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One of the bright spots in Upper Deck‘s Goodwin Champions is the variety of autographs and memorabilia found inside as the company’s distinct focus is placed on everywhere but what you’d expect.
(And what you’d expect is in there, too.)
This year’s release officially arrives today and the cards have started trickling onto online auctions so we can truly see the variety of what’s inside.
Upper Deck‘s 2016 Goodwin Champions arrives later this month and it will pack all kinds of interesting cardboard inside its packs.
The surprises of who’s signing for this one are now solved with the release of the final checklist as well as our gallery earlier today.
What’s inside? Click here to view a PDF of the product’s inclusions.
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When the newest edition of Upper Deck‘s Goodwin Champions arrives on July 13, it will include some of the biggest names in the sports world, some of the weirdest new cardboard out there and tributes to those who helped America and its allies win World War II.
It’s a collectibles treasure trove and a history lesson all in one.
Ben Simmons has a new team besides the Philadelphia 76ers.
The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft out of LSU has joined Upper Deck as an exclusive signer for both trading cards and memorabilia.
Terms of the deal were not announced, but it was called a multi-year agreement by the company and his first autographed card appearance will appear in 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.
“We are pleased to welcome Ben Simmons to Upper Deck’s world-renowned roster of NBA greats and look forward to providing his fans around the world with the most innovative and authentic collectibles available on the market,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck.
Tim Burton is bringing Through the Looking Glass to the big screen this week with a new surreal installment of the Alice in Wonderland tale and Upper Deck will revisit the story as well in an upcoming trading card set.
Goodwin Champions has been known for its unusual inclusions in its run with Upper Deck, which began back in 2009. This year’s edition will include hand-painted booklets that revisit the Alice story chapter by chapter when it arrives in July.
So, yes, the card seen above is a hand-painted creation.
What: 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions trading cards
Arrives: July 6 (and also later via e-Pack)
Box basics: three hits per 20-pack box, 16 boxes per case (two eight-box inner cases)
What’s buzz-worthy: Upper Deck’s eclectic mix of everything goes in heavy on MMA stars this year with the first certified autographs of Holly Holm along with other notables such as Miesha Tate, CM Punk and Paige VanZant, while also including an impressive array of the unusual and the historic.
See a gallery and more … below.