Panini America may have exclusive deals with most of the major college athletic programs during a sweeping acquisition a couple of years ago. The one school they didn’t snare was Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish remain the property of Upper Deck and now, the California company has produced a new trading card set that salutes the 1988 championship football season.
The cards are being sold on the company’s e-Pack platform. The 100-card base set commemorates all the memorable moments from all 12 games of ND’s 1988 season. While base cards will only exist in the digital trading card environment, the insert and parallel cards will have physical counterparts that customers can acquire. Fighting Irish Signatures cards will feature autographs from players and and coaches, falling at a rate of one per box ($38.99).
Collectors who put together complete sets within the product can earn rare physical achievement cards. There will be different degrees of difficulty in completing some of the achievements with top achievement rewards consisting of dual and quad autograph cards.
“The 1988 University of Notre Dame football team is one of the strongest college teams and to immortalize them with their very own trading card set is an honor for us at Upper Deck,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. “Upper Deck continues to enjoy a strong relationship with Notre Dame and this set is a testament to that.”
Upper Deck released the first comprehensive set of Notre Dame football cards in 2013, which featured players and coaches dating to the 1920’s.