Buy a box of current higher end Upper Deck basketball products and you cross your fingers in hopes of landing a Michael Jordan or LeBron James autograph. How about opening a pack and finding sixteen of them?
On one card.
2012-13 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball is hitting the market this week five autographs in each six-card pack but there are a couple of 1/1 cards that will put the others to shame. The unprecedented hoop de grace, the holy bucket, the Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam cards will be the special booklets featuring 16 MJ or LeBron autographs.
The company posted photos of the cards on Tuesday. Each of the 16 sections containing the autographs has a small but different photo of the player next to the signature.
So what will they fetch on the open market (assuming they get there)? A relatively pedestrian certified Jordan autograph on an Upper Deck basketball card usually sells for around $400. Multiply that by 16 and you get $6,400 but it’s not a stretch to say the MJ booklet will sell for a lot more. A guess might put the James card at about half of whatever the Jordan goes for.
Whatever the outcome, it’s something we have never seen before.
Upper Deck may not have an official NBA license but its exclusive deals with Jordan and James allow it to remain a serious player in the basketball market, even if not everyone is crazy about the use of college photos with autographs of Hall of Famers and other big names.
If you miss out on the 16 signature cards, you’ll still have a shot at what the company is calling “player-themed super packs”.
Random packs will contain either three or five different signed cards all featuring autographed cards of Jordan, James and other icons.
You can read our preview of the other Exquisite elements here.