Exquisite Basketball Returning Sans NBA License

The NBA season will be here in about a month (a full 82 games this time) but 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball will sneak in before the first tip.  The company’s hallmark high end brand returns after a couple of years in hiatus with five autographs per box but without the NBA trading card license the company enjoyed during the product’s pinnacle.

Luckily for Upper Deck, they still have Michael Jordan, LeBron James and several other big name stars under contract so the autographs they’ll put inside each box will include some attractive targets for collectors.

The company revealed plans for the product on Tuesday, showing off a James base card, picturing the Miami Heat star in his high school uniform, as well as numerous themed sets within the set.  The big tickets will be Upper Deck ‘Twelve’, a fold out book card featuring 12 different autographs on cards utilizing college photos and logos.

“Championship Bling” will feature championship ring replica images in the foreground and old images in the back along with a gold signature.  Bill Russell, Bill Walton and David Robinson joined Jordan on the promotional photo.

Upper Deck Exquisite 2011-12 Upper Deck won’t be able to offer some of the big name rookies who have exclusive deals with other trading card companies but the rookies they do have will sign 199 or less.

2011-12 Exquisite Basketball will include other multi-signed cards numbered to five or less as well as ‘Blackboard Signature’ cards featuring big name coaches like Roy Williams.  There will also be auto patch cards (hello, Penny Hardaway) and Bio Script signature cards.