More than 30 of this season’s top NBA rookies, including top-overall pick Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Michael Beasley of the Heat and O.J. Mayo of Memphis, will take part in this year’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. The event takes place July 29 at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.
The players will be photographed by Topps and Upper Deck for their very first NBA trading cards and sign autographs for use in card products throughout the season. As part of the event, the players will also get to see the debut of their likeness in the EA Sports NBA Live ’09 video game.
A unique spin on this year’s photo shoot and autograph sessions is that none of the players are exclusive to either of the card companies. For the first time since 2003, neither Topps nor Upper Deck has signed any of this year’s rookies to exclusive deals for signatures.