Upper Deck has a very unique situation on their hands with each Exquisite release, and they are using it very much to their advantage. Because the product hits shelves so late, and because they dont need to wait for the draft to see team affiliation, they can print the NEXT year’s rookie class in the product. This has been a welcome addition to the product for 3 years, giving collectors a high end card for the upcoming class prior to it being avialable anywhere else.
Here are some of the cards from this year:
Although I dont think the design is the strongest for 2013, as it was in previous years, I still like these cards. I am a high end collector, and we all know there is nothing more high end than Exquisite was prior to 2010. Although the players arent in pro uniforms, the examples are not far below where they were previously.
In my opinion, the 2011 rookie cards for the 2012 class were the best of the best, but 2010 was pretty good as well. For this year, Upper Deck opted for a more complicated and more busy design, which I dont think worked as well. Previously, Exquisite was about simplicity and understated beauty, and while these cards are NOT ugly, they dont really fit the previous mold.
Im interested to see how this class progresses, but its always fun to see the rookies that command a high end price from a high end set, prior to the season’s beginning. Hopefully we will continue to see this type of work in the future.