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It has been important for Upper Deck to do some special things to thank shops for their support we embark on our 25th Anniversary. There were some surprises right out of the gate that were a lot of fun, but now Upper Deck is preparing to thank shops in person at the 2014 Las Vegas Industry Summit.
Upper Deck looks forward to spending time with shop owners as the show floor is open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We had secured a huge booth space front and center at the show where we will have plenty of amazing items on hand for shops to check out including a sneak preview of the World War I artifacts that will be inserted into the 2014 Goodwin Champions Museum Collection.
The first 100 Certified Diamond Dealers who visit the Upper Deck booth on Sunday can score a FREE Upper Deck t-shirt by writing their well wishes on a large Upper Deck 25th Anniversary graphic in the booth. Then the festivities shift into high gear on Sunday night as Upper Deck partners with Sports Images and Ultra Pro who are also celebrating their 25th anniversaries with a special welcome party at DB’s Pong & Pool at the Planet Hollywood Hotel.
On Tuesday, March 18, Upper Deck has a big promotion designed to say, “thank you,” to shops during the company’s Diamond Dealer meeting. After the company goes through new products and programs with exciting interactive elements where shops can score prizes, every Certified Diamond Dealer in attendance will score a special 25th Anniversary pack. Inside shop owners can find single, dual or even quadruple autograph cards signed from the biggest names in the game who have played such a major role in Upper Deck’s success over the years. Take a look at some of the cards!
Additionally, some packs will have special instant redemption cards available for limited-edition signed Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia that can be claimed on site. Autograph pieces from Rory McIlroy, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Take a look at just some of the items up for grabs there!
And lastly, shop owners are encouraged to bring any expired redemption cards they may have as the Expired Redemption Raffle will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Shops can submit up to five expired redemption cards to win one of 100 prizes.
Mistakes happen. That’s just part of life. Even at Upper Deck, we’re not above saying that we make mistakes sometimes; have you ever heard of an “error card” for example? When Upper Deck heard about a computer error promising Heritage Classic tickets to kids who were then told they could not go to the game, we wanted to do something to help. The Vancouver Canucks were great about working with the youth hockey organizations to provide all the kids with tickets to future games, access to a practice and other items for the mistake, but we were hopeful we could get some of the kids to the actual game.
When we reached out to the Canucks about ways we could help and they were very helpful and immediately put us in touch with a listing of youth hockey teams affected. We reached out to the Surrey Bantam Lightning and they were thrilled to hear from us. We donated to the team four of our Heritage Classic tickets along with hospitality like access to a special NHL brunch prior to the game and a hospitality suite during the game.
When Kevin Scott picked up the tickets from us, he shared that so many people had reached out to donate tickets to the teams that he was hopeful every kid on the team would get to go to the Heritage Classic. Pepsi Canada in particular stepped up for them big! Never underestimate the kindness of strangers. Upper Deck was thrilled to play a small role in helping get some of these kids to the game. Here’s what Kevin shared afterwards:
“Thanks so much to Upper Deck for the tickets to the Heritage Classic. The kids had a great time at the awesome NHL brunch where they ate delicious food and got to touch the Stanley Cup. The game was a spectacular event and the hospitality suite was an amazing treat. The entire day was such a special experience and we can’t thank you enough. Thanks also for the Heritage Classic swag, the hats and the NHL cards were so very cool. We appreciated the generosity and thoughtfulness of you and your company! It was the coolest Canuck game ever!”
We have talked before about how beloved Upper Deck’s Young Guns rookie cards are so to say there have been a few inquiries about the checklist for the Series Two set would be a major understatement. We are sure fans will be very excited when they get to experience the 2013-14 NHL® Upper Deck Series Two product for themselves, but we wanted to provide a snapshot of which rookies made the cut for this season and give fans a glimpse at some of the cards to be on the hunt for. Enjoy!
|452||Dylan McIlrath||New York|
|458||Freddie Hamilton||San Jose|
|464||Jon Merrill||New Jersey|
|465||Linden Vey||Los Angeles|
|481||Ondrej Palat||Tampa Bay|
|482||Ryan Strome||New York|
|483||Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay|
|484||Reid Boucher||New Jersey|
|485||Martin Jones||Los Angeles|
|491||Thomas Hickey||New York|
|492||Tyler Johnson||Tampa Bay|
|496||Matthew Irwin||San Jose|
|498||Tanner Pearson||Los Angeles|
|500||Brendan Gallagher/Petr Mrazek/Aleksander Barkov CL||Florida/Montreal/Detroit|
It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. This upcoming weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks will face off against the Pittsburg Penguins in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series in Chicago. In the 60’s Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull of the Blackhawks were a pair of Hockey Heroes for the Chicago Blackhawks. This dynamic duo was the driving force behind the Blackhawks’ most powerful offense of the decade. Let’s see what type of heat Chicago brings this weekend! So let’s put up a throwback card of this memorable pair and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for your opportunity to score one (1) 5-card Upper Deck 25th Anniversary Promo card set (players and images will be announced tomorrow).
Important Promotion Guidelines:
- You can only submit one comment per email address so think about it before you post.
- Comments are moderated so keep them clean and in good taste as we have a lot of youngsters on these pages. Comments deemed inappropriate will not be posted or eligible to score card set(s).
- Make sure to review other caption before you post. If you have the same comment as someone else or make slight improvements to it, the credit will go to the first person who posted the comment.
- You have until Friday morning, February 28 at 8:00 a.m. to post your caption before this promotion is closed.
- Upper Deck will review the captions posted and select one (1) fan who most skillfully share a comical comment to coincide with this card.
- Only the customer selected to receive the promo card set will be contacted via email, so please make sure to provide an accurate email address when you leave your comment.
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!