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Rookie Cards Highlight Return of Upper Deck SP

You’ll see some old school designs with new school players in Upper Deck’s latest baseball issue. The company also has another issue due out at the end of the month.

2007 Upper Deck SP Hunter Pence Rookie Card 2007 Upper Deck SP Tim Lincecum rookie card with 1993 design

Upper Deck’s latest baseball set hits stores today with the return of SP Rookie Edition. After working with focus groups, Upper Deck found collectors had a strong affection for the 1993, 1995 and 1996 set designs. Each rookie will have four different cards within the set including the designs from those three sets.

“This is one of those special years to be collecting baseball because so many rookies are making such a big impact," said Upper Deck Baseball Product Manager Gregg Kohn. "You have sluggers like Ryan Braun and Hunter Pence along with pitching sensations like Tim Lincecum and Upper Deck’s Exclusive Spokesman Daisuke Matsuzaka all performing well. The general consensus in the hobby is that this rookie class will be making a major impact for several years to come.”

Upper Deck says collectors will find an average of two autographs per 14-pack box and over 50 rookies (4 per pack on average) . Matsuzaka will also have 4 different signature cards included in the set.

SRP is $4.99 per 8-card pack.


Upper Deck’s Future Stars Baseball (SRP $4.99 per four card hobby pack) is also being released this month.

Rookie Dated Debut Card of Cal Ripken Jr “This product contains great rookie pack hits, including Rookie Dated Debut signatures from current and future MLB superstars,” commented Gregg Kohn, Baseball Product Manager for Upper Deck. “Each box will have five silver foiled rookie autographed cards and seven foil numbered parallels or inserts.”

The 190-card regular set of Future Stars Baseball will highlight the best 100 current players and the top newcomers. There will also be a parallel set numbered to 199 or less.

Carrying on the rookie theme, UD has added Rookie Dated Debuts and its parallel to the set. The Rookie Dated Debut cards show the date that the player made their first appearance in an MLB game.

UD Future Stars Baseball hits retail and hobby stores on September 26.

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Future Stars Triple Signature Card o Average of four autographed rookie cards (printed on silver foil board) from every box

o One themed rookie signature card (printed on silver foil board) per box on average

o Each box contains an average of seven foil-numbered inserts

o Find limited triple signature cards

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN:

Signature Cards

o All-Star Futures Signature Parallels – *

o Cy Young Futures Signature Parallels – *

o MVP Futures Signature Parallels – *

o Two for the Bigs Signatures – #’d to 10

o Rookie Dated Debuts Signatures – #’d to 10

o Clear Path to History Triple Signatures – one: case on average

* – These three inserts combine to drop 1: box on average

Insert Cards & Parallels

o Regular Card Parallel – #’d to 199

o Regular Card Parallel – #’d to 99

o Two for the Show – #’d to 999

o Rookie Dated Debuts – #’d to 999

o All-Star Futures – #’d to 500

o Cy Young Futures – #’d to 500

o MVP Futures – #’d to 500

Regular Cards & Signature Rookie Cards

o 100 Regular Cards

o 90 Clear Path to Greatness Signatures – four per box on average

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