Archive for Soccer
Upper Deck is always looking to provide our worldwide collectors with the most innovative, high-quality collectibles in the marketplace. In our quest to be the best, we find it meaningful to take some time to reflect on what we have done in the past and find out what our customers enjoyed the most. And that’s where you come in. Help us make a better product by taking a few minutes to submit your vote for the 2012 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Awards. Let us know what you enjoyed the most so we can try to bring more great innovation and value to our collectors in the future. We promise it won’t take long and we think you will actually enjoy reflecting on some of the cool cards and programs that Upper Deck brought to you in 2012. We take votes until Friday, December 28, 2012.
Want to get a better feel for the categories and nominees? Take a look:
Autographed Rookie Card of the Year
2011 Exquisite Collection Football Autograph Patch Cam Newton
Unsigned Rookie Card of the Year
2011 SP Game-Used Soccer Authentic Rookies Alex Morgan
Trading Card of the Year
2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball Precious Metal Gems Red Michael Jordan
2012 SP Authentic Golf Sign of the Times Dual Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods
Most Innovative Card/Set of the Year
2011-12 NHL Black Diamond Championship Rings
Memorabilia/Relic Card/Set of the Year
2011 SP Game-Used Soccer Supreme Fabrics
Insert Set of the Year (No Auto/No Memorabilia)
2012 Upper Deck Football Sepia Rookies
Hobby Product of the Year
2011 Exquisite Collection Football
2011-12 Exquisite Collection Basketball
2011-12 NHL The Cup
2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball
2012 Goodwin Champions
2012 Marvel Premier
2012 SP Authentic Golf
2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition
Retail Product of the Year
2011 Upper Deck World of Sport
2012 Upper Deck Football
2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two
2012 Marvel Avengers Assemble
2012 Goodwin Champions
2012-13 NHL Upper Deck Series One
Most Improved Product of the Year
2012-13 NHL Artifacts
2012 Upper Deck Football
2012 SPx Football
2011-12 SP Authentic Basketball
2012 Goodwin Champions
Marketing Program of the Year
Cards2Kids Charity Partnership
Diamond Club Program
Expired Redemption Raffle
National Hockey Card Day
Priority Signings & Case Breaker Promotions
Upper Deck’s Military Sampling & Donations
Volunteer Alliance Program
We appreciate your time. If you’d like to write in a nominee to one of the categories above, please do so in the comment section below! Also, if you have any constructive ideas about what Upper Deck can do to make enjoying trading cards a more compelling experience, please submit a comment below as well. Thanks for taking the time to help us provide you with the most innovative and collectible products in the market!
It’s the holidays which means there will be plenty of Upper Deck trading card boxes wrapped up and given away to loved ones this season. Now you can score for giving the gift of Upper Deck and clicking a photo as you or your loved ones experience the brand!
That’s right, we are looking to get some images of our fans enjoying Upper Deck products during the holidays and we will select ten fans who post images to receive a FREE Upper Deck Mail Day where you will score a variety of promotional and new Upper Deck packs! Just snap that photo and upload it to the Upper Deck Facebook page or send it to @UpperDeckSports through Twitter by Wednesday, December 26! We’ll review the entries in this skills based promotion and select the ten fans to score an Upper Deck Mail Day on Thursday, December 27.
Here are some additional details to help you with this promotion!
Who we would love to see in the pictures with Upper Deck products:
- Sports fans
- Cute kids
- Adorable grandparents
- A group shot with the entire family
- Animals (not eating the cards)
- Big smiles
- Clear shots of the product
Extra points will be given for creative shots with seasonal backgrounds. Additionally, there is the chance we may repurpose your photo to be used as a Facebook timeline cover image for Upper Deck or as a Brag Photo for the Upper Deck Blog. So if you are using a camera phone make sure you take your pictures horizontally like this:
DO NOT take pictures vertically, like this:
We are excited to see what you come up with fans! Happy holidays and have fun with this promotion!
