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Upper Deck would like to thank all the collectors, fans and shops who have helped to keep the company the collector’s choice over the last 25 years at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention. Upper Deck is pulling out all the stops to make the event memorable for fans in attendance and there will be a variety of special programs in place for every type of collector to take part in. And with the company’s incredible 130’x50’ corporate booth, fans will have plenty of ground to cover to see everything Upper Deck has to offer! Below is a breakdown on the events taking place at the National from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Kids Zone – Children are the future of the hobby and Upper Deck remains the category leader in youth marketing. We will have an area of our booth dedicated completely to kid-focused activities throughout the weekend with a “Draw Your Own Trading Card,” games & tournaments to win cool prizes and even visits from Upper Deck’s mascot, Coach Cardman!

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Kids will find plenty of fun activities at the Upper Deck booth including a “Draw Your Own Trading Card” station!

Personalized 25th Anniversary Trading Cards – Have you always dreamed of one day being on an Upper Deck trading card? Well now is your chance as all week long at the show we will have a professional photographer onsite to shoot fans and then print actual Upper Deck 25th Anniversary trading cards for them on site. The best part about it is this service is absolutely FREE!

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Get your very own personalized card made in the classic 1989 UD design to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!

Upper Deck Authenticated Man Cave – Upper Deck Authenticated will have an amazing “Man Cave” set up at the show designed to give fans an idea of just how great the company’s limited-edition collectibles can make a special sports-themed room look. Many of the items on display will be available for sale at special show pricing including ultra-rare memorabilia from the Suite One-of-One collection like a tournament-worn Tiger Woods Stanford autographed & inscribed polo.

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Come see amazing memorabilia from the biggest names in sports like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James and more!

Wednesday VIP Party – Upper Deck will help get the show started by making a special presentation at the Wednesday VIP Party to thank the company’s network of dealers in attendance at the show. Fans in attendance will also score with a special 6-card VIP set produced exclusively for the National Sports Collectors Convention and they will also have the opportunity to win one of three sealed packs of the new 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf! Immediately after the VIP Party fans are invited to visit the Upper Deck booth for birthday cake to help celebrate Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary and an incredible FREE giveaway you will not want to miss!

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Wrapper Redemption Promotion – Every year fans flock to the Upper Deck booth with new packs to score one of the exclusive wrapper redemption packs produced just for this show. Randomly inserted into these packs are incredibly limited autograph cards of top stars from the world of sports. Collectors just need to purchase five (5) packs of 2013 Fleer Retro Football, 2014 SPx Football, 2014 Upper Deck Football (Hobby)2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball, 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball2013-14 NHL SP Authentic, 2014 SP Authentic Golf, 2014 Goodwin Champions OR one (1) pack of 2014 SP Game-Used Golf to receive one (1) 2014 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention Pack. EVERY 25TH COLLECTOR WILL RECEIVE A FREE FLEER RETRO AUTOGRAPH PACK FROM FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL! These packs must be purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer who will provide collectors with an Upper Deck issued voucher for the redemption program. The program will begin at 10:25 a.m. each day starting on Thursday and run as long as supplies last. Collectors can take advantage of the promotion up to four times per person, per day.

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Fans everywhere will want to collect the 20-card set with 5 different cards available every day!

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Case Breaker Promotion – Serious collectors who like cracking cases are in store for a very good time during the show as well! Collectors can open a sealed case purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show of 2013-14 SP Authentic Basketball, 2013-14 Fleer Retro Basketball or 2013 Fleer Retro Football without waiting in any lines at any time throughout the show to receive the following:

(10) 2014 Upper Deck National Sports Collectors Convention Packs (2 packs from each day)
(2) 2013 Fleer Retro Basketball Autograph Pack (3 autograph cards per pack)
(2) 2013 Fleer Retro Football Autograph Pack (3 autograph cards per pack)
(1) Case Breaker Raffle Ticket good for a random memorabilia item, premium hobby pack/box, trading card, or one of 25 premium National Autograph cards. The item selected will be immediately available to the participant.
*Note: This promotion is only available to the first 75 collectors who choose to take advantage of it.

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Crack a case and you could score a super-premium autographed item like this!

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Collectors love cracking cases of UD product for promotions like this at the National!

