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We often get questions about whether or not older products have expired redemptions in them. As such, we wanted to provide collectors with a list of “last call” redemptions – anything set to expire before the end of the year. We think it is important that our fans know what is and is not going to be available if you are opening older products. If you have been on the fence about grabbing or opening these products, now is the time to do so as the redemption cards found within will soon expire! Remember, if you have pulled an expired redemption for an autograph card from an Upper Deck release, we now have a program to help out with that. Find out more about Upper Deck’s Expired Redemption Raffle by clicking HERE.

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Hockey
2010-11 NHL SP Authentic – Redemptions expire 3/30/13
Key cards included here are Sidney Crosby autograph patch cards, as well as some Prestigious Pairings & Sign of the Times Dual Mystery redemptions!
2010-11 NHL Ultimate – Redemptions expire 6/29/13
Autograph cards of Gretzky, Crosby, Ovechkin & Seguin rookie cards are all still up for grabs!
2010-11 NHL The Cup – Redemptions expire 8/10/13 & uncut sheet redemptions expire 7/10/13
There are a few Gretzky dual & triple autos, as well as Taylor Hall & Derek Stepan rookie autograph patch cards still available in this product!
2011-12 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions – Redemptions expire 8/24/13
Non autographed & autographed versions both remain available for all rookies on the 2011-12 NHL Artifacts checklist!
2011 Parkhurst Champions – Redemptions expire 9/26/13
A select few remain for various Wire Photo autograph cards, as well as dual & triple Wire Photo autograph cards.

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Football
2010 SP Authentic Football – Redemptions expire 2/17/13
Look for rare remaining Jimmy Graham rookie autographs & Peyton ManningCollege Pride autos!
2011 UD Football – Redemptions expire 3/9/13
There are still a few unclaimed DeMarco Murray Ultimate rookie signature cards!
2010 Exquisite Football – Redemptions expire 3/16/13
2011 Sweet Spot Football – Redemptions expire 7/14/13
Veterans such as Drew Brees, Barry Sanders, John Elway & Adrian Peterson remain on the market and rookies including DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones & A.J. Green are still available!

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Basketball
2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball – Redemptions expire 4/14/13
Derrick Rose & Russell Westbrook both have By The Letter redemptions that have not yet been claimed!
2011 All Time Greats Basketball – Redemptions expire 7/13/13
Though limited in this product, there are a few pending redemptions for Derrick Rose, including a 1 of 1 autograph card!
2011-12 SP Authentic Basketball – Redemptions expire 10/7/13

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Miscellaneous
2011 Goodwin Champions – Redemptions expire 6/5/13, Entomology redemptions expire 7/5/13
Redemption cards remain unredeemed for LeBron James, Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky, as well as a few Masterpieces art cards! And don’t forget about those bugs!

Previously Expired Sets
2009-10 NHL OPC Premier – Redemptions expired 7/14/12
2010-11 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions – Redemptions expired 9/7/12
2009-10 NHL The Cup – Redemptions expired 9/15/12
2010 Ultimate Basketball – Redemptions expired 9/20/12
2010-11 NHL Artifacts – Redemptions expired 9/28/12
2010-11 NHL UD Series 1 – Redemptions expired 10/19/12
2010-11 NHL Black Diamond – Redemptions expired 11/9/12
2010-11 NHL SP Game Used – Redemptions expired 12/21/12
2010-11 NHL SPx – Redemptions expired 1/11/13

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One of the more frequent questions we get in our Customer Care group come from collectors who are worried about buying an older product because it may have expired redemptions in the product. I wanted to resuscitate an older program where we would share information about Upper Deck products with redemptions in them that are about to expire. I also wanted to provide a little detail on what some of the better redemption cards are in those sets. This is the “last call” for Upper Deck redemptions set to expire over the next six months so if you are looking to break some older products, you may want to crack these while you can!

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2009-10 NHL OPC Premier – Redemptions expire 7/14/12
There are still quite a few bigger redemptions yet to be redeemed out there from this product like a Premier Signings Triple Gold card with Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman numbered to just five copies!

