Preview: 2012 Upper Deck Football

2012 football is right around the corner and Upper Deck has one of the first sets to be released this spring. See the future NFL superstars in their college gear in this 247 card set with 197 rookies and 50 retired legends of the game.

2012 Upper Deck football will feature 6 cards per pack and 20 cards per box. The design is similar to 2011-12 Upper Deck hockey products but the content is alot different and catered towards the football collectors.

The big draw in this product is the 3 autographs per box. With hard-signed Rookie Letterman autographs and hard-signed Ultimate Collection rookie signatures there is some nice hard-signed content in this product. There are also autographs in the Star Rookies subset and the 1993 SP Football subset. There will be at least one autograph per case from either Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, or Justin Blackmon so Upper Deck was able to grab some of the expected top picks in the upcoming draft.

But besides the hits there are a number of other nice subsets including two Ultimate Collection rookies (#d to 450), four 1993 SP Football cards, and a couple case hits like College Football Mascots patch cards and two parallels numbered to 10 or less.

I haven’t even begun to talk about what Upper Deck has done with the Star Rookies Stripes subset. If you remember how this works, if you pulled a card with the stripes on it, you would send that in and receive a certain amount of that player’s card in return. Well UD has added a twist. If you pull one of the 200 Star Rookies Stripes cards, you can redeem that card for 15 autographed cards from that player. Pretty sweet, right? Imagine pulling a top rookie and getting 15 autographs from them? Not bad.

April 24, 2012, is the day of release for this product with prices currently around the $95 mark.

Right here we have the preliminary 2012 Upper Deck Football checklist.