2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball Cards

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball Cards

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2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball is one of the most important sports card sets of all-time. When it first came out, the general public gasped over the then unheard of $500 per pack price tag. Most collectors only wish they could go back in time and snatch up cases at such a bargain when compared to today's selling prices. Bolstered by one of the greatest rookie classes ever, the set took the hobby to new heights. 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball redefined the high-end market. It truly was game changing.

The base set has 78 cards, all numbered to 225 or less. This includes 36 rookie cards that come with both an on-card autograph and a patch swatch. Most of these rookie come serial numbered to 225. However, many of the top rookies in 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball are numbered to just 99 copies. This includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Even ungraded, these key rookie cards sell for thousands of dollars on the rare occasions they hit the open market. Autographed rookie patch cards fall one per pack.

But 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball is about so much more than just a handful of rookie cards that are in short supply. Every single-pack box also comes with an additional autographed patch card numbered to 100 or less. While low print runs can go a long way, it's the stellar checklists that help make the set so special. These include some truly amazing pieces from many of basketball's all-time greats. Upper Deck's exclusive autograph deal with Michael Jordan certainly bolsters the appeal. At the time, they also had exclusive deals with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Base cards have two basic parallels. Gold cards and are numbered to 25. Rainbow parallels are all one-of-ones. Hits also come into play with parallels. Jersey (#/25), Patch (#/10) and Autographed Patch (1/1) cards add another chase level to the base cards. Signed rookie parallels come numbered to the player's jersey number.

Patch Cards come with up to four different players. 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball has several levels of patch cards, all of which are extremely limited. The most compelling are autographed Emblems of Endorsement (#/15) and one-of-one Dual Logoman patch cards. Although some of these seem a little more commonplace now, they were extremely innovative at the time.

Even now, 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball isn't for everyone. Still, it's a release most collectors dream and drool of opening now. It showed, once again, that even the high price tags can lead to some of the largest gains.

Key 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball Cards:

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2003-04 Jason Kidd Upper Deck Exquisite Game Used 3 Color Patch Auto 100
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2003-04 Exquisite David West Patch Auto Rookie RC Pacers 225
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2003-04 Paul Pierce Upper Deck Extra Exquisite 1 Color Game-Use RC Patch 75
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2003-04 Chris Bosh Upper Deck Exquisite RC Rookie 3 Clr Patch auto 100 BGS 9
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2003-04 EXQUISITE MAURICE MO WILLIAMS AUTO RC PATCH # 225
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2003-04 Julius Erving Dr. J Upper Deck Exquisite Game Used 3 Clr Patch Auto 100
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2003-04 Baron Davis Upper Deck Exquisite Game Used 3 Clr Patch Auto 100 BGS 9
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Set Checklist

2003-04 Exquisite Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/225
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/25, Rainbow #/1

1 Jason Terry
2 Paul Pierce
3 Michael Jordan
4 Kirk Hinrich RC
5 Dajuan Wagner
6 Dirk Nowitzki
7 Steve Nash
8 Andre Miller
9 Ben Wallace
10 Jason Richardson
11 Steve Francis
12 Yao Ming
13 Jermaine ONeal
14 Elton Brand
15 Kobe Bryant
16 Gary Payton
17 Shaquille O'Neal
18 Pau Gasol
19 Lamar Odom
20 T.J. Ford RC
21 Kevin Garnett
22 Latrell Sprewell
23 Jason Kidd
24 Richard Jefferson
25 Baron Davis
26 Allan Houston
27 Stephon Marbury
28 Tracy McGrady
29 Allen Iverson
30 Shawn Marion
31 Amar'e Stoudemire
32 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
33 Mike Bibby
34 Chris Webber
35 Tim Duncan
36 Emanuel Ginobili
37 Ray Allen
38 Nick Collison RC
39 Vince Carter
40 Andrei Kirilenko
41 Gilbert Arenas
42 Jerry Stackhouse
2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball Michael Jordan Base Card

Base Auto Jersey Rookies Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/225 or as noted
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/25 (non Auto/Jersey), Rainbow #/1

