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When you think of the perfect gift for someone important to you, usually they are not cheap. You know these special people are worth it and they deserve something nice, but it is hard to justify breaking the bank just to show them how much you care. It is at this point that many savvy gift givers join forces with family, friends or co-workers for a group gift!

And if the person you are shopping for is a sports fan, you can likely start and end your search for the perfect gift with Upper Deck Authenticated collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com! You can only find authentic autograph collectibles from superstar athletes like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James and Rory McIlroy through Upper Deck Authenticated. With incredibly innovative memorabilia items, there are plenty of options for selecting something truly unique that will earn you praise and admiration from the recipient for years to come. And make sure to check out our incredible deals while available!

Be careful when looking for the perfect sports collectibles however as many of them may be forged and that is the last thing you want to get someone you care about. While it is impossible to definitely estimate the percentage of forged memorabilia, most industry experts concede that over half of the autographed memorabilia is forged. Upper Deck Authenticated protects consumers from that threat by witnessing every signature and further protecting fans with our 5-step authentication process.

Here are some tips and tactics for organizing the group that will pool together your funds for the perfect gift based on what type of group you are!

The Office – Going in for a good group gift, you likely won’t want to break the bank, but you do want to show the boss you care. Best bet here is to be the organizer as that will likely get you the most kudos in the end. And if this co-worker or boss loves golf, they are going to love some of our Rory McIlroy autographed memorabilia. Get a dozen co-workers to kick in $40 a piece and you can get some awesome collectibles! Check this out!

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The Dad – Play on the heart strings of any hesitant group gifter for dad. Tell them they can make up to dad for their “Terrible Twos” or the time they told mom he fed them cake for breakfast? There is no quicker way to a father’s heart than with an autographed memorabilia item from Upper Deck Authenticated. And what father wouldn’t want an autographed collectible from an athlete like Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky? Instead of getting him a bunch of ties for Father’s Day or golf clubs for the holidays, why not get him a collectible he will enjoy and admire from one of his greatest sports heroes? The best part is every time he looks at it he will think of the group who gave it to him! Get the family together to pitch in for a stellar item dad will always remember and appreciate!

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The Graduate – They grow up so fast don’t they? And during that process they likely spent a significant amount of time cheering on their favorite sports stars. Give them an item that can be the cornerstone of their fledgling collection, something they can be proud of, a piece they will treasure. There is nobody hotter with the youth of today than the 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 4-time NBA MVP and 2-time NBA champion; LeBron James. Pool your funds together to give your pride and joy a gift that will make all their hard work feel like it was worth it.

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The Futbol Fan – For fans of the beautiful game it can be difficult to find collectibles that show your love for the sport of soccer. Luckily Upper Deck has authentic memorabilia from two of the biggest players on the planet in Lionel Messi and Landon Donovan. We have something for every level of fan in terms of price point.

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The Man Who Has Everything – Many people have a friend or family member who has everything they could want that is a challenge to shop for. When it is time to get them a gift, why not chip in together and get them something truly memorable, something innovative, something like Upper Deck Authenticated’s new autographed Shadowbox memorabilia, signature Breaking Through pieces or signed “Tegata” collectibles.

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Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia makes the perfect gift! Take a look at all the amazing autographed collectibles available at www.upperdeckstore.com.

 

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Sports collectors are no strangers to “want lists” as they look to put together sets throughout the year. During the holiday season however, they tend to share those lists with loved ones in hopes they may get some of their most desirable treasures. Recently we asked our fans on Twitter which items they are most hoping to receive during the holidays and here’s what they said:

David Krepps ‏@dnk900 – @UpperDeckSports The Cup!

NickZ ‏@NickZ2317 – @UpperDeckSports my first ever tin of the cup hockey if not that then any ud hockey box I can open

bruinsfan ‏@toews_yzerman19 – @UpperDeckSports the Cup would be awesome!

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Rob Post ‏@Robski3030 @UpperDeckSports any @UpperDeckHockey @Barkovsasha95 cards I don’t have yet. Maybe a SHIELD from Santa????

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Tucker Vasher ‏@tvasher12 – @UpperDeckSports some sort of football.

David Amos ‏@DavidAmos11 @UpperDeckSports any of the football

Aussie sports fan ‏@Ozsportsfan1 @UpperDeckSports football cards for sure

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#1 Rory McIlroy Fan ‏@indianagolfpro – @UpperDeckSports Lots of Exquisite Rorys or Exquisite boxes or Rorys and golf boxes or Rorys or golf boxes or Rorys or Exquisite boxes. ;)

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nathan ullevig ‏@njufreak @UpperDeckSports 1999 Baseball with Griffey top loader!!! Santa better search hard lol

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Matthew Rappaport ‏@rappmatt @UpperDeckSports SP Game Used Hockey. Pretty pretty please

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Ryan M ‏@BloodNBoness @UpperDeckSports anything upper deck hockey!

Lee Stalnaker ‏@magoo1966 – @UpperDeckSports As long as its #UpperDeck it doesn’t matter to me! Should it?!

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Cowen4Captain ‏@AdamNadeau @UpperDeckSports Team Canada World Juniors. Gotta get some @CurtisLazar95

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reg M. ‏@CuffsAndLadders @UpperDeckSports A 2014 Goodwin Champions Hobby Box (Or 2)

Tracy’s Box Breaks ‏@batcavelv @UpperDeckSports I haven’t ripped any Goodwin Champions yet this year. Maybe my wife will see this tweet.

