Basketball is a fun sport to watch and even more fun sport to play. The problem is that there’s just not much to photograph. If you’ve ever busted an entire box of basketball cards, you’ve pretty much seen every pose there is. Oftentimes, companies fail to capture collectors’ imagination.
Thankfully, 2009-’10 Upper Deck Basketball does not disappoint. I have sampled basketball products from Topps & Panini but none come close to Upper Deck in the photography department. This release may also be the best use of the 2009 flagship design, which doesn’t hurt.
Simply put, you get a lot of bang for not much buck. While this release will never compete with U.D. giants like Exquisite, it’s a great product that delivers excellent photography, designs, and a little “Mojo” for those who live for their memorabilia cards and autographs.
Did I forget to mention Upper Deck lost its basketball license?
Current eBay price – Under $60 dollars
Guarantees – Over 300 cards and four “hits”
Look for – “hot boxes” with 16 game-used relics or autographs
Can’t go wrong with over 300 cards for $60 dollars
The best photography in basketball releases
3D inserts are fun and cheap
Not a damn thing
Dual relic – Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter
Autograph – DeAndre Jordan
Autograph – Bobby Brown
Final Grade: A+