Archive for Football
Upper Deck has produced a variety of football products over the years dedicated to the pro and college game and sometimes even focused on one program in particular. When 2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats Football arrives in stores however, it will mark the first time an entire football conference is the featured subject of a trading card release.
Through Upper Deck’s exclusive agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company, the new Conference Greats Football set will “Wow” fans in the southeast and beyond with cool memorabilia cards, autograph cards and unique manufactured patch cards. Recently we were on hand to run quality testing and we were able to get some live images of the product. Take a look and get ready for a very special set featuring the stars of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
When Canadians think of trading cards, Upper Deck wants to be the first brand that comes to mind. This is why Upper Deck was so excited to secure an exclusive deal with the Canadian Football League this year. And now that the product is coming off the production line, we wanted to give CFL fans a look at what they can expect from the release:
Quality Card Stock & Anti-Counterfeit Hologram
A Set Within A Set!
Don’t miss 2014 Upper Deck CFL cards when they arrive in stores on October 8! You will also be able to get them from Upper Deck’s online store at www.upperdeckstore.com.
Most businesses don’t make it through their first year, let alone 25. At Upper Deck we felt it was important to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary with a variety of fun promotions, activations at trade shows and of course, with trading cards. Upper Deck partnered with our Authorized Distributor network to create and distribute this limited-edition anniversary set featuring athletes from a variety of sports.
The cards are designed in the style of the famous 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set and consists of 110 base cards, 40 rookies and a bevy of amazing inserts. Each pack contains five cards with one being a rookie card.
When it comes to the inserts however, that’s where things get exciting. There are autograph parallels and one-of-one printing plate parallels of the entire set.
The double and triple autographs are city themed so you can find cards of players from different sports who achieved greatness playing in the same regions.
The most buzz however seems to be around the Silver Celebration parallel set numbered to 250 copies. The first ten collectors who complete that set will be put into a draft where they can select one of ten incredible dual cut autograph cards featuring current Upper Deck spokesman along with deceased greats. Fans who complete that set should reach out to Upper Deck’s Marketing Team at email@example.com with a photograph of their completed set. UD will provide details on how they can submit their completed set for validation from there. Completed sets will be returned after the draft event.
Packs were distributed to Upper Deck’s Authorized Distributor network and are being shared with participating hobby shops as a gift with purchase. Collectors should check with their local card shop on the availability of these special 25th Anniversary packs before they are gone!
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.
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!
And in case you have never seen Todd Gurley in action, check out this highlight reel from the 2013 season.
A lot has changed from the Civil War era when sports cards first debuted to today, but none has had more of an impact on the industry than the internet. Initially many feared the internet would signal the end to the way trading cards are bought and sold, but for the most part, it has been a positive tool for collectors, hobby shop owners and trading card manufacturers who have chosen to embrace this technology to find new levels of engagement in this hobby. It is clear that Upper Deck has done a great job of engaging their fans through online tools like this Blog, their company website, their Facebook page, their YouTube channel and their Twitter accounts for sports, hockey and entertainment. The tools Upper Deck provides make it a lot easier to be a trading card collector and to stay up to date with the latest happenings with the company.
There used to be trading card clubs where collectors could get together to trade with each other and share their latest trading cards. That is all done online nowadays as there are a variety of online communities where collectors share their great pulls and trade with each other on various forums. And how awesome is that to see the internet bring like-minded collectors together to experience the hobby on a whole new level no matter if they live in Topeka, Kansas or Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.
Arguably the biggest change from before the internet era was how cards are bought and sold. Instead of walking down to your local hobby shop, today you can buy or sell trading cards with a few clicks of the mouse. Unfortunately with internet sales of collectible items come unscrupulous buyers and sellers looking to make a quick buck by taking advantage unsuspecting collectors. Upper Deck has definitely adapted to the times by creating their Authorized Internet Retailer group as a way of protecting consumers from these online predators. If you live in the United States and purchase sealed product online, make sure you are only purchasing your Upper Deck cards through these Authorized Internet Retailers.
|Dave & Adams Cardworld||Tonawanda, NY 14150||(888) 440-9787||www.dacardworld.com|
|East Coast Connection||Lyndhurst, NJ 07071||(201) 438-4327||www.eastcoastconnection.net|
|Fox Sports Cards||Marion, IL 62959||(618) 997-3800||www.foxsportscards.com|
|Legacy Sports Cards||Las Vegas, NV 89117||702-341-6525||www.legacysportscards.com|
|Legends Sports and Games||Grand Rapids, MI 49512||(866) 975-2518||www.legendsfanshop.com|
|OC Dugout||Anaheim, CA 92804||(714) 527-6319||www.OCsportscards.com|
|Republic Jewelry & Collectibles||Auburn, ME 04210-6150||(877) 422-7979||www.republicjewelry.com|
|South Bay Baseball Cards Inc.||Lomita, CA 90717||(310) 530-5818||www.sbaycards.com|
|SportsCards Etc.||McKees Rock, PA 15136||(412) 787-3235||www.sportscardsetcpgh.com|
|Steel City Collectibles||McKeesport PA 15132||(412) 672-6200||www.steelcitycollectibles.com|
|The Hobby Box||Wilmington, NC 28403||(910) 350- 2858||www.cardsinfinity.com|
And if you live in Canada, make sure to check out these Authorized Internet Retailers for your Upper Deck purchases.
|Breakaway Sports Cards||Hamilton, Ontario L9C 2Y6||(289) 755-0966||www.breakawaysc.com|
|Cardboard Memories||Brampton, Ontario L6Z 1R3||(905) 846-1058||www.cardboardmemories.ca|
|Cartes Timbre et Monnaies Ste-foy||Sainte-Foy, PQ G1V 4P7||(418) 658-5639||www.imaginaire.com|
|Clouts’n’Chara||Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5G3||(519)-954-8278||www.cloutsnchara.com|
|Collector’s Avenue||Montrea, Quebec H3W 3C2||(514) 488-8881||www.collectorsavenue.com|
|D & M Sportscards||Moncton NB E1G 1A6||(506) 852-3244||www.dmsportscards.com|
|Maple Leaf Sports||Calgary, Alberta T2E-2T9||(403) 338-0668||www.mapleleafsports.ca|
|Red Nails II||North York, ON M3L 1B2||(416) 242-7899||www.rednails2.com|
|Superstars||Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H3||(204) 831-9001||www.superstarssports.com|
|Wayne’s Sports Cards||Edmonton, Alberta T5T 1L6||(780) 483-3177||www.waynessportscards.com|
The trading card industry was slower to adapt to the internet, but it is clear Upper Deck and others are using other industries as a blue-print for what works best in this digital age. I’m not sure what new online invention will be next to blow customer’s minds, but I’m sure it will serve to make the hobby better and keep the industry alive. How do you think the internet will change the world of sports card collecting next and how else to you think it has changed the hobby?
Sam is a young writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. When’s he’s not watching sports he’s tweeting about it. You can follow Sam on Twitter @Chinookverify.