43 Udonis Haslem #/99
44 Mo Williams
45 Keith Bogans
46 Travis Hansen
47 Jason Kapono
48 Zaza Pachulia
49 Zarko Cabarkapa
50 Kyle Korver
51 Luke Walton
52 Maciej Lampe
53 Josh Howard
54 Leandro Barbosa
55 Kendrick Perkins
56 Ndudi Ebi
57 Jerome Beasley
58 Brian Cook
59 Travis Outlaw
60 Zoran Planinic
61 Boris Diaw
62 Steve Blake
63 Aleksandar Pavlovic
64 David West
65 Mike Sweetney
66 Troy Bell
67 Reece Gaines
68 Luke Ridnour
69 Marcus Banks
70 Dahntay Jones
71 Mickael Pietrus
72 Chris Kaman
73 Jarvis Hayes
74 Dwayne Wade #/99
75 Chris Bosh #/99
76 Carmelo Anthony #/99
77 Darko Milicic #/99
78 LeBron James #/99
2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Basketball Dwyane Wade RC Autographed Patch

Base Rookie Auto Patch Parallel Set Checklist

Serial Numbered to jersey #

43 Udonis Haslem #/ 40
44 Mo Williams #/ 25
45 Keith Bogans #/ 3
46 Travis Hansen #/ 6
47 Jason Kapono #/ 24
48 Zaza Pachulia #/ 27
49 Zarko Cabarkapa #/ 11
50 Kyle Korver #/ 26
51 Luke Walton #/ 4
52 Maciej Lampe #/ 30
53 Josh Howard #/ 5
54 Leandro Barbosa #/ 10
55 Kendrick Perkins #/ 43
56 Ndudi Ebi #/ 44
57 Jerome Beasley #/ 24
58 Brian Cook #/ 7
59 Travis Outlaw #/ 25
60 Zoran Planinic #/ 10
61 Boris Diaw #/ 32
62 Steve Blake #/ 2
63 Aleksandar Pavlovic #/ 11
64 David West #/ 30
65 Mike Sweetney #/ 50
66 Troy Bell #/ 3
67 Reece Gaines #/ 22
68 Luke Ridnour #/ 8
69 Marcus Banks #/ 11
70 Dahntay Jones #/ 30
71 Mickael Pietrus #/ 2
72 Chris Kaman #/ 35
73 Jarvis Hayes #/ 24
74 Dwayne Wade #/ 3
75 Chris Bosh #/ 4
76 Carmelo Anthony #/ 15
77 Darko Milicic #/ 31
78 LeBron James #/ 23

Base Auto Patch Parallel Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/1

2-AP Paul Pierce
3-AP Michael Jordan
5-AP Dajuan Wagner
8-AP Andre Miller
12-AP Yao Ming
15-AP Kobe Bryant
16-AP Gary Payton
19-AP Lamar Odom
21-AP Kevin Garnett
23-AP Jason Kidd
24-AP Richard Jefferson
25-AP Baron Davis
27-AP Stephon Marbury
28-AP Tracy McGrady
30-AP Shawn Marion
31-AP Amar'e Stoudemire
32-AP Shareef Abdur-Rahim
33-AP Mike Bibby
36-AP Emanuel Ginobili
40-AP Andrei Kirilenko
41-AP Gilbert Arenas
42-AP Jerry Stackhouse

Base Jersey Parallel Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25
PARALLEL CARDS: Patch #/10

1-J Jason Terry
2-J Paul Pierce
3-J Michael Jordan
5-J Dajuan Wagner
6-J Dirk Nowitzki
7-J Steve Nash
8-J Andre Miller
9-J Ben Wallace
10-J Jason Richardson
11-J Steve Francis
12-J Yao Ming
13-J Jermaine ONeal
14-J Elton Brand
15-J Kobe Bryant
16-J Gary Payton
17-J Shaquille ONeal
18-J Pau Gasol
19-J Lamar Odom
21-J Kevin Garnett
22-J Latrell Sprewell
23-J Jason Kidd
24-J Richard Jefferson
25-J Baron Davis
26-J Allan Houston
27-J Stephon Marbury
28-J Tracy McGrady
29-J Allen Iverson
30-J Shawn Marion
31-J Amar'e Stoudemire
32-J Shareef Abdur-Rahim
33-J Mike Bibby
34-J Chris Webber
35-J Tim Duncan
36-J Emanuel Ginobili
37-J Ray Allen
40-J Andrei Kirilenko
41-J Gilbert Arenas
42-J Jerry Stackhouse

