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When you think NCAA basketball, you think of the colors blue and white. You think of prestigious programs. You think Wall and Rose. Cauley-Stein and the Harrison twins. All are names, which are synonymous with the University of Kentucky. You would have had to be living under a rock the last few months to not know of the seismic accomplishments that this UK squad has amassed this season. I’ll just leave this here: they’re a perfect 36-0 and now sit a mere 160 minutes away from a historic finish. The target on their back has ballooned and the No. 5-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers are salivating at their opportunity to burst the Wildcats’ unblemished season. It’s March. It’s the Sweet Sixteen. Anything can happen. We’ll see you in Cleveland tonight.

With that being said, how well do you know your Kentucky basketball? In our latest “Throwback Thursday” installment, we retreat to the 1964-67 seasons, which featured the starting unit of Larry Conley, Louie Dampier, Thad Jaracz, Tommy Kron and one Pat Riley. Although Riley is predominantly recognized for his NBA career, his time in Lexington should not be forgotten. So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for a lucky fan’s opportunity to each score 10 packs of 2014-15 March Madness Collection Basketball!

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  1. You can only submit one comment per email address so think about it before you post.
  2. Comments are moderated so keep them clean and in good taste as we have a lot of youngsters on these pages. Comments deemed inappropriate will not be posted or eligible to score card set(s).
  3. Make sure to review other caption before you post. If you have the same comment as someone else or make slight improvements to it, the credit will go to the first person who posted the comment.
  4. You have until Friday morning, March 27th at 8:00 a.m. PT to post your caption before this promotion is closed.
  5. Upper Deck will review the captions posted and select one (1) fan who most skillfully shares a comical comment to coincide with this card.
  6. Only the customer selected to receive the card set will be contacted via email, so please make sure to provide an accurate email address when you leave your comment.
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Check out these seven tips on how to best collect Upper Deck cards:

#1 – COLLECT WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
The best part about collecting Upper Deck Hockey cards is that there are so many different ways to do it. Hockey fans collect sets, teams, players, rookies, autograph cards, memorabilia cards and so much more. Find what makes you happy and enjoy the hobby for the fun experience it provides getting you more involved in the game and the players you cheer for.

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#2 – DON’T TRY TO COLLECT EVERYTHING
Upper Deck produces all sorts of hockey card sets every year for a variety of different collector’s tastes and budgets. It can be a little overwhelming so focus on the types of products you will enjoy the most. Fans getting started or returning to the hobby should look at these trading card products in particular:

O-Pee-Chee – The biggest hockey card set of the year, cool retro designs and a low price point per pack!

Upper Deck MVP – Provides excellent value with quality cards, great photography, rare parallel cards, autograph cards, memorabilia cards and more!

Upper Deck Series One & Two – These two products release at the start and middle of the season and have something for every type of collector. The “Young Guns” rookie cards are some of the most popular cards in the trading card industry.

Fleer Ultra – An extremely popular set every year with collectors who chase rookie cards, “Fresh Ink” autographs, “Platinum Medallion” parallel cards, die-cut cards, memorabilia cards and more!

Black Diamond – This technology based set features less cards per pack than the others, but all the cards have the look and feel of insert cards with shiny foil on the front of each card. This set usually has a deep selection of the latest rookie crop along with autograph versions of their cards. Collectors also have the opportunity to pull super-rare (and incredibly valuable) exchange cards good for “Quad Diamond Rookie Gems” cards that feature four diamonds embedded in the card (one carat each)!

Upper Deck ICE – This is another technolgy based set printed on acetate and plexi-glass stock. These are not your father’s hockey cards! The “Ice Premieres” rookie cards are some of the most valuable and sought after cards of the year.

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#3 – COLLECT WITH OTHERS
One of the best parts of collecting hockey cards is the lifetime of memories you can make and relationships you can build by enjoying this hobby with others. Collect with your family and your friends while you watch the games together. It will bring you closer to the sport, closer to the athletes and closert to each other.

