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2013 UPPER DECK LEGENDARY™ “NAME A SET” CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO RESPOND TO THE WINNER NOTIFICATION AND/OR COMPLETE AND EXECUTE A RELEASE AND PRIZE ACCEPTANCE AGREEMENT and any other legal documents that SPONSOR MAY require WITHIN THE TIME FRAME REQUIRED BY SPONSOR OR PRIZE MAY BE FORFEITED (IN SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION). This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES INDEMNITIES TO SPONSOR (DEFINED BELOW) FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
NAME OF CONTEST (“Contest”): Legendary™ “Name a Set” contest.
SPONSOR and ADMINISTRATOR: This Contest is sponsored by The Upper Deck Company,2251 Rutherford Road, Carlsbad, California 92008, which is solely responsible for its content (“Sponsor”). Sponsor and its respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, promotional partners, and prize providers associated with this Contest collectively are referred to herein as the “Released Parties” and each a “Released Party.” Sponsor may run multiple campaigns.
ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of any one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, the
District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) ages thirteen (13) and above (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law.
Current and former employees, members, managers, officers and directors of Released Parties, and their
immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each (including individuals who
have been employed by a Released Party within the past twelve (12) months) are ineligible to enter the
Contest or win a prize. For the purpose of this Contest, immediately family members are defined as
spouse, partner, mother, father, legal guardian, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children
CONTEST PERIOD: Eligible individuals may submit their entries beginning on 12:00 AM PST on November 6th, 2013 and ending at 11:59 PM PST on December 2, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).
HOW TO ENTER:
1.Entrants may visit http://upperdeckblog.com/, http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129437/legendary-a-marvel-deck-building-game, or https://www.facebook.com/LegendaryDBG?ref=hl_ to submit his/her set name idea. If Sponsor picks Entrant’s idea as the winner, Sponsor may use it as the set name on the next Legendary™ expansion.
(Either method of entry is a “Submission”)
All Submissions must be submitted using the entry method above. If Entrant is (17) years of age or younger Entrant must obtain the permission of Entrants’ parent or guardian prior to entering the Contest, otherwise Entrant’s Submission will not be considered in the Contest. Entrant may enter one (1) time only and any duplicate Submissions, participation, or entries will be disqualified and removed. In the event contestants exceed the stated limit, only the earliest Submission associated with a particular name or address will be reviewed and accepted. Submissions and any content within them may be displayed publicly on the website in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Only individuals may enter. Teams, group, and entities may not participate. Submissions must be received by Sponsor during the Contest Period to be considered for the Contest. Proof of submission (such as a copied, printed, or saved version of a “thank you” or confirmation message or screen or delivery confirmation by a common carrier) does not constitute proof of actual receipt of a Submission or entry into this Contest. Odds of winning depend on the number of Submissions received.
Entrants who do not abide by these Official Rules or follow the instructions provided by Sponsor or its representative will be disqualified. Submissions may not be acknowledged and, in fact, may be destroyed and/or deleted. Submissions, comments or votes that are forged, altered, garbled or generated by a macro, bot, or other automated means will not be accepted and will be void. Submissions made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or e-mail address, including, without limitation, commercial contest or sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. As a condition of entering the Contest, each Entrant gives consent for Sponsor and its representative to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this Contest and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules. Any attempt made to submit a Submission in excess of any limit or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules by using multiple or false contact information or otherwise may be disqualified.
Submissions received during the Contest Period will be evaluated and judged from among all other valid Submissions received during the Contest Period as more fully detailed below.
