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Fathers and sons and even fathers and daughters bond over sports. Upper Deck loves to promote that type of engagement through programs like National Hockey Card Day or UD’s Father of the Year promotion. It is awesome to see father’s bonding with their kids through sports, and just this week, we saw something like that happen which was really cool!
Brian Kinney wanted to surprise his father, who is a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, with a special experience. His dad had never been to a Bengals game since they live in Connecticut, so Brian felt it was time his father got to experience that. He started by gifting him a new Bengals hat, and then a classic piece of memorabilia in a signed Bengals jersey by current starting quarterback Andy Dalton. It didn’t stop there however, check out what he did next (warning, some strong language):
Are you looking to make up to dad for your “Terrible Twos” or the time you told mom he fed you cake for dinner? Follow Brian’s lead and do something special that ties back to his passion, sports.
If he loves golf, Upper Deck Authenticated has you covered with two of the games greatest in Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Present him with a piece he will remember forever and then share tickets to an awesome golf event like The Masters or the U.S. Open. Every time he looks at the memorabilia item you got him, he will remember that trip.
If your dad is a fan of collegiate sports, Upper Deck has you covered as we are the sole licensor with the Collegiate Licensing Company. Upper Deck has produced standalone trading card sets for basketball programs like the University of North Carolina and the University of Kansas. For Football we have produced trading card sets dedicated completely to programs like the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. We even have some college specific memorabilia from athletes like Cam Newton from Auburn. Imagine how quickly your adolescent sins will be forgiven when you give your dad tickets to see Notre Dame play in South Bend and some boxes of the Upper Deck Notre Dame Football product to open during the flight!
Or maybe your father is a fan of hoops. Well, nobody does basketball better than Upper Deck. From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, we’ve got you covered. Share with him a truly memorable piece like the LeBron James “Tegata” piece and then surprise him with tickets to see “King James” hold court in SouthBeach. Any time he gives you the business about having to change your diapers just point to the piece hanging on his wall and he will instantly stop that crazy talk as he reflects on that wonderful memory.
Now if you are a hockey fan, there is something really great you can do for your dad, give him the “Great One.” Wayne Gretzky is an exclusive spokesman to the Upper Deck company so get him a cool memorabilia piece along with tickets to the Hockey Hall-of-Fame in Toronto. Have an awesome weekend walking those hallowed halls and let dad know that in your book, he is the “Great One.” He’ll think about that every time he sees that Gretzky piece in his home or office.
What about dads like Brian’s who love football? Well we’ve got you covered there too. The hottest guy playing these days is Peyton Manning. Surprise him with tickets to the Denver to watch him play and include a signed piece from Upper Deck Authenticated. Watch history together making memories you will both treasure forever, just remember to dress warm!
And every dad loves baseball. Upper Deck has produced tens of thousands of awesome trading card sets and collectibles from America’s pastime since our inception in 1989. Why not find something unique like a Mickey Mantle autograph UDA bat and tickets to Cooperstown, New York to visit the Baseball Hall-of-Fame?
Do something special for the man who helped make you the person you are today and let us know how it goes! Who knows, maybe you and your father will become the next YouTube sensation!
For trading cards most collectors commonly refer to their trusty Beckett guides to find the prices on their favorite sports cards. For memorabilia however, finding out what the item you have is worth can be a little more difficult. Beckett has done away with their “Beckett Elite” guide which covered a lot of auction house memorabilia. Also gone are features in “Beckett Sports Card Monthly” publication on memorabilia. And while they are still contemplating getting back to providing analysis on this major aspect of the hobby, there is nothing set in stone as of yet. This leaves collectors in a quandary in terms of what the best ways are to find the value and price on their autographed sports memorabilia items.
When fans are looking for the value on something I hate when someone says in response, “It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” Well obviously that’s true, but certainly there have to be tools that let me know what something like this is currently selling for and how many “someones” may be interested in it. We probed customers, talked to partners and discussed tactics with internal staff to come up with the best ways to find values on sports memorabilia and here are some of the best resources we found to check values on memorabilia.
Completed Auctions on eBay
- You can get real time, up to date pricing on what similar memorabilia items are selling for.
- Quick and painless way to get a fell for value.
- It usually doesn’t really give you a feel for the difference in price between authentication brands. For example a UDA Tiger Woods autograph 8×10 would have a premium value to a Tiger Woods 8×10 that was signed at a golf tournament and then authenticated.