Artifacts rookie redemptions

2010-11 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions – Cards are set to expire 9/7/12
Look for rookies like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Jeff Skinner, Magnus Paajarvi, Derek Stepan & Brayden Schenn!

2009-10 NHL The Cup

2009-10 NHL The Cup – Redemptions expire 9/15/12
There is still a couple unclaimed Dual Signature Patches of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux numbered to 35!

2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball

2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball – Redemptions expire 9/20/12
There are several great redemptions still unspoken for like Ultimate Triple Signatures numbered to 25 of Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Also, some for the Rivalries Duals including Michael Jordan & Larry Bird, Michael Jordan & Bill Russell and Michael Jordan & Julius Erving!

2010-11 NHL Artifacts

2010-11 NHL Artifacts – Redemptions expire 9/28/12
There weren’t many redemptions in this product, but there are still a few outstanding ones for Mark Messier autograph cards!

2010-11 NHL UD1

2010-11 NHL UD Series One – Redemptions expire 10/19/12
Again, not many redemptions were included, but there are still a few out there for Sidney Crosby’s 20th Anniversary autograph card numbered to 90!

2010-11 NHL Black Diamond

2010-11 NHL Black Diamond – Redemptions expire 11/9/12
This product had limited autograph redemptions as well. The biggest name player with redemptions that will soon expire is Mark Messier.

2010-11 NHL SP Game Used

2010-11 NHL SP Game Used – Redemptions expire 12/21/12
Look for still unclaimed autograph P.K. Subban Lettermarks cards numbered to 50 from his rookie season!

Worthy of note, ALL MLB, NFL and NBA Upper Deck products have expired offers in them. Since Upper Deck no longer has a license with these leagues, we cannot honor ANY of these expired offers from these products. When purchasing these older products you are buying them as is, without any type of warranty service so if there are issues with damage, collation, insert ratios or expired offers, we will unfortunately be unable to assist.

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Conference tournaments closely followed by the start of the NCAA Tournament provide two of the best weeks of the year for college basketball fans. This year was no exception, with upsets, close games and excitement abounding. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill was not immune to the drama, despite being perennial participants in the dance (excluding last year, that is).

Sophomore forward John Henson blocked an in-bounds pass with seven seconds remaining to end this weekend with a close win over the University of Washington, earning UNC its 24th trip to the Sweet 16. With a junior, two sophomores and two freshmen starting for this year’s Tar Heels, the faces continue to change, although the spirit and tradition of the program remains the same.

Michael Jordan, one of the most prominent Carolina Basketball Alumni, was on-site to watch the game and met with the team prior to their win on Sunday. Former players can be found at most tournament games, as well as many regular-season games, supporting their alma mater and their continually growing family of players.

Michael Jordan led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA title. His basket with 16 seconds remaining iced UNC's memorable win against Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas.

With alumni like Charlie Scott, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Kenny Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Raymond Felton, and of course, Jordan, dotting the program’s past, Carolina has built a history of great teams. Coached by Hall of Fame greats such as Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and now Roy Williams, Carolina has won five national titles, tied for third-most in NCAA history. Great games mark each year, from the ’93 championship win over Michigan and the “Fab Five,” to one of the many epic Duke battles over the years.

Vince Carter helped the Tar Heels maintain their domination in the NCAA tournament during the '90s.

All of this history, winning tradition and camaraderie has been captured by Upper Deck in its University of North Carolina Basketball card set. A 90-card set dating back to the 1920’s, it includes many of the players and coaches that built the program, as well as the games and seasons that have made the team famous. Scattered into the mix are autographs of the greats that played with North Carolina and inserts including rivalry games and players whose jerseys have been retired.

Miniature replica championship banners are also inserted into each blaster box, one for each of the five titles Carolina has won: 1957, ’82, ’93, ’05 and ‘09. Pick your blaster box carefully as a total of 23 Jordan-signed banners from the ‘82 season exist, which were were randomly inserted into the product! While I’ll definitely be chasing one of those Jordan-signed-banners, the cards are a beautiful representation of the program Carolina has built over the last 90 years, and reason enough to buy at least a box. Maybe I’ll buy one for each win Carolina has in the tournament – hopefully four more!

