These aren’t the same trading cards you grew up with… For its 2013-14 Exquisite Collection Basketball, Upper Deck will be introducing the new Signature Kicks series, an exclusive trading card line featuring actual portions of Air Jordans, Nike LeBrons, Converse, and etc… with the athletes that wore them.
While not Upper Deck’s first trading cards to be embedded with swath of game-used shoes (the company started the tradition during the late 1990s), it decided to take a different design approach for the Exquisite Collection Basketball: Signature Kicks Series, a process that took the sports memorabilia company over 16 months to perfect. As a result, these cards would be the heftiest in Upper Deck’s history with an average thickness of 1/2-inch. Each would include not just the upper from Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star (for Bill Russell), but tongue logo from Nike LeBron 10 Jade, the mesh paneling of Air Jordan 5, and much more. There is even one with the actual holographic medallion from the Air Jordan 13.
You can find the Exquisite Collection Basketball: Signature Kicks Series trading cards from Upper Deck at sports memorabilia retailers worldwide starting on Wednesday, November 5th.