Card of the Day: Troy Aikman 1998 UD SPx Finite Auto

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Revisiting 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football

North Las Vegas, NV (December 15, 2008) – When Upper Deck released its 1997 Legends Football set, it changed the industry forever. Collectors fell in love with the set for the simple, yet classic design, its incredible value, and the opportunity it presented to pull autograph cards from some of the greatest players in the game.

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 classic design as the ‘97 Legends set and all autographs will be hard-signed on the cards. These cards will also be numbered as part of the ‘97 set. Collectors can find one ‘97 Legends update autograph card per 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.

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Finished Going Through A Collection

Yesturday a friend of mine asked if I would go through a small collection they have had for a few years to see if they had anything good.  When I received the package there was a shoebox just full of cards from the 80’s and 90’s.  The corners were beat and some of the cards were even bent.  I went through the box and separated it by sports.  Getting closer to the bottom of the box, I discovered a handful of cards in top loaders.  As I started shifting though them I received a huge blast from the past of players that you rarely here about today.  I came across players such as Brian Bosworth, Heath Shuler, Rick Mirer, and even Ki-Jana Carter.  Throughout all of these players of the past, I did find a few cards that are nice, but small, additions to a card collection.  There are a few Kerry Collins, Drew Bledsoe, and Chris Webber rookies.  The best card in the whole box in my opinion would be the 1989 Pro Set Troy Aikman rookie card.  The most interesting item in the box was a sealed pack of 1991 Pro Set Series II football cards.  The owner of the box asked if there was anything worth trying to sell and I said no.  The cards from that time period were so overproduced the value just goes through the floor.