What do you get the sports fan who has everything? Is there anyway of giving them a gift that would impress them? Now there is with Upper Deck Authenticated’s Suite One-of-One program and super-premium collectibles. Only Upper Deck Authenticated can provide sports fans with exclusive access to the world’s greatest memorabilia™. From game-used collectibles to original works of art, if you are looking for something truly special for the sports collector in your life, look no further. And many of these gift ideas are great for a group to give to someone where everyone can chip in to get that sports fanatic the ultimate sports collectible. These items are absolute show stoppers and would look great displayed in a home or office. Check out some of the key items available!
This is the ultimate sports collectible featuring the top trinity of athletes from our generation with Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods all signing one very unique print. Beautifully displayed in an attractive frame, this piece stops people in their tracks as we saw when we had a copy on display in our offices. Give the gift of greatness with the “Legends of Sport” triple signed piece.
HEAVYWEIGHT PICK: Mike Tyson Autographed Career “Tegata” Handprint Framed
He is one of the greatest fighters of our generation and now you can give a collectible that not just has his signature, but also a genuine hand print from the champ with Upper Deck Authenticated’s “Tegata” piece. The “Tegata” is a Japanese inspired memorabilia piece reserved for only the greatest athletes and Mike Tyson definitely fits the bill here. Small images surround a larger image highlighting memorable moments from the champ’s career. Much like Mike, this piece is an absolute knockout!
Upper Deck commissioned artists to create memorable artwork for the company’s Goodwin Champions trading card set. Upper Deck Authenticated had one of the original works of art featuring Steven Stamkos signed by the hockey superstar. This one of a kind collectible is an awesome gift idea for the hockey fan in your life, bring it home today!
If it is Sunday and Tiger Woods is anywhere near contention, you know he will be in the hunt and you know he will do so in his Sunday Red Polo. Perhaps the most well-known uniform of any major athlete, the Sunday Red Polo grabs fans attention as a signal that Tiger is set to do something amazing. This is a hole-in-one type gift for the passionate golf fan in your life.
AMERICAN LEGEND PICK: Landon Donovan Autographed & Inscribed Game-Used Uniform
Landon Donovan has now won the MLS Cup in back-to-back seasons and has established himself as one of the greatest American soccer players of all-time. This is the type of collectible only one person can own. It is his game-used uniform from the 5/7/11 game against the New York Red Bulls where he scored the game-tying goal in the 41st minute of play. To immortalize the moment, Landon inscribed key game details along with his signature on the piece. The jersey, shorts and shoes are each individually autographed. Give an American legend to the sports fan in your life.
SLAM DUNK PICK: Michael Jordan Autographed “Wings” Breaking Through
Michael Jordan is the man and only Upper Deck Authenticated can bring you his signed collectibles as he has been an exclusive spokesman with the company for over twenty years now. One of the most iconic images of Jordan is the “Wings” photo and now we have taken that classic photograph to new heights by lending MJ’s signature to the piece and making it a Breaking Through collectible where a portion of an actual basketball breaks through the glass in this dazzling display. To receive a gift like this would be the ultimate expression of respect and admiration to a recipient who will be speechless.
I am very blessed to say that I have been to just about every major sporting event possible. In my time working with Upper Deck I have been privileged to attend the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the BCS National Championship, the NHL Stanley Cup Final and a bevy of other great sporting events. So I feel pretty qualified to speak about what makes a great sporting event. On Saturday, December 1, I am happy to say I added the MLS Cup to my list of great sporting events I have attended.
I know what you are thinking, “Is soccer really a great sporting event?” This game absolutely was. There are six elements that I believe make for a great sporting event and the 2012 MLS Cup had them all.
Fans – I was blown away by how passionate and loyal the MLS fans were at the championship game. They were all decked out in team gear from head to toe. I was surprised that Houston Dynamo fans were able to find so many different forms of apparel in their team’s color and they wore the gear with true pride.
