Upper Deck is producing new, pricey 30-card Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Master Collection sets that will be released this summer. The company unveiled the cards at the 2013 Las Vegas Industry Summit on Monday in front of more than 200 hobby shops owners in attendance. Limited to just 250 total sets packaged in a wooden box, each Master Collection will include 23 premium base cards, four hard-signed Michael Jordan autograph cards, one Jordan logo patch card set, one 1982 National Championship ring and one super premium Jordan card.
Upper Deck is making no bones about the type of collector it is targeting and it’s not the once-a-month box buster.
“Upper Deck produced Master Collection sets over ten years ago and fans still inquire about them frequently,” said Grant Sandground, director of product development at Upper Deck. “We felt Michael Jordan would be the perfect subject to re-imagine these ultra-premium sets around. It’s the type of set that 99% of collectors can’t afford, but 100% of collectors would love to own. We anticipate these sets may bring as much as $5000 based on how strong Michael Jordan autograph content sells for in the secondary market these days.”
There will be chase to the set as well. Randomly inserted into each box will be either a Master Collection Shadow Box card, a Precious Metal Gems card or a one-of-one autograph card of Michael Jordan. Additionally, some devout fans will likely chase the autographed “Letterman” cards that spell out “1982 National Champions,” “Michael Jordan,” and “Tar Heels.” Ultra rare “Historic Duos” cards can also be found that include an autograph from Jordan and another historical great. Keeping in line with the premium nature of these sets, all autograph content will appear live in the product and there will be no redemption cards in these sets.
There are no game-used memorabilia cards.