn’t going to be exquisite this year. But the stuff does look sweet and I hope there’s some nice gore hurricane cards in it!

  4. Nathan Oak 10 March, 2011 at 06:10

    And that sanders and Campbell look like pro jerseys. really? Even in the high end products huh. That’s a bummer

  5. tom w 10 March, 2011 at 09:22

    Chris great job as always keeping collectors informed. I have to say while I could go for the legends in the set I would pass. I understand Upper deck looking to make a few bucks in the collegiate market but I wonder how collectors will consider them as true rc’s. The SP AUTH. looks intresting but tiny patches on base rc’s isn’t for me either. Upper deck is doing what it does best keeping it’s name alive with the tried and true products but untill the get the NFL rights i’m going to pass.which could be a bargain down the road who know.

  6. Brian 10 March, 2011 at 09:55

    Tired of Football products, you spend a fortune and you get Jordan Shipley or Johnnie Lee Higgins Auto’s…Crap…

  7. Chris Wardner 10 March, 2011 at 12:51

    I’ll admit, not a collector of NCAA stuff. Quit after I finished the 94 Tet Rad auto set. However, this product has given me a reason to start up again. Very cool!

  8. Adam Gellman 10 March, 2011 at 18:18

    Looks awful. Won’t come close to the greatness that is National Treasures. UD = fail.

  9. Joe Mosberg 12 March, 2011 at 23:52

    Very sad UpperDouche lost their NFL License. Exquisite and college. Yuck. Not a fan. National Treasures should remain the more respected high end to collect in Football 11

  10. zoomdemon3 2 April, 2011 at 09:39

    I cannot believe anyone thinks this product looks good. Compare the 2010 design to the 2009. This year’s product has no personality, no color, bad photography and I can tell the designers from past years have moved on as well. Look at the Rare Materials cards from this year… let’s throw 4 circles on a rectangle – toss in some patches – and call it a high-end memorabilia card. Yuck. UD blew it losing their NFL license. Like everyone said 6 months ago: “Last year of Exquisite Football.” 2010 is a cheap impostor. Who has a box of 2010 NT for me to pick up???

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