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While the market for NBA and NFL trading cards are soft right now, NHL trading cards are on fire. Twice a year hockey fans converge upon Toronto for one of the biggest shows of the year with the Sportscards & Memorabilia Expo. This year may be one of the biggest Expo shows ever given how much excitement there is around Upper Deck’s NHL Double Rookie Class and the fact 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One is scheduled to release just a couple days before the start of the show. Upper Deck is preparing to make it one of the best NHL shows ever for the company by securing the largest booth we’ve had for the Expo in years and coming up with a variety of compelling programs for collectors.
Here is everything you need to know about UD’s plans for the 2013 Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto:
Priority Signings Promotion – Friday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 10:00 a.m. & again for Happy Hour at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Purchase one (1) mini-box of 2013-14 NHL Trilogy or one (1) box of 2013-14 NHL Artifacts or 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One purchased from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show. Bring that product along with the voucher you receive from the vendor to the Upper Deck booth and receive a FREE 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Priority Signings Autograph card at random OR a UDA Double Rookie Class memorabilia instant redemption after opening the product there. Priority Signings promotion will only be available during posted hours and while supplies last for each time period. One box per person, per day. Below is the checklist:
|Player Name||Card #||Team||#’d to|
|UDA Instant Redemption||UDA||DRC Memorabilia||150|
|Boone Jenner||F-JB||Blue Jackets||75|
|Morgan Rielly||F-RI||Maple Leafs||25|
|Petr Mrazek||F-PM||Red Wings||25|
|Ryan Murray||F-RM||Blue Jackets||25|
|A. Galchenyuk/B. Gallagher||F2-GG||Canadiens||10|
|B. Jenner/R. Murray||F2-JM||Team Canada||10|
|D. Hamilton/N. Beaulieu||F2-DN||Team Canada||10|
|J. Schultz/T. Hall||F2-SH||Team Canada||10|
|L. Robitaille/T. Toffoli||F2-RT||Kings||10|
Priority Signings Case Breaker Promotion MVP Level – Open all day while supplies last
Purchase one (1) sealed case of 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One and receive two (2) FREE 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Priority Signings Autograph card at random OR a UDA Double Rookie Class memorabilia instant redemption and a bonus instant redemption item from the MVP level. This will be limited to the first 25 collectors who choose to take advantage of this promotion. Participating collectors will also receive their choice of either a FREE Upper Deck Young Guns t-shirt or a FREE Upper Deck branded toque.
Promotion is open at any time and while supplies last. One per person, per show. Below are the items available:
|Case Breaker Priority Signings – MVP Level|
|Player Name||Card #||Team||#’d to|
|Phil Kessel||FE-PK||Maple Leafs||5|
|UDA Memorabilia Item||UDA||Premium Memorabilia||4|
|Martin St. Louis||FE-MS||Lightning||3|
Priority Signings Case Breaker Promotion Hall-of-Fame Level – Open all day while supplies last
Purchase one (1) sealed case of 2012-13 NHL Fleer Retro or 2013-14 NHL Trilogy and receive two (2) FREE 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Priority Signings Autograph card at random OR a UDA Double Rookie Class memorabilia instant redemption and a bonus instant redemption item from the Hall-of-Fame level. Participating collectors will also receive a FREE Upper Deck Young Guns t-shirt and Upper Deck branded toque.
Promotion is open at any time and while supplies last. One per person, per show.
|Case Breaker Priority Signings – Hall-of-Fame Level|
|Player Name||Card #||Team||#’d to|
|UDA Memorabilia Item||UDA||Premium Memorabilia||14|
|B. Clarke/E. Lindros||FE2-EC||Flyers||3|
|B. Orr/W. Gretzky||FE2-GO||Bruins/Oilers||3|
|M. Messier/M. Gartner||FE2-MG||Rangers||3|
|Wayne Gretzky||FE-WG||All Star Team||3|
|A. Ovechkin/P. Bure||FE2-OB||Capitals/Canucks||2|
|D. Hasek/P. Roy||FE2-RH||Red Wings/Canadiens||2|
|D. Hasek/S. Yzerman||FE2-YH||Red Wings||2|
|Jaromir Jagr/M. Lemieux||FE2-MJ||Penguins||1|
|LeBron James/W. Gretzky||FE2-LG||Irish/Kings||1|
|Steve Yzerman||FE-SY||Red Wings||1|
O-Pee-Chee NHL Promotion – Open all day while supplies last
Open two (2) boxes of 2013-14 NHL O-Pee-Chee at the UD booth at any time and get a FREE Upper Deck toque or Upper Deck Young Guns t-shirt! Product available while supplies last! One per person, per day.
