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We’ve told fans for awhile now that Upper Deck’s USA Football box sets represent an incredible opportunity to own cards of tomorrow’s stars today. Many savvy collectors jumped on them, happy to find cards of highly touted football prospects like Jameis Winston, Kevin Hogan, Imani Cross, T.V. Williams, Anu Solomon, Devin Funchess and more! One USA Football alum who is having an incredibly stellar season thus far is Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Upper Deck’s USA Football products are loaded with top football prospects. Upper Deck has produced USA Football sets in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The former track star is coming off a career day against the Tennessee Volunteers with 208 yards and two touchdowns. Many believe Gurley is a front runner currently to win the Heisman trophy which would mean USA Football alumni would win the award in back-to-back years (Jameis Winston won the award last year).

Football prospect collectors can score the first licensed trading cards of Todd Gurley in 2012 Upper Deck USA Football box sets, as well as rare insert cards featuring autographs and game-worn memorabilia. Check out some of the incredible cards that can be discovered in those sets!

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And in case you have never seen Todd Gurley in action, check out this highlight reel from the 2013 season.

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While most fans know Michael Jordan for what he did on the basketball court, other have grown to know him for what he does on the golf course. Trust and believe he brings that same competitive drive to the game of golf. Take for example the time a fan bet him in Lake Tahoe that he couldn’t hit the green, and of course, Michael was able to come through in the clutch.

As a spokesman for Upper Deck, Michael Jordan has autograph memorabilia and trading cards from his basketball career, but he also has some content included in Upper Deck golf sets. The company brought back golf cards in 2014 and fans have loved releases like 2014 SP Authentic Golf, 2014 SP Game-Used Golf and 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf because there is the opportunity to find some Michael Jordan content in packs. Recently we were able to conduct a signing session with Michael where he signed some truly incredible golf combo cards from the Exquisite Collection Golf set, take a look!

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Art cards have always played a key role in many trading card releases, but Upper Deck has taken them to another level with 2013-14 NHL® Ultimate Collection “Masterpiece” cards. Upper Deck worked with some very talented artists to create hand-painted, one-of-one “Original Masterpiece” cards of athletes that are just incredible. Fans can find them randomly inserted into packs of Ultimate Collection.

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Upper Deck also used the imagery from these cards to create a set called “Signature Masterpieces” which uses the same great artwork for an autograph parallel of these cards. We hope fans enjoy the beautiful set and the release when it comes out this week!

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Fans at Gen Con have been excited about what Upper Deck has in store for them at the show, but there is one thing fans will definitely want to check out as the visit the show; a life-size Alien™ is on display. While it makes for a great photo opportunity for fans, some have been scared to get too close. It helps kick off the pre-release of the new Legendary™ Encounters: An Alien™ Deck Building Game which Upper Deck is debuting at the show!

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Score a photo of the Upper Deck Alien at Gen Con, post it to Twitter and use hashtag #UDAlien!

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Take a selfie with the Upper Deck Alien at Gen Con & score!

So make sure to stop by, take a photo and use the #UDAlien hashtag when you post your photo on Twitter. Who knows, you might just score an Upper Deck Random Acts of Kindness mail day!

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In just a few months, Upper Deck will issue the 25th consecutive release of Upper Deck NHL® trading cards. To help celebrate this historic milestone, Upper Deck has a variety of promotions in store for collectors, but we wanted to work with our old friend Tim Carroll to create something special for fans to check out that commemorates this achievement.

While we absolutely hate the idea of anyone defacing or intentionally damaging Upper Deck trading cards, Tim Carroll does it in a way to create a bigger picture and something really amazing. We commissioned Tim to create a mosaic of the famous 1990-91 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky card from our first NHL® set to help celebrate the anniversary.

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To make things even more interesting, Tim Carroll only used cards from the 1990-91 Upper Deck NHL® release along with 99 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings cards. Now I have to be honest, I had some reservations about how this would turn out when Tim sent me a preliminary image of where he was at with the piece.

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However, like the true professional he is, he came through with flying colors. Check out the completed piece!

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You can view this piece, his 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. mosaic and watch him work on a new piece for LeBron James at the Upper Deck booth in Cleveland for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2. Come see him transform regular Upper Deck trading cards into incredible art LIVE!

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