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Upper Deck has done it again in terms of innovation. The same company that brought you the first game-used jersey cards is now bringing real, physical cards to the digital realm. This is a huge upgrade to the digital card market as it currently stands and makes sense as sports cards need to continue to evolve with the rest of the world around us. It’s called Upper Deck e-Pack™ and fans are loving it!
As a collector, I am a big fan of e-Pack. I get to open real packs of cards and not have to deal with the sorting, the storing, and the mess it can create. Not only is e-Pack helping to make collecting more efficient, but it is also environmentally friendly. No more boxes and wrappers filling up your garbage can after you open them up. What I really love is the convenience as it can be hard to get to the local card shop as much as I like so I can open packs or trade with other collectors when I am in bed, on a plane or in a waiting room.
But really, it’s all about the efficiency the Upper Deck e-Pack platform provides. You can go from buying and opening a pack of cards anywhere in the world to having a particular card you like in your hand in a number of days. It seems one of the questions a lot of collectors still need help answering is how to go from the digital realm to actually receive a physical card on e-Pack.
Here is your collector’s guide to go from digital to physical. Follow these instructions and you’ll have these sweet Upper Deck cards in your hands in no time.
In my current experience prior to writing this guide, I ripped one of the most sought after cards in this product, a Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card. As an Edmonton Oilers fan, I was excited, but ready for the responsibility that owning such a valuable card holds. I went from obtaining the card in an e-Pack, transferring it to COMC, and sending to BGS for grading. I’m currently waiting for the card to be sent back from BGS, but I will not have to leave my house, pay for any extra shipping, or use up any mailing materials to go through this process. And since the card didn’t have to go through the mechanized process of being packages, I’m hoping for a good grade on it!
Most of the cool Upper Deck releases will continue to be exclusive at hobby shops through physical packs so you will want to make sure you visit your Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer throughout the year! Here’s a look at the line-up of products currently available and coming soon to your local card shop and the Upper Deck e-Pack platform:
2015-16 NHL® Upper Deck Series One – SOLD OUT!
2015-16 NHL® Upper Deck MVP – Available NOW!
2015-16 NHL® Upper Deck Series Two – Available NOW!
2015-16 NHL® Ultimate Collection – Available Summer 2016
2016-17 NHL® Upper Deck MVP – Available Summer 2016
2016-17 NHL® Upper Deck Series One – Available Fall 2016
2016 Goodwin Champions – Available Summer 2016
About the Author: Kevin Ransom is a lifelong collector of sports cards and enjoys collecting Upper Deck cards of his favorite hockey team – the Edmonton Oilers. You can find him on Twitter @ransomnotes.