Upper Deck NHL Spelling Bee – Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Step right up and test your skills on how well you know the last names of today’s NHL players. Kids, adults and seniors are all invited to participate in this fun program where they can win some great FREE prizes. And if you don’t want to participate in the program, you will want to turn out to watch as it should be great fun to see how well collectors really know the players.
Bubble Hockey Tournament – Friday at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
One of fans new favorite elements of Upper Deck at the Fall Expo is the FREE Bubble Hockey tournaments that fans can participate in throughout the weekend. Fans can even practice throughout the show. So stop by to challenge your friend or take on some of the best at the Expo to win FREE prizes from Upper Deck. Make sure to sign up prior to the events starting!
FREE Raffle – Friday begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
What is better than FREE? Make sure to stop by the Upper Deck booth prior to these specified times to secure a free raffle ticket to score some exciting prizes that you won’t want to miss. No purchase necessary!
Expired Redemption Raffle – Submit your expired modern-day UD redemption cards until Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Raffle will take place to 3:30 p.m.
Here is your chance to score some cool items for your expired redemption modern day redemption cards. Check out details on UD’s Expired Redemption Raffle!
Upper Deck Authenticated Show Specials – Open all day while supplies last
Ryan King from Upper Deck Authenticated will be on hand again sharing some of the most amazing memorabilia items the company has created for top spokesmen like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Wayne Gretzky. Ryan will also have a variety of current NHL player product available that you will definitely want to add to your collection. Make sure to ask him about various show specials UDA is offering on these cool collectibles!
Upper Deck Fan Videos – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Do you want to be famous? Well, at least an internet celebrity? Here is your chance! Upper Deck is looking to capture video with fans talking about their love of trading cards and collectibles. Stop by during these times on Saturday to be a part of this new series of collector themed videos!
Photo Opportunity – All day, every day!
Make sure to bring your cameras or camera phones as Upper Deck will have some really cool items on hand to grab a photo with. You can even poke your head through a cardboard cutout to become Wayne Gretzky, an exclusive Upper Deck spokesman!
Hockey Hall-of-Fame Inductions – Monday Night
Upper Deck will be taking several guests to the Hockey Hall-of-Fame inductions on Monday night where Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero will all be enshrined. It is without a doubt one of the most exciting hockey events to take place in Toronto all year long where fans can rub elbows with dozens of hockey’s greatest players. Upper Deck has ONE EXTRA TICKET to the event and we want to take a great hockey fan and die-hard supporter of Upper Deck. Just let us know in 3 paragraphs or less why you feel you are Hall-worthy and you may earn an invitation to join us! If you will be in Toronto on Monday and would love to attend, email us today! We will reach out to the customer selected on Tuesday, November 5 to let them know.
If you are tweeting or posting images to Instagram from the 2013 Fall Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo use hashtag #FallExpo for the show and #UDDRC to share any cool UD Double Rookie Class items you received. On Twitter make sure you are following @UpperDeckHockey and @UpperDeckSports! On Instagram, watch for images from UD by following @upperdecksports!
Upper Deck’s Young Guns rookie cards have been going strong for decades and there is a HUGE fan base of collectors who enjoy chasing them down each season. We asked our fans on Facebook what it is about the Young Guns rookie cards they love the most? Here is what they had to say:
“I love the photography and how they hold their value.” – Jamie McKenzie
“I love getting a card worth the cost of a box.” – Scott Shappit
“I love the designs of the cards.” – Kyle Edwards
“I love the fact they are genuinely valuable (rookie) that the average guy can collect.” – Curtis Chapman
“I love that they hold their value without the need of an autograph, which is amazing in the hobby nowadays.” – Tim Eltringham
“I am now at an age where Young Guns remind me of when I was a child collecting. I still get excited when I see a Pavel Bure Young Gun, it has nothing to do with money.” – Brendan Terry
“I love the quality and value of the cards.” – Vincent Lamoureux
“I love that they hold (their) value.” – Edward Fleck
“They are the greatest rookie card year after year for the last 20+ years.” – Steve Emerick
“I love the thrill of getting a short-print of an 18-year-old kid that may be the next Gretzky.” – Joseph Alberici
Photography does play a big role in the success of these cards year over year. It can be difficult sometimes to get images that work because there are usually only a few games to pull images from. Year in and year out however, the photography team at Upper Deck does a great job of getting some compelling images for the new crop of Young Guns cards.
