All eyes are on Radio City Music Hall in New York City beginning tonight where a few hundred college kids are about to learn a little more about their future. The NFL Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern time and just in time for the big event, collectors have a chance to buy cards of the top prospects with 2012 Upper Deck Football which released on Tuesday. The company is hoping that timing is indeed everything.
Upper Deck’s offering includes “Star Rookies” and autographed cards from this year’s top incoming rookies like Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Trent Richardson (Alabama), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) and Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State). Top draft pick Andrew Luck is under contract elsewhere.
“The flagship release of 2012 Upper Deck Football signals the start of the season for collectors as they chase rookie cards of top draft picks,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “With three autograph cards per box, loads of rookie content and some additional enhancements and surprises, 2012 Upper Deck Football should provide collectors with plenty of excitement as their favorite collegiate players join the professional ranks.”
Fans can find autograph cards of rookies in the form of “Star Rookies” autograph parallels, hard-signed “Rookie Letterman Signatures,” “1993 SP Football” autograph parallels and hard-signed “Ultimate Collection Rookie Signatures.” The “Rookie Stripe” exchange cards are back–with a new twist. These cards are now redeemable for 15 autographed rookie cards of the player depicted on the card.
Taking a page from yesteryear, 2012 Upper Deck Football includes a special 100-card “1993 SP Football” insert set that features past, present and future football stars utilizing the company’s 1993 design. There will be rare autograph parallels for every player featured. The throwback cards will showcase former college greats like Troy Aikman (UCLA) and Steve Young (BYU), current NFL stars like Drew Brees (Purdue), and many of the top 2012 rookies.
The sleeper set in the series could be the new “College Mascot” manufactured patch subset. This 60-card set will feature some of the most popular and entertaining mascots in college football, falling at an average of four per case with different levels of scarcity. Some schools also have rare variant versions.
Collectors should also be on the lookout for a special “Trade Upper Deck” exchange card that can be sent in to receive a limited rookie card of a first-round quarterback to be named at a later date. Super-rare versions of these cards exist as well that are good for an autographed version of the rookie card. Worthy of note, the version of the trade card in silver is for the regular rookie card and the version in gold is for the autograph card.
Featuring six cards per pack and 20 packs per box, 2012 Upper Deck Football boxes are selling for around $90 online. Click here to see several hundred boxes, singles, sets and more on eBay.