It’s not yet back in 36-pack boxes with an NFL license yet, but 30 years after the brand’s brief heyday, Pro Set is returning to packaged form.
Leaf Trading Cards, which purchased the long dormant brand name early this year and then brought back the 1989 design for a series of on-demand cards including new NFL draft picks and other current sports stars, plans to roll out an all-autograph product this fall. 2021 Pro Set Sports will feature more of the old designs, distributed in a more traditional manner.
The inaugural edition will be a multi-sport issue with two cards per box, both carrying autographs on stickers. Most will carry the 1989 football design but others will be utilized too, and the checklist looks to be quite star-studded. Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Montana, Steph Curry, Peyton Manning, Shaquille O’Neal, Pele and Lionel Messi are just some of the names being touted.
Cases will include ten boxes.
Leaf will even utilize the teased, but never released 1991 Pro Set Basketball design for one subset with O’Neal, Jerry West, Larry Bird and Kevin Garnett set to be part of the checklist.
Pro Set 1989 Base Autos will include: Hideki Matsuyama, Dan Marino, Mike Tyson, Stephen Curry, Peyton Manning, Albert Pujols and others with photo or nickname variation cards also possible.
Action Ink! Is a horizontally designed card that will include signatures of Griffey, Montana, Barry Sanders, Bryson Dechambeau and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Pro Set Soccer will utilize a design similar to the one that the original company used for its 1990-91 soccer set. Messi, Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Kevin De Bruyne are slated for the checklist.
Pro Set Champions will be dual-signed cards pairing players with the same franchise or other ties. Look for Joe Montana/Ronnie Lott, Mike Ditka/Jim McMahon, Mike Tyson/Tyson Fury and Greg Maddux/Chipper Jones, among others.
Pro Set Triple Threat and Power of Four puts even more athletes and their signatures together. Those will include Marcus Allen/Bo Jackson/Tim Brown of Raiders fame and one card that will include Montana, Marino, Manning and Brett Favre.
Countersigns card will pair players who have something in common including Ichiro/Hideki Matsuyama, Stephen Curry/Tim Hardaway, Joe Montana/Steve Young, Ichiro/Albert Pujols and others.
The release date for 2021 Pro Set Sports is September 29 at a cost of around $200-$225 per box.
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