- It doesn’t really give you a feel for an apples to apples comparison and as most items are different, especially with regard to condition, that can cause discrepancies on your self-appraisal of the piece.
- Platform tends to have a flea market or garage sale type feel on the memorabilia side with lots of odd items that quality pieces are lost with and frequently that leads to a lower sale price. People are generally willing to sell items here for a loss over a traditional store environment which cheapens the likely true value of a piece.
- Many people are hesitant about making a major purchase for memorabilia on eBay as they want to work directly with the manufacturer or re-seller so with less bids, comes lesser prices and a deflated evaluation.
Visit your Local Card Shop
- This is the route I would take because you are really dealing with the experts who live in this world day in and day out. Make sure to visit an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer so you know you are working with a partner who is knows quality memorabilia items.
- By working with a local shop, you have the benefit of taking into account which region you are in. For example, a Brett Favre UDA autograph piece is going to sell better in Wisconsin than it would Florida. These shops get that and realize how much of a different that is to the value.
- They may be able to assist you in a sale or trade as they know a lot of customers, including ones who might be interested in the piece. You may also be able to work out a consignment deal with them where they show the piece off in their store and if it sells at a price you agree to, you can in turn share a small cut of the sale with them.
- You do have to lug the piece to a hobby shop so make sure you are careful during the transportation of the item. There would be nothing worse than taking it to get a feel for the price and damaging it along the way. Additionally, make sure to call ahead to see if there is someone at the shop at that time who could help with an appraisal like this.
Go to a Show
- Larger shows like the National Sports Collectors Convention have a ton of auction houses in attendance running a ton of auctions and they also have autograph pavilions where you can get a feel for what athletes are charging for their signature. Maybe take some photos of your items and just ask around as every major expert is there!
- This may actually be the best way to do it, but the big problem is these larger shows are usually just 1-2 times per year and there is significant costs tied to traveling to them and getting tickets.
Comparative Shop through Sites Upper Deck’s Online Store
- It gives you a good feel to see what the current retail price is on memorabilia items.
- There is usually a strong variety of items to give you a feel for the value.
- You are not going to find older items on these sites usually.
- The pricing you see doesn’t take into account special promotions the company’s may run which may decrease the price a bit more.
- These usually are a very good resource as there are usually a lot of “lots” sold that you can use to get a feel for current market values.
- There are so many auctions and auction sites, it can be very overwhelming trying to find a similar item in all these sales.
- They will usually talk up the sales of a few pieces that brought big bucks, but finding details on every sale can require a little more digging based on the company.
- Their main focus is creating excitement for new auctions so there are not always a focus with these companies on creating a historical database of what items sold for.
PSA’s Sports Market Report – This is one of the better platforms I have actually used myself. We talked to Steve Sloan who is the director of marketing at Collector’s Universe about their platform and he had this to say:
“PSA’s Sports Market Report, or SMR, is built upon data derived from direct submissions, private sales and actual auction results, making it a great compass for both buyers and sellers in determining market values for PSA-certified items. Plus, as an added bonus, we’ve provided links to actual, live eBay auctions into our listings so collectors can have direct access to ‘real time’ pricing.”
- It’s a free platform and is very user friendly.
- You can see real time auctions easily.
- It gives you a good immediate feel for price on items signed by particular athletes.
- Did we mention it is free?
- It doesn’t show everything unfortunately. So more unique pieces may leave you still scratching your head.
And that really is the biggest problem collectors face when they have really unique pieces they are trying to get pricing on. Collectibles that are extremely limited or 1-of-1 type items can be very difficult to price because you just don’t know how many people may be in the market for something like what you have. This is especially true when it comes to collectibles from Upper Deck Authenticated because producing innovative and different items is what we do best. Therefore, comparing items like these to a 16×20 photo or jersey is not an apples to apples comparison and premium value should be given to collectibles that are limited and unique like these.
I know for sure there are more resources than this, but would love to here from you on what you use to get a feel for values and pricing on memorabilia. Let us know what you use in the comment section below.
Never have I seen so many appreciative fans come by Upper Deck’s corporate booth on Sunday of the National Sports Collectors Convention to say, “Thank you.” But then again, never has Upper Deck, or perhaps any manufacturer, made such a concerted effort to engage collectors so thoroughly at this annual show. Upper Deck’s president Jason Masherah challenged the team attending to go all out to make sure our worldwide fans know that not only are we the most innovative trading card manufacturer, but we bring that innovation and excitement to activities at the show as well. The team came through with flying colors by providing thousands of collectors with an incredibly memorable experience.
