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Upper Deck has always been a proud supporter of the United States Military. Upper Deck works hard to show our appreciation of the military through philanthropic efforts and by including veterans into new trading card sets. We have even incorporated military moments on trading cards in sets like Goodwin Champions.
This Memorial Day Weekend, we would like to acknowledge some athletes who proudly served their country. As you enjoy this long weekend, take moment to recognize those who lost their lives in order to secure your freedom. Here is our top ten list of athletes of great American athletes who risked their lives and careers in order to serve the greater good:
#10 – David Robinson
Robinson won the Naismith and Wooden award during his senior year at the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from one of the nation’s top military schools, David served for two years in the Navy. After serving his country, David dominated the NBA and the Olympics.
#9 – John Wooden
Wooden is a three time All-American and helped Purdue win the 1932 National Championship. After a successful academic and athletic career at Purdue, Wooden enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Wooden was a lieutenant when he left the Navy and went on to become one of the greatest coaches in college history with UCLA.
#8 – Yogi Berra
Yogi served in the United States Navy during World War II. Berra was a gunner’s mate on a ship off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Berra went on to be one of the greatest players in New York Yankee history.
#7 – Bob Feller
Bob Feller was the first MLB player to volunteer for active duty after the Pearl Harbor attack. Feller returned to the MLB after serving for four years on the USS Alabama as an anti-aircraft gun captain. When he retired in 1956 after an 18-year professional career, Feller was a World Series champion and eight-time All-Star and pitched three no-hitters.
#6 – Bobby Jones
Though he only played as an amateur, Bobby Jones is considered to be one of the greatest golfers ever. Jones won all four of the major golf tournaments in 1930. Jones served as an officer in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He bought and developed Augusta National in Georgia and raised cattle on the land in order to help with the war efforts.
#5 – Hobey Baker
Hobey is considered to be the United State’s first superstar hockey player. After dominating at Princeton University, Baker enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during the World War I. After surviving the war and receiving numerous military awards, Hobey died in post-war plane accident. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is given to the top NCAA athlete each year.
#4 – Jerry Coleman
Jerry Coleman is the only Major League Baseball player to have seen combat in two wars. Coleman flew in 120 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. Coleman went on to win four World Series championships with the New York Yankees. After his professional career, Coleman excelled in sports broadcasting.
#3 – Ted Williams
After his first Triple Crown season, Ted Williams served as a flight instructor during World War II. Williams was recalled back to duty in the beginning of the Korean War. He flew in 39 combat missions before being forced to stop flying due to an inner ear infection. In his 21 year career with the Boston Red Sox, Williams won the Triple Crown twice, was an All-Star 17 times, was the last player to bat over .400 in a single season and twice was the American League MVP.
#2 – Rocky Bleier
After playing for one year in the National Football League, Rocky was drafted into the Army and was shipped over to Vietnam. While on patrol, Rocky’s platoon was ambushed and he suffered a severe leg injury from grenade shrapnel. After being told that he would never play professional football again, Rocky attended the Steelers training camp one year after the ambush. When he retired in 1980, Bleier had 3,865 rushing yards, 1,294 receiving yards, 25 touchdowns and four Super Bowl Championships to his credit.
#1 – Pat Tillman
Pat Tillman is an American hero, pure and simple. Eight months after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Pat Tillman chose to leave his professional football career with the Arizona Cardinals ($3.6 million contract) and join the U.S. Army. He served a tour in Iraq before being redeployed to Afghanistan. He was killed in a friendly fire incident. He was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart and a posthumous promotion.
There is another American hero Upper Deck is hopeful can someday make the big leagues in Doc Jacobs who recently received his first-every Upper Deck card which can be found in 2013 Goodwin Champions coming out right after the 4th of July.
We want to share a special item from Doc Jacobs and Tommy Lasorda with our fans this Memorial Day with an autographed baseball signed by both veterans limited to just six total copies.
In the comment section below, please share why you feel Doc Jacobs and other military veterans who are athletes are worthy of an Upper Deck card. Please keep your comments to four sentences maximum. The person who most skillfully provides the most patriotic and original response will be selected to receive the baseball signed by Doc Jacobs and Tommy Lasorda with a certificate of authenticity from Upper Deck Authenticated. Comments must be received by Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific. Thank you to all those who participate and to all those who have served!
Upper Deck’s Athlete Relations team has been busy conducting signings with football stars this off-season for the company’s highly anticipated 2012 Exquisite Collection Football product set slated to arrive in hobby shops at the end of June. The hard work has been paying off as more and more high-end autograph content has been coming in each day which is sure to have football fans fired up as they crack tins of this product. Take a look at a few new cards we have recently received in and some images from signing sessions with a variety of athletes.
