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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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While most view collecting sports cards as a North American hobby, it is really popular all over the world. And just like there are passionate collectors in North America, there are collectors equally as passionate, if not more so, overseas. We’ve highlighted collectors in Germany and Switzerland before, but we wanted to share the story of an incredible golf card collector from Japan.

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“I’m a Japanese card collector named Mizota and have been collecting since 2012. I bought the 2012 SP Game-Used Golf because it was the same year I started playing golf. If I could choose my favorite Golf cards they would be the ones with Michael Jordan‘s signature, they are the best and my favorite to collect.

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“My favorite professional golf players are Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. One day, I got something wonderful one, which was a Tiger Woods & Jack Nicklaus dual autograph card and Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer dual autograph card!! It was so amazing. I was extremely surprised!!

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“Since then, I have become an enthusiastic card collector and find it more enjoyable than playing golf. There are many wonderful card stores in Japan, especially in Tokyo. The store keepers and collectors are so friendly and kind.

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“When you visit Japan, please come and see those card stores. You would find the most wonderful trading card treasures you have ever seen.”

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Thank you so much for sharing Mizota, your collection is most impressive!

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Gift givers who missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales from Upper Deck need not fear as the leader in sports collectibles will be bringing fans special offers for twelve consecutive days (December 2 through December 13, 2014). That’s right, everyday different athletes and sports will be featured at serious discounts during this once-a-year promotion! You’ll want to set a reminder to check www.upperdeckstore.com each day during this period so you don’t miss out on the savings!

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Fans will find great deals on collectible cards, games and signed memorabilia from athletes like Peyton Manning, Rory McIlroy, LeBron James, Landon Donovan, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Tyson, Cam Newton, Bobby Orr, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos and more! If you are looking to give the world’s greatest sports memorabilia this holiday season, look no further than Upper Deck.

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Sports fans, gamers and memorabilia collectors are all very passionate about their hobbies so recently on a business trip to Georgia I wanted to visit some of the shops that cater to these customers. If you are spending time in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, here are three Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealers I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.

Freedom Cardboard
Chris Gilmore & Evan Feuerstein
9850 Nesbit Ferry Road #18
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770)993-6955
Email: getcardshere@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomCardBoard
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FCBsportscards

I’ve known Chris Gilmore for years and was very excited when he expanded his popular online community Freedom Cardboard by opening up a hobby shop of his very own in Alpharetta. I loved that the shop has a couple places very nearby to watch games as there’s nothing like watching a great game and then grabbing some cards or memorabilia from the stars of that game. They have a good supply of sports collectibles and some unique memorabilia as well. Best yet, if they don’t have it, Evan Feuerstein who runs the sports card side of the business certainly knows how to get it.

The main driver for the shop is the gaming division and they have a tremendous amount of space for tournaments. I talked to several fans who appreciate Upper Deck’s Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building game. If you enjoy the gaming category, this is one shop you will definitely want to hit!

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During my visit a die-hard collector named Tom pulled a Joe Namath autograph card from 2014 Upper Deck Conference Greats Football, WOW!

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Champion Sportscards
Ross Finley
840 Ernest Barrett Parkway #708
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770)427-2220
Email: championsportscards@yahoo.com

I’ve talked with Ross a lot over the years, so to be able to walk in his shop was a tremendous thrill and WOW, what a shop! Champion Sportscards is one of the most impressive, organized and fan friendly stores I have ever been in. If you are a sports fan or looking for the perfect gifts for sports fans, you absolutely have to visit them.

They have an impressive line-up of sports trading cards available from all sports and years with a wide array of supplies.

Additionally, I was blown away by the incredibly selection of sports memorabilia in the shop. The shop is almost like an amazing mancave and they even have a television on playing all the games. This is a must-stop shop for sports fans in GA.

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Stop in and see Ross & his team at Champion Sportscards, you’ll be glad you did!

Sports Legends
Steve Chafardon
310 North Glynn Street #A
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678)817-6769
Email: sportslegends@mindspring.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sportslegendsUSA

I think I surprised Steve Chafardon when I walked through his doors as nobody from any card company had walked through his doors in decades. Although I was short on time, I had a nice conversation with Steve. It confirmed what I thought about him, he LOVES his customers and will do anything to help them out. If you are near Fayetteville trust and believe that Steve will be on your side to get you whatever you need at a fair deal.

Not only does he have a solid supply of sports cards, but he has an incredible knowledge on the hobby. He should be a tremendous resource for collectors getting started in the category or even seasoned pros. Steve also carries some unique memorabilia items that are worth checking out. Steve really enjoys having kids in for gaming tournaments as well. Sports Legends really has something for everyone!

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Steve shows off some of Upper Deck’s new 2014 Conference Greats Football at his shop.

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