Upper Deck is releasing 2013 Upper Deck Football on April 9th, just a bit over 2 weeks before the NFL Draft. This gives collectors a chance to get their favorite college players in their college uniform before they get drafted. Last year’s release did pretty well with the College Mascot patches and inserts based on the 1993 & 1994 SP sets leading the way, this year the College Mascots patches are continuing with 60 news cards added to the on-going set. The retro inserts include 1995 SP and 1995 SP Prospects, which in my opinion do not even come close to holding a candle to the 1993 SP and 1994 SP cards.
This set overall just seems dismal, simple (not in a good way) base cards, a retro insert based on the ugly 1995 SP cards and the continuation of the ugly-ass Ultimate Rookie card (new design but still ugly). To me this set is a disappointment, which I rarely say about Upper Deck products because they usually do most things pretty well if not outstanding.
It does not help that this year's NFL Draft will be Defensive and O-Line heavy in the first couple of rounds, most are saying that only a handful (many analysts are projecting only 5-7) of skilled position players in the First Round. It is hard to create a buzz for the set when the players you are using for sales materials/advertisement may be lucky to get drafted in the 3rd or even 4th Rounds... or is a USC Quarterback.
On to the set basics:
Each $95 box will contain 20 6-card packs, you will pull 3 autographs, 4 1995 SP or 1995 SP Prospects cards, 4 College Football Heroes and 2 Ultimate Collection Rookies. There will also be a couple of different parallels. The College Mascot patches are 1:40 packs which should be just about every other box.