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On top of the incredible promotions Upper Deck has already announced for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, the company has several new announcements that fans in attendance are going to love. If you are in the Northern Ohio area this week, make sure to visit Upper Deck at booth #1043 all weekend long for an amazing lineup of events including exciting promotions and giveaways.

Upper Deck will be conducting a FREE autograph signing session with Philadelphia Flyers goalie and former Columbus Blue Jacket; Steve Mason. The session will take place on Saturday, August 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Mason will be signing blow-up versions of his SP Authentic rookie card or current Upper Deck cards. No other items will be signed and autographs are limited to one per person. Fans who bring five packs of 2013-14 NHL® Upper Deck products can earn front of line privileges, but note, those packs will not be good for the wrapper redemption program.

In conjunction with the Hockey Hall-of-Fame, Upper Deck will be bringing in some of the most prestigious NHL® trophies for fans to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday during the show.  Attendees can take pictures with the Calder Memorial Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and the Vezina Trophy at the Upper Deck Booth. As the exclusive NHL® cards and the Hockey Hall-of-Fame, it was important for Upper Deck to bring hockey to the National Sports Collectors Convention like never before.

On Saturday night Upper Deck will be hosting the 2014 Diamond Club Member & Candidate Reception, an amazing celebration of Upper Deck’s 25th anniversary. Check out details on how you can score an invitation by clicking HERE.

See you all in Cleveland!!!

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The first hockey card release of the year sets the table for a new season of collecting and Upper Deck thinks fans are going to love the return of the MVP series. The hobby version will be loaded up with cool content while entry-level collectors can get in on the product without breaking the bank at retail with a 99 cent price point pack. Back are many of the aspects of the set that made it a favorite with collectors like the 2-on-2 jersey cards, ProSign autograph cards, along with Silver, Gold and Super Script cards.

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MVP Souvenirs are back as well with a new look and a dual jersey version that collectors will really enjoy!

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One of the new additions to the MVP product is the Colors & Contours insert set where we utilized stunning gold, purple and teal foil board to create a beautiful new type of card that fall 1:4 hobby packs. There are three types of die-cuts as well for a total of nine different cards with different levels of rarity. It is important to note however that there are not nine different parallels, rather just one card for each player in the 300-card set. Here is a breakdown on the rarity levels and a look at some of the cards.

Teal Die-Cut 1 – 1:96 packs

Teal Die-Cut 2 – 1:72 packs

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Teal Die-Cut 3 – 1:8 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 1 – 1:36 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 2 – 1:24 packs

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Gold Die-Cut 3 – 1:172 packs

Purple Die-Cut 1 – 1:60 packs

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Purple Die-Cut 2 – 1:144 packs

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Purple Die-Cut 3 – 1:520 packs

Don’t miss 2014-15 NHL® MVP when it releases on August 6!

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In just a few months, Upper Deck will issue the 25th consecutive release of Upper Deck NHL® trading cards. To help celebrate this historic milestone, Upper Deck has a variety of promotions in store for collectors, but we wanted to work with our old friend Tim Carroll to create something special for fans to check out that commemorates this achievement.

While we absolutely hate the idea of anyone defacing or intentionally damaging Upper Deck trading cards, Tim Carroll does it in a way to create a bigger picture and something really amazing. We commissioned Tim to create a mosaic of the famous 1990-91 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky card from our first NHL® set to help celebrate the anniversary.

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To make things even more interesting, Tim Carroll only used cards from the 1990-91 Upper Deck NHL® release along with 99 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings cards. Now I have to be honest, I had some reservations about how this would turn out when Tim sent me a preliminary image of where he was at with the piece.

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However, like the true professional he is, he came through with flying colors. Check out the completed piece!

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You can view this piece, his 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. mosaic and watch him work on a new piece for LeBron James at the Upper Deck booth in Cleveland for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2. Come see him transform regular Upper Deck trading cards into incredible art LIVE!

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Fans taking part in Upper Deck’s popular wrapper redemption program at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention are in store for a special surprise! To help celebrate Upper Deck’s 25th Anniversary and Amazon.com’s increased support of the sports collectibles category with their specialty online store, the two companies are partnering for a special promotion. Randomly inserted into Upper Deck’s wrapper redemption packs are four Amazon.com exclusive autographs limited to 25 copies from four of the best players in each of the four core sports.

Baseball – Reggie Jackson

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Football – Peyton Manning

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Hockey – Bobby Orr

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Basketball – Magic Johnson

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We hope fans enjoy and appreciate the additional autograph content that will be available in Upper Deck’s wrapper redemption packs and we are appreciative for Amazon.com’s support to bring these cards to life!

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Upper Deck Authenticated rocked collector’s world in 2011 when the company unveiled the signed “Tegata” collectible for Michael Jordan and LeBron James that included an authentic hand print from these superstar athletes.

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In recent years Upper Deck Authenticated has created other “Tegata” collectibles for other legendary athletes like Tiger Woods and Mike Tyson.

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A major core group of collectors have been deprived of these special collectibles, until now. With Upper Deck Authenticated’s exclusive agreement with Wayne Gretzky, we are proud to bring hockey fans the first-ever “Tegata” memorabilia piece for this iconic hockey legend.

The word “Tegata” comes from the Japanese culture and translates to the American equivalent of a signature or autograph. Sumo wrestlers in Japan would use red or black ink and create a handprint, and then often sign their “shikona” also known as their fighting name, on the same canvas.

Only the greatest champions would be honored with a “Tegata” collectible, so it is high time to bestow that honor on Wayne Gretzky. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at how these incredible collectibles were made.

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First Wayne Gretzky puts his hand in a black ink to transfer the ink to the special parchment paper.

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Then Gretzky takes his wet palm and applies the ink to the parchment paper. After cleaning up he then stamps each one with a specially made stamp that is custom to Gretzky.

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After the pieces have dried he autographs them, they are then hologrammed and framed.

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The Wayne Gretzky “Tegata” is the ultimate collectible for the Edmonton Oilers fan, as it is framed with a beautiful mosaic showcasing the memorable highlights from Gretzky’s career with this historic franchise. Own your Wayne Gretzky “Tegata” by visiting the Upper Deck Online Store today!

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