Upper Deck Educates – We are proud to debut a new program at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention with the company’s new Upper Deck Educates kits. Manipulative based learning in classrooms is all the rage these days, especially for youngsters learning math. Using trading cards in the classroom can actually help youngsters learn and we have worked to create lesson plans that include cards. We will be providing these kits which include background on manipulative based learning, a lesson plan and trading card product to elementary education teachers (Grades 4-6) for FREE while supplies last. Elementary educators attending need to email UpperDeckMarketing@upperdeck.com with subject title “Upper Deck Educates” to reserve a kit to pick up at the Upper Deck booth if they are attending the show. Please provide your full name, school and grade you teach so we can put them on reserve for you. Teachers will need to present a valid school identification to pick them up.

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Upper Deck Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt – Collectors have enjoyed Upper Deck’s Random Acts of Kindness program and we will bring the excitement around that event to the 2014 National on Thursday. Upper Deck will hide 25 sealed Random Acts of Kindness envelopes throughout the Convention Center and share clues at the company’s corporate booth throughout the day. Lucky collectors who track them down can score sweet prizes like apparel and product!

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The Exquisite Case Break – On Friday at 2:00 p.m. fans in attendance will want to make their way to the Amazon.com Sports Collectibles Center Stage for an extremely special event. Fans who are not at the show can watch through Upper Deck’s BreakersTV Channel. Upper Deck will bring up two of the company’s Authorized Group Breakers to help out with this special event in Steel City Collectibles along with Dave & Adam’s Cardworld, but spots in the break will be absolutely FREE and awarded during a special raffle at the company’s booth on Thursday night at 5:25 p.m. What will make this such an “exquisite” event is that Upper Deck will be breaking the company’s most premium products with 2013 Exquisite Collection Football and 2014 Exquisite Collection Golf.

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Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception – Almost two months ago Upper Deck announced a special private event taking place on Saturday. Here is that announcement and we will be sharing more details on this memorable event in the coming weeks!

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Entertainment – What is a birthday party without a little entertainment? Appearing all day on Friday and Saturday at the Upper Deck booth is the incomparable Tim Carroll who will be creating a special cut-up card mosaic of a popular Upper Deck spokesman. Speed artist Tim Decker will appear at the Upper Deck booth on Friday from 3:25-5:30 p.m. creating incredibly artwork of top Upper Deck spokesmen that you will have to see to believe. And Saturday Upper Deck is excited to bring in a surprise guest during the afternoon that every sports fan will want the opportunity to see! Stay tuned for more details on that!

Photo Opportunities – Upper Deck will have a variety of VERY unique photo opportunities for fans to take advantage of throughout the convention hall and at Upper Deck’s corporate booth.

Expired Redemption Raffle – Upper Deck will accept expired redemption cards at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention to be entered into a drawing for 100 different prize cards available immediately at the show. The drawing will take place at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday and redemptions need to be received in by 11:00 a.m. that morning. Here are more details on the expired redemption raffle.

Decoy Reclamation Raffle – Upper Deck wants to see collectors help with recycling efforts. All week long any time fans bring 25 blank Upper Deck decoy cards in good condition to the UD booth they can score a free raffle ticket. On Sunday at 2:25 p.m. the company will hold a special raffle for those tickets with five limited-edition autograph cards up for grabs. So bring in those seemingly useless decoys to help conservation efforts while also getting the shot to score some pretty sweet collectibles as well.

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National fans LOVE Upper Deck’s special giveaway promotions!

Special Giveaways – It may be our birthday, but you are the ones who get the presents! There will be a special FREE giveaway each day at the Upper Deck booth to help celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary. The days and times you will definitely want to be at the Upper Deck booth are Wednesday (4:00 p.m.), Thursday (5:25 p.m.), Friday (3:00 p.m.), Saturday (1:25 p.m.) and Sunday (1:25 p.m.).

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Celebrate 25 years of Upper Deck at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention!

Upper Deck will be sharing more details on events surrounding the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in the coming weeks, but it will definitely be an event collectors will NOT want to miss!

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Fans love seeing previews of new card sets like 2014 SPx Football on popular online communities, but it isn’t until they actually get to see the real cards can they begin to realize how good the product will be. One of collector’s biggest concerns is will there be redemption cards in the product. Recently Upper Deck shared that all the autograph content for 2014 SPx Football was in and there would be ZERO REDEMPTION CARDS in the product. And now, as the product packs out, we wanted to share a few images from the production line to give collectors a feel for what they can expect in this release.

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Again, all autograph cards from players like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Bishop Sankey and more will appear LIVE in the product. It should be a great pack opening experience, don’t miss it!

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When you think of the perfect gift for someone important to you, usually they are not cheap. You know these special people are worth it and they deserve something nice, but it is hard to justify breaking the bank just to show them how much you care. It is at this point that many savvy gift givers join forces with family, friends or co-workers for a group gift!