SUMBISSION REQUIREMENTS: A Submission must meet the following requirements in Sponsor’s sole discretion or it will be disqualified:
1. All aspects of the Submission must be the original work of the Entrant or in the public domain.
2. Written elements of the Submission must be written in English.
3. The Submission must be suitable for presentation in a public forum.
SUBMISSION MUST NOT:
1. Contain or depict any trademarks, brand names, slogans, or logos (other than “Upper Deck” as permitted in these Official Rules), advertising, identifiable commercial locations, profanity, religious statements, offensive or negative content, or material that violates the rights of a person or entity (e.g., a drawing not created and owned by Entrant or in the public domain), as deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
2. Depict or describe any dangerous, harmful, or illegal activity or in any way violate any federal, state, or local laws or regulations, as deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
3. Include information or content that is false, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, defamatory, threatening, trade libelous, slanderous, libelous, disparaging, unlawfully harassing, profane, obscene, pornographic, hateful, indecent, inappropriate, or injurious to any individual, any Released Party, or any third party, as deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
4. Create or imply any association between Sponsor and any individual, entity, or anyone else or his, her, or its products or services, as deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
5. Suggest inappropriate, unlawful, or dangerous use of any products or services, including those of Sponsor, and as deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion;
6. Infringe, misappropriate, or violate any rights of any third party including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade secret, or right of privacy or publicity, as deemed by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion; or
7. Have been submitted in any other contest, promotion, or competition.
By providing a Submission, Entrant agrees that Entrant’s participation and Submission in the Contest demonstrate Entrant’s agreement to these Official Rules and any Released Party’s display and use of Entrant’s Submission will not violate any agreement to which Entrant is a signatory or party.
Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties against any and all claims from any third party for any use or reuse by any Released Party of Entrant’s Submission.
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify from the Contest and/or remove from any website or elsewhere any Submission or any part thereof that, in its sole discretion, refers, depicts, or in any way reflects negatively upon a Released Party, the Contest, or any other person or entity or does not comply with these requirements or these Official Rules.
The Released Parties are not responsible for legal protection or clearance of Submissions in any form.
Sponsor reserves the right to request evidence of permission or original work and further reserves the
LICENSE: By entering, except where prohibited by law, each Entrant grants to the Released Parties and
their agents and assigns a perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable, absolute non-exclusive right, permission
and license to the Released Parties to use the Submission in any and all media throughout the world, in
perpetuity, for any purpose whatsoever, without any additional compensation, consideration, notice,
review or approval. Each Entrant agrees that the licensed entities may, but are not required to attribute the
Submission or any part thereof to an Entrant. Each Entrant waives and releases the Released Parties from
any and all claims that Entrant may now or hereafter have in any jurisdiction based on “moral rights” or
“droit moral” or unfair competition with respect to the Released Parties’ exploitation of any Submission without further notification or compensation to Entrants of any kind, and agrees not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Released Parties and each of their affiliates, licensees, or any other person or entity in connection with this Contest, on the grounds that any use of any Submission or element thereof, including, without limitation, any photograph, or any derivative works, infringe or violate any of Entrants’ rights therein.
Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that nothing in these Official Rules will require a Released Party to
use the Submission in part or in whole or to include the Submission in any Released Party-related
property, including, without limitation, its website. Each Entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the
relationship between Entrant and any of the Released Parties is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other
special relationship, and that Entrant’s decision to submit his/her Submission for purposes of the
Contest does not place any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held
by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Submission, other than as set forth in
these Official Rules. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Entrant will not be entitled to any
compensation as a result of Sponsor’s use of any similar or identical material that has or may come to
Sponsor from other sources. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor does not now and will
not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with
respect to the infringement or protection of Entrant’s copyright in and to his/her Submission or
element thereof. Each Entrant acknowledges that, with respect to any claim by Entrant relating to or
arising out of Sponsor’s actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Submission or any part thereof, the
damage, if any, thereby caused to the applicable Entrant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to
entitle such Entrant to seek injunctive or other equitable relief or in any way enjoin the production,
distribution, exhibition, or other exploitation of this Contest or any Sponsor promotion or any other
production based on or allegedly based on the Submission or part thereof, and Entrant’s rights and
remedies in any such event will be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at
DETERMINATION OF WINNER: Submissions will be judged, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, and based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, originality, creativity and relation to subject matter. The winning Submission is subject to third-party licensor approval. The name selected in the Contest by Sponsor may NOT be the name used on the actual product.
