This product has been a staple in the Upper Deck hardwood arsenal since 2000-01, when rookie cards of Kenyon Martin ruled the land, and Michael Jordan was still in the planning stages of his comeback with the Washington Wizards.
Well, a lot has changed in six years. Thankfully, however, the basic premise behind Upper Deck Hardcourt has not.
Packed to the brim with top-notch photography and a super-high end checklist that boasts all of the NBAs brightest superstars, Upper Deck has added an extra dose of value by including a redemption card good for one pack of its debut Upper Deck Black set per hobby box.
To many within the hobby, the Upper Deck Black set has remained mostly a mystery. Some have compared it to the Exquisite redemption cards packed out in 2006 Upper Deck baseball products. While I am not certain of the comparison, I can tell you that these scratch-off cards have been steady sellers at $50-60 per, which is roughly 60% of the SRP for an full hobby box. Talk about value!
On top of that, every box should contain at least one game-used memorabilia card and either a game-used floor card from Michael Jordan or Lebron James or a certified autograph card.
Our box yielded a Wally Sczcerbiak game-used jersey card and a Richard Rip Hamilton autograph.
The big-hit of our box, aside from the Black redemption, was a rookie card of former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison serial-numbered to just 199.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our Hardcourt experience. The cards are nice and the product really provides good value for the price.
Good luck with yours.