Recently Upper Deck shared details on how the company had received approval to create an actual 5×7 version of Jack Hoffman’s Star Rookie card. The card has now moved forward with production and is currently available for pre-sale with all proceeds going to the Team Jack Foundation. Click HERE to pick up your inspirational Jack Hoffman card today with ALL proceeds going to the Team Jack Foundation!
And very recently we received approval for the card back of Jack’s first-ever trading card from Nebraska. It includes text written by Jack about his memorable run and so much more. Enjoy this exclusive first look of the card back.
Earlier today Upper Deck shared with the company’s Authorized Distributor network a special new set of trading cards would be released exclusively for Team Canada Hockey. The 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey set will be right in line with the base Upper Deck brand in terms of price and configuration. There will be five cards per pack, 24 packs per box and 12 boxes per case. The cards will all feature the same great photography as collectors have come to expect from the flagship Upper Deck brand, but the product will have richer content with two autographs in every box on average and four boxes per case will have a third autograph card!
The base card set features 260 cards including 100 short prints. Approximately 200 former Team Canada players will have autograph cards in the set. Other fun aspects to the products are two trade cards good for two future star 2013 Draft Picks including rare signed versions. Additionally, a “Clear Cut Program of Excellence” insert numbered to 99 copies will utilize acetate technology to deliver a very exciting card fans of Team Canada will want to collect! Another technology insert collectors will love is the 60 card SE foil board set that will also have a rare gold die-cut parallel version.
Here is a breakdown on the box and case breaks for 2013 Upper Deck Team Canada Hockey which is slated to release on August 20, 2013.
Box Break: (on average)
- Twenty-Four (24) Base Set SP’s
- Four (4) Program of Excellence Alumni
- Two (2) Team Canada Signatures
- Four (4) Special Edition SE
- One (1) Exclusives Red (#’d of 100), Exclusives Gold Spectrum (#’d of 10) or Printing Plate (#’d of 1)
- Every third box will have a Program of Excellence BONUS autograph!
Case Break: (on average)
- Four (4) Program of Excellence Sigs (#’d of 175 & 75)
- Three (3) Special Edition SE Gold (1:96 packs)
- Two (2) Captains SP’s (1:144 packs)
- One (1) Trade Upper Deck SP card (1:288 packs)
One in every two (2) boxes will also have one of the following cards!
- Base Set Exclusives Gold Spectrum (#’d of 10)
- Base Set Signatures Black (#’d of 5)
- Base Set Printing Plates (#’d of 1)
- Clear Cut Program of Excellence (#’d of 99)
- Trade Upper Deck Gold Auto (1:1,460 packs)
Check out some preliminary images of the set that only Upper Deck can bring fans through our exclusive agreement with Hockey Canada!
Given the subject matter of this set, this product will be offered exclusively in Canada.
Product depicted for demonstration purposes only. Set content subject to change without further notice. Stated odds reflect an average of the entire production run; no ratio is guaranteed to exist in an individual box or case.
The 2013 Draft is in the books and football fans have been clamoring to score rookie cards of their favorite team’s draft picks. The only company with live, licensed rookies in the market right now is Upper Deck and fans have been enjoying the rich content available in 2013 Upper Deck Football.
Worthy of note, there are photo variation cards of the Star Rookies that are quite rare with different groups being available in hobby and retail. Cards 251-275 in the Star Rookie set have a photo variation appearing 1:120 hobby packs. Cards 276-300 in the Star Rookie set have a photo variation appearing 1:120 retail packs. The only difference between these cards and the base versions is the photograph.
And to help those fans who are looking to put together sets, including the always popular College Mascots patch set, UD is pleased to share short print information on a variety of sets in 2013 Upper Deck Football.
