Well that’s a wrap! Comic Con 2014 is officially over, and all of us at Upper Deck would like to thank the fans who stopped by our booth and participated in the 5 days of fun!  Some of the highlights from this year included dance-offs with Marvel characters, fan pictures with Hello Kitty herself, Joe Jusko autograph signings, and funny interviews with the all of the fantastic characters of Comic Con! So for those of you that couldn’t make it out to the Con this year, here is just a small recap of what happened at the Upper Deck booth!

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The Ladies of Upper Deck with Hello Kitty!

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She was first in line to see Hello Kitty!

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Wolverine wanted his own Upper Deck trading card!

Wolverine wanted his own Upper Deck trading card!

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Joe Jusko posing with a Deadpool entourage!

Deadpool card being signed by Joe Jusko

Deadpool card being signed by Joe Jusko

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Deadpool and Spider-Man Dance-off!

We can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us! If you were able to stop make it out this year, leave us a comment and let us know what you loved most about Comic Con!

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Upper Deck has taken a leadership position in helping youngsters battling brain cancer by doing a lot of little things like creating a card for Jack Hoffman or recognizing Jaclyn Murphy. Most recently we hosted an autograph session for Jack Miller. There is a strength to these children that is much bigger than there little bodies could possibly house. And by telling their stories, they serve as an inspiration to others.

Danny Nickerson is a five-year-old about to celebrate his sixth birthday who suffers from brain cancer. When we heard that all he wanted to receive for his birthday was cards, we sprung into action. Initially we were excited to hear he wanted cards, but he is not really after trading cards (although you better believe we are sending him some), he just wants letters.

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Our Birthday care package to Danny.

His mom shared with various media that he gets very excited when he gets mail with his name on it now that he can recognize his name. It’s a little thing. Something simple anyone could do. Even you. So we sent Danny a birthday package today as part of Upper Deck’s Random Acts of Kindness program and we want to encourage our fans to send Danny letters as well. If you want to include cards, perhaps try to make them from his local teams. Thanks to everyone for getting behind this great cause for this brave little boy!

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxborough, MA 02035

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Courtesy of the Sun Chronicle

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The first hockey card release of the year sets the table for a new season of collecting and Upper Deck thinks fans are going to love the return of the MVP series. The hobby version will be loaded up with cool content while entry-level collectors can get in on the product without breaking the bank at retail with a 99 cent price point pack. Back are many of the aspects of the set that made it a favorite with collectors like the 2-on-2 jersey cards, ProSign autograph cards, along with Silver, Gold and Super Script cards.

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MVP Souvenirs are back as well with a new look and a dual jersey version that collectors will really enjoy!

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One of the new additions to the MVP product is the Colors & Contours insert set where we utilized stunning gold, purple and teal foil board to create a beautiful new type of card that fall 1:4 hobby packs. There are three types of die-cuts as well for a total of nine different cards with different levels of rarity. It is important to note however that there are not nine different parallels, rather just one card for each player in the 300-card set. Here is a breakdown on the rarity levels and a look at some of the cards.

Teal Die-Cut 1 – 1:96 packs

Teal Die-Cut 2 – 1:72 packs

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Teal Die-Cut 3 – 1:8 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 1 – 1:36 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 2 – 1:24 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 3 – 1:172 packs

Purple Die-Cut 1 – 1:60 packs

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Purple Die-Cut 2 – 1:144 packs

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Purple Die-Cut 3 – 1:520 packs

Don’t miss 2014-15 NHL® MVP when it releases on August 6!

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In just a few months, Upper Deck will issue the 25th consecutive release of Upper Deck NHL® trading cards. To help celebrate this historic milestone, Upper Deck has a variety of promotions in store for collectors, but we wanted to work with our old friend Tim Carroll to create something special for fans to check out that commemorates this achievement.

While we absolutely hate the idea of anyone defacing or intentionally damaging Upper Deck trading cards, Tim Carroll does it in a way to create a bigger picture and something really amazing. We commissioned Tim to create a mosaic of the famous 1990-91 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky card from our first NHL® set to help celebrate the anniversary.

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To make things even more interesting, Tim Carroll only used cards from the 1990-91 Upper Deck NHL® release along with 99 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings cards. Now I have to be honest, I had some reservations about how this would turn out when Tim sent me a preliminary image of where he was at with the piece.

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However, like the true professional he is, he came through with flying colors. Check out the completed piece!

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You can view this piece, his 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. mosaic and watch him work on a new piece for LeBron James at the Upper Deck booth in Cleveland for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2. Come see him transform regular Upper Deck trading cards into incredible art LIVE!

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Man’s best friend. A furry companion. Snugly, loving, caring, loyal and the list goes on and on to describe how important a dog can be to a family. Jacobe Martin had his best friend in the form of his dog Belle up until recently when Belle was tragically lost while the family was out of town. Devastation does not even begin to describe feelings of loss for 14-year-old Jacobe upon hearing this news. Belle was 8-years-old and stood by Jacobe’s side to comfort him no matter what.

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After losing his best friend, Jacobe Martin believed that nobody cared about him. Upper Deck worked with his family to prove him wrong while creating a memorable way immortalizing his dog Belle.

After the passing of Belle, Jacobe was not taking the loss well and felt that no one truly cared about him. This was heartbreaking for his family to hear and they knew something had to be done. In a letter written to Mackenzie Dodge of KEKB 99.9 Colorado, it explained that Jacobe did not make friends easily and now that Belle was gone he just felt terribly alone. Mackenzie Dodge was touched by the story and moved to let Jacobe know just how much people do care about him. Jacobe’s address was posted and people were encouraged to write letters to him letting them know that people are thinking of him and that he will always matter. Within the same day of the story being posted, news had already traveled all the way to North Carolina and Jacobe’s PO Box was about to be flooded.

Shortly after the story was online Upper Deck received a note from Dan Coulter (Jacobe’s father) asking if there was a possibility to create a trading card in memory of Belle. We loved the idea as it matched perfectly with our ongoing Random Acts of Kindness program where we look online to help worthy fans and create some feel good stories to promote everything good about the hobby. We jumped at the opportunity to help create something special for Jacobe to remember Belle by and for him to share with his family and friends. Not to mention, it’s pretty exciting to appear on an Upper Deck card before you’ve made the pros! Our goal primarily was to lift Jacobe’s spirits however and we hope the trading card we created in loving memory of Belle does just that.

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Upper Deck is producing a short run of these special cards to share with Jacobe and his family.

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This is the card back for the special Jacobe & Belle card from Upper Deck.

Dan plans on sharing the cards with Jacobe when they finish production next week. It will be nice for the family to bond over the experience and the card, because in their simplest form that is what trading cards are all about, bringing families closer together. And every time Jacobe looks at his card with Belle, we hope he smiles with confidence knowing just how much we all care about him.

If you would like to get involved and send Jacobe a letter, please do so at the address below:

Jacobe Martin
P.O. Box 4281
Grand Junction, CO 81502

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