And if the person you are shopping for is a sports fan, you can likely start and end your search for the perfect gift with Upper Deck Authenticated collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com! You can only find authentic autograph collectibles from superstar athletes like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James and Rory McIlroy through Upper Deck Authenticated. With incredibly innovative memorabilia items, there are plenty of options for selecting something truly unique that will earn you praise and admiration from the recipient for years to come.

Be careful when looking for the perfect sports collectibles however as many of them may be forged and that is the last thing you want to get someone you care about. While it is impossible to definitely estimate the percentage of forged memorabilia, most industry experts concede that over half of the autographed memorabilia is forged. Upper Deck Authenticated protects consumers from that threat by witnessing every signature and further protecting fans with our 5-step authentication process.

Here are some tips and tactics for organizing the group that will pool together your funds for the perfect gift based on what type of group you are!

The Office – Going in for a good group gift, you likely won’t want to break the bank, but you do want to show the boss you care. Best bet here is to be the organizer as that will likely get you the most kudos in the end. And if this co-worker or boss loves golf, they are going to love some of our Rory McIlroy autographed memorabilia. Get a dozen co-workers to kick in $40 a piece and you can get some awesome collectibles! Check this out!

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The Dad – Play on the heart strings of any hesitant group gifter for dad. Tell them they can make up to dad for their “Terrible Twos” or the time they told mom he fed them cake for breakfast? There is no quicker way to a father’s heart than with an autographed memorabilia item from Upper Deck Authenticated. And what father wouldn’t want an autographed collectible from an athlete like Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky? Instead of getting him a bunch of ties for Father’s Day or golf clubs for the holidays, why not get him a collectible he will enjoy and admire from one of his greatest sports heroes? The best part is every time he looks at it he will think of the group who gave it to him! Get the family together to pitch in for a stellar item dad will always remember and appreciate!

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The Graduate – They grow up so fast don’t they? And during that process they likely spent a significant amount of time cheering on their favorite sports stars. Give them an item that can be the cornerstone of their fledgling collection, something they can be proud of, a piece they will treasure. There is nobody hotter with the youth of today than the 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 4-time NBA MVP and 2-time NBA champion; LeBron James. Pool your funds together to give your pride and joy a gift that will make all their hard work feel like it was worth it.

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The Man Who Has Everything – Many people have a friend or family member who has everything they could want that is a challenge to shop for. When it is time to get them a gift, why not chip in together and get them something truly memorable, something innovative, something like Upper Deck Authenticated’s new autographed Shadowbox memorabilia, signature Breaking Through pieces or signed “Tegata” collectibles.

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Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia makes the perfect gift! Take a look at all the amazing autographed collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com.

 

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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):

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TS-DF Doug Flutie
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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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If you are a case-breaking collector who loves Upper Deck, you will want to mark your calendars and make your travel plans today for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH. Upper Deck will be hosting a PRIVATE Diamond Club Member & New Candidate Reception on Saturday night, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. at an undisclosed location in the Cleveland area. Current Diamond Club members in good standing are invited to attend, and potential candidates can earn an invitation during the show by supporting Certified Diamond Dealers selling new Upper Deck boxes and cases on site that week. Candidates need to be the #1 purchaser of Upper Deck new products from those Certified Diamond Dealers in attendance that week to earn the invitation.

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Two spots for this memorable event will also be available to collectors who cannot afford to spend as much as Diamond Club members and candidates at the show, but who are deeply engaged to the Upper Deck brand. Details on how every day collectors can earn an invitation during the show to this special event will be announced in the coming weeks.

At last year’s event, attendees were treated to excellent food, fun promotions and some absolutely incredible giveaway items in the form of packs, boxes, insert cards, memorabilia and other unique collectibles from the biggest athletes on the planet. To celebrate Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary, the company is pulling out all the stops to have some truly amazing giveaways for attendees.

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Attendees at last year’s event were beyond fired up about some of the awesome sports collectibles they were able to score at the event!

And while the promotional items shared with guests will be great, even more impressive will be Upper Deck’s special host. Upper Deck will be bringing in one of the biggest names in sports to help the company celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary. It will be a night many collectors will remember their entire lives. In the coming weeks Upper Deck will release more details about how Diamond Club candidates can earn their invitation to the card collecting event of the year. For 25 years Upper Deck has invited you to collect the best, this night is our way of saying, “thank you” to those collectors who show their support during the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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