It all began by making news honoring John Makowiec, the founder of Cards2Kids Charity with his very own “Heroic Inspirations” trading card. Upper Deck also provided the charity with space at the company’s corporate booth and over the weekend the received in tens of thousands of cards from generous collectors. All these will go to good use as they are repackaged and distributed to deserving kids through charity organizations.
It was important to us to let collectors know they are important to the company and we care about them. To do that we put together a variety of interactive activities that everyone at the show thoroughly enjoyed. And because of that the Upper Deck booth was constantly buzzing with activity.
First up was the Fleer Retro case breaker promotion where we came up with 25 awesome prizes for customers interested in breaking a full case of the most recent Fleer Retro brands for basketball, hockey and football. Little did we know the promotion would be so popular that 25 customers would break cases at the Upper Deck booth Wednesday night effectively selling out the promotion. We scrambled that night to come up with more prizing and were able to deliver 16 more prizes to extend the program, but again, fans flocked to it and another 16 cases were busted before noon on Thursday. Not only did collectors love their pulls from the product, they also appreciated the opportunity to own some additional cool promotional items from top Upper Deck athletes.
The biggest event for Upper Deck at the show however was the daily wrapper redemption program which allowed collectors of every level to walk away with a special set Upper Deck created specifically for the National Sports Collectors Convention just by purchasing a few packs. Unlike some manufacturers who cut costs by not printing very many of their sets, causing them to look at bringing on security to deal with the collectors upset with the experience, Upper Deck planned ahead by producing enough packs to meet the demand and have them available for several hours each day before selling out. Upper Deck also improved the experience by having two fulfillment stations which expedited the process and reduced wait times for our fans.
And to top that off, Upper Deck also loaded these packs with random autograph cards from the biggest players in baseball, basketball, hockey and golf. There were several times over the weekend where collector’s hands were shaking after they pulled a rare autograph card from a top Upper Deck spokesman from packs. It was just awesome!
A major initiative for Upper Deck was to continue our efforts in running marketing activities at the booth geared towards kids. Each day we hosted a decoy toss tournament with kids that they really enjoyed. The friendly competition had big crowds of kids gathered either participating or rooting on their favorite players. They loved being able to win a variety of Upper Deck packs and prizes as well!
One of the best kids programs we ran at the National Sports Collectors Convention was the “Draw Your Own Trading Card Station” where we provided kids with markers and blank cards to create their own original Upper Deck trading cards. The program was such a success that we donated the table to a Chicago area hobby shop so they could continue engaging youth with this fun activity all year long. Since they are the future of this hobby, it is the responsibility of every trading card manufacture to work to earn their future business by engaging them now.
Upper Deck recently launched a Notre Dame Football product so given the fact the show took place in such close proximity to South Bend, Indiana, it was important we run some Notre Dame oriented promotions there. And what better way to do that than to give everyone a free pack? Sports fans in attendance were offered a free pack of Notre Dame football cards and then we ran a pack war event where we asked questions about the cards and those who had the cards the question involved won prizes. The top four advanced to a Notre Dame cornhole toss tournament where young, old and everyone in between had fun competing for ND themed prizes.
One of the more unique events of the week was Upper Deck’s “Signature Challenge” event where we put collectors through the paces of what it is like for professional athletes to provide us with hard-signed autograph cards. Five competitors were given a limited time frame to sign 25 blank cards, but what they were not told is that each signature would be judged and cards with ink smearing, skipped signatures or inconsistent autographs would be disqualified. This is something we actually do with athletes we work with. The winner was the person who provided us with the most quality autographs in that time period. It was an eye opening and fun experience for collectors that drew big crowds each day.
The most popular event of the weekend however was the free daily raffles where we gave away hundreds of prizes to collectors in attendance over the weekend. Up for grabs were cool collectibles like signed pucks, baseballs, trading cards, sealed boxes and much more. These giveaways provided fans with a lot of excitement and were a really good way to say thank you to everyone in attendance for their support of Upper Deck.
It can be frustrating for collectors who purchase older Upper Deck sealed wax to pull an expired redemption card. We have shared before why redemption cards cannot be honored forever, but we have done our due diligence to provide collectors with a fun option should they pull one of these expired offers through UD’s Expired Redemption Raffle. Collectors do not need to be at the show to participate, but many where. For those not in attendance who had their names drawn, you can expect an UD mail day in the coming weeks. See how it went down:
Upper Deck works with some of the most notable athletes on the planet exclusively through Upper Deck Authenticated and we brought out an awesome assortment of signed memorabilia to the show for sports fans to peruse. With a variety of show specials, they sold quickly and many fans were thrilled to have a bevy of new items to decorate their man caves with.
