Hockey and baseball have their version, but now LeBron James and the rest of the NBA ballers have Artifacts cards. Upper Deck has rolled out the product, which is again heavy on autograph and memorabilia cards.
Upper Deck has unveiled a new product with the launch of Upper Deck Artifacts Basketball.
Boxes contain four cards per hobby pack with autographs, memorabilia, rookie and parallel cards. Every pack of Artifacts Basketball will include a guaranteed hit, from a sequentially numbered card to autograph and memorabilia cards. Artifacts Basketball is available now with an SRP of $9.99 per hobby pack.
“We have successfully launched the Artifacts Brand in Baseball and Hockey and really felt the time was right to offer it to Basketball card collectors,” said Bill Beaman, Associate Basketball Product Manager for Upper Deck. “Every box will have at least two numbered rookies, one autograph, three numbered memorabilia cards and four numbered inserts, a tremendous value to collectors.”
The company says the Artifacts brand is "built with an eye toward long-term collectibility."
Added Chris Kollmeyer, Associate Basketball Brand Manager for Upper Deck, “There are more than 600 one-of-one cards, including the unique triple artifact cards featuring piping, pieces of uniform patches and the actual jersey tag.”
For the first time ever in the industry, Upper Deck will be utilizing the neck emblems from the jerseys on cards. Each of the jersey neck cards will be a one-of-one.
UD has created a bonus ‘hobby only’ box topper. The box topper will be a three-card pack called “Artifacts Exclusives” featuring Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant – these cards will be an extension of the base set.
Other Content Highlights:
o Dual patch cards numbered to 35 or less
o Triple Artifacts cards featuring Three Swatches of Memorabilia!
o Artifacts Exclusives // (varied numbering) hobby only
o Neck Emblem (# to 1)
o Triple Artifacts (# to 50)
o Triple Artifacts Rare Parallel (# to 1)
o Divisional Artifacts (# to 250)
o Divisional Artifacts Red Parallel (# to 100)
o Divisional Artifacts Blue Parallel (# to 50)
o Divisional Artifacts Copper Parallel (# to 25)
o Divisional Artifacts Silver Parallel (# to 10)
o Divisional Artifacts Gold Spectrum Parallel (# to 1)
o Divisional Artifacts Patch Red Parallel (# to 35)
o Divisional Artifacts Patch Silver Parallel (# to 5)
o Divisional Artifacts Patch Gold Parallel (# to 1)
o Conference Pairings (# to 150)
o Conference Pairings Patch Silver Parallel (# to 5)
o Conference Pairings Patch Gold Spectrum Parallel (# to 1)
Inserts and Parallels
o Regular Cards Gold // – (# to 100)
o Legacy Rookies Gold // – (# to 100)
o Legendary Legacies Gold // – (# to 100)
o Regular Cards Red // – (# to 50)
o Legacy Rookies Red // – (# to 50)
o Legendary Legacies Red // – (# to 50)
o Regular Cards Blue // – (# to 25)
o Legacy Rookies Blue // – (# to 25)
o Legendary Legacies Blue // – (# to 25)
o Regular Cards Silver // – (# to 10)
o Legacy Rookies Silver // – (# to 10)
o Legendary Legacies Silver // – (# to 10)
o Regular Cards Gold Spectrum// – (# to 1)
o Legacy Rookies Gold Spectrum// – (# to 1)
o Legendary Legacies Gold Spectrum// – (# to 1)
o Artifacts Exclusives Blue // – (# to 10) Hobby only
Regular Cards and Rookies
o Base Set – 100 Cards
o Legacy Rookies (# to 1299)
o Legacy Rookies (# to 699)
o Legendary Legacies 50 Cards(# to 999)
o Artifacts Exclusives box topper – 30 cards Hobby only