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Rory McIlroy is young, but by no means is he a rookie. At 25 years of age McIlroy has already captured 12 professional victories including three majors (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship & 2014 British Open). It was back in August 2012 when Upper Deck was finally able to ink the Northern Ireland star to an exclusive trading card and memorabilia deal. There were some promotional cards done for Rory by Upper Deck between 2012 and 2013, but it was not until the 2014 season that fans finally were able to score their first true rookie cards and a heavier mix of insert cards of Rory McIlroy from Upper Deck.

Many believe Rory McIlroy is a once in a generation type of player who could ultimately give players like Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus a run for their money in terms of all-time major victories, but only time will tell. He is certainly off to an amazing start though and with that comes increased interest in his authentic signed collectibles produced exclusively by Upper Deck. How high will some of these cards and memorabilia items ultimately be valued at? It really is anyone’s guess, but as of right now, they are most certainly on the rise.

Below is a breakdown on many of the Upper Deck cards and memorabilia golf fans are pursuing hard of Rory McIlroy.

Pre-Rookie Cards or X-RC Cards

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In 2013 SP Game-Used there was a promotional SP-1 card of Rory McIlroy inserted that has been in high-demand with collectors.

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At the National Sports Collectors Convention fans flocked to get one of 5 autographed McIlroy promotional items.

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Upper Deck employees were gifted with a special Precious Metal Gems card of McIlroy in 2013.

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Upper Deck’s NHL The Cup product has a multi-sport insert that has been continuing each year and the Rory McIlroy autograph card limited to 5 copies sells for big $$$$ in the secondary market!

True Rookie Cards

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First up this year was the 2014 SP Authentic Autograph Rookie of Rory McIlroy limited to just 299 copies.

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The 2014 SP Game-Used Golf Rookie Autograph card of Rory McIlroy is limited to just 199 copies.

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Rory McIlroy’s Exquisite Collection Golf Autograph Rookie Jersey card limited to just 99 copies is sure to be his most sought after rookie card this year!

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Rory shows off his Exquisite Collection Golf Autograph Rookie card during a signing session.

Rookie Year Insert Cards

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Upper Deck Authenticated Memorabilia – You can see a full rundown of Upper Deck Authenticated Rory McIlroy autograph collectibles at www.upperdeckstore.com.

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Upper Deck Authenticated goes all out to capture amazing imagery of players like Rory McIlroy.

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Upper Deck Authenticated also captures those major moments fans will never forget!

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Innovative collectibles like the Breaking Through pieces really stop fans in their tracks as the range driven golf ball appears to “break through” the glass on the piece.

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Super rare tournament-worn memorabilia that has been signed and inscribed is the ULTIMATE collectible for any fan of Rory McIlroy.

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Recently Upper Deck announced the company would be issuing the debut of Exquisite Collection Golf cards for 2014 featuring rookie content of standout stars like Michelle Wie, Cheyenne Woods, Graeme McDowell and exclusive Upper Deck spokesman, Rory McIlroy.

Over the last several weeks, Upper Deck has been working to track down golf stars for signing sessions on these cards to secure as much hard-signed content to appear live in the product as possible. All of the players have been very impressed with the quality of the cards, but perhaps none more so than Natalie Gulbis who grew up collecting cards and was blown away by the look of the 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf product. Take a look:

Check out some imagery of Natalie’s cards she signed for inclusion in the set.

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Natalie wasn’t able to convince us to let her keep this card. It will be out in packs for one lucky collector to discover!

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Upper Deck would like to thank all the collectors, fans and shops who have helped to keep the company the collector’s choice over the last 25 years at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention. Upper Deck is pulling out all the stops to make the event memorable for fans in attendance and there will be a variety of special programs in place for every type of collector to take part in. And with the company’s incredible 130’x50’ corporate booth, fans will have plenty of ground to cover to see everything Upper Deck has to offer! Below is a breakdown on the events taking place at the National from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Kids Zone – Children are the future of the hobby and Upper Deck remains the category leader in youth marketing. We will have an area of our booth dedicated completely to kid-focused activities throughout the weekend with a “Draw Your Own Trading Card,” games & tournaments to win cool prizes and even visits from Upper Deck’s mascot, Coach Cardman!

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Kids will find plenty of fun activities at the Upper Deck booth including a “Draw Your Own Trading Card” station!