Base Set Star Rookie Autographs
Group A: 1:12,192 packs
Group B: 1:847 packs
Group C: 1:368 packs
Group D: 1:78 packs
Group E: 1:16 packs
Star Rookie SP Autographs
Group A: 1:6,096 packs
Group B: 1:93 packs
Group C: 1:83 packs
Star Rookie Rare Autographs
Group A: 1:1,804 packs
Group B: 1:321 packs
Group C: 1:191 packs
1995 SP Autograph Legends
Group A: 1:4,549 packs
Group B: 1:3,349 packs
Group C: 1:390 packs
Group D: 1:762 packs(quantity of individual cards is higher than Group C, but because of the limited amount of subjects in Group D the ratio is higher)
1995 SP Prospects Autographs
Group A: 1:6,773 packs
Group B: 1:2,032 packs
Group C: 1:1,033 packs
Group D: 1:462 packs
Ultimate Rookie Signatures
Group A: 1:5,166 packs
Group B: 1:3,079 packs
Group C: 1: 677 packs
College Football Heroes Headers & Autographs
Base Header: 1:480 hobby packs
Autograph Headers: 1:7,500 hobby packs
College Mascots Patches
Group A: 1:6,513 packs
Group B: 1:782 packs
|CM-111||Louie the Lumberjack|
|CM-112||Jack the Bulldog|
|CM-115||The Oregon Duck|
Group C: 1:227 packs
|CM-92||Albert & Alberta Gator|
|CM-94||Boomer and Sooner|
|CM-99||Cy the Cardinal|
Group D: 1:49 packs
|CM-71||Big Jay & Baby Jay|
|CM-76||The Big House|
|CM-77||Bill The Goat|
|CM-81||Rebel Black Bear|
|CM-82||The Scarlet Knight|
|CM-88||Butch T. Cougar|
Earlier today Jason Collins made the brave announcement through Sports Illustrated that he is gay. And while there have been a bevy of stories written about how the first gay athlete to come out in the big four of American sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) would likely earn millions in endorsements, that doesn’t seem to be what Collins is after. In fact, right now he is currently a free-agent, just looking to sign with a team next season. His decision to make this announcement comes on the heels of the Boston Marathon bombings where seeing how quickly life could be taken reinforced his decision to come out now to, “live truthfully.”
His story is a very compelling one and definitely worth reading, but then comes the question for our industry, “What does this historic announcement mean for Jason Collins collectibles?”
Collectors love “firsts” in sports, but how will they respond to this story, especially considering Collins is an athlete at the tail-end of his career? Stories like this where an athlete that hasn’t been very collectible in the past and suddenly jumps to national prominence frequently cause collectors to go back through common cards from that athlete’s rookie season (in Jason Collins’ case that would be 2001-02). At this time there is very little in the market for his collectible cards from that year online sites like eBay and Amazon, but that will likely change by the end of the week.
Will his rookie cards become $1000 collectibles? Most likely not, but this courageous announcement will likely give them a shot in the arm and create renewed interest in them. There will undoubtedly be fans that see Collins as a source of inspiration and would like to have a collectible of not just the player, but the man.
For those fans interested in Jason Collins rookie collectibles, here is just a small gallery of cards to be on the lookout for from 2001-02 NBA Upper Deck and Fleer brands.
A new football season is upon us and fans are fired up after the first round of the Draft. The 2013 Upper Deck Football trading card product is loaded with all the top draft picks including authentic autograph cards of your team’s newest stars. And it was almost appropriate that the 2013 Draft in New York opened up with an appearance from “Broadway Joe” himself. Take a look at Joe Namath showing off an autograph card from the recently announced Upper Deck Exquisite Collection set after a recent signing session!
For a look at the top draft picks you can find in 2013 Upper Deck Football, take a look below for their draft position and some shots of their cards that are in the market now!
#1 – Eric Fisher (to Kansas City)
#2 – Luke Joeckel (to Jacksonville)
#3 – Dion Jordan (to Miami)
#4 – Lane Johnson (to Philadelphia)
#5 – Ziggy Ansah (to Detroit)
#6 – Barkevious Mingo (to Cleveland)
#8 – Tavon Austin (to St. Louis)
#9 – Dee Milliner (to New York)
#11 – D.J. Fluker (to San Diego)
#13 – Sheldon Richardson (to New York)
#14 – Star Lotulelei (to Carolina)
#15 – Kenny Vaccaro (to New Orleans)
#16 – E.J. Manuel (to Buffalo)
#17 – Jarvis Jones (to Pittsburgh)
#18 – Eric Reid (to San Francisco)
#19 – Justin Pugh (to New York)
#21 – Tyler Eifert (to Cincinnati)
#22 – Desmond Trufant (to Atlanta)
#24 – Bjoern Werner (to Indianapolis)
#25 – Xavier Rhodes (to Minnesota)
#26 – Datone Jones (to Green Bay)
#27 – DeAndre Hopkins (to Houston)
#28 – Sylvester Williams (to Denver)
#29 – Cordarrelle Patterson (to Minnesota)
#30 – Alec Ogletree (to St. Louis)
#32 – Matt Elam (to Baltimore)