As usual, it’ll be a quirky collection of subjects inside 2019 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions cards but one name will be the big attraction for basketball collectors. Goodwin will feature autographed cards from NBA Rookie of the Year favorite Luka Doncic, whose rookie cards in other products have been a major draw. He’s also signed an autograph memorabilia deal with Fanatics.
Doncic isn’t the only big name NBA rookie set for inclusion, in Goodwin. Number one overall pick Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons have also signed for the product, which is due for release on June 26.
Each box will have 20 packs with five cards per pack. Each box will have three hits but autographs are generally found in every third box.
Among the other sports-related attractions in Goodwin Champions will be Signature Kicks with lace, patch, rubber and logos from shoes featured along with an on-card signature. All will be numbered to 35 or less.
The base set will include 100 common cards and 50 Splash of Color SPs (look for several per box). There will be mini parallels for the base set along with Lumberjack versions found one per box and Black Wood Lumberjacks in every eight packs.
In addition to Doncic and Ayton, the autograph checklist will include Julio Cesar Chavez, Buster Douglas, MLB prospect Victor Robles, Jennifer Love Hewitt and a few other entertainers.
Champions always includes some historic content. This year, it comes in the form of one of John F. Kennedy’s old briefcases. Purchased and then cut into swatches, they’ll be among the major hits in the product. There’s a 1/1 oversized relic that includes the section of the briefcase with JFK’s initials and a cut signature.
Genuine Heroes has a checklist that is set to include autographs from Anthony Sadler, hero of the Paris train attack, Donald E. Ballard (Vietnam Medal of Honor) and Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manner.
Additional highlights include Museum Collection Aviation Relics (back for a second year), Art of the Ages, which Upper Deck calls “perhaps the greatest hand-painted trading cards of all-time,” also back for another year; Animal Kingdom, Civic Symbols, based on the flags of North America and Grimm’s Fairly Tales Illustration relics and sketch booklets.
The full product breakdown is linked below along with a full gallery of preview images.