We’re well into a new year, but 2007 baseball products are still hitting stores, including Exquisite Rookie Signatures, a $300-per pack product from Upper Deck that includes five autographs in each six-card pack.
After making its debut a year ago as an exchange set, Exquisite Baseball is back this time as a stand-alone product. The 2007 Exquisite Rookie Signatures collection includes autographs from popular rookies such as Ryan Braun, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Troy Tulowitzki, Hunter Pence, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Tim Lincecum.
Upper Deck’s 2007 Exquisite Rookie Signatures has a lower suggested retail price ($300 per six-card pack) than the $600 per pack price tag for the previously released Exquisite Football and Basketball products.
Upper Deck promises five of the six cards in each pack will be autographed and at least one will be a multi-player autograph card. Collectors will also find signatures from current and former stars like Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr., Justin Verlander, Ken Griffey Jr. and Prince Fielder.
Upper Deck is also offering two special promotions with the product.
First, each collector has the opportunity to pull an exchange card for Upper Deck’s recently launched “Mystery Dual Cuts Autograph Program.” Those who register their cards first can then choose from a series of one-of-a-kind dual-cut signature cards from famous deceased athletes and/or celebrities. A total of ten of these rare dual-cut signature exchange cards will be available in 2007 Exquisite Rookie Signatures. The cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The second promotion is a wrapper redemption opportunity where collectors can submit their opened foil wrappers for the opportunity to build their own 1-of-1 dual or quad autograph card:
Seven winners will be chosen each week for this six-week program so the company says collectors should start mailing in their wrappers from this product immediately, along with their contact information. There will be a total of 42 winners with 21 creating a dual autograph card and the other 21 creating a quad autograph card. Collectors will be able to create their cards from almost any player in the set.
“Shop owners who we have talked to about this promotion – the chance to build your own dual autograph card – feel like collectors will really enjoy it,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s Baseball brand manager. “We did not want to issue them as exchange cards because those sometimes just sit in packs waiting to be found. We wanted to reward those collectors who were opening the product right off the bat. Additionally, since the program will be complete after just six weeks, it will allow us time to get the cards produced and mailed out to collectors in a much more timely fashion.”
Winners will be chosen on January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15 and February 22.