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Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization dedicated to saying, “thank you,” to active and retired U.S. military members throughout the world by delivering free care packages to them. The group works with a variety of companies to get donations to include in the care packages and also funds to ship them to locations all over the globe. Upper Deck has been an active supporter of the charity for a number of years now and as they embark on an impressive milestone this weekend by shipping their millionth care package.
To help commemorate this accomplishment and the organization’s dedication to showing appreciation for U.S. military members, Upper Deck called out some help from the company’s exclusive spokesman; Tiger Woods. At a recent signing session with Upper Deck Authenticated, Tiger Woods signed an item exclusively for the millionth package recipient and added a nice personalized message to go along with it.
Dear One Millionth Package Recipient,
Thank you for all you do to protect and defend the USA!!
All the best,
This signed memorabilia piece will be presented for the recipient during a volunteer packaging drive taking place this Saturday. To volunteer to help assemble care packages for the troops and see the presentation of the millionth package this weekend, visit this link: http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/celebrate-with-us-on-december-7th/
Upper Deck sent this unique collector’s item to Operation Gratitude along with hundreds of sealed packs of trading cards to be inserted into care packages going to service men and women. This is just part of the company’s continued effort to be viewed as the military’s choice for trading cards, collectibles and games.
The quarterback position is without a doubt the most critical position in the NFL and no matter how much scouts may be sure certain players are a can’t miss prospect, they miss more often than not. And of course in the case of players like Tom Brady, the opposite is true as well. Frequently quarterbacks can slip in the NFL Draft and go on to have fantastic careers.
Upper Deck’s football team knows this lesson all to well and works hard to include a strong assortment of collegiate quarterback prospects in the company’s flagship release each year. So when Oakland Raider fans saw Matt McGloin’s strong performance in his first start with the team, many ran to boxes of 2013 Upper Deck Football which is the only licensed mainstream release to include content on Matt McGloin. And you won’t just find his regular “Star Rookie” cards in those packs as there are also the Black & White Glossy parallels and autograph parallels to chase as well.
Values on these cards has been surging in online auction sites like eBay for example. And some collectors like Brad Elder are loving it. Elder had one of McGloin’s 2013 Upper Deck Star Rookie Autograph cards limited to just 15 copies and he reported on UD’s Facebook page that he sold it yesterday for a whopping $260. The only question is, given the extremely limited nature of his rookie cards in the market, could he have gotten more for it? Upper Deck will be including more Matt McGloin content in future releases like 2013 SP Authentic Football so stay tuned for that!
For fans of the Raiders however, this is nothing new. Upper Deck was also the first company to deliver autograph rookie content of the Silver & Black’s other talented signal-caller in Terrelle Pryor. So just remember, when you are looking for the deepest rookie selection of future football stars, look no further than Upper Deck Football.
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.
Prospecting collectors are a disciplined bunch who will invest heavy into a product, working to acquire a position on it in some cases, and then just sit on it. They patiently wait for what they believe to be inevitable; for a player to break out in the product creating huge consumer demand. Prospecting in football products however was not something that really existed to any great extent until Upper Deck released the company’s 2011 and 2012 USA Football box sets featuring content from high school stars yet to play in college.
Unlike other stories recently about autographs of prospects causing peril for players, these USA Football box sets does not jeopardize the eligibility status for the players since they are playing for their country and Upper Deck is the exclusive trading card manufacturer from the USA Football team. And what this release really means for collectors is they have the opportunity to collect limited-edition trading cards of top college stars including autograph and game-used memorabilia cards. There are dozens of top recruits found in these sets and some are starting to make a huge impact with their collegiate teams!
After the performance Jameis Winston had this weekend, many of these prospectors who purchased these sets are strongly considering breaking them down and start selling them off because of the content for Winston in the 2012 set. Those who watched Winston play in his first game against Pitt this weekend immediately bought into the hype around this 19-year-old freshman who was nearly perfect, completing 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
His record setting performance quickly earned him the nickname, “Famous Jameis” and he is going to be a name on the top of many card collecting hot lists for the near future. The only problem is, there are hardly any football cards of him out there to collect, except from Upper Deck’s 2012 USA Football box set. Take a look at his first-ever football card (card #26), found in every 2012 set:
There are also quite a few insert cards of Jameis Winston in the product as well that feature autographs and game-worn memorabilia. Here is a checklist for those to be on the look out for as more of these sets are opened.
|Jameis Winston||USA Football Base Autograph parallel|
|Jameis Winston||USA Football Future Swatch|
|Jameis Winston||USA Future Swatch Auto #’d to 5|
|Jameis Winston||USA Future Swatch Patch|
|Jameis Winston||USA Future Swatch Patch Auto #’d to 2|
Didn’t catch his performance? Check this out!
Julio Jones has quickly established himself as one of the more prolific receivers in the league after his remarkable career at the University of Alabama. After with a lot of hard work, Upper Deck’s Athlete Relations Team was able to secure a signing session with Julio and we are happy to report all of his outstanding autograph redemption cards have been signed and returned. We have already begun the packaging process on these cards and they will start shipping next week. Take a look at some of these hard-signed beauties!
What makes this acquisition even more exciting for Upper Deck is that is moves the company to less than 800 total autographs outstanding for football, many of which are from new projects. This is a part of Upper Deck’s continuing effort to reduce the number of redemption cards in products to bring collectors the best pack opening experience in the industry.