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#4 – ENJOY PLENTY OF WAYS TO PURCHASE UPPER DECK HOCKEY CARDS FROM AUTHORIZED SOURCES
You can find Upper Deck cards (both new and old) from a variety of sources. Upper Deck works to protect our fans by creating a secure network of approved dealers to carry our trading card products and memorabilia. When purchasing new Upper Deck cards from hobby shops, make sure they are an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer. Getting into an authorized shop for Upper Deck is the best way to learn about the hobby as not only do they have a variety of products available, but they have knowledgeable staff that can help you get started.

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Hobby shops are a great resource to get started in the hobby of collecting cards and they frequently run fun events and giveaways!

You can also get new Upper Deck cards from larger retail outlets like Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and more. Those who enjoy the ease of shopping online can purchase through Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers or make purchases from Upper Deck’s online store (www.upperdeckstore.com). And if you want to split the costs on opening new products, check out Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Group Breakers who share purchases and open the product together in online chatrooms with streaming video. Purchases made from unauthorized channels do not fall under Upper Deck’s warranty policy.

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#5 – KEEP YOUR UPPER DECK CARDS IN MINT CONDITION
Try to keep your Upper Deck hockey cards in mint condition by protecting them in card holders, binders or boxes. Avoid having them in extreme temperatures and make sure they are stored in a high location to avoid issues of floods or little hands who may not know how to handle them. The better the condition is on your Upper Deck cards, the more collectible and desirable they may be. There are third-party companies that will grade and encapsulate cards for collectors typically on a scale of 1-10, but as long as you keep them in good condition, your cards will likely be desirable for years to come.

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Be very careful with how you handle your Upper Deck cards as the condition is tied directly to the card’s value.

#6 – DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE VALUES
Constantly worrying about what your cards are worth or what you can sell them for takes a lot of the fun out of the hobby. Yes there are plenty of valuable cards that can be found in Upper Deck packs, but that shouldn’t be the main reason you collect. If you are looking to get an idea of what some of your best cards sell for, your best bet may be to check completed online auctions on eBay. At the very least it will give you a feel for what similar cards are selling for currently in the market. Understand however that values fluctuate on cards based on player and team performance in particular. What a card sells for today could be drastically different than what they could sell for in a week, month or year.

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Collect the players and teams you love!

#7 – ENGAGE IN THE ONLINE WORLD OF COLLECTING AND TRADING

The trading card hobby is incredibly friendly and there are a variety of online groups that can help you on your journey to become an expert collector. Many you will find on your own, but make sure to connect with Upper Deck’s online resources for fans:

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And for more tips on collecting, make sure to visit our Collectors Zone!

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. This weekend is Selection Sunday for NCAA March Madness Basketball and Upper Deck’s Bracketology Game officially begins! There is still plenty of time for you to head out and grab packs of 2014-15 March Madness Collection Basketball to play, or try and win some free packs here! Packs feature current players and autographs from legends such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Shaquille O’Neal. So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for two lucky fans’ opportunity to each score 6 packs of 2014-15 March Madness Collection Basketball!

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Important Promotion Guidelines:

  1. You can only submit one comment per email address so think about it before you post.
  2. Comments are moderated so keep them clean and in good taste as we have a lot of youngsters on these pages. Comments deemed inappropriate will not be posted or eligible to score card set(s).
  3. Make sure to review other caption before you post. If you have the same comment as someone else or make slight improvements to it, the credit will go to the first person who posted the comment.
  4. You have until Friday morning, March 13th at 8:00 a.m. PT to post your caption before this promotion is closed.
  5. Upper Deck will review the captions posted and select two (2) fans who most skillfully shares a comical comment to coincide with this card.
  6. Only the customers selected to receive the card set will be contacted via email, so please make sure to provide an accurate email address when you leave your comment.