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Last weekend was a busy one for me. I was working the booth for Upper Deck at the well-attended annual NHL All-Star Fan Fair, as well as handling some interviewing duties and autograph signings with NHL stars for the card maker.  Here’s my recap of what went on last weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, home of the Carolina Hurricanes!

On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of sitting next to the family of Upper Deck’s winning “stick kid,” eight-year-old Devin Ybarra, at the RBC Center. He earned the right to serve as stick kid at the Skills Competition by virtue of submitting the winning essay in a contest entitled “What I love About Hockey.”  Devin returned to his seat beaming and full of stories from his pre-game and on-ice responsibilities about halfway through the night with his jersey filled with signatures. He was most excited about getting his picture taken with Carolina Hurricane’s Captain Eric Staal and was eager and kind enough to share the multitude of other pictures he took.

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NICE LOCKER: Devin Ybarra got to meet his favorite 'Canes player, Eric Staal.

His smile didn’t fade for the rest of the evening’s competition, and though I didn’t see him during Sunday’s activities, I’m pretty sure that smile has taken him all the way through this week, sharing stories and pictures with all his friends and fellow ‘Canes fans.

That’s when I thought about something. For the league, host city and sponsors, the NHL All-Star Game is a business. But for fans, especially the kids, it’s an opportunity, unlike any other, to access the players and partake in all the things they love about the sport.

Devin may have been a slight exception to the rule with the chances he had to participate in events throughout the weekend, but it didn’t stop everyone else from enjoying the unparalleled contact. The best players in the league, even some former greats, could be seen walking around Fan Fair or the players’ hotel, and all were kind enough to stop for a few words or an autograph.

Multiple players were signing autographs at Fan Fair, including Canes’ rookie Jeff Skinner and Edmonton first-year standout Taylor Hall, who both stopped by the Upper Deck booth for an hour to entertain. Skinner’s signing session came complete with a young girl inviting him to prom, which unfortunately he had to decline (I think he’s planning on the playoffs interfering!).

Kids of all ages were able to run through all the fan fair activities, from playing in a floor hockey game of their own, to shooting practice, to taking pictures or playing with an abundance of mascots. A definite fan favorite from this weekend’s event was the personal trading card fair-goers could create at the Upper Deck booth. That’s right; their very own Upper Deck trading card! Kids of all ages, from infants to grandparents, added to their collections with their very own personal Upper Deck NHL All-Star Game card.

Although the line could sometimes be long, it never got boring, as several games of pack wars were played. One young fan won because her Jarome Iginla card reflected the most points from that round’s group of cards, which put her over the top for points.

Players enjoyed several rounds themselves, competing for the best pulls from a pack. Colorado Avalanche teammates Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene played with packs of SP Game Used Hockey. Stastny was the winner with his pull of a dual memorabilia card. Martin St. Louis didn’t play, but his sons did, and one was lucky enough to pull a card of his dad!

Boston’s Tyler Seguin and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos may have had the best pulls from players last weekend. Seguin opened a pack of SP Game Used to find a dual autographed memorabilia card of Wayne Gretzky & Mario Lemieux, numbered to 5, while  Stamkos pulled his own autograph from a pack of Upper Deck Artifacts, which he was kind enough to sign a second time.

One lucky fan went home with that double-autographed Stamkos card, along with a Stamkos signed “Breaking Through” Upper Deck Authenticated piece. He had the perfect place for the card in his collection and for the frame on his wall. Similar to Devin Ybarra, this guy was wearing a very big smile as he left the NHL Fan Fair.

I know fans from all over took in as many of the events and activities as they could, but by the smiling faces of the multitude of fans (especially Devin’s) leaving the Upper Deck booth with their P-cards, autographs and redemption packs, it was easy to conclude that the kids were having the most fun of all. I can’t seem to figure out, though, if the majority of those kids were under the age of 18, or over!

So while the event may be business for some, for the fans, and even for the players, it’s an incredible opportunity for fun and making great memories.

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