As I've mentioned in previous posts, even though I'm a big sports fan, I actually got my start here at Upper Deck on the entertainment/gaming side of things (and I'm still active there today). Being able to work on both games and sports makes for a really fun job, and it's always interesting to see what they have in common, and where the differences lie.
For example, when it comes to Trading Card Games, art is king. Rare inserts and "1-of-1" pulls aren't really the focus of the hobby, though you can pull some amazing Loot from our products. But generally speaking, you're not going to see many one-of-a-kind cards on that side of things.
If you play a Trading Card Game, your ultimate goal is to win a World Championship, and get the prizes and notoriety that come with the title. Make no mistake, that's what most players are aiming for. But if you're more of a collector than a player, and want to be a baller, you collect all the cards from each new set while collecting the original art that was used on the cards. Nothing is more unique than displaying the one and only original piece. Understandably, the better the card, the better the value for the art.
So when I heard that we're now giving collectors the opportunity to own the original art that was used for some of our sports cards, I had to go see it for myself. Check these out:
There are many more in the vault, and it was very cool to see them in person. The quality is of course excellent, and they have a classic feel to them.
Not to sound like too much of a shill (I try not to be), but the prices on these are pretty incredible, given what you get back. It's a genuine, one of a kind collectible, and a great piece of art to display as well. Considering they start at $199, that's a really good deal. If you're a fan of a certain team or player, this is one of the best ways to show that in your home. Being a huge Mets fan, I know the idea of having this Jose Reyes piece hanging on my wall is quite tempting.
Click here to check out all the pieces currently available. If there's one that catches your eye, you'd better grab it soon before someone else does.