2003-04 Upper Deck Legends Basketball
Collectors, Celebrate Basketball's Best Players With 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends
2003-04 Upper Deck Legends Basketball: 270-card regular set, issued June 21,
2004. Five cards are inserted per pack. The regular set features 90 Regular
Player (Current) cards, 90 Regular Player (Legend) cards, 45 Rookie Impressions
cards and 45 Rookie Impressions-Throwback cards. Insert cards include: Legendary
Signatures, Legendary Inscriptions, Signs of a Future Legend, Championship
Numbers, Championship Teammates-Dual, Championship Teammates-Triple, Rookie
Impressions Dual Autograph, Rookie Impressions Dual Autograph-Throwback, Hall of
Fame Induction Inks and three versions of NBA Draft Redemptions- Regular,
Throwback and Rainbow (the cards on each level will be numbered as part of the
Back in 1991, the Upper Deck Company created its first line of basketball cards
- fittingly, 100 years after the game of basketball was invented. Thirteen years
later, Upper Deck continues to salute this fantastic sport with exciting trading
The latest basketball product from the leading sports and entertainment card
publisher is 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends Basketball. A unique trading card
release, Legends Basketball showcases players from the past, present and future.
"While rookies obviously get basketball collectors excited each year, the
fan following for current stars like LeBron James as well as for the players
of yesteryear remains strong," said Karvin Cheung, Upper Deck Basketball
Product Manager. "Knowing this, we wanted to build an all-encompassing
product, one that features a wide range of players - greats of the past, current
stars and through redemption, future heroes. We're extremely proud of the result
- 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends Basketball."
To begin with, collectors will be ecstatic to learn that Upper Deck has included
2004 NBA Draft Redemption Trade cards of 15 2004 NBA draft picks in 2003-04
Legends Basketball. The trade cards, which have two variations (Throwback
version, numbered to 100; Rainbow version, numbered to 25) are inserted one per
box on average, enabling collectors to trade for corresponding cards of the top
players selected in the 2004 NBA Draft!
The regular set of Upper Deck Legends Basketball - which is making its return
after a one-year hiatus - is comprised of 270 cards. Collectors will notice,
however, that the set numbers to 135. This is because the product has two
versions of regular player cards and two versions of 2003-04 rookie cards. The
regular player cards for 90 current players and those for 90 Legends are each
numbered 1-90. The 45 Rookie Impressions and 45 Rookie Impressions-Throwbacks
cards are each numbered 91-135.
The Rookie Impressions cards, which are highlighted by 2003-04 rookie standouts
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, are divided into two levels. Level
2 cards consist of 35 players with sequential numbering to 1,999. Level 1 cards
feature 10 players and have crash numbering to 999. Meanwhile, all 45 of the
Rookie Impressions-Throwbacks cards possess crash numbering to 100!
Upper Deck Legends' insert card lineup is dominated by incredible autograph
cards. In fact, the product delivers two signature cards per box, on average!
Legendary Signatures leads the way, with autographed cards of players like
Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Larry Bird. The Signs of a Future Legend
insert showcases autographs from young NBA stars like LeBron James, Amaré
Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and 2004 NBA Finals MVP, Chauncey Billups!
Moving into the arena of rare autograph card inserts, Upper Deck Legends
Basketball offers Legendary Inscriptions, cards that are numbered to 100 and
feature special inscriptions from the highlighted players. The names "Dr.
J" (Julius Erving), "Skywalker" (David Thompson) and "Iceman"
(George Gervin) will certainly bring back special memories for basketball fans.
Similarly, the Championship Numbers and Championship Teammates (Dual and Triple)
autograph inserts recall the achievements of players with specific NBA
championship teams. The Championship Numbers cards are sequentially numbered to
the player's jersey number or the decade of a championship while the Championship
Teammates combo signature cards feature numbering to 25 (Dual versions) and 5
(Triple versions). Find any one of these cards and you'll be instantly
transported to the glory days of teams and players such as the Celtics
(Larry Bird), Lakers (Magic Johnson), Pistons (Isiah Thomas) and Bulls
Also randomly inserted are Rookie Impressions dual autograph cards. These combo
signature cards, which have regular and retro variations each numbered to 25,
showcase a 2003-04 rookie with an established star. Pairings include LeBron
James/Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony/Tracy McGrady.
Finally, Upper Deck offers a tribute to the 2003-04 Hall of Fame Induction class
with 2003-04 Hall of Fame Induction Inks, special randomly inserted autographed
cards that salute the latest inductee class: Robert Parish, James Worthy,
Meadowlark Lemon, Earl Lloyd, Dino Meneghin and Leon Barmore.
Upper Deck's 2003-04 Legends Basketball hits stores this month with a suggested
retail price of $4.99 per pack. Additional descriptions for this product follow
2004 NBA Draft Redemption Trade cards (Regular, Throwback (sequentially
numbered to 100) and Rainbow variations (sequentially numbered to 25), inserted
1:box overall, on average) - These trade cards are redeemable for cards featuring
top 2004 NBA Draft picks.
Regular Player cards (Current players) - Enjoy cards that combine
outstanding photography and statistical information on 90 active NBA stars,
from 2003-04 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett to scoring king Tracy McGrady.
Regular Player cards (Legends) - Take a trip back in time and recall the
careers of 90 NBA legends, from the sensational Bob Cousy to Portland and Houston
star Clyde Drexler.
Rookie Impressions cards - Level 2 (sequentially numbered to 1,999,
Throwback variations numbered to 100) - This subset salutes 35 talented members
of the 2003-04 NBA rookie class.
Rookie Impressions cards - Level 1 (sequentially numbered to 999,
Throwback variations numbered to 100) - This subset pays tribute to a select
group of 2003-04 NBA rookies.
Legendary Signatures cards - This extraordinary autograph card insert set
highlights many of the NBA's most memorable stars, like Michael Jordan, Julius
Erving, Bill Russell and Magic Johnson to name a few.
Signs of a Future Legend cards - Some of the NBA's best young talents are
showcased in this autograph card lineup, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony
and Yao Ming!
Legendary Inscriptions cards (sequentially numbered to 100) - This unique
autograph card insert spotlights basketball greats and their memorable nicknames.
Here you'll find guys like Zeke (Isiah Thomas), Iceman (George Gervin) and
Magic (Earvin Johnson).
Championship Numbers cards (sequentially numbered to jersey number or
decade of championship) - Revisit NBA championship moments with autograph cards
from players that were keys to championships past. Players include Michael
Jordan (Chicago Bulls), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs) and Larry Bird
Championship Teammates cards (Dual combos sequentially numbered to 25,
Triple combos sequentially numbered to 5) - Whether it's a card featuring the
tremendous Boston Celtics duo of Bob Cousy and Bill Russell or the Los Angeles
Lakers' triple threat of James Worthy, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, you'll
get a winning feeling when you find a dual or triple combo Championship Teammates
Rookie Impressions Dual Autograph cards (Regular and Retro versions each
sequentially numbered to 25) - The 2003-04 NBA season will be remembered for
the accomplishments of several rookies such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony
and Dwyane Wade. These dual autograph cards pair the first-year phenoms with a
comparable star, such as James and Michael Jordan!
2003-04 Hall of Fame Induction Inks cards - As the Basketball Hall of
Fame welcomes a new induction class, Upper Deck pays tribute to the six
contributors honored in 2004 - Robert Parish, James Worthy, Meadowlark Lemon,
Earl Lloyd, Dino Meneghin and Leon Barmore - with this autograph card insert.
Source: The Upper Deck Co, LLC
Date: June 23, 2004
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