Upper Deck was set up in a corporate area before the game and we had a great opportunity to meet the fans as several took advantage of special offers on Landon Donovan autographed memorabilia in particular. There were spirited exchanges between the two fan bases before and during the game which helps make for a really memorable experience. As their passion swells over, you find yourself immersed in the experience and you cannot help but get excited about what is going on.
Venue – It is crazy to me to think that in a relatively short time the LA Galaxy have gone from playing in the Rose Bowl to having an awesome new soccer facility at their disposal. The Home Depot Center is a very nice soccer venue with lots of parking, areas to tailgate and a good all around vibe. To see it filled to the brim with a record crowd was awesome to behold.
Stars – The LA Galaxy roster is loaded with stars like David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. For Houston however, their greatest star may be one the sidelines with their coach Dominic Kinnear. Many believe he is the leading candidate to become the next coach of the US national soccer team after the 2014 World Cup. He simply knows how to get the most from his team and puts his players in the right situations to be successful.
A Story – There were a couple great story lines to pay attention to for the game. The biggest was that this would be David Beckham’s last game as a member of the LA Galaxy. In his time with the club, he worked hard to make soccer a major sport in the United States and based on how many Beckham jerseys I saw at the Home Depot Center, it is clear he made an impact with fans. When you have a player that transcends the sport playing in the championship for what will be his last game with the team, you have a moment that is undeniably special.
Above and beyond that was the match up itself. The Houston Dynamo are an extremely successful franchise having won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007. Additionally they faced off against the LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup just last season so fans were very excited about the opportunity of a rematch and the establishment of a great new soccer rivalry.
Drama – The game had plenty of drama to make it special. The LA Galaxy missed a couple great scoring opportunities in the first half and the Houston Dynamo capitalized with a great goal towards the end of the first half by Calen Carr. With the Galaxy down by one at half, there was a lot of nervous tension in the stadium. Would Beckham’s last game end in a loss? Would the Dynamo avenge last year’s MLS Cup defeat? Things did not look good for Galaxy fans.
A Great Finish – In the second half however the Galaxy roared right back playing inspired soccer scoring three unanswered goals and taking home the 2012 MLS Cup in front of their extremely loyal fan base. With each goal the crowd was thrust into more and more of a festive frenzy. It was the perfect Hollywood ending with stars like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan all playing a big part in the comeback and David Beckham riding off into the sunset as a champion.
I must admit, I did not have high expectations for the game going in so I left the stadium totally shocked by the great sporting experience I had just been a part of. The MLS may be one of the most underrated sports in the nation. It is a great value with great play that provides fun for the whole family. I can’t wait until next season to check out more games and cheer on the LA Galaxy to hopefully a 3-Peat!
One of the most frequent complaints we receive at Upper Deck comes from fans who have purchased older product and pulled expired redemption offers for autograph trading cards. Upper Deck understands collector’s frustration when pulling these cards because they can no longer be honored for the item indicated on the card.
Upper Deck publishes on all boxes and packs, “Packs may contain time sensitive Redemption cards. Be certain to adhere to the expiration dates in order to redeem your card. No redemption will be honored past the expiration date.” Upper Deck has also made a conscientious effort to raise awareness of when redemption cards expire by publishing a “Last Call” list for redemptions. And the best way to avoid issues with expired redemptions is not to put them in the product in the first place. Upper Deck has had significant successes with packing out products in 2012 that have minimal, or in some cases zero redemption cards in the product. While some releases may be delayed to get more autograph content in, Upper Deck believes it helps provide collectors with a better pack opening experience if there are fewer, or better yet, zero redemption cards in a product.