All-NBA Access Pass Duals Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/1

NBA-BJ LeBron James
Kobe Bryant
NBA-JB Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan
NBA-JJ Michael Jordan
LeBron James

Autograph Exquisite Patches Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/100

AP-AK Andrei Kirilenko
AP-AM Antonio McDyess
AP-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
AP-BD Baron Davis
AP-BR Bill Russell
AP-CA Carmelo Anthony
AP-CB Chris Bosh
AP-CM Corey Maggette
AP-DA David Robinson
AP-DM Darius Miles
AP-DR Dennis Rodman
AP-EG Emanuel Ginobili
AP-GA Gilbert Arenas
AP-GP Gary Payton
AP-GR Glenn Robinson
AP-JE Julius Erving
AP-JK Jason Kidd
AP-JS John Stockton
AP-JY Jerry Stackhouse
AP-KB Kobe Bryant
AP-KG Kevin Garnett
AP-LB Larry Bird
AP-LJ LeBron James
AP-LO Lamar Odom
AP-MA Magic Johnson
AP-MB Mike Bibby
AP-MJ Michael Jordan
AP-PE Patrick Ewing
AP-PP Paul Pierce
AP-PS Peja Stojakovic
AP-RH Richard Hamilton
AP-RJ Richard Jefferson
AP-RM Reggie Miller
AP-SA Shareef Abdur-Rahim
AP-SC Sam Cassell
AP-SH Shawn Marion
AP-ST Stephon Marbury
AP-TM Tracy McGrady
AP-TP Tony Parker
AP-YM Yao Ming
AP-ZR Zach Randolph

Emblems of Endorsements Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/15

EM-CA Carmelo Anthony
EM-GP Gary Payton
EM-KB Kobe Bryant
EM-KG Kevin Garnett
EM-LB Larry Bird
EM-LJ LeBron James
EM-MJ Michael Jordan
EM-RJ Richard Jefferson
EM-RM Reggie Miller
EM-SM Stephon Marbury
EM-TM Tracy McGrady
EM-YM Yao Ming

Exquisite Foursomes Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

BPMO Shaquille ONeal
BPMO Kobe Bryant
BPMO Karl Malone
BPMO Gary Payton
BWSW Gerald Wallace
BWSW Chris Webber
BWSW Peja Stojakovic
BWSW Mike Bibby
DMKN Baron Davis
DMKN Jason Kidd
DMKN Steve Nash
DMKN Stephon Marbury
DRGP Tim Duncan
DRGP Tony Parker
DRGP David Robinson
DRGP Emanuel Ginobili
EAWR Bill Walton
EAWR Bill Russell
EAWR Patrick Ewing
EAWR Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
JABW LeBron James
JABW Carmelo Anthony
JABW Chris Bosh
JABW Dwayne Wade
JBEJ Larry Bird_1
JBEJ Julius Erving
JBEJ Michael Jordan
JBEJ Magic Johnson
JPSN Magic Johnson
JPSN John Stockton
JPSN Gary Payton
JPSN Steve Nash
NGKM Darko Milicic
NGKM Dirk Nowitzki
NGKM Andrei Kirilenko
NGKM Pau Gasol
SMGW Amar'e Stoudemire
SMGW Dajuan Wagner
SMGW Emanuel Ginobili
SMGW Yao Ming