JUDGING: Sponsor will rate the Submissions using the criteria above and any other criteria in its sole discretion. The Submissions will be judged by a panel of Sponsor’s choosing. The panel’s decision shall be final and binding with no right to appeal.
SELECTED CONTESTANT NOTIFICATION: The Grand Prize winner will be notified by December 13th, 2013.
PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):
Grand Prize: Legendary™ bundle from Upper Deck, which includes all current sets as well as enough sleeves to sleeve all the cards (estimated value $250.00)
The following applies to both prizes and winners: Total ARV of all prizes offered in this Contest: $250.00
Prizing is limited to one (1) prize per person per household. Prize is limited to what is
listed in these Official Rules. Winner is not entitled to any difference between actual value of prize and
stated estimated retail value. In the event Sponsor is unable to award prize as stated, Winner will receive a substitute prize of equal or greater value, at Sponsor’s discretion. Winner may not transfer prize to another person. If legitimately claimed, the prizes will be awarded. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated or stolen prize or any prize that is undeliverable or does not reach the winner because of an incorrect or changed address or other contact information. If a winner does not accept the entire prize, the unaccepted prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation with respect to that prize or the winner. Sponsor is not responsible for any inability of any winner to accept or use any prize (or portion thereof) for any reason. No transfers, prize substitutions or cash redemptions will be made, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right and sole discretion to substitute the stated prizes or portion thereof with another prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value for any reason, including, without limitation, prize unavailability. No more than the stated prizes will be awarded. Any federal, state and local taxes, as well as any expenses costs or fees not specifically listed in these Official Rules as being provided as part of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor’s use of a winning Submission on the Legendary set box or any other product is not considered a prize, and the winner shall not be entitled to any compensation should Sponsor choose a different name for use with such products.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS
AND INDEMNIFY THE RELEASED PARTIES, FACEBOOK, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE
OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES
AND AGENTS OF EACH AND EACH JUDGE ON THE SELECTION PANEL FOR ANY
LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND SUSTAINED IN
CONNECTION WITH THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE OR AWARDING OF
ANY PRIZE, WHILE PREPARING FOR, PARTICIPATING IN AND/OR TRAVELING TO OR
FROM ANY PRIZE OR CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANY INJURY, DAMAGE, DEATH, LOSS OR ACCIDENT TO PERSON OR
PROPERTY. EACH WINNER AGREES THAT THE PRIZE IS PROVIDED AS-IS WITHOUT
ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN
FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREINAFTER ENACTED, RELATIVE
TO THE USE OR ENJOYMENT OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS
QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, ENTRANT UNDERSTANDS THAT ENTRANT MAY BE WAIVING
RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR
UNSUSPECTED, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH WAIVER, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THATENTRANT HAS READ AND UNDERSTAND, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVES, THE BENEFITSOF SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF CALIFORNIA, AND ANY SIMILAR LAW IN ANY STATE OR TERRITORY, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOESNOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXISTIN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Released Parties shall not be liable to contestants for failure to supply any prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s),
order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s),
regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts,
terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood,
epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal
or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil
disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other similar or dissimilar cause beyond any of the Released Parties’
control, whether or not specifically mentioned above. Sponsor is not responsible for: (a) lost, late,
misdirected, undeliverable, incomplete or indecipherable Submissions due to system errors or failures, or
faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or entries; (b) technical failures of any
kinds; (c) failures of any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (d)
unauthorized human and/or mechanical intervention in any part of the submission process or the Contest;
(e) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of
entries; (f) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in
whole or in part, from any contestant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize; or (g)
entries that are submitted by illegitimate means (such as, without limitation, by an automated computer
program) or entries in excess of the stated limit. Released Parties are not responsible for electronic
communications which are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind,
or insufficient space in Entrant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail messages. Released Parties are not
responsible, and may disqualify any Entrant, if Entrant’s e-mail address does not work or if it is changed without prior written notice to Sponsor.
