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Last year we pulled back the curtain on a game that takes place here at Upper Deck during March and April, of course I’m talking about the Upper Deck Collegiate Sports March Madness Mini-Basketball Pop-A-Shot Challenge™ or the “UDCSMMMBPAS” for short. Over 70 competitors started out in the annual tournament playing games during lunch time and we slowly worked that number down to just two hungry competitors. And they are hungry because a win would mean a pizza party for their respective departments.

Today Robert “Jordan Jr.” Partlow from the Prepress department took on Drew “Sign Your Dang Cards” Mills from the Athlete Relations group and what we witnessed was a match for the ages. Luckily, I happened to have a video camera handy and caught the whole match that went down to the final shot. Check it out!

Both these players played well enough to take the title today, but in one shining moment Drew Mills stepped up to take his place at the top of the Upper Deck Summit. Until next year!

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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. We are two days away from the NCAA® Men’s Basketball Final Four and although it is pretty certain that your bracket is nothing to pay attention to at this point, the coaching surely is! When it comes down to the latter end of playoffs, coaching styles and methods can have a major influence on players both mentally and physically. Coach Bo Ryan of the Wisconsin Badgers believes executing fundamentals is the key to not only winning a game, but a championship. 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 your opportunity to score Five (5) packs of SP Authentic Basketball!

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Upper Deck has two solid basketball releases planned to hit store shelves in the heart of March Madness. As the exclusive home for collegiate licensed trading cards, Upper Deck is excited to deliver to premium hoops releases to stores when basketball is top of mind with collectors. And as the exclusive home to autograph trading cards from Michael Jordan and LeBron James, fans can expect to find some thrills when they are lucky enough to open a pack and find an autograph from one of those greats.

Recently we were able to get packout images from 2013-14 UD Black Basketball and 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball. These are just some of the cards we found during our product checks. Enjoy!

2013-14 Upper Deck Black Basketball

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2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball

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2013-14-SP-Authentic-Basketball-On-Court-Authentics-Shadowbox-Dominique-Wilkins

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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. Many of you have probably heard the story of Foot Locker selling misspelled Ohio State Basketball jerseys this week; hopefully it has no type of superstitious effect on the team’s performance during the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen!

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An Ohio State alumni that never let superstition get in his way is none other than John Havlicek, whose team won the NCAA title in 1960. 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 your opportunity to score a 2013-14 UD Black Basketball Mini Box Set!

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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 28 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 share a comical comment to coincide with this card.
  6. Only the customer selected to receive the promo card set will be contacted via email, so please make sure to provide an accurate email address when you leave your comment.

Score this 2013-14 UD Black Basketball Mini Box Set by providing the best comical caption to the John Havlicek card featured above!

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Things have been busier than normal at Upper Deck headquarters. Not only is the company ramping up in anticipation of the new exclusive agreement between Upper Deck, the NHL® and the NHLPA, but we are also in the midst of a variety of celebrations tied to the company’s 25th Anniversary. Given the strong tie fans have to that 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card, there has been a lot of attention to that milestone bringing reporters out of the woodwork to find out what Upper Deck has been up to since then. Now collectors of course know what has been going on at Upper Deck and recently fans shared some of their favorite cards and moments from the last 25 years at Upper Deck, but most of the public isn’t as aware.

Upper Deck has made the most of the opportunity by doing a number of interviews with different media across the United States and Canada in particular. It is our hope that we can maximize this opportunity to share what has been happening in collectibles to potentially re-engage lapsed collectors and reach new potential fans. Check out just some of the stories and interviews we have done as of late:

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CBS Morning News in San Diego stopped by corporate headquarters to interview staff and see how UD brings cards to life!

The Coast News pays a visit to Upper Deck headquarters and talks trading cards with UD’s President Jason Masherah.

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Cynopsis Sports asks Jason Masherah about some of the key happenings at Upper Deck these days.

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Baseball superstar Ken Griffey Jr. did a variety of media about Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary.

ESPN talks with Ken Griffey Jr. about his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card and collectibles.

Upper Deck’s President Jason Masherah gives some updates on the company to the Sports Business Journal.

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Upper Deck is featured in Non-Sports Update talking about the company’s entertainment offerings over the last 25 years.

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Upper Deck also had a HUGE spread on the cover of the San Diego Union Tribune’s Sports section.

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