Exquisite Number Pieces Set Checklist

NP-AJ Antawn Jamison #/ 33
NP-AK Andrei Kirilenko #/ 47
NP-AM Alonzo Mourning #/ 33
NP-AS Amar'e Stoudemire #/ 32
NP-BR Bill Russell #/ 6
NP-CA Carmelo Anthony #/ 15
NP-DA David Robinson #/ 50
NP-DM Darius Miles #/ 23
NP-DR Dennis Rodman #/ 91
NP-DW Dwayne Wade #/ 3
NP-GP Gary Payton #/ 20
NP-IT Isiah Thomas #/ 11
NP-JE Julius Erving #/ 6
NP-JK Jason Kidd #/ 5
NP-JS John Stockton #/ 12
NP-KB Kobe Bryant #/ 8
NP-KG Kevin Garnett #/ 21
NP-LB Larry Bird #/ 33
NP-LJ LeBron James #/ 23
NP-MA Magic Johnson #/ 32
NP-MJ Michael Jordan #/ 23
NP-PE Patrick Ewing #/ 33
NP-PP Paul Pierce #/ 34
NP-RJ Richard Jefferson #/ 24
NP-RM Reggie Miller #/ 31
NP-SM Shawn Marion #/ 31
NP-ST Stephon Marbury #/ 3
NP-TM Tracy McGrady #/ 1
NP-YM Yao Ming #/ 11

Exquisite Quad Patch Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/3

E4P-AI Allen Iverson
E4P-CA Carmelo Anthony
E4P-CB Chris Bosh
E4P-DW Dwayne Wade
E4P-KG Kevin Garnett
E4P-LB Larry Bird
E4P-LJ LeBron James
E4P-MA Magic Johnson
E4P-MJ Michael Jordan
E4P-TM Tracy McGrady

Exquisite Triple Patch Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

E3P-AI Allen Iverson
E3P-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
E3P-BD Baron Davis
E3P-BR Bill Russell
E3P-BW Ben Wallace
E3P-CA Carmelo Anthony
E3P-CB Chris Bosh
E3P-DN Dirk Nowitzki
E3P-DW Dwayne Wade
E3P-IT Isiah Thomas
E3P-JE Julius Erving
E3P-JK Jason Kidd
E3P-JR Jason Richardson
E3P-JS John Stockton
E3P-KB Kobe Bryant
E3P-KG Kevin Garnett
E3P-KM Karl Malone
E3P-LB Larry Bird
E3P-LJ LeBron James
E3P-MJ Michael Jordan
E3P-SF Steve Francis
E3P-SM Stephon Marbury
E3P-TD Tim Duncan
E3P-TM Tracy McGrady
E3P-WC Wilt Chamberlain
E3P-YM Yao Ming
E3P-KB1 Kobe Bryant
E3P-LJ1 LeBron James
E3P-MJ1 Michael Jordan

Extra Exquisite Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/75

EE-AI Allen Iverson
EE-AK Andrei Kirilenko
EE-AM Alonzo Mourning
EE-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
EE-BD Baron Davis
EE-CA Carmelo Anthony
EE-CB Chris Bosh
EE-CW Chris Webber
EE-DN Dirk Nowitzki
EE-DR David Robinson
EE-DW Dwayne Wade
EE-GP Gary Payton
EE-IT Isiah Thomas
EE-JE Julius Erving
EE-JH Jarvis Hayes
EE-JK Jason Kidd
EE-JO Jermaine ONeal
EE-JR Jason Richardson
EE-JS John Stockton
EE-KA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
EE-KB Kobe Bryant
EE-KG Kevin Garnett
EE-LB Larry Bird
EE-LJ LeBron James
EE-MA Magic Johnson
EE-MJ Michael Jordan
EE-PG Pau Gasol
EE-PP Paul Pierce
EE-RA Ray Allen
EE-SF Steve Francis
EE-SH Shawn Marion
EE-SM Stephon Marbury
EE-SN Steve Nash
EE-SO Shaquille ONeal
EE-TD Tim Duncan
EE-TM Tracy McGrady
EE-WA Ben Wallace
EE-WC Wilt Chamberlain
EE-YM Yao Ming
EE-KB1 Kobe Bryant
EE-LJ1 LeBron James
EE-MJ1 Michael Jordan

Extra Exquisite Duals Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

EE2-AI Allen Iverson
EE2-AK Andrei Kirilenko
EE2-AM Alonzo Mourning
EE2-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
EE2-BD Baron Davis
EE2-CA Carmelo Anthony
EE2-CB Chris Bosh
EE2-CW Chris Webber
EE2-DN Dirk Nowitzki
EE2-DR David Robinson
EE2-DW Dwayne Wade
EE2-GP Gary Payton
EE2-IT Isiah Thomas
EE2-JE Julius Erving
EE2-JH Jarvis Hayes
EE2-JK Jason Kidd
EE2-JO Jermaine ONeal
EE2-JR Jason Richardson
EE2-JS John Stockton
EE2-KA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
EE2-KB Kobe Bryant
EE2-KG Kevin Garnett
EE2-LB Larry Bird
EE2-LJ LeBron James
EE2-MA Magic Johnson
EE2-MJ Michael Jordan
EE2-PG Pau Gasol
EE2-PP Paul Pierce
EE2-RA Ray Allen
EE2-SF Steve Francis
EE2-SH Shawn Marion
EE2-SM Stephon Marbury
EE2-SN Steve Nash
EE2-SO Shaquille ONeal
EE2-TD Tim Duncan
EE2-TM Tracy McGrady
EE2-WA Ben Wallace
EE2-WC Wilt Chamberlain
EE2-YM Yao Ming
EE2-KB1 Kobe Bryant
EE2-LJ1 LeBron James
EE2-MJ1 Michael Jordan

Limited Logos Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/75

LL-AJ Antawn Jamison
LL-AM Andre Miller
LL-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
LL-BD Baron Davis
LL-CA Carmelo Anthony
LL-CM Corey Maggette
LL-DA David Robinson
LL-DM Darko Milicic
LL-DR Dennis Rodman
LL-DY Dwayne Wade
LL-GA Gilbert Arenas
LL-GP Gary Payton
LL-JK Jason Kidd
LL-JM John Stockton
LL-KB Kobe Bryant
LL-KG Kevin Garnett
LL-LB Larry Bird
LL-LJ LeBron James
LL-MA Magic Johnson
LL-MJ Michael Jordan
LL-PE Patrick Ewing
LL-PP Paul Pierce
LL-PS Peja Stojakovic
LL-SA Shareef Abdur-Rahim
LL-SC Sam Cassell
LL-SM Shawn Marion
LL-ST Stephon Marbury
LL-TM Tracy McGrady
LL-ZO Alonzo Mourning
LL-CA1 Carmelo Anthony

Noble Nameplates Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

NN-AH Al Harrington
NN-AJ Antawn Jamison
NN-AK Andrei Kirilenko
NN-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
NN-BD Baron Davis
NN-CA Carmelo Anthony
NN-CB Chris Bosh
NN-CM Corey Maggette
NN-DM Darko Milicic
NN-DY Dwayne Wade
NN-GA Gilbert Arenas
NN-GP Gary Payton
NN-GR Glenn Robinson
NN-IT Isiah Thomas
NN-JK Jason Kidd
NN-KB Kobe Bryant
NN-KG Kevin Garnett
NN-LJ LeBron James
NN-MJ Michael Jordan
NN-PE Patrick Ewing
NN-PP Paul Pierce
NN-PS Peja Stojakovic
NN-RJ Richard Jefferson
NN-RM Reggie Miller
NN-SA Shareef Abdur-Rahim
NN-SM Shawn Marion
NN-ST Stephon Marbury
NN-TM Tracy McGrady
NN-TP Tony Parker
NN-ZO Alonzo Mourning

Scripted Swatches Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25

SS-AS Amar'e Stoudemire
SS-CA Carmelo Anthony
SS-CM Corey Maggette
SS-JK Jason Kidd
SS-JS John Stockton
SS-KG Kevin Garnett
SS-LJ LeBron James
SS-MJ Michael Jordan
SS-PE Patrick Ewing
SS-RM Reggie Miller
SS-TM Tracy McGrady
SS-YM Yao Ming


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