The 2009 football season isn't over for one sports card company.
Mixing stars of the past with stars of the present, the Upper Deck Company is releasing its latest football card set this week: 2009 Ultimate Collection Football.
Ultimate Football includes several insert sets including a special retro collection sporting the same design as Upper Deck’s popular 1997 Legends Football issue. The throwback lineup includes first-time autographs on the ’97 design from retired stars like Dan Marino, Randall Cunningham, Bruce Smith, Darrell Green and Tim Brown. 16 former NFL greats are included.
The 2009 set includes an all new autographed insert entitled “Ultimate Personal Touch.” This collection features unique inscriptions (crash-numbered to 3) from each of the players pertaining to their all-time favorite hero, food, movie, musician and actor.
Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees wrote “Ted Williams” as his hero and “charbroiled oysters” as his favorite food. Running back LeSean McCoy of the Eagles indicated “Bad Boys” as his favorite movie, while Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry wrote down “Batman” as his hero.
“We’ve got great game-used memorabilia in the set and put an added twist on inscription cards to make it fun for both the collector and athlete,” said Upper Deck's football brand manager, Ben Miller.
Upper Deck says each jersey card in the set has either at least six swatches, sports an oversized jersey swatch or is autographed. The entire base set consists of 100 regular cards, 50 “Ultimate Legends” cards, 50 “Ultimate Rookies” cards and 19 “Ultimate Rookie Signature” cards (varied numbering per player) for a total of 219.
Upper Deck’s 2009 Ultimate Collection Football includes four cards per pack and one pack per hobby box. Boxes and singles are already selling on eBay with boxes generally running between $75 and $90.