Upper Deck Exquisite has long been home to the high-end and that's not changing. With the promise of a Michael Jordan autograph in every case, almost every case having a LeBron James signature and plenty more legendary ink, it's easy to understand the strong reception 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball is getting.
It's not only the names that are impressing. The designs are following suit. Highlights include Championship Bling, Exquisite Dimensions, Exquisite Legacy and slick multi-signature cards that still find the space to include decent-sized player photos.
Below is a real-time ranking of the 50 most-watched 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball singles currently listed on eBay. The primary factor that influences an auction's popularity is the number of watchers it has, though there are some additional proprietary metrics that factor into the rankings as well.
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His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.
You guys should be knocking this latest ploy of Upper Deck in regards to Exquisite.
The game they are playing is falling very short on true collectors level of play!
All their about is making a dollar. They are killing values for long time collectors and giving up what little integrity they have left.
At $1,500-$2,000 a case one Jordan and Lebron wont get it done.
Myself and many of the original 2003 Exquisite collectors know that when they killed Exquisite in 2009-2010 that should have been the end of it.
To bring it back again really says a lot about what Upper Deck is truly concerned with.
That is the biggest reason they lost the NBA contract in the first place.
We also blame Jordan and Lebron for subsidizing their cause and hurting true honest high level collectors by mass producing their auto cards.
Lets get real, the biggest thrill in collecting is hoping their is a big surprise in one of the packs, and knowing if you pull it that the values are off the chart, anyone that spends even a thousand dollars to pull a $500 Jordan must be smoking what Upper Deck is really selling.