Some of the NFL’s top names were missing from the 1997 Upper Deck Legends football card set, but they’ll finally show up in the new edition, set to hit stores in February.
Upper Deck launched its Legends football line in 1997, and found an audience with its simple design and the opportunity to pull autographed cards of some of the game’s all-time greats.
Something was missing in the set, however. Where were the current superstars? Players like John Elway, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman and others were not included in the original set. Collectors will have their first opportunity to add those players to their 1997 Legends set when 2008 Ultimate Collection Football releases on February 11, 2009.
These new cards will have the same design as the ‘97 Legends set and all autographs will be hard-signed on the cards. Upper Deck is also making them a part of the original 1997 Legends set by calling them ‘updates’ and numbering them as such. On average, one ‘97 Legends update autograph card will be put into each case on average.
“Collectors have been waiting for us to resurrect this set for some time,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck brand manager for football. “It was important enough to us that if we did it, we did it by providing collectors with the players who were not available on the initial checklist. Well, we’ve accomplished just that so football fans should be thrilled to add these cards to their set.”
View a slideshow of a few of the cards that will be available: