Exquisite baseball will return to Upper Deck’s product line–but in a new format.
In 2010 Upper Deck will debut a brand new Exquisite Baseball set, but it will not be released as a stand-alone product. Instead, the cards will be sprinkled throughout each of Upper Deck’s hobby baseball product launches.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this high-end brand of cards to every level of collector purchasing Upper Deck 2010 baseball products in the hobby," said Jason Masherah, director of sports brands. "These are the kind of cards that have collectors’ hands trembling when they are pulled.”
The 100-card base set will be limited to just 75 total copies featuring current and retired players. The “Exquisite Rookie Signature” cards will feature 20 cards that are each signed on-card. Baseball’s debut of the “Exquisite Autograph Patch Rookie” cards will feature a large 1.5” x 1.5” patch swatch and these six cards will have a print run of just 99 total copies.
The “Legendary Numbers” and “Legendary Initials” inserts will include up to as many as six swatches of memorabilia from the greatest players of all-time. Upper Deck will have hard-signed signature or cut signature variations of these sets as well.
The “Exquisite Rare Materials” insert will feature tags and logo patches from game-used memorabilia from all the top rookies and stars. The “Endorsement Signature” set will include up to four hard-signed signatures on one card.
"UD Champions” will include on-card signature cards and signature patch cards of Upper Deck’s elite spokesmen like Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky. There will be single, double and triple versions.
Base cards from the Exquisite set will be available in 2010 Upper Deck Series One Baseball, which releases early next year. In late February, inside Upper Deck’s 2010 SPx Baseball, collectors can begin finding some of the patch cards and in late April, they’ll start pulling some of the Exquisite autograph cards from SP Authentic packs.