One of the more unique events of the weekend was Upper Deck’s “What’s the Big Idea?” promotion. As we embark on the company’s 25th anniversary in 2014, we wanted to solicit fans at the biggest trade show of the year for what they would like to see from Upper Deck over our next 25 years of operation. Up for grabs was a LeBron James autograph poster for the top idea, but more importantly perhaps, two passes for the top two collectors to Upper Deck’s Diamond Club Reception on Saturday. The top two idea men made their pitch to attendees at that Saturday event and they voted on their favorite. When it was all said and done, Michael Markovich bested them all with his idea of city-themed autograph cards using athletes from a variety of sports. We’ll see if something like that makes it into a new Upper Deck set.
And speaking of the Diamond Club Reception, those who earned a pass to this event have been talking about it almost non-stop since it ended. Guests were treated to outstanding food and drink at Gibson’s Steakhouse while they got the opportunity to get to know some of the biggest collectors in the industry. Instead of shelling out big bucks to bring in athletes who guests may get a couple minutes with, we invested rather in some incredibly compelling collectibles that these VIP’s could have forever. Awesome items were handed out in a steady fashion for almost 2½ hours leading up to the Main Event Raffle for 25 incredible items that everyone in the room was drooling over.
And then there were the surprises where Upper Deck continued to look for ways to let collectors know how much we appreciate them. Like creating a special blow-up card for one of Robert Griffin III’s biggest fans; Sergio Dubois.
We also surprised this youngster wearing a Chicago Blackhawks shirt with a FREE Upper Deck Stanley Cup Box Set! Both he and his father were thrilled.
Or on the last day of the show where we surprised fans with an announcement that we would take every collector who was interested over for free ice cream because let’s face it, nothing is cooler than collecting Upper Deck.
But what about those fans that couldn’t make it out to the biggest sports collectibles show of the year? How can we let them know we value and appreciate them? Well, for starters we brought back some complete sets of the wrapper redemption sets to use with fans around the world who missed the National. For your chance to score one of these complete 20-card sets for FREE, we are going to have a skills-based giveaway open to fans that provide us with their best big idea on what innovative new trading card sets they would like to see Upper Deck produce over our next 25 years. Your idea much be at least three sentences long, but no longer than 12 sentences. You should make it about what innovation you would like to see UD bring to trading cards rather than things already on our radar like licensing acquisition or reducing redemptions in products. Make sure to include your shipping information and you can email your big idea here. The top ten ideas will be selected on Monday, August 12, 2013 to receive a special UD National Sports Collectors Convention set.
Additionally, we will be making some of the more premium items from the show available to the Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance. This organization is free to join and members are given missions throughout the year they are not obligated to participate in. Those who do participate however are eligible to earn mail days with exciting trading cards and collectibles found inside. Here are more details on how you can join the Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance.
Thanks again to all the fans who joined UD at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. We look forward to seeing many of you again at the 2014 show in Cleveland, Ohio!
Upper Deck’s 2013 Goodwin Champions product is set to arrive in stores on Tuesday, July 16. Upper Deck has gone all out to include a variety of compelling new personalities to the set along with existing UD superstars to make the autograph and memorabilia hits super exciting for fans.
Check out some of the memorabilia cards you’re going to want to chase from the product including a card of Abraham Lincoln that features actual wood from the White House.
The autograph cards are the big draw with Goodwin Champions for collectors as each is individually hand-signed by the athlete. Take a look at some of the sweet autograph cards you’ll be sure to want to add to your collection!
When Upper Deck shared the company’s plans for the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention, the event that had most collectors buzzing was the Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception. What awesome goodies would the top Upper Deck spenders at the National have a chance of adding to their collections? Today we are happy to share images of some of those items.
Frequently we are asked, “What do you all do with the cool cards that don’t get awarded at shows and events?” They are used for a variety of projects, but many have been stashed away for this special event. We have also procured signed items and unique collectibles from top athletes to use especially for Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception. It will truly be an event any hard-core collector will want to score a pass to.