The 2013 Draft is in the books and football fans have been clamoring to score rookie cards of their favorite team’s draft picks. The only company with live, licensed rookies in the market right now is Upper Deck and fans have been enjoying the rich content available in 2013 Upper Deck Football.
Worthy of note, there are photo variation cards of the Star Rookies that are quite rare with different groups being available in hobby and retail. Cards 251-275 in the Star Rookie set have a photo variation appearing 1:120 hobby packs. Cards 276-300 in the Star Rookie set have a photo variation appearing 1:120 retail packs. The only difference between these cards and the base versions is the photograph.
And to help those fans who are looking to put together sets, including the always popular College Mascots patch set, UD is pleased to share short print information on a variety of sets in 2013 Upper Deck Football.
Base Set Star Rookie Autographs
Group A: 1:12,192 packs
Group B: 1:847 packs
Group C: 1:368 packs
Group D: 1:78 packs
Group E: 1:16 packs
Star Rookie SP Autographs
Group A: 1:6,096 packs
Group B: 1:93 packs
Group C: 1:83 packs
Star Rookie Rare Autographs
Group A: 1:1,804 packs
Group B: 1:321 packs
Group C: 1:191 packs
1995 SP Autograph Legends
Group A: 1:4,549 packs
Group B: 1:3,349 packs
Group C: 1:390 packs
Group D: 1:762 packs(quantity of individual cards is higher than Group C, but because of the limited amount of subjects in Group D the ratio is higher)
1995 SP Prospects Autographs
Group A: 1:6,773 packs
Group B: 1:2,032 packs
Group C: 1:1,033 packs
Group D: 1:462 packs
Ultimate Rookie Signatures
Group A: 1:5,166 packs
Group B: 1:3,079 packs
Group C: 1: 677 packs
College Football Heroes Headers & Autographs
Base Header: 1:480 hobby packs
Autograph Headers: 1:7,500 hobby packs
College Mascots Patches
Group A: 1:6,513 packs
Group B: 1:782 packs
|CM-111||Louie the Lumberjack|
|CM-112||Jack the Bulldog|
|CM-115||The Oregon Duck|
Group C: 1:227 packs
|CM-92||Albert & Alberta Gator|
|CM-94||Boomer and Sooner|
|CM-99||Cy the Cardinal|
Group D: 1:49 packs
|CM-71||Big Jay & Baby Jay|
|CM-76||The Big House|
|CM-77||Bill The Goat|
|CM-81||Rebel Black Bear|
|CM-82||The Scarlet Knight|
|CM-88||Butch T. Cougar|
A new football season is upon us and fans are fired up after the first round of the Draft. The 2013 Upper Deck Football trading card product is loaded with all the top draft picks including authentic autograph cards of your team’s newest stars. And it was almost appropriate that the 2013 Draft in New York opened up with an appearance from “Broadway Joe” himself. Take a look at Joe Namath showing off an autograph card from the recently announced Upper Deck Exquisite Collection set after a recent signing session!
For a look at the top draft picks you can find in 2013 Upper Deck Football, take a look below for their draft position and some shots of their cards that are in the market now!
#1 – Eric Fisher (to Kansas City)
#2 – Luke Joeckel (to Jacksonville)
#3 – Dion Jordan (to Miami)
#4 – Lane Johnson (to Philadelphia)
#5 – Ziggy Ansah (to Detroit)
#6 – Barkevious Mingo (to Cleveland)
#8 – Tavon Austin (to St. Louis)
#9 – Dee Milliner (to New York)
#11 – D.J. Fluker (to San Diego)
#13 – Sheldon Richardson (to New York)
#14 – Star Lotulelei (to Carolina)
#15 – Kenny Vaccaro (to New Orleans)
#16 – E.J. Manuel (to Buffalo)
#17 – Jarvis Jones (to Pittsburgh)
#18 – Eric Reid (to San Francisco)
#19 – Justin Pugh (to New York)
#21 – Tyler Eifert (to Cincinnati)
#22 – Desmond Trufant (to Atlanta)
#24 – Bjoern Werner (to Indianapolis)
#25 – Xavier Rhodes (to Minnesota)
#26 – Datone Jones (to Green Bay)
#27 – DeAndre Hopkins (to Houston)
#28 – Sylvester Williams (to Denver)
#29 – Cordarrelle Patterson (to Minnesota)
#30 – Alec Ogletree (to St. Louis)
#32 – Matt Elam (to Baltimore)