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Check out these seven tips on how to best collect Upper Deck cards:

#1 – COLLECT WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
The best part about collecting Upper Deck Hockey cards is that there are so many different ways to do it. Hockey fans collect sets, teams, players, rookies, autograph cards, memorabilia cards and so much more. Find what makes you happy and enjoy the hobby for the fun experience it provides getting you more involved in the game and the players you cheer for.

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#2 – DON’T TRY TO COLLECT EVERYTHING
Upper Deck produces all sorts of hockey card sets every year for a variety of different collector’s tastes and budgets. It can be a little overwhelming so focus on the types of products you will enjoy the most. Fans getting started or returning to the hobby should look at these trading card products in particular:

O-Pee-Chee – The biggest hockey card set of the year, cool retro designs and a low price point per pack!

Upper Deck MVP – Provides excellent value with quality cards, great photography, rare parallel cards, autograph cards, memorabilia cards and more!

Upper Deck Series One & Two – These two products release at the start and middle of the season and have something for every type of collector. The “Young Guns” rookie cards are some of the most popular cards in the trading card industry.

Fleer Ultra – An extremely popular set every year with collectors who chase rookie cards, “Fresh Ink” autographs, “Platinum Medallion” parallel cards, die-cut cards, memorabilia cards and more!

Black Diamond – This technology based set features less cards per pack than the others, but all the cards have the look and feel of insert cards with shiny foil on the front of each card. This set usually has a deep selection of the latest rookie crop along with autograph versions of their cards. Collectors also have the opportunity to pull super-rare (and incredibly valuable) exchange cards good for “Quad Diamond Rookie Gems” cards that feature four diamonds embedded in the card (one carat each)!

Upper Deck ICE – This is another technolgy based set printed on acetate and plexi-glass stock. These are not your father’s hockey cards! The “Ice Premieres” rookie cards are some of the most valuable and sought after cards of the year.

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#3 – COLLECT WITH OTHERS
One of the best parts of collecting hockey cards is the lifetime of memories you can make and relationships you can build by enjoying this hobby with others. Collect with your family and your friends while you watch the games together. It will bring you closer to the sport, closer to the athletes and closert to each other.

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#4 – ENJOY PLENTY OF WAYS TO PURCHASE UPPER DECK HOCKEY CARDS FROM AUTHORIZED SOURCES
You can find Upper Deck cards (both new and old) from a variety of sources. Upper Deck works to protect our fans by creating a secure network of approved dealers to carry our trading card products and memorabilia. When purchasing new Upper Deck cards from hobby shops, make sure they are an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer. Getting into an authorized shop for Upper Deck is the best way to learn about the hobby as not only do they have a variety of products available, but they have knowledgeable staff that can help you get started.

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Hobby shops are a great resource to get started in the hobby of collecting cards and they frequently run fun events and giveaways!

You can also get new Upper Deck cards from larger retail outlets like Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and more. Those who enjoy the ease of shopping online can purchase through Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers or make purchases from Upper Deck’s online store (www.upperdeckstore.com). And if you want to split the costs on opening new products, check out Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Group Breakers who share purchases and open the product together in online chatrooms with streaming video. Purchases made from unauthorized channels do not fall under Upper Deck’s warranty policy.

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#5 – KEEP YOUR UPPER DECK CARDS IN MINT CONDITION
Try to keep your Upper Deck hockey cards in mint condition by protecting them in card holders, binders or boxes. Avoid having them in extreme temperatures and make sure they are stored in a high location to avoid issues of floods or little hands who may not know how to handle them. The better the condition is on your Upper Deck cards, the more collectible and desirable they may be. There are third-party companies that will grade and encapsulate cards for collectors typically on a scale of 1-10, but as long as you keep them in good condition, your cards will likely be desirable for years to come.

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Be very careful with how you handle your Upper Deck cards as the condition is tied directly to the card’s value.

#6 – DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE VALUES
Constantly worrying about what your cards are worth or what you can sell them for takes a lot of the fun out of the hobby. Yes there are plenty of valuable cards that can be found in Upper Deck packs, but that shouldn’t be the main reason you collect. If you are looking to get an idea of what some of your best cards sell for, your best bet may be to check completed online auctions on eBay. At the very least it will give you a feel for what similar cards are selling for currently in the market. Understand however that values fluctuate on cards based on player and team performance in particular. What a card sells for today could be drastically different than what they could sell for in a week, month or year.

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Collect the players and teams you love!

#7 – ENGAGE IN THE ONLINE WORLD OF COLLECTING AND TRADING

The trading card hobby is incredibly friendly and there are a variety of online groups that can help you on your journey to become an expert collector. Many you will find on your own, but make sure to connect with Upper Deck’s online resources for fans:

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And for more tips on collecting, make sure to visit our Collectors Zone!

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. Yesterday was National Signing Day for college football and the SEC scored many of the top prospects, including No.1. Byron Cowart announced on national television that he would play for the Auburn Tigers. Auburn has a long history of legendary athletes, and Cowart hopes to one day be included on that list. One football legend that came out of Auburn was Bo Jackson, so let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for a lucky fan’s opportunity to score 5 packs of 2014 USA Football!

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. As many of you have probably heard, Jim Harbaugh, is now the head coach of the University of Michigan football team. Formally the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh completed his fourth season as the NFL coach and decided to head back to his alma mater. Harbaugh is arguably one of the best coaches at the collegiate or professional level and it is no secret that Michigan is pleased to have his talents on their side. So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for a lucky fan’s opportunity to score 5 packs of 2014 SP Authentic Football!

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USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Recently graduated high-school recruits will represent the United States in the annual International Bowl game against Canada. As the exclusive trading card partner of USA Football, this game gives Upper Deck the opportunity to capture great imagery of these future stars as well as autographs and game-worn memorabilia to use for a trading card set.

What collectors really love about Upper Deck’s annual USA Football trading card product however is the fact it gives them the opportunity to get the first licensed trading cards of prospects who will not have another licensed trading cards until they move on from college and head to the pros. It is the ultimate football prospect collectors trading card set. And with incredible alumni like Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Kevin Hogan and many more who have been included in the set previously, it’s easy to see why it is always so popular.

The 2014 product features great names as well with top recruits who are making waves in the college ranks now. Below are some of the key names to watch for as you open packs of 2014 Upper Deck USA Football!

Samaje Perine – RB – Oklahoma

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Justin Jackson – RB – Northwestern

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Greer Martini – LB  – Notre Dame

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Charles Nelson – WR – Oregon

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Saeed Blacknall – WR – Penn State

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Jonathan Hilliman – RB – Boston College

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James Mayden – WR  – Rice

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What makes the product interesting is it also contains content from Team Canada prospects including autograph cards. With the game having a greater international scope, it’s only a matter of time for one of these young stars to make it big!

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Check out some of the other cool content in the product!

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Look for 2014 Upper Deck USA Football in stores now or on Upper Deck’s online store!

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. It is a big weekend for NFL playoffs and everyone is talking about the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game. Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo lead arguably two of the NFL’s best offenses- between each team’s running game and experience both look to be unstoppable. If Rodgers’ injuries stay out of the way and Jordy Nelson plays the way we all know he can, Packers will be quite the threat. But, Romo and DeMarco Murray are another dynamic that pose a strong offense against the Packers defense. Guess we will just have to wait and see! So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for a lucky fan’s opportunity to score 5 packs of 2014 SP Authentic Football!

 

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