The values have always been there for these cards because they are so widely collected and there is huge demand for them. There have been so many great rookie cards in this set with great values over the years. The Upper Deck Young Guns rookie always leave collectors satisfied with regard to how high some of the values are on these NHL cards.
Another important factor in the success of the Young Guns rookie cards is the checklist. Upper Deck’s sports coordinators work tirelessly to secure the best rookies possible for inclusion in the set for Upper Deck Series One and Series Two each year. Often better players are split for so there are key rookies to chase in both series. For the historic 2013-14 Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class series however, the team made the decision to load Series One up with the feeling being with so many other rookies available, others will step up during the season and make for great chase in Series Two. Below is the final checklist on Young Guns for 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One:
Please note, there are also short-printed Young Guns Canvas rookie cards available as well that also feature some amazing imagery. These are inserted 1:48 hobby packs so they will be very rare. Take a look at that checklist:
Some parents believe that collecting trading cards is a waste of time, but for Ronald Russo, it was a hobby his mother actually encouraged. After reading our story on some tips on how to get kids collecting cards, it reminded Ron of how big a role collecting cards played not just in his childhood, but ultimately in the choices he made for a career. Here is his story:
“Where I grew up in New Jersey, my brother and I used to have a shop nearby us where we could get O-Pee-Chee NHL cards from Canada and we spent a lot of summers mowing lawns so we had money to put sets together. As a child I really enjoyed putting the cards in order by their number and organizing them, but as I grew older I became more intrigued by the statistics on the back. I can honestly say I really developed a love for numbers and math because of the time I spent with my hockey cards over those summers.
“I also learned a love for the art of making a trade. I had friends who collected as well and there was nothing I enjoyed more than trading with them. Those adolescent trading sessions really taught me at a young age how fun it could be to position my assets as something great while downplaying your competitor’s assets in the hopes of making a trade in your favor. I learned to be careful there however; as if I burnt my friends on a deal, their mothers usually would not allow them to make future trades with me.
“I learned the importance of developing relationships with my friends on trades, doing research on their assets I thought had upside and giving them something that was marketable today, but may not be in the future in exchange for those under appreciated assets. Basically I traded them stars at the decline of their careers for rookies with upside so it seemed like they were getting the better end of the deal, but in the end it usually worked out in my favor. Yes, some of my childhood friends are still bitter about some of those trades, but they learned something from it too, do your homework before heading into a negotiation.
“In high school I found out about girls and I put my collecting on the shelf for a bit. When I went to St. John’s University, like any struggling college student, I found myself looking for ways I could make some extra income. And as difficult as it was, I was able to sell quite a bit of my collection, most of which for a nice profit considering how well I took care of my cards. While I had the opportunity to learn a little bit of a stock market type of experience in those early deals with my friends, dealing with adults in selling my cards brought a whole new type of excitement. They were not as naïve as the kids I grew up with so it presented new challenges where I had to go up against some very shrewd negotiators. I learned a lot of great lessons in those deals, but because I had invested pretty wisely, I ended up making some good money to help me through college while being able to hang on to some of my favorite hockey cards.
“After college I began a long and lucrative career in the finance industry. I am now the CEO and Founder of GLX – Global Listing Exchange, the world’s first Global Online Investment Community. And while I stopped trading cards and started trading equities and commodities, I’ll never forget what a big role hockey cards played in my life. Now that I am a father, I am hopeful my kids will enjoy the hobby like I did. I still have some of the cards I collected growing up along with some new ones I pick up from time to time when I see them. I’m excited to share those with my kids as they get older and to hopefully see the cards play a role in their development as well, maybe inspiring their future career path.
“I would like to thank Upper Deck and the trading card industry as a whole for the inspiration you provided me to develop a love for numbers, math, negotiation, finance, the economy and so much more. You helped me make it to Wall Street and beyond!”
We have shared stories here before about collecting after you are married, but we love hearing stories about passionate fans engaging with our brand along with the ones we love. We heard a story we loved about marriage and trading cards recently from our friend Geoff Connolly who is the owner of a successful hobby shop in Kitchner, Ontario called Cloutsnchara.