Personalized 25th Anniversary Trading Cards – Have you always dreamed of one day being on an Upper Deck trading card? Well now is your chance as all week long at the show we will have a professional photographer onsite to shoot fans and then print actual Upper Deck 25th Anniversary trading cards for them on site. The best part about it is this service is absolutely FREE!

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Get your very own personalized card made in the classic 1989 UD design to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!

Upper Deck Authenticated Man Cave – Upper Deck Authenticated will have an amazing “Man Cave” set up at the show designed to give fans an idea of just how great the company’s limited-edition collectibles can make a special sports-themed room look. Many of the items on display will be available for sale at special show pricing including ultra-rare memorabilia from the Suite One-of-One collection like a tournament-worn Tiger Woods Stanford autographed & inscribed polo.

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Come see amazing memorabilia from the biggest names in sports like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James and more!

Wednesday VIP Party – Upper Deck will help get the show started by making a special presentation at the Wednesday VIP Party to thank the company’s network of dealers in attendance at the show. Fans in attendance will also score with a special 6-card VIP set produced exclusively for the National Sports Collectors Convention and they will also have the opportunity to win one of three sealed packs of the new 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf! Immediately after the VIP Party fans are invited to visit the Upper Deck booth for birthday cake to help celebrate Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary and an incredible FREE giveaway you will not want to miss!

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Wrapper Redemption Promotion – Every year fans flock to the Upper Deck booth with new packs to score one of the exclusive wrapper redemption packs produced just for this show. Randomly inserted into these packs are incredibly limited autograph cards of top stars from the world of sports. Collectors just need to purchase five (5) packs of 2013 Fleer Retro Football, 2014 SPx Football, 2014 Upper Deck Football (Hobby)2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball, 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball2013-14 NHL SP Authentic, 2014 SP Authentic Golf, 2014 Goodwin Champions OR one (1) pack of 2014 SP Game-Used Golf to receive one (1) 2014 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention Pack. EVERY 25TH COLLECTOR WILL RECEIVE A FREE FLEER RETRO AUTOGRAPH PACK FROM FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL! These packs must be purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer who will provide collectors with an Upper Deck issued voucher for the redemption program. The program will begin at 10:25 a.m. each day starting on Thursday and run as long as supplies last. Collectors can take advantage of the promotion up to four times per person, per day.

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Fans everywhere will want to collect the 20-card set with 5 different cards available every day!

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Case Breaker Promotion – Serious collectors who like cracking cases are in store for a very good time during the show as well! Collectors can open a sealed case purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show of 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball, 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball or 2013 Fleer Retro Football without waiting in any lines at any time throughout the show to receive the following:

(10) 2014 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention Packs (2 packs from each day)
(2) 2013 Fleer Retro Basketball Autograph Pack (3 autograph cards per pack)
(2) 2013 Fleer Retro Football Autograph Pack (3 autograph cards per pack)
(1) Case Breaker Raffle Ticket good for a random memorabilia item, premium hobby pack/box, trading card, or one of 25 premium National Autograph cards. The item selected will be immediately available to the participant.
*Note: This promotion is only available to the first 75 collectors who choose to take advantage of it.

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Crack a case and you could score a super-premium autographed item like this!

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Collectors love cracking cases of UD product for promotions like this at the National!

Upper Deck Educates – We are proud to debut a new program at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention with the company’s new Upper Deck Educates kits. Manipulative based learning in classrooms is all the rage these days, especially for youngsters learning math. Using trading cards in the classroom can actually help youngsters learn and we have worked to create lesson plans that include cards. We will be providing these kits which include background on manipulative based learning, a lesson plan and trading card product to elementary education teachers (Grades 4-6) for FREE while supplies last. Elementary educators attending need to email UpperDeckMarketing@upperdeck.com with subject title “Upper Deck Educates” to reserve a kit to pick up at the Upper Deck booth if they are attending the show. Please provide your full name, school and grade you teach so we can put them on reserve for you. Teachers will need to present a valid school identification to pick them up.

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Upper Deck Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt – Collectors have enjoyed Upper Deck’s Random Acts of Kindness program and we will bring the excitement around that event to the 2014 National on Thursday. Upper Deck will hide 25 sealed Random Acts of Kindness envelopes throughout the Convention Center and share clues at the company’s corporate booth throughout the day. Lucky collectors who track them down can score sweet prizes like apparel and product!

