We’ve told fans for awhile now that Upper Deck’s USA Football box sets represent an incredible opportunity to own cards of tomorrow’s stars today. Many savvy collectors jumped on them, happy to find cards of highly touted football prospects like Jameis Winston, Kevin Hogan, Imani Cross, T.V. Williams, Anu Solomon, Devin Funchess and more! One USA Football alum who is having an incredibly stellar season thus far is Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Upper Deck’s USA Football products are loaded with top football prospects. Upper Deck has produced USA Football sets in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The former track star is coming off a career day against the Tennessee Volunteers with 208 yards and two touchdowns. Many believe Gurley is a front runner currently to win the Heisman trophy which would mean USA Football alumni would win the award in back-to-back years (Jameis Winston won the award last year).

Football prospect collectors can score the first licensed trading cards of Todd Gurley in 2012 Upper Deck USA Football box sets, as well as rare insert cards featuring autographs and game-worn memorabilia. Check out some of the incredible cards that can be discovered in those sets!

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And in case you have never seen Todd Gurley in action, check out this highlight reel from the 2013 season.

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Derek Jeter’s career with New York has been absolutely incredible to watch, especially in his last bat at Yankee Stadium. There is no disputing that Derek Jeter will find his way into the Hall-of-Fame and will likely be considered one of the greatest New York players of all-time. Collectors however may have some dispute about which of Derek Jeter’s Upper Deck rookie cards are considered his most iconic. Take a look at these three and let us know in the comment section which one of them you feel is his most iconic rookie card.

1993 SP Authentic Baseball Card #279 – Derek Jeter

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1993 Upper Deck Baseball Card #449 – Derek Jeter

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1992 Upper Deck Minors Baseball Card #5 – Derek Jeter (yes, that really is him!)

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This usually is not considered his rookie card, but it has grown in popularity over the years and is a must-have for any true Jeter collector.

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Fans have been loving 2014-15 NHL® Fleer Ultra, especially considering there are ZERO autograph redemption cards, all autograph content can be found LIVE in packs. Most people are not fans of redemption cards, but when they are good for a very special item, they certainly have their place. Such is the case with the 2014-15 NHL® Fleer Ultra Violet redemption cards. These redemption cards are good for one random parallel card from the 200-card base set with special rainbow foil numbered one-of-one!

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We have recently finished production on the base set parallels. They are being transferred to our redemption team where they will be checked for quality and then packaged for shipping. Fans who redeem these special cards should be able to receive them around the start of the season.

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There are also 30 Ultra Violet redemption cards good for the 30 rookie cards we will be creating after the season kicks off. Delivery of those will take a little longer understandably, but it should be very exciting for fans who redeem those cards to see what they get as this year’s rookie crop looks pretty great!

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It’s Throwback Thursday so let’s go back through Upper Deck’s trading card history and come up with a fun giveaway. Hockey season has sprung and for some this is more exciting than the holiday season. Watching what teams are coming out strong in preseason games, what rookies will make an impact and keeping an eye out on juniors who will be available in the 2015 NHL® Draft. Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters just so happens to be one of the top centers in juniors that people will be focusing on throughout the season. So let’s put up a throwback card and see if our fans can come up with some great captions for the card! Please share your comical caption to this card for your opportunity to score 10 packs of 2014 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey Cards.2014-Upper-Deck-Team-Canada-Connor-McDavid

 

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Recently I was asked to share how Upper Deck had learned to think differently with regards to marketing at the iMedia Brand Summit. My presentation began with a short video talking about the Star Rookie card we created for our good friend Jack Hoffman.

After the video I was excited to share stories about other inspirational athletes we have worked with like Doc Jacobs, Mandi Schwartz, Jack Miller, Sam Tageson and John Makowiec.

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It was a thrill to be able to present in front of so many savvy marketers for major brands as iMedia always does a great job of bringing incredible personalities together at this event. It was also important to share that we were not helping these inspirational athletes and their charities for any other reason than it was the right thing to do.

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My favorite part of the day however was bringing the trading cards to life for attendees. You see we brought in Doc Jacobs to sign autographs and pose for photos with attendees during the lunch session. Doc made headlines when he earned a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers and most recently the Chicago White Sox as a double amputee and Purple Heart recipient. For me it was great to see Doc again as he is a major inspiration for me, but I think attendees got a lot out of visiting with him as well.

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Honoring these inspirational athletes is the right thing to do and we appreciate all the support our fans have given them. It is exciting as we continue to add more athletes to this stable of “Heroic Inspirations” like we did most recently with Josh Harding. Look for more great stories to come in the future!

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