They're not promising you'll want to yell 'Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk' while opening the packs, but Upper Deck has released its latest collection of single school sports cards. This one focuses on one of the NCAA’s most storied basketball programs. The 2013 Upper Deck Kansas basketball set includes autographed cards from standout players and coaches and special inserts commemorating the program’s long history.
In the “Monumental Moments” subset, a variety of meaningful moments are covered while also paying tribute to unique elements of the school like the opening of Allen Fieldhouse and an image of James Naismith’s original rules of basketball which were recently donated to the school.
“This is the most comprehensive set of Kansas basketball cards ever produced,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “With such a wealth of history in outstanding players and team championships, this Jayhawks trading card set is really a tribute to one of the greatest basketball programs of all-time.”
The product runs the gamut of KU history, from James Naismith to Phog Allen and Wilt Chamberlain to Paul Pierce. The base set includes 100 cards. Autograph cards are randomly inserted into the product including dual and triple autograph cards. All autograph cards are inserted live into the product, as no redemption cards were issued.
The “Final Four Legacy” subset chronicles 10 stellar players who made huge impacts in the NCAA tournament. The “Distinguished Numbers” insert set pays tribute to some of the greatest players to wear the KU jersey. The “Jayhawk Hall-of-Fame” insert set calls out players and coaches who have distinguished themselves as the best in the game. And the “Jayhawk Legacy” insert set is comprised of 30 cards of the program’s most popular players.
Aside from Hobby boxes, which have 24 packs per box and eight cards per pack, a separate retail Blaster Box version exists. The latter includes 10 packs per box, eight cards per pack. Each blaster box contains one of five mini National Championship replica banners.
The card set was produced through Upper Deck’s exclusive partnership with the Collegiate Licensing Company.
Blowup cards distributed on campus and at various locations in the state will help kick off the release of the Kansas basketball set.