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Most businesses don’t make it through their first year, let alone 25. At Upper Deck we felt it was important to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with a variety of fun promotions, activations at trade shows and of course, with trading cards. Upper Deck partnered with our Authorized Distributor network to create and distribute this limited-edition anniversary set featuring athletes from a variety of sports.
The cards are designed in the style of the famous 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set and consists of 110 base cards, 40 rookies and a bevy of amazing inserts. Each pack contains five cards with one being a rookie card.
When it comes to the inserts however, that’s where things get exciting. There are autograph parallels and one-of-one printing plate parallels of the entire set.
The double and triple autographs are city themed so you can find cards of players from different sports who achieved greatness playing in the same regions.
The most buzz however seems to be around the Silver Celebration parallel set numbered to 250 copies. The first ten collectors who complete that set will be put into a draft where they can select one of ten incredible dual cut autograph cards featuring current Upper Deck spokesman along with deceased greats. Fans who complete that set should reach out to Upper Deck’s Marketing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with a photograph of their completed set. UD will provide details on how they can submit their completed set for validation from there. Completed sets will be returned after the draft event.
Packs were distributed to Upper Deck’s Authorized Distributor network and are being shared with participating hobby shops as a gift with purchase. Collectors should check with their local card shop on the availability of these special 25th Anniversary packs before they are gone!
A lot has changed from the Civil War era when sports cards first debuted to today, but none has had more of an impact on the industry than the internet. Initially many feared the internet would signal the end to the way trading cards are bought and sold, but for the most part, it has been a positive tool for collectors, hobby shop owners and trading card manufacturers who have chosen to embrace this technology to find new levels of engagement in this hobby. It is clear that Upper Deck has done a great job of engaging their fans through online tools like this Blog, their company website, their Facebook page, their YouTube channel and their Twitter accounts for sports, hockey and entertainment. The tools Upper Deck provides make it a lot easier to be a trading card collector and to stay up to date with the latest happenings with the company.
There used to be trading card clubs where collectors could get together to trade with each other and share their latest trading cards. That is all done online nowadays as there are a variety of online communities where collectors share their great pulls and trade with each other on various forums. And how awesome is that to see the internet bring like-minded collectors together to experience the hobby on a whole new level no matter if they live in Topeka, Kansas or Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.
Arguably the biggest change from before the internet era was how cards are bought and sold. Instead of walking down to your local hobby shop, today you can buy or sell trading cards with a few clicks of the mouse. Unfortunately with internet sales of collectible items come unscrupulous buyers and sellers looking to make a quick buck by taking advantage unsuspecting collectors. Upper Deck has definitely adapted to the times by creating their Authorized Internet Retailer group as a way of protecting consumers from these online predators. If you live in the United States and purchase sealed product online, make sure you are only purchasing your Upper Deck cards through these Authorized Internet Retailers.
|Dave & Adams Cardworld||Tonawanda, NY 14150||(888) 440-9787||www.dacardworld.com|
|East Coast Connection||Lyndhurst, NJ 07071||(201) 438-4327||www.eastcoastconnection.net|
|Fox Sports Cards||Marion, IL 62959||(618) 997-3800||www.foxsportscards.com|
|Legacy Sports Cards||Las Vegas, NV 89117||702-341-6525||www.legacysportscards.com|
|Legends Sports and Games||Grand Rapids, MI 49512||(866) 975-2518||www.legendsfanshop.com|
|OC Dugout||Anaheim, CA 92804||(714) 527-6319||www.OCsportscards.com|
|Republic Jewelry & Collectibles||Auburn, ME 04210-6150||(877) 422-7979||www.republicjewelry.com|
|South Bay Baseball Cards Inc.||Lomita, CA 90717||(310) 530-5818||www.sbaycards.com|
|SportsCards Etc.||McKees Rock, PA 15136||(412) 787-3235||www.sportscardsetcpgh.com|
|Steel City Collectibles||McKeesport PA 15132||(412) 672-6200||www.steelcitycollectibles.com|
|The Hobby Box||Wilmington, NC 28403||(910) 350- 2858||www.cardsinfinity.com|
And if you live in Canada, make sure to check out these Authorized Internet Retailers for your Upper Deck purchases.
