Upper Deck Honors U. of Kansas Basketball Program With Commemorative Set

2013-Upper-Deck-University-of-Kansas-Base-Wilt-ChamberlainUpper Deck has released a star-studded collection of college basketball cards focusing on one of the NCAA’s most storied programs: the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

The 100-card set celebrates the rich history of the Jayhawks basketball program – and includes autographed cards from standout players and coaches. What’s more, in the “Monumental Moments” subset, a variety of meaningful moments are covered while also paying tribute to unique elements of the school like the opening of Allen Fieldhouse and an image of James Naismith’s original rules of basketball which were recently donated to the school.

“This is the most comprehensive set of Kansas basketball cards ever produced,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “With such a wealth of history in outstanding players and team championships, this Jayhawks trading card set is really a tribute to one of the greatest basketball programs of all-time.”

The product is loaded with all the big names you would expect from James Naismith to Phog Allen, from Wilt Chamberlain to Paul Pierce. It spans the history of the program to bring you the greatest lineup of Jayhawk basketball superstars ever to dribble a basketball.

The opportunity is there to score rare autograph cards from many of these big name talents randomly inserted into the product. Some lucky collectors can also find limited-edition dual and triple autograph cards. All autograph cards are inserted live into the product, as no redemption cards were issued.

The card set was produced through Upper Deck’s exclusive partnership with the Collegiate Licensing Company. Beyond the 76 player cards featured in the base set are a variety of compelling insert sets as well. The “Final Four Legacy” subset chronicles 10 stellar players who made huge impacts in the NCAA tournament. The “Distinguished Numbers” insert set pays tribute to some of the greatest players to wear the KU jersey. The “Jayhawk Hall-of-Fame” insert set calls out players and coaches who have distinguished themselves as the best in the game. And the “Jayhawk Legacy” insert set is comprised of 30 cards and speaks to players who are beloved members of the KU family.

Aside from Hobby boxes, which boast 24 packs per box and eight cards per pack, a separate retail Blaster Box version exists. The latter includes 10 packs per box, eight cards per pack. What’s unique about the Blaster boxes is that each one contains a bonus National Championship replica banner..

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Upper Deck to bring this one-of-a-kind set to KU and basketball fans everywhere,” said Paul Vander Tuig, trademark licensing director for the University of Kansas. “We will be kicking off the release by having special blow-up cards available at the KU Bookstore for Homecoming weekend as a gift with purchase. Fans can also collect the entire four-card blow-up set at their local Kansas Sampler retail locations. And of course, the trading cards will be available at our Allen Fieldhouse store and at KUStore.com.”

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