That being said, collectors still purchase older products and can have a really negative experience if they find an autograph redemption card that has expired. At the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, Upper Deck experimented with a new program to help collectors who pulled expired redemptions by holding a raffle where 100 prizes were offered to fans consisting of autograph cards, memorabilia cards, unopened boxes and signed promotional items like pucks and hats from Upper Deck Authenticated. Everyone walked away with a prize that day and some collectors were lucky enough to get more than one item. All the collectors in attendance loved the opportunity to turn their expired redemption card into the chance of receiving a high-end collectible.
Upper Deck is excited to share that based on the success of that event, we will be continuing The Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program with some enhancements at the following events throughout the year:
The 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Fall Expo in Toronto – Took place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Take a look at how it went down:
Collectors may bring up to five (5) unscratched, expired Upper Deck autograph redemption cards to the Upper Deck Booth on Saturday, November 10 before 4:00 p.m. to take part in The Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program at the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Fall Expo in Toronto. For the first time ever, collectors DO NOT need to attend the trade show to participate. Collectors can send in up to five (5) unscratched, expired Upper Deck autograph redemption cards to the address below to participate as well.
The Upper Deck Company
Attn. The Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program
2251 Rutherford Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Collectors who send in their cards need to legibly write their name, address, phone number and email address to the front of the expired Upper Deck redemption card (in the white area) in black or blue ink. Upper Deck will have 100 PRIZES available in this raffle consisting mostly of limited autograph cards, memorabilia card, unopened boxes and signed promotional items like pucks and hats from Upper Deck Authenticated. For the first raffle in Baltimore Upper Deck received in less than 120 expired redemptions and for the second raffle in Toronto, less than 140. So the odds of winning were pretty good.
The Next Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program will take place on Monday, March 18 at the 2013 Las Vegas Industry Summit where we will pull unscratched, expired autograph redemption cards and reward prizes. Collectors in attendance can pick up their cards right there. Collectors not in attendance will be mailed their card the following week.
What cards are eligible for The Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program?
- Expired redemption cards must have been manufactured by Upper Deck (legal copy on the back of the redemption card will indicate if it was produced by Upper Deck or not). Redemption cards from other manufacturers will NOT BE HONORED.
- Expired redemption cards must be modern-era redemptions with a scratch off code that has not been scratched. Older redemption cards without a scratch off code are not eligible for this promotion.
- Expired redemption cards must be for an autograph trading card or signed memorabilia item. Redemption cards for unsigned draft picks, rookie cards, regular cards or memorabilia cannot be honored. Additionally, expired sweepstakes offers are not valid for this promotion either.
- Collectors sending in their expired Upper Deck autograph redemptions for the 2013 Las Vegas Industry Summit must have them received here at UD headquarters by March 1, 2013.
- Upper Deck is not responsible for any lost, misdirected or postage due mail. To confirm your expired redemption(s) are received, we encourage collectors to send them a traceable method.
- Entries that are not addressed correctly, that are not qualified expired Upper Deck redemptions or that do not have customer information added to the card will be returned to the collector in the condition received.
- Collectors can submit expired autograph redemption cards from any sport. The drawing will occur randomly so collectors who submit a hockey card for example may not receive a hockey card in return. Upper Deck will raffle off prizes from a variety of sports and brands including a couple non-sport cards.
- Upper Deck reserves the right to scratch off and confirm cards have not been redeemed previously. Qualified cards must have a valid, unfulfilled redemption code under the scratch off area.
- There will not be a tiered element to the draw. All qualified redemption cards have the same value, meaning that if pulled they can win any of the prizes available.
- Upper Deck will also video tape these raffles and publish them to YouTube so fans can see who won.
- Collectors are not guaranteed to receive an item if more than 100 expired redemption cards are received in.
- Collectors can win more than once if they submit more than one qualified expired redemption card (but no more than five) per drawing.
- Should participation rates decline, Upper Deck reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time.
What were some of the noteworthy cards that were included for The Upper Deck Expired Redemption Raffle Program at the 2012 Sportscard & Memorabilia Fall Expo in Toronto? Take a look! You can expect the same caliber of big name cards in future raffles.