|Breakaway Sports Cards||Hamilton, Ontario L9C 2Y6||(289) 755-0966||www.breakawaysc.com|
|Cardboard Memories||Brampton, Ontario L6Z 1R3||(905) 846-1058||www.cardboardmemories.ca|
|Cartes Timbre et Monnaies Ste-foy||Sainte-Foy, PQ G1V 4P7||(418) 658-5639||www.imaginaire.com|
|Clouts’n’Chara||Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5G3||(519)-954-8278||www.cloutsnchara.com|
|Collector’s Avenue||Montrea, Quebec H3W 3C2||(514) 488-8881||www.collectorsavenue.com|
|D & M Sportscards||Moncton NB E1G 1A6||(506) 852-3244||www.dmsportscards.com|
|Maple Leaf Sports||Calgary, Alberta T2E-2T9||(403) 338-0668||www.mapleleafsports.ca|
|Red Nails II||North York, ON M3L 1B2||(416) 242-7899||www.rednails2.com|
|Superstars||Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H3||(204) 831-9001||www.superstarssports.com|
|Wayne’s Sports Cards||Edmonton, Alberta T5T 1L6||(780) 483-3177||www.waynessportscards.com|
The trading card industry was slower to adapt to the internet, but it is clear Upper Deck and others are using other industries as a blue-print for what works best in this digital age. I’m not sure what new online invention will be next to blow customer’s minds, but I’m sure it will serve to make the hobby better and keep the industry alive. How do you think the internet will change the world of sports card collecting next and how else to you think it has changed the hobby?
Sam is a young writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. When’s he’s not watching sports he’s tweeting about it. You can follow Sam on Twitter @Chinookverify.
Another week has flown by, and it’s that time again! It’s Throwback Thursday! So let us go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with yet another exciting giveaway. We thought we would take this opportunity to highlight this epic LeBron James Rookie Card and throw it back to the start of his NBA career in Cleveland in 2003.
Now let’s 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 complete 2014 NSCC exclusive card set! Because of all of the amazing participation the past few weeks, we wanted to reward the creativity of the fans and give away more prizes. So this week there will be 4 winners!
Important Promotion Guidelines:
- You can only submit one comment per email address so think about it before you post.
- 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).
- 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.
- You have until Friday morning, September 5th at 8:00 a.m. PT to post your caption before this promotion is closed.
- Upper Deck will review the captions posted and select four (4) fans who most skillfully share a comical comment to coincide with this card.
- 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.
There’s no athlete hotter right now than LeBron James so when Mike Tyson found himself at the largest sports collectibles show recently, he wanted to get a gift for his kids. He asked show promoters to help him find a LeBron James jersey and after finding a few items that seemed a little suspect, they came right to the source at Upper Deck as we have an exclusive agreement with LeBron.
We worked to identify something very unique his kids would enjoy and came up with the LeBron James signed & inscribed “King James” jersey. And as you can see from “Iron” Mike’s reaction, it looks like we scored him the perfect piece! We hope his children enjoy!
Quality. Innovation. Authenticity. Value. These are the core tenants Upper Deck was founded upon and the company works to make sure collectors find the athletes they love and get the value they expect when opening the company’s trading card products. To thank customers for 25 amazing years, Upper Deck put together a variety of pack and case breaker promotions to engage fans of every level at the National Sports Collectors Convention.
For pack breakers, they could secure a special set of different cards each day by opening five packs of new UD products at the booth. Randomly inserted into some of these packs were limited-edition autograph cards and fans who were lucky enough to pull them were beyond excited.
Also at the show was Upper Deck’s case breaker promotion where fans could score wrapper redemption packs and a special case breaker bonus item at the show. The display of incredible cards up for grabs at the start of the show had fans lined up to crack cases in hopes of scoring one of these special items.
At the start of the show Saturday most of the cards had been claimed, but there were still quite a few Jordan autographs that had collectors busting cases until the end of the show!
And while all this was happening, fans happened upon some pretty incredible cards. Take a look at just some of the BIG HITS found during the week from new Upper Deck products!