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After Upper Deck announced plans for the company’s 25th Anniversary promotions last week, we alluded to the fact there would be some additional surprises throughout the course of the year. It is important to us to say thank you to all the collectors and shops who have helped us reach this historic milestone.
Over the weekend Upper Deck staff personally visited hobby shops and customers in Southern California, Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey and Vancouver to get out and thank our loyal supporters and share some goodies with them.
Several other hobby shops received a “delicious” surprise as well over the weekend. Upper Deck partnered with Pro Flowers & Shari’s Berries to say, “thank you” to a few select shops. Upper Deck delivered a dozen assorted sports strawberries to these shops with a message that said:
Thanks for making the last 25 years so “sweet!” Please share these with your best customers. We’ve had a ball working with you! – Your friends at the Upper Deck Company
Reactions on Facebook and Twitter from shops who received this scrumptious surprise was instantaneous. Take a look at what some of these shops had to say:
Seriously, that gift from @UpperDeckSports was out of the blue to diamond dealers. No other card company does that.
We want to thank @UpperDeckSports for the Shari’s Berries and other items Happy 25th and another 25 more great years!
So Upper Deck turned 25 and they sent out these incredibly awesome chocolate covered strawberries to my shop. Many thanks to whoever was involved in helping various card store owners who are in relationships have a very good night.
Attack of the Baseball Cards
ATTACK OF THE BASEBALL CARDS (Union NJ), once again would like to wish a Happy 25th Anniversary to UPPER DECK!!! Thanks to Upper Deck to the gift of Shari’s Berries. ATTACK would like to share them with our customers…while they last.
As we shared in our initial announcement, these are just the first of many interactive promotions we have planned throughout the course of the year to thank our supporters for their loyalty to the brand. Who knows what shops and collectors may receive next! Stay tuned for more exciting promotions in 2014 and thanks to our friends at Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries for hooking these shops up with an awesome mail day!
We have talked before about how beloved Upper Deck’s Young Guns rookie cards are so to say there have been a few inquiries about the checklist for the Series Two set would be a major understatement. We are sure fans will be very excited when they get to experience the 2013-14 NHL® Upper Deck Series Two product for themselves, but we wanted to provide a snapshot of which rookies made the cut for this season and give fans a glimpse at some of the cards to be on the hunt for. Enjoy!
|452||Dylan McIlrath||New York|
|458||Freddie Hamilton||San Jose|
|464||Jon Merrill||New Jersey|
|465||Linden Vey||Los Angeles|
|481||Ondrej Palat||Tampa Bay|
|482||Ryan Strome||New York|
|483||Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay|
|484||Reid Boucher||New Jersey|
|485||Martin Jones||Los Angeles|
|491||Thomas Hickey||New York|
|492||Tyler Johnson||Tampa Bay|
|496||Matthew Irwin||San Jose|
|498||Tanner Pearson||Los Angeles|
|500||Brendan Gallagher/Petr Mrazek/Aleksander Barkov CL||Florida/Montreal/Detroit|
Fans have done a variety of tributes to show their love for Upper Deck cards over the years, but nobody does it like Tim Carroll who does the unthinkable to trading cards; he butchers them. That’s right, when Tim is feeling inspired he cuts up trading cards, but it is all in the name of art.
Tim’s creations have become well known in the industry, but it is his piece titled, “The Kid” that stands out for us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary this week. For this piece Tim recreated Ken Griffey Jr.’s memorable Upper Deck rookie cards using 1989 Upper Deck trading cards entirely. And it is a piece that is amazing to behold. Tim is offering it to Upper Deck on loan for the next few months to share with fans at trade shows and other events so we are excited to see reactions to the piece.
Recently we had the opportunity to check in with Tim about creating the piece and what that 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set meant to him.
UD: What do you remember about the 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set when it first came out?
Tim Carroll: I was 11-years-old back in 1989 when I first heard about the Upper Deck set. Dealers at shows were abuzz about some new set that had some sort of counterfeit-proof holograms on the back and tamper-proof packs. A few months went by before I was able to actually get my hands on some. We were lucky to be at Wal-Mart right as an employee was cracking sealed cases. My brother and I only landed a couple Griffey Jr. rookies, but we made a killing on the Jerome Walton, Dwight Smith, Nolan Ryan (throwing the football), Jim Abbott (3D), and Todd Ziele to name a few. The Griffey is so iconic, but my secret favorite is the Gary Pettis card. A picture on a card of the player holding the same card? Genius!
UD: Do you still have one of those Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Upper Deck rookie cards?
Tim Carroll: I still have the one Griffey rookie from the set I cut to recreate his rookie card and I still have one from that fateful trip to Wal-Mart 25 years ago.
UD: When did you start doing this unique form of art?
Tim Carroll: I started making the card art pieces back in 2009 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Honus Wagner tobacco card. A few months later, I created “The Kid” in honor of the 20th anniversary of that historic card. I have since created over 30 pieces in which I used cut baseball cards as my medium. Although I like to make portraits of athletes, musicians, and celebrities from items tied to the star, the cut trading cards have become my niche.
UD: Can you share a little bit about how you brought “The Kid” to life?
Tim Carroll: Making the Griffey out of one set was a bit challenging, as I wasn’t sure in the beginning if I had enough of a “palette” within the set. It all worked out, however. Some of the details that I think showcase what the piece is all about are: the bat and necklace made from some of the common Star Rookies; the Star Rookie logo and Seattle logo made from “Award Winners;” and the many, many names that make up the white area of the piece. The whole point of the piece was to highlight that – no matter how hot many of the cards were in that set – the Griffey is a card that has withstood the ups and downs of the card-collecting hobby.
Thanks again for including my work in the celebration. I grew up with that card being one of the modern “Holy Grails” of collecting. To have you showcase my art for the anniversary is extremely humbling.
For more on Tim Carroll’s art, please visit www.timcarrollart.com.
You can’t have a golf trading card product without Tiger Woods so Upper Deck was thrilled to sit down with the 14-time major winner to acquire hard-signed autographs for the upcoming 2014 SP Authentic Golf product. Take a look at a couple of the cards:
Tiger will also have dual signed cards with Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker and some guy who played for the Chicago Bulls and wore #23… Any guesses?
Recently at Upper Deck’s production facility, one of our staff was able to grab some early images of 2013-14 NHL® SPx from the product pack-out with their trusty iPhone. We try not to take scans to avoid handling the cards to much and risk damaging them. Take a look at some of these pictures to give you a feel for the awesome content that will be included in the product this season. And don’t miss your chance to bust open some packs yourself when 2013-14 NHL® SPx releases on February 19, 2014!
And don’t forget about bonus Upper Deck Trilogy NHL® Rookie Update cards!