This is to address the recent discovery that a number of cards distributed by Upper Deck in select 2011-12 NHL trading card releases and purporting to be “hand-signed” by NHL rookie Devante Smith-Pelly were not, in fact, “hand-signed” by the player. Upon discovering that cards of Anaheim Ducks player Devante Smith-Pelly included in select 2011-12 NHL products may have been marked by a stamp instead of being hand-signed, Upper Deck immediately contacted the player’s agent and the NHLPA. After confirming the cards were not signed by Devante Smith-Pelly, Upper Deck immediately began the process of remaking his signed trading cards for 2011-12 NHL SP Authentic, 2011-12 NHL Ultimate Collection and 2011-12 NHL The Cup. Devante Smith-Pelly will autograph these remade cards.
Collectors who pulled these cards simply need to contact Upper Deck’s Customer Care group at (800) 873-7332 or by emailing QA@upperdeck.com. Upper Deck staff will provide instructions on how to send in your card to have it replaced. Additionally, Upper Deck will provide some relief on shipping costs for collectors affected in the form of two (2) new Upper Deck packs sent back with the replacement card.
A list of the exact cards affected is listed below:
SP Authentic – Future Watch Autograph, #’d to 999
SP Authentic – Future Watch Patch Auto, #’d to 100
Ultimate Collection – Ultimate Autographed Rookies, #’d to 299
The Cup – The Cup Rookies Auto Patch, #’d to 249
The Cup – The Cup Rookies Auto Patch Gold parallel, #’d to 77
The Cup – The Cup Rookies Auto Patch Black Tag parallel, #’d to 5