The other day Upper Deck surprised their employees with an exclusive 9 card set consisting of 8 Pink/Purple Precious Metal Gems (Oscar De la Hoya, Mike Tyson, Hulk Hogan, Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy) and a Quad Spokesman Fabrics card (Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Wayne Gretzky).
A total of 125 sets were given out and so far around 40 cards have shown up for auction, some individually and some as a set. To say prices have gone insane would be an understatement, a couple of the cards have been posted up with BIN prices of $300 or more while a number of individual auctions have already topped $100 with time to go. It seems like the most wanted cards are the Woods and McIlroy cards while the Tyson, De La Hoya and Hogan cards are more reasonable in price.
These cards are not the rarest current Precious Metal Gems, the Blue Precious Metal Gems (#/50) and Green Precious Metal Gems (#/10) from the Fleer Retro releases are rarer but the additional draw here is that they are only available through Upper Deck employees. I am hoping to nab a Tyson or Hogan Precious Metal Gem.