At this point, most collectors have weighed in on the 2013 NFL rookie class, and the consensus is not great. However, Exquisite is not just any football product and while there is still some undervalued potential in the 2013 class, Upper Deck takes the product up a notch by including signed cards from some of the top rookie players from the recent 2014 NFL Draft and plenty of Hall of Fame players. This added wrinkle combined with the premium brand makes for a popular product filled with plenty of eye candy.
The ultra high-end 2013 Exquisite Football brings a familiar format that pairs a college theme with ornate designs, limited print runs, and on-card autographs. It also helps that the autograph checklist contains some of the biggest names in NFL history, including Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and Joe Montana. The Shadowbox cards have proven to be especially popular and one particularly captivating insert is the three-panel autographed sketch cards.
In addition to the top 2013 rookies, like Eddie Lacy, Cordarrelle Patterson, EJ Manuel and Le'Veon Bell, the 2014 class is represented in Exquisite by Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles, among others.
Given the high price point for boxes, this is certainly not a product for everyone, but late-season releases have a tendency to be more overlooked, which can work out favorably for those shopping for singles. Each box includes five autographs and one base card.
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.