Existing Diamond Club members in attendance will have an automatic pass to the event, but non-members can earn a slot by being the top Upper Deck spender on sealed product from these Certified Diamond Dealers in attendance at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention through Saturday morning:
|CERTIFIED DIAMOND DEALER||CONTACT||PHONE|
|ALL-AMERICAN SPORTS||TERRY BROWN||
|CHICAGOLAND SPORTSCARDS||MARC GOLDSMITH||847-229-2626|
|DAVE & ADAM’S CARD WORLD||ADAM MARTIN||716-837-4920|
|J&J’S SPORTS SECTION||JOE DAVIS||770-736-9998|
|LTD SPORTS||SCOTT MONIZE||774-319-5200|
|MARTY’S SPORTS CARD EXCHANGE||MARTY DAVIS||423-648-7037|
|MILL CREEK SPORTS CARDS||SCOTT MAHLUM||425-742-8500|
|REDMANS DUGOUT||CHRIS EDMUNDS||270-651-2308|
|STEEL CITY COLLECTIBLES||SEAN BENNETT||412-366-5858|
|THE FANTASTIC STORE||THOMAS FISH||703-953-3131|
|TOM FRANTZEN SPORTS||TOM FRANTZEN||
The event takes place on Saturday, August 3 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at an undisclosed location in the Rosemont, IL area. Passes are non-transferable. For more details on the event, please email UpperDeckMarketing@upperdeck.com.
The best part is, you don’t have to have a thick wallet to attend this event. Two savvy collectors will earn a spot at the event through Upper Deck’s “What’s The Big Idea?” promotion. Upper Deck is heading into the company’s 25thAnniversary in 2014. Upper Deck prides ourselves on being a forward-thinking company that is appreciative of our past, but more focused on the future of how we will continue to innovate trading cards and the entire sports memorabilia category. We are also a company that was founded on being the “collector’s choice” so we want our fans feedback in what they would like to see from Upper Deck for the next 25 years.
At anytime during the show from Wednesday through Friday evening, fans can fill out an Upper Deck “What’s the Big Idea?” form where any fan can share their “big idea” on what they would like to see Upper Deck release over the next 25 years. The two collectors with the top ideas will be contacted Friday evening and invited to this event where they can pitch their idea to this room of experts who will vote on the candidate who has the best idea. The winner will walk away with a LeBron James signed promotional poster and the runner-up will receive a signed card from a top NHL star!
Upper Deck has a tremendous amount of cool items that will be available to attendees at this event, but we wanted to provide fans with a glimpse of what they could score. Check out 25 reasons why you should be at the 2013 Upper Deck Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception:
#25 – Las Vegas Industry Summit Autograph Landon Donovan
#24 – Mike Trout Precious Metal Gems Promo Card 10/10
#23 – USA Football Future Swatch Patch Autograph Jaxon Shipley
#22 – Las Vegas Industry Summit Autograph Alex Ovechkin
#21 – Priority Signings Taylor Hall/Jordan Eberle Autograph
#20 – Las Vegas Industry Summit Autograph Bobby Orr
#19 – Priority Signings Steven Stamkos/Alex Ovechkin Autograph
#18 – Las Vegas Industry Summit Autograph Mike Tyson
#17 – High-End Upper Deck Wax
#16 – Priority Signings Ryan Nugent Hopkins Autograph
#15 – Bobby Hull Autograph Cards
#14 – Las Vegas Industry Summit Autograph LeBron James
#13 – Priority Signings Eric Lindros/Mark Messier Autograph
#12 – Landon Donovan Goodwin Champions Original Art Autograph
#11 – Priority Signings Mario Lemieux 1/1 Autograph
#10 – 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase Framed Signed Photos
#9 – 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase Framed Signed Photo
#8 – 2012 NHLPA Rookie Showcase Framed Signed Photo
#7 – Priority Signings Geno Smith/Matt Barkley 1/1 Autograph
#6 – Signed NHL Draft Hockey Sticks, Pucks, Hats & Gloves
#5 – Priority Signings Wayne Gretzky Autograph
#4 – 2012 NHLPA Rookie Showcase Signed Helmet
#3 – LeBron James Promotional Poster with inscription, “Winning is the only thing that matters!!”
#2 – Priority Signings Tiger Woods/Wayne Gretzky 1/1 Autograph
#1 – Celebrating the recent Stanley Cup win by the Chicago Blackhawks and given the fact the show takes place in Chicago, we give fans the chance to score a very unique collectible. We recently had Michael Jordan sign this Chicago Blackhawks jersey which will be going home with one lucky collector who attends this reception.