Geoff grew up with hockey cards and now that he turned his childhood interest in the hobby into a career, he thought it would be fun to incorporate a little bit of his love into his wedding. Of course he cleared it with his fiancé before he made the decision (we would highly recommend this course of action to anyone else thinking of doing something similar). Geoff shared with us, “I simply let her know, I wanted the second most important item to me to be there whilst I married the first.”
As an early wedding gift, Upper Deck sent a bevy of hockey packs to the happy couple to use for the celebration. And after the “I dos” were exchanged and the guests reached their tables (named for Geoff’s favorite hockey players) they were surprised with some packs of new Upper Deck hockey cards.
Many shared afterwards with Geoff they had some great flashbacks to when they were kids by enjoying the packs as an appetizer at the reception. Meanwhile seasoned collectors had fun during the reception by playing pack wars at their table. And even others got creative with some of the cards, turning their NHL cards into centerpieces. More than anything however, it helped provide a way to bide some time as everyone got seated and a fun icebreaker for the table.
We were thrilled to play a small role in the Connolly wedding celebration. Upper Deck was hoping Geoff’s fiancé Judy might want to throw a box of hockey cards to the single girls at the wedding, be she chose to play it traditional. Oh well, you can’t blame us for trying. Congratulations you two!
If you are a rabid hockey fan, maybe think about inviting Upper Deck to a special occasion like this. Email us if you have a fun or unique idea for a special event we can be a part of!
Fathers and sons and even fathers and daughters bond over sports. Upper Deck loves to promote that type of engagement through programs like National Hockey Card Day or UD’s Father of the Year promotion. It is awesome to see father’s bonding with their kids through sports, and just this week, we saw something like that happen which was really cool!
Brian Kinney wanted to surprise his father, who is a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, with a special experience. His dad had never been to a Bengals game since they live in Connecticut, so Brian felt it was time his father got to experience that. He started by gifting him a new Bengals hat, and then a classic piece of memorabilia in a signed Bengals jersey by current starting quarterback Andy Dalton. It didn’t stop there however, check out what he did next (warning, some strong language):
Are you looking to make up to dad for your “Terrible Twos” or the time you told mom he fed you cake for dinner? Follow Brian’s lead and do something special that ties back to his passion, sports.
If he loves golf, Upper Deck Authenticated has you covered with two of the games greatest in Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Present him with a piece he will remember forever and then share tickets to an awesome golf event like The Masters or the U.S. Open. Every time he looks at the memorabilia item you got him, he will remember that trip.
If your dad is a fan of collegiate sports, Upper Deck has you covered as we are the sole licensor with the Collegiate Licensing Company. Upper Deck has produced standalone trading card sets for basketball programs like the University of North Carolina and the University of Kansas. For Football we have produced trading card sets dedicated completely to programs like the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. We even have some college specific memorabilia from athletes like Cam Newton from Auburn. Imagine how quickly your adolescent sins will be forgiven when you give your dad tickets to see Notre Dame play in South Bend and some boxes of the Upper Deck Notre Dame Football product to open during the flight!
Or maybe your father is a fan of hoops. Well, nobody does basketball better than Upper Deck. From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, we’ve got you covered. Share with him a truly memorable piece like the LeBron James “Tegata” piece and then surprise him with tickets to see “King James” hold court in SouthBeach. Any time he gives you the business about having to change your diapers just point to the piece hanging on his wall and he will instantly stop that crazy talk as he reflects on that wonderful memory.
Now if you are a hockey fan, there is something really great you can do for your dad, give him the “Great One.” Wayne Gretzky is an exclusive spokesman to the Upper Deck company so get him a cool memorabilia piece along with tickets to the Hockey Hall-of-Fame in Toronto. Have an awesome weekend walking those hallowed halls and let dad know that in your book, he is the “Great One.” He’ll think about that every time he sees that Gretzky piece in his home or office.
What about dads like Brian’s who love football? Well we’ve got you covered there too. The hottest guy playing these days is Peyton Manning. Surprise him with tickets to the Denver to watch him play and include a signed piece from Upper Deck Authenticated. Watch history together making memories you will both treasure forever, just remember to dress warm!
And every dad loves baseball. Upper Deck has produced tens of thousands of awesome trading card sets and collectibles from America’s pastime since our inception in 1989. Why not find something unique like a Mickey Mantle autograph UDA bat and tickets to Cooperstown, New York to visit the Baseball Hall-of-Fame?
Do something special for the man who helped make you the person you are today and let us know how it goes! Who knows, maybe you and your father will become the next YouTube sensation!