 

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When is a trading card more than just a trading card? When it has the power to do good. When it can be a source of inspiration to the person holding it. When just purchasing it can help to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. A trading card is more than just a trading card when it is Lauren Hill’s Heroic Inspirations rookie card from Upper Deck.

When we first heard Lauren Hill’s story back in November, the Upper Deck team looked immediately to what we could do to help. We reached out to the family, the school and The Cure Starts Now Foundation to see what could be done. Having had success with Heroic Inspirations campaigns for others suffering from the similar conditions like Jack Hoffman, Jaclyn Murphy and Jack Miller, we knew we could do something special for Lauren.

We got to it and today we were so happy to announce the cards were available to the public with all the proceeds benefiting The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Her regular rookie card can be had for just $10 and it shows her making her memorable lay up for Mount St. Joseph University.

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What’s more powerful perhaps are Lauren’s own words on the back of the card which provide incredible inspiration to anyone who reads them.

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And to make things even more special, Upper Deck was able to have Lauren sign a limited amount of autograph labels that were affixed to rare parallel versions of her rookie card. Given the tight time constraints in getting these cards to the market, using these labels made it easier for Lauren to sign before the cards were completed. Rare autograph versions of her rookie card can be had for just $50 on The Cure Starts Now website.

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Upper Deck would like to thank Lauren Hill for her inspiration and for the opportunity to bring these special collectibles to fans of her story.

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Upper Deck’s 2014-15 NCAA March Madness® Collection Basketball set features everything serious collectors love like:

Stunning Action Photography

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Amazing Player Selection

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Autograph Cards from College Basketball’s Legends

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It includes something else however that will really excite college basketball fans with our new Bracketology game cards where fans can register their cards on Upper Deck’s website to score awesome prizes. Collectors can expect to find plenty of Bracketology game cards as they fall frequently in packs (average of 6 per hobby box and 2 per retail blaster box) and the game couldn’t be easier play. Simply redeem your game cards by following these steps:

  1. Pull one of the Bracketology game cards and scratch off the code on the front.

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  1. Log on to UpperDeck.com and redeem the code underneath the scratch off box to your online account. If this is your first time logging on you will just need to register and make sure your city and state are entered correctly when you click “Submit.” If you do not have internet access, you can call your codes in to enter them at (800)873-7332.
  2. After you enter the code, you will then see the position for your card online, for example, “Kentucky – #1 Seed Midwest Bracket.” From there, you just to wait until Selection Sunday on March 15, 2015 when the brackets are assigned. Then, review your account and if Kentucky is the #1 Seed in the Midwest Bracket as we saw in our example, that card is active and eligible to earn the owner prizes. If the position doesn’t match where your team is in the bracket, that card IS NOT active and eligible for prizes.
  3. After reviewing which of your cards are active, you just need to sit back and cheer for your teams.

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Here’s what you could win:

If your activated card for your team makes the NCAA Sweet 16 – You will receive a limited-edition 12-card exclusive NCAA March Madness® Basketball pack featuring cards of Bill Russell, Christian Laettner, Jerry Stackhouse, Shabazz Napier, Bill Walton, David Thompson, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Larry Johnson, David Robinson and Michael Jordan. One of the cards in this group of 12 will be autographed!

If your activated card for your team makes the Men’s Final Four – You will receive a limited-edition 6-card exclusive NCAA March Madness® Basketball pack featuring cards of Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Larry Johnson, Grant Hill or Michael Jordan. One of the cards in this group of 6 will be autographed!

If your activated card from your team wins the Championship Game – You will receive an incredible autograph memorabilia piece from one of the game’s greatest players showing him cutting down the nets from the 1982 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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To find the most up to date college basketball rankings to know which Bracketology game cards you’ll want to chase, visit the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball website. College hoops fans can grab Upper Deck’s 2014-15 NCAA March Madness® Collection Basketball boxes and packs at hobby and retail locations throughout North America. Additionally, fans can also score the product through Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers and UpperDeckStore.com.

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