Upper Deck's Legacy line continues with a monster box-sized set of Michael Jordan cards--one for every night he suited up as a Bull.
Long time Upper Deck spokesman Michael Jordan is being honored with a 1,170-card tribute insert set. The Michael Jordan Legacy set comes a year after Upper Deck created its 6000+ card Yankee Stadium Legacy set.
The Jordan set chronicles every single Chicago Bulls game in which Jordan played, from his NBA debut on October 26, 1984 through his game-clinching heroics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 14, 1998. The latter contest marked Jordan’s sixth NBA team championship with the Bulls.
The 1,170-card set will pack out inside four Upper Deck basketball products during the course of 2009: Lineage --which is available now; Radiance (April 29); Upper Deck (Sept. 22); and First Edition (Sept. 29). Each of the cards includes Jordan's box score stats from the game pictured. Upper Deck says the Jordan Legacy cards will fall, on average, 1:4 packs across all four brands.
In addition to the 1,170 Jordan game cards, there will also be 100 different game-used memorabilia cards – each one crash-numbered to 23 – sporting swatches from game-worn Jordan jerseys. More than 100 different action photos showing Jordan through the years were used for card front photography.
Jordan is a lock to be elected to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame when results are announced later this year. Along with David Robinson and John Stockton, Jordan will be among the 16 Hall of Fame finalists set to be announced Monday. The induction takes place in September, just as the final elements of the Legacy set are being issued.
“Michael Jordan has meant so much to the Upper Deck Company for the better part of the past two decades that it’s only fitting that we do something special to celebrate his incredible career,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “With his Hall of Fame announcement right around the corner, now is the perfect time to salute one of Upper Deck’s longest-tenured spokesmen and most popular athletes of all time.”