By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), Entrants consent to the use of their names,
pictures, likenesses, voices, biographical data, the contents of their Submission, and any information
contained in their Submission, and statements or comments related to the Contest or Sponsor, in
advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the Internet, by
Sponsor, its promotional partners and third-party marketing entities, without additional compensation,
notice, review, or approval. Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters, including interpretation of
these Official Rules and awarding of any prize. All Entrants, as a condition of entry, agree to be bound by
these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. The Released Parties reserve the right to disqualify any
Contestant they find to be violating these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to restrict or void
entries or participation from any IP address if any suspicious entry and/or participation which is detected.
Entrants further agree to not damage or cause interruption of the Contest and/or prevent others from using
the Contest. Any Entrant who supplies false information, participates using fraudulent means or is
otherwise determined to be in violation of these Official Rules in an attempt to obtain any prize will
forfeit any prize won and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to
cancel or suspend the Contest, in its sole discretion, due to circumstances beyond its control, including
natural disasters. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the Contest should a virus,
bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control, corrupt the
administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from
participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, plagiarizing, using contest vote swopping sites, engaging in any deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy or inconsistency
between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials and/or these Official
Rules (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency in these Official Rules), it will be resolved in
Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entrants waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official
Rules. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal,
these Official Rules will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms
as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Any attempt to deliberately damage or
undermine the legitimate operation or fair play of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil
laws and will result in disqualification from participation in the Contest. Should such an attempt be made,
the Released Parties reserve the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorney fees) to the fullest
extent of the law, including criminal prosecution. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY
ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATIONS OF THE
CONTEST VIOLATES CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE,
SPONSOR MAY DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT AND MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each Entrant agrees
that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the Entrant and any Released Party, claims and
causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or the prize awarded, or the determination
of the winner must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any
such dispute, under no circumstances will an Entrant be permitted or entitled to obtain awards for, and
hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages,
including attorneys’ fees, other than Entrant’s actual out-pocket expenses (if any), not to exceed ten
dollars ($10), and Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
This Contest and any dispute arising under or related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious
conduct or otherwise) will be governed by the internal laws of the State of California, without giving effect
to its conflicts of law or choice of law principles or rules that would cause the application of any other
state’s laws. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Contest (whether for
breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts
located in San Diego County, California and each Entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Contest.
WINNERS AND RULES: To find out who won, go to http://upperdeckblog.com/
A Winners’ list may also be posted on https://www.facebook.com/LegendaryDBG?ref=hl_, http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129437/legendary-a-marvel-deck-building-game for at least ninety (90) days after Winners are selected, along with a copy of these Official Rules.
References to trademarks and/or names of parties or related products or services are for reference and identification purposes only, not an endorsement, and do not designate a sponsorship, affiliation, or association with a Released Party or this Contest.
When Upper Deck creates a product like Exquisite Collection Basketball, the company’s most premium basketball trading card release of the year, our Product Development Team is tasked with creating some items that will have considerable “Wow” factor. These drivers help make it an exciting break for collectors knowing they have the prospect of pulling some of these major cards.
Such is the case with Upper Deck’s 16 signature cards in the set. These one-of-a-kind collectibles are presented in a booklet style trading card format and include some of the greatest players to ever play the game.
So we asked ourselves, “What would it look like if we had THE BEST player in basketball today to sign and appear on one of these cards?” And voilà here it is with LeBron James.
Then we asked ourselves, “What would it look like if we had THE BEST basketball player of all-time to sign and appear on one of these cards?” And like that, you now have this potential monster pull featuring Michael Jordan.
It should be fun to see collector’s reactions when they pull these cards from packs.
