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For the last 25 years Upper Deck has worked hard to bring fans closer to the game and players they love. As we begin to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, fans have shared some of their fondest memories of collecting Upper Deck during that time. Here are just a few we enjoyed:
“The great photography, I loved the 1993 set.” – Andrew P.
“Pulling an Eric Staal and Jordan Staal jersey card. Made my day.” – Ben B.
“Pulling my Michael Jordan autograph card numbered to five.” – Steven S.
“The 2002 Upper Deck 40-man Lumber Yard cards. Love those wood cards!” – Steve N.
“Buying a $4 pack of 2002-03 Upper Deck Hockey after not collecting for 10 years and pulling a Datsyuk Young Guns rookie card.” – Ryan B.
“My favorite card, the 1991 Deion Sanders card showing him running from baseball to football.” – Scott P.
“Chasing a 1989 UD Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card when I was a kid growing up in the 90′s. It was my holy grail at age 12.” – Jeremy N.
“My 1993 Derek Jeter rookie card and my 1994 Michael Jordan baseball rookie.” – Del C.
“Pulling this.” – Mark G.
“Pulling a dual patch of Lemeiux and Jagr.” – Logan G.
“In 2001 Upper Deck Ovation I received an Ichiro card that had a chance to evolve. I inputted the code and it evolved into an Ichiro jersey card, awesome memory, thanks!” – Shaun J.
“Opening up a 1999 Upper Deck Baseball box and getting a Babe Ruth ‘Piece of History’ bat card. It was 1 in 10,000 packs odds.” – Joe M.
“I bought a box of 2001 SP Legendary Cuts and pulled a Lou Boudreau bat card, Jackie Robinson bat card, Bobby Thomson jersey card and a cut autograph of Lloyd Waner.” – Mason S.
“The inaugural Upper Deck Hockey set for 1991-92! I still have all the great rookies and star cards from Upper Deck’s first hockey release! It was all about the hologram for me! There was something very authentic about that hologram! You knew you were getting the real deal!” – Clayton H.
“I used to collect a lot of hockey and baseball cards in my early teenage years of 1990 to 1994 and gave up the hobby for quite a while. The National Hockey Card Day and McDonald’s Hockey card promotions brought me right back into the hobby over the past few years.” – GN H.
“In a single year pulling Jordan, LeBron, Kobe and Gretzky autographs.” – Doug C.
“My favorite UD moment was opening up my first and only box of Exquisite. I have bought up tons of singles from the product, but nothing compares to cracking one open on your own.” – Lewis V.
“Nolan Ryan throwing a football. My first Upper Deck card.” – Adam J.
“Buying and opening multiple packs to get Shaq‘s rookie card. It was worth the $$$!” – Andrew B.
“1993 SP Authentic Football… I wanted that Bledsoe so bad as a kid!” – James B.
“When I busted my UD Brett Favre autograph card limited to 25 copies!” – Vince A.
“Purchasing my 1994 Upper Deck Griffey/Mantle dual autograph card!!! Best card of the 1990s!” – Eric M.
“Winning your giveaway a couple years ago. It was the World of Sports Tiger Woods/Michael Jordan dual autograph card number to 5!! Absolutely amazing! Thanks Upper Deck!” – Kheva E.
“Joking with a fellow collector about pulling a Jordan autograph card from 2008-09 Radiance. I bought a pack and then my hands were shaking for the next half hour when I actually pulled an on-card Signature Flight card from the pack!” – Todd S.
What is really interesting to note is how many fans responded sharing that collecting cards had made them closer as a family. Trading cards really provide meaningful quality time between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, siblings and more. Take a look at some of those comments:
“The day you sent my Autistic son cards for the story my husband wrote for your blog. Shawn is still enjoying those cards. Thank you again.” – Danyel P.
“First few packs my dad bought in ’89. I remember the Griffey rookie and a reverse negative Dale Murphy.” – Eric S.
“Sharing a hobby with my mother…” – Jason L.
“Me and my brother opening boxes!!!” – Scott Y.
“Seeing my wife’s face when she pulled a Luongo Milestone jersey last weekend at my local card shop!” Greg B.
“My very first game used card I pulled was from 2001 Upper Deck Vintage. My best autograph I ever pulled was from 1999 Upper Deck Retro (Walter Payton). Upper Deck kept me opening packs and boxes for years. Then you released the University of North Carolina Basketball set and I have opened so much of that product and never get tired of it. I was born and raised a UNC fan and pulling autographs of the guys I grew up watching and rooting for with my grandpa brought back very fond memories of my time with him.” – John J.
“Probably the first card show I brought my daughter to in 2011. You guys gave her a box of cards and a t-shirt, she was soooo happy! Then I took back last year and you guys gave her the mike to call out the raffle winners and again you made her day! She also won a signed puck of Seth Jones! You guys do the greatest job at keeping your fans happy, thanks so much!” Cindy-Lee V.
“There have been so many, but I think the fondest memory is now was the look on my baby daughter’s face when I came home with a bunch of free National Hockey Card Day packs. Her face just lit up.” Will D.