Mawk ‏@frzznh2o – @UpperDeckSports Goodwin, Goodwin… Goodwin Champions

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Mike-E ‏@HookEmMikeE @UpperDeckSports Exquisite basketball would be an awesome surprise. Would also like some more Quantum and Ultimate Collection cards!

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QuantumLeapCoffeeMan ‏@markloftus9677 @UpperDeckSports Ahhhh..To just have any box to open on Christmas would be nice, but if I could really pick I’d take the SP Authentic.

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The Breaks ‏@WatchTheBreaks @UpperDeckSports @markloftus9677 I’d ask to go back in time and get a MJ baseball auto from 95 SP #Collect

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Bob Lancaster ‏@bowlinbob @UpperDeckSports Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey!!! Love those autographed puck cards and crystals.. #UpperDeck

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Jamie McKenzie ‏@jmemcnz @UpperDeckSports More Black Diamond and hopefully a Trilogy, and maybe some 2007-08 Series 2!

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Through Upper Deck’s Random Acts of Kindness program we are actually going to grant one of these gift requests to a loyal fan who engaged with us. It will be fun to see them be surprised when it arrives on their doorstep without them knowing this holiday season!

What about you? What Upper Deck collectibles are you most hoping to receive this holiday season?

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When Upper Deck heard Martin Brodeur had signed with the St. Louis Blues, we knew it was a moment we had to capture. And more importantly, we knew we had to get his first cards as a member of the St. Louis Blues out into packs as soon as possible. The Upper Deck photography and prepress teams jumped through a variety of hoops to make his cards Blues available quickly.

We are happy to share fans can catch the first St. Louis Blues trading cards of Martin Brodeur in 2014-15 NHL® SPx slated to arrive on February 4, 2015. There will actually be two versions of Brodeur cards with St. Louis available in a base design and a throwback holographic design. Below are the final approved images Brodeur fans should be adding to their “want lists” now.

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This is his base trading card that will be the first featuring Martin Brodeur with the St. Louis Blues.

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This is the insert holographic version that can also be found in packs of 2014-15 NHL® SPx.

Brodeur performed admirably in his first start with the Blues despite a loss. His first saves were impressive, showing that there is still plenty of gas left in the tank. Check it out!

If you are a Martin Brodeur collector, are you excited to add his St. Louis Blues cards to your collection?

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. Longtime Ottawa Senators captain, Daniel Alfredsson just recently announced his retirement from the NHL®. He was a captain for 13 seasons and will always be remembered as one of the great players of the game. He will certainly be missed on the ice and will always be a staple to the Ottawa Senators team. So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for TWO lucky fans’ opportunity to each score 5 packs of 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey AND a Daniel Alfredsson Young Guns card!

 

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In Ken Reid’s book, “Hockey Card Stories,” he had a fun look at 59 of his favorite hockey cards from his youth and interviewed the athletes depicted on the cards about them. While Ken really looked at vintage cards (primarily O-Pee-Chee) in his book, we thought it would be fun to have him share his thoughts on new O-Pee-Chee cards from Upper Deck. We recently met up with Ken at a trading card show, had him open a box of new O-Pee-Chee NHL® trading cards and pick out five cards that reminded him of cards featured in his book.

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#5 – JORDIE BENN #356

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“First things first, I love that OPC continues to capture “the spirit of the thing” by printing the cards on the old school card stock. Just the feel of these cards alone brings me back to when I was a kid. I love this card because Benn has that old school (which has become new again) look: the hair and the beard. Enough said. This card could be right out of the ‘70’s. Maybe that’s why I have a soft spot for these great Dallas unis. They remind me of some colorful sweaters that we saw back in the WHA. Some love these Stars unis (me) some (like my Sportsnet Central co-anchor Evanka Osmak) not so much.”

#4 – BEN SCRIVENS #91

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“I was always a softie for goalie cards when I was a kid. This card takes me back. I love the close up shot of Scrivens, his mask, and the fact that you can’t see his eyes. It reminds me of some of the photography we used to see on cards back in the day, not perfect, but truly authentic. And how about the design? I love it; the goalie stick right down the side of the card takes me right back to 1969-70 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. If I write a book, in say 2036, about old school cards, this one will be in it.”

#3 – MARK GIORDANO # 277

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“One day I hope to see an entire set made up of guys striking old school hockey poses, until then, this is as good as it will get. Giordano looks like he is in mid-dangle, he even has his dangle face. We all look like that when we’re making a move on the ice, whether we are in squirt or old timers. I love that this photo captured the perfect pic of Giordano. It looks like they pulled it right out of the 1981-82 “In Action” series. I also love the female Capitals fan over his shoulder pulling her hair out over whatever he is about to do.”

#2 – TIM THOMAS # 319

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“The best thing about old school goalie cards is that every goalie had a unique look. They didn’t all look the same. Goalies for the most part these days, all look the same, except for Tim Thomas. I love this shot of him. And I love his mask. That bucket is unique, he’s like the Corrado Micalef of his era (see Micalef’s Highlight card from 1983-84 for details. Oh and by the way that Micaelf card is in my book, Hockey Card Stories. Cheap Plug!!!!)”

#1 – MARC METHOT #488

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“Fantastic. Awesome. Outstanding. Pure hockey. Pure throwback. When I saw this card I smiled. It looks like it is right out of a pack from the mid ‘70’s. I love the close up shot. Love it. Plus it looks like Methot is missing a chicklet or two, add in the nice 5 o’clock shadow that he is sporting, along with the killer design, and you have yourself one awesome hockey card. This one is a winner!”

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