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.

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Amazing-Cards-Manning-Thomas-Namath

Probably the coolest Frank Thomas card we have ever done to the right.

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Cards-Stafford-Manziel-Evans

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Jersey-Cards-Group-2

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Peyton-Manning-Blow-Up-Box-Topper-

Sweet autograph blow-up box topper cards also have an autographed parallel version!

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Danny-Wuerffel-Blow-Up-Box-Topper-

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Base-Parallel-Autograph-Johnny-Manziel

Plenty of Johnny Football content to chase!

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Rivalry-Stars-Patch-Cards-2

Stunning patch cards available as well!

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Base-Parallel-Cards

Collect the base, pewter, copper, black and autograph parallel cards!

2014-Upper-Deck-Conference-Greats-SEC-Autographed-Dual-Alumni-Stars-Autographs

Also up for grabs are incredible dual signed autograph cards!

Share
Categories : Football
Comments (3)

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:

Great Photography

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Base-Cards-Canadian-Photography

Getting moving photography that captures the moment has been key to Upper Deck’s success over the years!

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Base-Cards-Great-Photography

Look for great imagery of your favorite CFL stars in Upper Deck’s new release!

Quality Card Stock & Anti-Counterfeit Hologram

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Base-Cards-Back

Cards will be produced on premium white card stock just like the Upper Deck NHL releases. Cards will also have color photography on both sides. Most importantly, UD CFL cards will include an anti-counterfeit hologram!

A Set Within A Set!

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-O-Pee-Chee-Set

Collect a set within a set with the O-Pee-Chee insert cards found randomly inserted into packs. The O-Pee-Chee brand has tons of heritage in Canada and you can get two sets for the price of one!

Game-Jersey Cards

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Game-Jersey-Andrew-Harris

Game-Worn memorabilia cards make their way to CFL releases, don’t miss them!

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Game-Jersey-JC-Sherritt

Take home a piece of the game from your favorite CFL players and teams!

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Game-Patch-Cory-Watson

Look for rare game-worn patch variation cards as well!

Rookie Cards

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Star-Rookie-Chad-Johnson-Ochocinco

Grab rookie cards from players making their first appearance in the CFL!

Autograph Cards

2014-Upper-Deck-CFL-Autograph-Signatures-Chris-Getzlaf

Find rare authentic autograph cards from CFL talents!

Surprises!

Upper-Deck-CFL-Surprise-Content-Inserts

Be on the look out for unannounced content found in 2014 Upper Deck CFL packs!

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.

 

Share
Categories : Football
Comments (3)

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.

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Banded-Packs-Front

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.

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Rookie-Rory-McIlroy

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Rookie-Johnny-Manziel

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Rookie-Nathan-MacKinnon

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.

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Autograph-Silver-Celebration-LeBron-James

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Autograph-Silver-Celebration-Marian-Gaborik

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.

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-City-Sigs-Montana-Rice

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-City-Sigs-Duals-Gwynn-Fouts

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-City-Sigs-Detroit-Laimbeer-Sanders-Lidstrom

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-City-Sigs-Triples-Gretzky-Garvey-Magic

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 upperdeckmarketing@upperdeck.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.

2014-Upper-Deck-25th-Anniversary-Set-Rookie-Teddy-Bridgewater

Collect the entire 150-card set numbered to 250 copies for your opportunity to score an incredible dual autograph cut card!

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!

Upper-Deck-Banner-25th-Anniversary

Share
Comments (9)

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.

2012-USA-Football-Upper-Deck-Todd-Gurley-Box-Set

Upper Deck’s USA Football products are loaded with top football prospects. Upper Deck has produced USA Football sets in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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!

Brag-Photo-Todd-Gurley-Upper-Deck-USA-Football-Georgia-Bulldogs-Running-Back-Base

Brag-Photo-Todd-Gurley-Upper-Deck-USA-Football-Georgia-Bulldogs-Running-Back-Jersey

Brag-Photo-Todd-Gurley-Upper-Deck-USA-Football-Georgia-Bulldogs-Running-Back-Patch

Brag-Photo-Todd-Gurley-Upper-Deck-USA-Football-Georgia-Bulldogs-Running-Back-Autograph

Brag-Photo-Todd-Gurley-Upper-Deck-USA-Football-Georgia-Bulldogs-Running-Back-Autograph-Patch

And in case you have never seen Todd Gurley in action, check out this highlight reel from the 2013 season.

Share
Categories : Brag Photo, Football
Comments (0)

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.

OC Dugout is an Authorized Internet Retailer for Upper Deck that routinely brings athletes in for signings. Here Reggie Jackson signs at the popular Southern California store.

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.

D&M Sports Cards in Canada is a huge retail sports store that also has a strong online presence.

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?

Make sure to look for the Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailer logo when purchasing sealed UD product online.

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.

Share