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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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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. Cleveland Cavaliers face off against Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in a much anticipated matchup between arguably two of the best players in the game, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Reigning MVP Durant is newly healthy and ready to hit the ground running, while James and the Cavs are on an 8-game winning streak and it seems that nothing can get in their way. 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 score 5 packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Lettermen Basketball cards!

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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, December 12th at 8:00 a.m. PTto 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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Times have been tough for basketball collectors as of late with little options on new card products, especially outside of high-end releases. Luckily Upper Deck has a new product releasing in stores now called Letterman Basketball which has a variety of content for every level of collector at just over $10 a pack. Here are the top ten reasons you need to check out Upper Deck Letterman Basketball!

#10 – Homecourt Stars cards have awesome etched wood embedded in the card. A very cool set to complete!

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#9 – There are not many licensed college basketball releases a year and this one is pretty reasonably priced at about $135 per box. It is worth checking out.

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#8 – Collect the best Retired Numbers in college basketball with this unique set!

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#7 – Celebrate those magic moments when your team won it all with the Championship Banners insert.

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#6 – There are autograph parallels of those two sets and others featuring the best players in the game!

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#5 – With a variety of parallel inserts, you have a great opportunity of scoring solid rookie stars!

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#4 – Shaquille O’Neal’s first LSU cards from Upper Deck in a pack product!

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#3 – Legendary Letterman cards provide fans an awesome opportunity to chase the athlete’s school name on signed nameplates!

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#2 – Monumental Logos manufactured patch cards provide huge chase to complete super rare sets of school logos, mascots and crests. NOTE: sequential numbering on the front refers to the total number of cards with that particular patch.

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#1 – The BIG HITS! It’s not very often in a product at this price range you have the opportunity of scoring super rare hits from these incredible (and exclusive Upper Deck) athletes. They are waiting to be found in packs. Who will hit them!?!?

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Check out this hobby exclusive product today from your Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer or Authorized Internet Retailer. Here’s what fans are saying about the product on Twitter.

Mawk ‏@frzznh2o @UpperDeckSports love letterman cards! Thank you Upper Deck !!

tim yount ‏@skunkman1998 @UpperDeckSports Lettermen Basketball is SWEET!

Nick Gauder ‏@fadeawaybarber @UpperDeckSports @KingJames Letterman looks amazing! I wish could go to my LCS and buy a box right now! Hopefully next week, Fingers Crossed!

Sahib Buksh ‏@SahibBuksh @UpperDeckSports How can I buy these?

reg M. ‏@CuffsAndLadders @UpperDeckSports WOW! Wish I’d be getting a box or two of that under my tree!

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When you think of the perfect gift for someone important to you, usually they are not cheap. You know these special people are worth it and they deserve something nice, but it is hard to justify breaking the bank just to show them how much you care. It is at this point that many savvy gift givers join forces with family, friends or co-workers for a group gift!

And if the person you are shopping for is a sports fan, you can likely start and end your search for the perfect gift with Upper Deck Authenticated collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com! You can only find authentic autograph collectibles from superstar athletes like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James and Rory McIlroy through Upper Deck Authenticated. With incredibly innovative memorabilia items, there are plenty of options for selecting something truly unique that will earn you praise and admiration from the recipient for years to come. And make sure to check out our incredible deals while available!

Be careful when looking for the perfect sports collectibles however as many of them may be forged and that is the last thing you want to get someone you care about. While it is impossible to definitely estimate the percentage of forged memorabilia, most industry experts concede that over half of the autographed memorabilia is forged. Upper Deck Authenticated protects consumers from that threat by witnessing every signature and further protecting fans with our 5-step authentication process.

Here are some tips and tactics for organizing the group that will pool together your funds for the perfect gift based on what type of group you are!

The Office – Going in for a good group gift, you likely won’t want to break the bank, but you do want to show the boss you care. Best bet here is to be the organizer as that will likely get you the most kudos in the end. And if this co-worker or boss loves golf, they are going to love some of our Rory McIlroy autographed memorabilia. Get a dozen co-workers to kick in $40 a piece and you can get some awesome collectibles! Check this out!

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The Dad – Play on the heart strings of any hesitant group gifter for dad. Tell them they can make up to dad for their “Terrible Twos” or the time they told mom he fed them cake for breakfast? There is no quicker way to a father’s heart than with an autographed memorabilia item from Upper Deck Authenticated. And what father wouldn’t want an autographed collectible from an athlete like Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky? Instead of getting him a bunch of ties for Father’s Day or golf clubs for the holidays, why not get him a collectible he will enjoy and admire from one of his greatest sports heroes? The best part is every time he looks at it he will think of the group who gave it to him! Get the family together to pitch in for a stellar item dad will always remember and appreciate!

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The Graduate – They grow up so fast don’t they? And during that process they likely spent a significant amount of time cheering on their favorite sports stars. Give them an item that can be the cornerstone of their fledgling collection, something they can be proud of, a piece they will treasure. There is nobody hotter with the youth of today than the 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 4-time NBA MVP and 2-time NBA champion; LeBron James. Pool your funds together to give your pride and joy a gift that will make all their hard work feel like it was worth it.

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The Futbol Fan – For fans of the beautiful game it can be difficult to find collectibles that show your love for the sport of soccer. Luckily Upper Deck has authentic memorabilia from two of the biggest players on the planet in Lionel Messi and Landon Donovan. We have something for every level of fan in terms of price point.

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The Man Who Has Everything – Many people have a friend or family member who has everything they could want that is a challenge to shop for. When it is time to get them a gift, why not chip in together and get them something truly memorable, something innovative, something like Upper Deck Authenticated’s new autographed Shadowbox memorabilia, signature Breaking Through pieces or signed “Tegata” collectibles.

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Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia makes the perfect gift! Take a look at all the amazing autographed collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com.

 

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