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The Exquisite Case Break – On Friday at 2:00 p.m. fans in attendance will want to make their way to the Amazon.com Sports Collectibles Center Stage for an extremely special event. Fans who are not at the show can watch through Upper Deck’s BreakersTV Channel. Upper Deck will bring up two of the company’s Authorized Group Breakers to help out with this special event in Steel City Collectibles along with Dave & Adam’s Cardworld, but spots in the break will be absolutely FREE and awarded during a special raffle at the company’s booth on Thursday night at 5:25 p.m. What will make this such an “exquisite” event is that Upper Deck will be breaking the company’s most premium products with 2013 Exquisite Collection Football and 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf.

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Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception – Almost two months ago Upper Deck announced a special private event taking place on Saturday. Here is that announcement and we will be sharing more details on this memorable event in the coming weeks!

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Entertainment – What is a birthday party without a little entertainment? Appearing all day on Friday and Saturday at the Upper Deck booth is the incomparable Tim Carroll who will be creating a special cut-up card mosaic of a popular Upper Deck spokesman. Speed artist Tim Decker will appear at the Upper Deck booth on Friday from 3:25-5:30 p.m. creating incredibly artwork of top Upper Deck spokesmen that you will have to see to believe. And Saturday Upper Deck is excited to bring in a surprise guest during the afternoon that every sports fan will want the opportunity to see! Stay tuned for more details on that!

Photo Opportunities – Upper Deck will have a variety of VERY unique photo opportunities for fans to take advantage of throughout the convention hall and at Upper Deck’s corporate booth.

Expired Redemption Raffle – Upper Deck will accept expired redemption cards at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention to be entered into a drawing for 100 different prize cards available immediately at the show. The drawing will take place at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday and redemptions need to be received in by 11:00 a.m. that morning. Here are more details on the expired redemption raffle.

Decoy Reclamation Raffle – Upper Deck wants to see collectors help with recycling efforts. All week long any time fans bring 25 blank Upper Deck decoy cards in good condition to the UD booth they can score a free raffle ticket. On Sunday at 2:25 p.m. the company will hold a special raffle for those tickets with five limited-edition autograph cards up for grabs. So bring in those seemingly useless decoys to help conservation efforts while also getting the shot to score some pretty sweet collectibles as well.

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National fans LOVE Upper Deck’s special giveaway promotions!

Special Giveaways – It may be our birthday, but you are the ones who get the presents! There will be a special FREE giveaway each day at the Upper Deck booth to help celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary. The days and times you will definitely want to be at the Upper Deck booth are Wednesday (4:00 p.m.), Thursday (5:25 p.m.), Friday (3:00 p.m.), Saturday (1:25 p.m.) and Sunday (1:25 p.m.).

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Celebrate 25 years of Upper Deck at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention!

Upper Deck will be sharing more details on events surrounding the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in the coming weeks, but it will definitely be an event collectors will NOT want to miss!

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Fans love Jeremy Roenick not just for his playing days, but now as an analyst with NBC. He is an all-around great guy and collectors certainly appreciate him as well. We recently had him in at Upper Deck Headquarters to sign a variety of cards, primarily for the upcoming release of 2013-14 NHL® Ultimate Collection. Take a look!

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Additionally, Jeremy signed a few buyback autograph cards from the 1990-91 set which he said is one of his favorite cards. There is one key thing to note however if you are thinking about purchasing an autographed version of these cards. Watch what he says to watch out for:

So if you see a card like this, it likely is not legitimate because Jeremy would never disrespect Brett Hull’s face who also appears on the card with him.

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Is this autograph found in the secondary market authentic? Not according to Jeremy Roenick who says he would never disrespect his buddy Brett Hull’s face by marking it up.

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For years I have been hearing about this great shop in Kenosha, Wisconsin called Sports Dome and I had met the owner Vera Maloof along with her family at a variety of events over the years. They are incredibly kind and great representatives for the hobby. Recently during a visit to Chicago I took some time out to make the relatively short trek up to Kenosha and was happy I did. Sports Dome really is a beautiful trading card shop with tons of great collectibles that is well worth stopping by.

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Sports Dome
6916 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262)697-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday by appointment
Website: www.sportsdomekenosha.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sportsdomekenosha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sports_Dome

I was able to spend some time with Vera who gave me a breakdown on why YOU should visit Sports Dome if you are ever in the area, take a look!

And check out some more images of the shop.

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One of the great parts about getting out and traveling is stopping in on different trading card shops and this is definitely one you will not want to miss!

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