Recently at Upper Deck’s production facility, one of our staff was able to grab some early images of 2013-14 NHL® SPx from the product pack-out with their trusty iPhone. We try not to take scans to avoid handling the cards to much and risk damaging them. Take a look at some of these pictures to give you a feel for the awesome content that will be included in the product this season. And don’t miss your chance to bust open some packs yourself when 2013-14 NHL® SPx releases on February 19, 2014!
And don’t forget about bonus Upper Deck Trilogy NHL® Rookie Update cards!
Brothers Patrick and Shayne Skov learned to player football in Guadalajara, Mexico of all places. They actually played with a local team called the Carneros (Rams) when they were growing up there before coming to the United States. Shayne ultimately attended Stanford and was able to have a memorable career with the Cardinal and now he spends his time preparing to enter the NFL Draft. And even though he spent most of his life in the United States, Mexico is still very important to him.
“Certain places make you who you are,” said Shayne Skov. “There is no way I can deny that part of my life.”
In working with Shayne and his team, Upper Deck wanted to look to do something different with his “Star Rookie” card set to release in mid-April found in 2014 Upper Deck Football. No, he will not be featured as a “fútbol” player on the card as it is fútbol americano Skov has come to love. Instead Upper Deck has decided to print all the text on Skov’s rookie card in Spanish not only to celebrate his Mexican heritage, but to make a collectible available that will appeal to his Mexican fan base both here in the U.S.A. and in Mexico.
American collectors will likely give the card a double take when they examine it fresh from a pack of 2014 Upper Deck Football, maybe even wondering if it is some type of error card. It is our hope that it will encourage them to go online and find out more about Shayne’s unique upbringing that will make him a dynamic athlete at the next level with all of Mexico behind him.
Below is an advance look at the card back of Shayne Skov’s 2014 Upper Deck “Star Rookie” card:
Dave Yeates, owner of Grosnor Distribution, wanted to come up with a way to attract more attention to hobby shops his team calls in an effort to help these shop owner’s businesses. His inspiration came strangely enough during his morning commute to work.
“One day I saw a building that had an amazing graphic on the windows with hockey players that really caught my attention,” Yeates recalls. And every day, coming and going to work, his eyes were drawn to it. “I had an epiphany that we could do something like that with shops by doing window graphics of Upper Deck’s best cards for our customers.”
The Grosnor Distribution team made them available to shops through a six month promotion last season where fans could win a box of Upper Deck NHL® cards, but the shop they purchased the product from could also score a make-over with one of these custom window graphics.
“Everyone liked the contest last year because it was very easy for everyone to participate in,” said Yeates. “Collectors just had to make a box purchase of a current year Upper Deck product and they would receive a ballot for the contest. A new winner was selected every day who received a free box and shops were entered in to win the custom window graphics. There were 180 winners of boxes spread across 64 shops last year.”
While scoring a free box of Upper Deck NHL® cards is certainly sweet, hobby shop owners started getting very excited when they saw the window graphics on display at a manufacturer’s day at Grosnor Distribution last year. Together Grosnor and Upper Deck worked to get each shop a card of their choosing which helped store owners target the most marketable players in their regions to make an impact for their business. Winning shops were blown away by how great they looked and by how well they worked to draw in new customers. Take a look at some of the stunning custom window graphics Grosnor Distribution had installed for winning shops!
The good news for collectors and shops throughout Canada is that Grosnor brought back the promotion for 2014. The program runs from January 2, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Customers who purchase any 2013-14 Upper Deck Double Rookie Class product (including Upper Deck Team Canada) qualify for a ballot in the contest with a winner selected every day. New for 2014 are 12 instant win graphics for shops and the opportunity for winning fans to forego their box and enter it for the chance to win an entire case if they wish to “supersize” their prize. Upper Deck and Grosnor Distribution are offering up 22 new window graphics for Canadian Certified Diamond Dealers this year.
Canadian Certified Diamond Dealers with questions about the promotion or for more details on how you can participate, please contact Grosnor Distribution at (416)744-3344.
One of the frustrating parts for collectors of comic collectibles is that the vast majority of the products in the market are dedicated to the classics which ultimately results in many of them looking the same. When Marvel may the decision to reboot many of their comic titles with the Marvel NOW! initiative, it gave fans the opportunity to experience their favorite characters from the Marvel universe in more current situations with some new looks as well. And with that came the opportunity for Upper Deck to produce a trading card set dedicated to these new-look Marvel NOW! characters that looks much different than anything fans have seen before in terms of comic trading card releases.
What is it like to open a box of Upper Deck’s Marvel NOW! trading cards though? Well take a look at what we found in some packs from quality control testing.
The base set is easily attainable at 100 total cards, but fans will appreciate the new looks of many of the beloved Marvel characters.
There are also silver foil variant cards that can be found one per pack that give fans the opportunity to put together a more limited version of the set.
The “Then & Now” inserts give a good look at the differences between the classic characters and the characters as they look today.
“Cutting Edge Covers” and “Cutting Edge Variant Covers” of key Marvel NOW! comic books can now be found in card form in this set and make for very cool collectibles.
Lucky fans may find autographed versions of these covers by illustrators and creators. And on occasion, as we found, dual autographed versions can be found as well like this one from Leinil Francis Yu and Mark Waid.
Sketch cards are always an important aspect of comic card releases and as always Upper Deck pulled some of the best talent in the industry to create some miniature masterpieces of Marvel NOW! characters.
Upper Deck also added some innovation to the set with the “Holo F/X” insert cards that you really have to see to believe with the 3-dimensional attributes of the cards.
And lastly, rare one-of-one printing plate cards can be discovered at roughly one per case. We didn’t find one in the packs we saw, but many have been making their way to online auction sites like eBay. But if you haven’t been able to open a box yourself, watch as this Beckett Box Buster video where they do just that!
Upper Deck’s Marvel NOW! trading card product is available at Certified Diamond Dealer locations throughout North America and through Upper Deck’s network of Authorized Internet Retailers.
Would you like to score all nine cards we showed in this blog for FREE? Just share in the comment section below as to why you would love to open a box of the new Upper Deck Marvel NOW! trading cards. The fan who most skillfully shows their excitement and knowledge of why opening a box would be fun will receive all nine cards shown above. Please keep your submission to four sentences or less. Submissions must be received by Monday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.