Another cool concept Upper Deck has incorporated in the production of the Exquisite Collection Basketball product is the creation of player-themed super packs. Collectors will open some packs that will contain either three or five different rare autograph cards from top basketball players like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Recently the brand team hand packaged the latest Exquisite Collection Basketball product and snapped a photo of the contents of one of the Michael Jordan super tins. As you can see, the lucky collector who opens that pack may have a jaw-dropping, hand-shaking, jump-for-joy, scream-like-a-little-girl type of reaction discovering these contents all in one pack.
When I first started collecting basketball cards, it started off as just a fun way to collect the players that I loved to watch on television. I had no idea that it would turn into something that I spent hours on, doing research on different products and learning about what to collect by visiting local card shops. In the beginning, I was in awe of a simple jersey card or any autographed card. It was a little time before I was really able to distinguish between cards that were not just rare, but highly collectible and valuable. A couple years into it I was able to determine which cards I am most passionate about and then slowly began to hunt them down adding them to my collection. These are some of those cards.
These first photos show some of the great inscription cards that Upper Deck has produced throughout the years. For me it is always unique to see a player add something along with their signatures. Inscriptions cards are something that I have always loved to collect and will continue to do so. The Kobe Bryant card where he inscribed “Black Mamba” is my favorite of the group. It was a card I actually pulled out of a box and it was a moment I will never forget. A Michael Jordan signed inscription card is something that is on the top of my wish list and I will continue to dive into Upper Deck basketball products searching for one since they have the exclusive agreement with MJ!
In addition to inscription cards, multi-signed cards are something that caught my eye right when I first got into the hobby. Having a historic combination of Jordan, Magic, and Kobe on a card, or a draft class pairing such future stars as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are some of my favorite cards. In my opinion, the 2007-08 NBA UD Black quad autographed set was perfectly made set with bold silver on-card signatures. The Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, and Magic card is limited to only 10 copies making it a tough find in high demand.
Obviously, the hardest cards to come by are ones limited to just one copy. I have been fortunate enough to come by a few, but I am hoping to add more to my collection in the future. The Steve Nash 1-of-1 card pictured below is one that will never leave my collection as it features a NBA logo patch along with an autograph of the 2-time league MVP.
These last two pictures capture my favorite basketball set Upper Deck has produces; the Exquisite Collection. It took me awhile to get into Exquisite because of the high-price of the packs, but once I realized how much value Upper Deck loaded into each tin, I was hooked. There really is no product that is of better quality for basketball than Exquisite Collection. From the on-card signatures to amazing patches and other innovative inserts, it is truly an amazing set to collect. One of the reasons Exquisite Collection products are so popular is because they have some of the nicest looking rookie cards. This photo shows some of my truly “exquisite” rookie cards from the different draft classes with high-profile rookie cards from players like Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, and Derrick Rose. One day, I am definitely hoping to add a LeBron James rookie card from this set!
Lastly, my favorite insert series in the Exquisite Collection are the Limited Logos cards! What better card is there to get then an autographed numbered card with a huge patch on it? The Limited Logos set has some of the biggest patches on cards that you will find in any basketball product. In addition to that, the checklist for the Limited Logos set is always strong with Hall-of-Fame level players like Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, and John Stockton included. You can also find future Hall-of-Famers like Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett!
The most exciting thing about the Upper Deck Basketball products like Exquisite Collection is the continual efforts the company makes to create innovative new inserts and sets that reinvent the category and get collectors buzzing. I’m personally pretty excited to see where they take this product in the future with booklet cards that contain twelve signatures of Michael Jordan and super tins that include a variety of autographs from one superstar player like LeBron James. And while there have certainly been changes in the basketball market, the good thing is we have the choice to collect limited-edition products from Upper Deck over the years that have the value we cannot find in any other releases.
Mitchell Panajian is a passionate basketball collector living in Southern California who is currently attending college at Loyola Marymount University pursuing a major in business administration. His future plans involve working with a team like the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers. He enjoys attending professional sporting events as well as interacting with players.
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!