Drawing on its collegiate sports license, 2011 Upper Deck Sweet Spot football features current and retired football stars pictured in their NCAA uniforms and, according to the company, one autograph per pack.
The rookie autograph checklist features top draft picks like Cam Newton, Mark Ingram, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, Christian Ponder and others. Upper Deck has come up with some new NCAA Sweet Spot Signature helmet logo variations as well. Additionally, the hard-signed “Ultimate Rookie Signatures” set that started in the company's base brand, 2011 Upper Deck Football, continues in 2011 NCAA Sweet Spot.
“The main driver for the Sweet Spot brand has always been autograph cards and we really worked to revamp this product to give collectors more of what they love,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “The collectability of the signed helmet cards always has a major ‘wow’ factor and with some of the big names we have included in this product, there will be a lot of collectors ecstatic about the autograph cards they pull.”
Beyond the rookies, fans can find autograph cards of gridiron greats like Jerry Rice, Adrian Peterson, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, Drew Brees, Dan Marino, Gale Sayers, John Elway, Steve Young, Troy Aikman and others.
New to the playbook this year are the “Sweet Spot Rivalry Booklet” cards that feature Sweet Spot helmet autographs of two players who squared off on opposite sidelines in some of the most storied rivalries in college football history. These limited cards will fall one per case on average.
Upper Deck called on ESPN football analysts Todd McShay and Chris Mortensen to add their expertise to the mix with “Scouting Report” inserts that give collectors the inside scoop on stars of the 2011 rookie class and a retro look at scouting reports on legends as if they were being drafted again today. Look for rare autograph parallel versions of those cards inserted randomly into packs.
Upper Deck 2011 NCAA Sweet Spot Football packs contain eight cards with one of those cards being autographed. There are four packs per box.
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