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Recently Upper Deck announced the company would be issuing the debut of Exquisite Collection Golf cards for 2014 featuring rookie content of standout stars like Michelle Wie, Cheyenne Woods, Graeme McDowell and exclusive Upper Deck spokesman, Rory McIlroy.

Over the last several weeks, Upper Deck has been working to track down golf stars for signing sessions on these cards to secure as much hard-signed content to appear live in the product as possible. All of the players have been very impressed with the quality of the cards, but perhaps none more so than Natalie Gulbis who grew up collecting cards and was blown away by the look of the 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf product. Take a look:

Check out some imagery of Natalie’s cards she signed for inclusion in the set.

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Natalie wasn’t able to convince us to let her keep this card. It will be out in packs for one lucky collector to discover!

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When 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series One hits shelves in early November, it will mark the 25th consecutive release of this fan favorite set. Collectors have widely hailed Upper Deck’s Young Guns cards as the most collectible rookie cards in the market and with their long history and always stunning photography, it is easy to see why.

Today we are happy to share the first images of the base set from 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series One:

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More importantly we are excited to share some first images of the Young Guns cards that can be found in the product. Dozens of highly sought after draft picks and prospects will be added to the set as they skate in official NHL games this fall.

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Stay tuned for more details on this highly anticipated release!

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The NHL Draft® is an extremely busy time for UD staffers behind the scenes at “The Gauntlet.” Prospect after prospect pour through and we realized to be able to stay on top of what was happening, we needed to come up with a living draft board so we know which players were going to each of the teams.

Last year the board really came together and we had the draft picks add their autographs to it as they came through. This year we put a little more time in it and had the picks on Velcro tabs we could easily move in the event of trade. We also included a better area for their signatures and they got a kick out of seeing where their friends were drafted as they moved through “The Gauntlet.”

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Here’s a preview of what the autographs look like for the top four picks!

The real kick for us however was when NHL® Commissioner Gary Bettman dropped by and lent his autograph to the draft board.

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The board will remain on display at Upper Deck headquarters as one of the unique collectibles we have on site to share with visitors and guests.

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Upper Deck is continually trying to innovate the football card market and we got inspiration to create a new type of trading card from triptych art, which is a type of art divided into three sections. Upper Deck added 36 very rare three-panel booklet cards to 2013 Exquisite Collection Football which were painted by hand to immortalize a legendary college football player. Then Upper Deck had these paintings hard-signed by the athletes depicted and they look absolutely stunning. Check out some of the work.

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The outside of the card features actual photography and imagery along with legal copy.

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The inside of the card folds out to show three hand-painted panels of art along with the athlete’s signature!

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Now any time you try to do something new, even the athletes are a little taken back by it. So you have an instance where Barry Sanders actually signed his Triptych card twice. We are pretty sure no collectors will be complaining about that!

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Barry Sanders actually signed this card twice! 3 panels of art + 2 panels of autographs = 1 happy collector!

Here is the checklist for players featured in the set (each limited to 2 total copies of the same image):

TS-BJ Bo Jackson
TS-BS Barry Sanders
TS-DB Drew Brees
TS-DF Doug Flutie
TS-DM Dan Marino
TS-EG Eddie George
TS-EM EJ Manuel
TS-GS Geno Smith
TS-HW Herschel Walker
TS-JE John Elway
TS-JM Joe Montana
TS-JN Joe Namath
TS-JR Jerry Rice
TS-LT Lawrence Taylor
TS-MB Matt Barkley
TS-MT Manti Te’o
TS-SY Steve Young
TS-TA Tavon Austin

Don’t miss 2013 Exquisite Collection Football when it releases on June 11, 2014.

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Five years ago, Upper Deck debuted SPx Shadow Box cards which were different than any trading card that had been released before. The cards used three layers of acetate with printing on each layer to deliver a 3-dimensional trading card experience on very thick card stock.

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Over the last few years this innovative new type of trading card has become a favorite with fans and for some time Upper Deck Authenticated has been looking at ways to bring a ground-breaking product like this to the memorabilia side of the business. After a significant amount of research and development, Upper Deck Authenticated was able to create prototypes and move into production for these incredibly unique collectibles. This new 16” x 20” memorabilia piece can be displayed equally as impressively sitting on a desk or on a hanging on a wall.

What may be most unique about the pieces is that the signature is actually found on the middle layer of clear acetate to give a 3-dimensional look where the autograph appears to be floating along the image of the athlete. This is also a safety precaution which will keep anyone cleaning the piece from damaging the signature housed safely inside.

Recently we had signings with exclusive spokesmen Tiger Woods and Wayne Gretzky and we are excited to make their autographed Shadow Box collectibles available now! Take a look!

Wayne Gretzky Autographed “Center Ice” Shadow Box

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Tiger Woods Autographed “Approach” Shadow Box

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“At Upper Deck Authenticated we are always looking to bring fans innovative collectibles that stop people in their tracks and make them say, ‘Wow,’” said Gabriel Garcia, brand manager for Upper Deck Authenticated. “These autographed Shadow Box collectibles do exactly that and really need to be seen in person to be believed. We plan to show them off at upcoming trade shows like the National Sports Collectors Convention this summer. I think many fans will not want to wait that long however as they look to score gifts for fathers, graduates and loved ones of legendary players currently available like Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods. Sports fans can look for UDA to create compelling new autographed Shadow Box collectibles for our other super star athletes in the future as well!”

You can find these autographed Shadow Box collectibles and many other unique Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia items at www.upperdeckstore.com! Check them out today!

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