Thanks to everyone for sharing. It is an honor to have played a small role in these memories that are so special to our fans. We look forward to making more memories over the next 25 years!
It’s hard to say just how much a victory in the Super Bowl means to the city of Seattle. Pete Carroll has developed a culture with the Seahawks that embraces the fans and encourages them to play an active role in the game. The noise at the stadium is deafening and the 12th man is a force to be reckoned with. With youth on the side of the Seahawks, it feels like this is a team that may not only have a chance of repeating as champions, but this may potentially be the start of a dynasty and the fans in Seattle couldn’t be happier. As these great fans celebrate, they are undoubtedly looking for collectibles to help them remember this special moment, and that’s where Upper Deck comes in.
The Seahawks are an interesting team because several of the key players came from other teams like Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin which means team collectors may have been more willing to let their cards go after they switched team. Many are still moving them. And while many collectors would encourage fans not to purchase at the top of the market, there is a big question here. If the Seahawks do repeat or at the very least continue to be a dominant force in the league, then now really is the time to collect cards of the Seattle Seahawks as their value will only continue to soar.
That being said, here are some of the better cards you would want to make sure to grab from key players on the team for all budgets:
Brothers Patrick and Shayne Skov learned to player football in Guadalajara, Mexico of all places. They actually played with a local team called the Carneros (Rams) when they were growing up there before coming to the United States. Shayne ultimately attended Stanford and was able to have a memorable career with the Cardinal and now he spends his time preparing to enter the NFL Draft. And even though he spent most of his life in the United States, Mexico is still very important to him.
“Certain places make you who you are,” said Shayne Skov. “There is no way I can deny that part of my life.”
In working with Shayne and his team, Upper Deck wanted to look to do something different with his “Star Rookie” card set to release in mid-April found in 2014 Upper Deck Football. No, he will not be featured as a “fútbol” player on the card as it is fútbol americano Skov has come to love. Instead Upper Deck has decided to print all the text on Skov’s rookie card in Spanish not only to celebrate his Mexican heritage, but to make a collectible available that will appeal to his Mexican fan base both here in the U.S.A. and in Mexico.
American collectors will likely give the card a double take when they examine it fresh from a pack of 2014 Upper Deck Football, maybe even wondering if it is some type of error card. It is our hope that it will encourage them to go online and find out more about Shayne’s unique upbringing that will make him a dynamic athlete at the next level with all of Mexico behind him.
Below is an advance look at the card back of Shayne Skov’s 2014 Upper Deck “Star Rookie” card:
This week Upper Deck released 2013 Ultimate Collection Football, a super-premium gridiron release featuring rookie stars and legendary players. And so far it seems to be a hit. Take for example what happened at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas, Texas. Debbie Redwine at the shop shared with Upper Deck via email, “I sold three packs to a customer who proceeded to buy every pack in the case and LOVED it! He pulled an Eddie Lacy one-of-one booklet autograph rookie card! You guys are hitting home runs on all of your products as of late and we couldn’t be happier for our customers!”
The premium look and feel of the cards coupled with hard-signed autograph content on all single-signed cards have fans fired up. On a hobby message board a fan said, “Can we please take a moment to applaud UD for the fact that it looks like pretty much everything in this product is on-card?”
Some nice cards have made their way to online auction sites like eBay thus far. Take a look at the type of cards available in the set:
And if you want to see what it is like to open packs of 2013 Ultimate Collection Football, pack breaks are pouring in on YouTube. Check this one out:
The quarterback position is without a doubt the most critical position in the NFL and no matter how much scouts may be sure certain players are a can’t miss prospect, they miss more often than not. And of course in the case of players like Tom Brady, the opposite is true as well. Frequently quarterbacks can slip in the NFL Draft and go on to have fantastic careers.
Upper Deck’s football team knows this lesson all to well and works hard to include a strong assortment of collegiate quarterback prospects in the company’s flagship release each year. So when Oakland Raider fans saw Matt McGloin’s strong performance in his first start with the team, many ran to boxes of 2013 Upper Deck Football which is the only licensed mainstream release to include content on Matt McGloin. And you won’t just find his regular “Star Rookie” cards in those packs as there are also the Black & White Glossy parallels and autograph parallels to chase as well.
Values on these cards has been surging in online auction sites like eBay for example. And some collectors like Brad Elder are loving it. Elder had one of McGloin’s 2013 Upper Deck Star Rookie Autograph cards limited to just 15 copies and he reported on UD’s Facebook page that he sold it yesterday for a whopping $260. The only question is, given the extremely limited nature of his rookie cards in the market, could he have gotten more for it? Upper Deck will be including more Matt McGloin content in future releases like 2013 SP Authentic Football so stay tuned for that!
For fans of the Raiders however, this is nothing new. Upper Deck was also the first company to deliver autograph rookie content of the Silver & Black’s other talented signal-caller in Terrelle Pryor. So just remember, when you are looking for the deepest rookie selection of future football stars, look no further than Upper Deck Football.