Scott in our Athlete Relations department was adamant about all of us growing mustaches this month for Movember. He came to my desk at the end of October, changed my monthly UDA calendar for me and made it clear what was expected of me by changing the month personally. Scott is not really an intimidating force, but he sold a lot of us on the good it could do for men’s health and quite a few of us jumped on board.

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Keeping a mustache this month has been miserable for a variety of reasons. Being a blonde guy it just doesn’t look good. I’m no Larry Bird. It took awhile to come in and when it did, it was certainly not flattering. Next, my wife absolutely hates it. Then when I pick my kids up at day care, other parents are pretty creeped out by me, holding their kid’s hands a little tighter. Such mustache prejudice!

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My mustache leaves a lot to be desired…

The biggest problem in growing the “stache” this month was that I had a variety of events that I really wish I had been clean shaven for like the Fall Expo trade show, presenting at the Red Door Interactive Speaker Series, meetings with the NHLPA, and of course Thanksgiving coming up this week. The toughest though was rocking the mustache during a private meet & greet with Wayne Gretzky this month. Wayne’s agent joked with me about my semi-invisible mustache, “Chris, did you decide to start growing that after lunch today?”

The differences in facial growth with the team have encouraged a lot of witty banter as well. Two of our hockey team members have grown decisively different mustaches as Billy has a big burly stache while Matt prefers the pencil stache.

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We all feel awkward though. It’s been worth it however as it definitely has created dialogue about the Movember cause and the Upper Deck team has raised a good amount of funds for the cause.

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Here are just some of the Upper Deck team members who grew mustaches/facial hair to support the Movember cause this month.

We got together today to share stories about how terrible we look and to laugh at the odd facial growth as we posed for a group shot. Come Monday our faces will be cleanly shaven and we will be back to our old normal selves, but for the remainder of the month, we remain focused on helping the cause. Donate to UD’s team today!

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Drew from Athlete Relations may have one of the creepiest mustaches in the company, but he’s doing it for a good cause!

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Most people often dream of playing professional sports, but for the 99.99% of us who never make the pros, the next best thing is working in the sports industry. One of the ways sports fans can scratch that itch is by opening up a sports collectibles store and Upper Deck is excited to see new shops opening throughout the United States and Canada. To celebrate some of the newly opened shops over the last year, Upper Deck is partnering up with our Authorized Distributors to offer free prize support for these shops to run events around Small Business Saturday.

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Many brave shoppers will wait in huge lines at large retailers on Black Friday hunting for great deals, but on Saturday Upper Deck encourages you to think small. Everyone has a sports fan on their holiday gift list so make sure to get out on Saturday, November 29 and give some support to those smaller local sports collectible shops in your area.

As we previously mentioned, Upper Deck is sending the shops below some really cool prize support like t-shirts, knit caps, autograph trading cards and autograph memorabilia to run events around Small Business Saturday. If you are in an area where one of these new shops are located, pay them a visit on Small Business Saturday to win some great prizes and help support a small business owner during the holidays. Don’t miss Upper Deck’s Small Business Saturday; it’s going to be HUGE!

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The Armchair Adventurer
1287 Kalani Street #105
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808)843-1250

TDK&J’s Place
530 Moorpark Avenue Suite 180
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805)657-4381

Columbia Sports LLC.
11713 NE 99th Street #1030
Vancouver, WA 98682
(888)983-2627

Subspace Comics
3333 184th Street SW #G
Lynnwood, WA 98037
(425)744-2767

TnB Sports Cards
13503 North 31st Place
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602)595-5075

Arizona Trading Cards & Collectibles
3404 North 24th Street #A
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602)224-1334

Man Cave Sports
338 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520)623-7117

University Sports Cards
4250 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520)777-4300

Comics Plus Inc.
348 West Saint George Boulevard
Saint George, UT 84770
(443)673-3229

Copperhead Sports LLC.
199 North Texas Street
Emory, TX 75440
(903)473-2332

Sportscards Plus LLC.
26722 I-45 North
Spring, TX 77386
(281)296-0155

Dungeons & Dugouts
439 Prairieview Drive #A
Gillette, WY 82716
(307)689-6674

Outland Comics LLC.
2095 East 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(208)529-5717

Pine Tar Sports Cards
621 Mock Avenue
Blue Springs, MO 64014
(816)728-8409

Rochester Sportscards
407 South Main Street
Rochester, MI 48307
(248)923-2424

Champion Cards & Games
9061 Miller Road Suite 7
Swartz Creek, MI 48473
(810)630-6088

Hockey Cards Plus LLC
101 East John Street
Newberry, MI 49868
(906)322-8427

Lucky Larry’s Sports
2476 Brodhead Road
Alquippa, PA 15001
(814)282-1008

Omaha Sports Cards
4857 South 137th Street
Omaha, NE 68137
(402)614-9702

Canada
Joe Joe’s Collectables
28 Broadway Avenue
Wawa, ON P0S 1Ko
(705)856-4444

Primo’s Collectibles
Garden City Shopping Center
2305 McPhillips Street #310
Winnipeg, MB R2V 3E1
(204)417-8697

OT Sports Card
1505 West 66 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 2R8
(604)559-5511

Heroes N’Legends
2 King Street West Unit #10
Hamilton, ON L8P 1A1
(905)906-0220

Out of the Box
2194 Robertson Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 9J5
(613)695-6682

Andy’s Sports Cards & Collectibles
10093 Hidden Valley Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2A 5Z7
(403)474-2907

Triple Play Sports Cards
1318 Esquimalt Road
Victoria, BC V9A 3P6
(250)384-3311

Hobbybox Collectibles
338 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3M9
(604)779-1414

Small businesses are there for you. On November 29, will you be there for them?

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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. College Football playoffs are right around the corner and the next few weeks are crucial for wins. This weekend USC and UCLA go head to head, each hoping to bring home a big win and ruffle the feathers of the Oregon Duck’s for the playoffs. Aside from the current season, USC and UCLA have a long standing rivalry, dating back to the times of Ron Yary of USC and even further! 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 Conference Greats Football Cards!

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Important Promotion Guidelines:

  1. You can only submit one comment per email address so think about it before you post.
  2. Comments are moderated so keep them clean and in good taste as we have a lot of youngsters on these pages. Comments deemed inappropriate will not be posted or eligible to score card set(s).
  3. Make sure to review other caption before you post. If you have the same comment as someone else or make slight improvements to it, the credit will go to the first person who posted the comment.
  4. You have until Friday morning, November 21st at 8:00 a.m. PT to post your caption before this promotion is closed.
  5. Upper Deck will review the captions posted and select one (1) fan who most skillfully share a comical comment to coincide with this card.
  6. Only the customer selected to receive the card set will be contacted via email, so please make sure to provide an accurate email address when you leave your comment.
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At the Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo collectors tend to get serious for Upper Deck’s wrapper redemption programs. Fans flock to the Upper Deck booth to participate in order to score FREE Priority Signings autograph cards for opening up boxes with the UD team.

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With so many collectors opening Upper Deck packs, boxes and cases, it was only a matter of time before they discovered something great!

It gets very exciting during these times as collectors will naturally pull a variety of incredible cards. Here’s a quick look at some of the awesome cards we saw pulled from fired up collectors at the show!

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A Gretzky buyback autograph!

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Another Gretzky buyback autograph!

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A Mario Lemieux buyback autograph!

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A Jari Kurri buyback autograph!

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A Michael Jordan autograph card!

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The last pack in the last box of the case had this card hiding within. Never leave a pack behind!

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There were even some larger than life pulls by these two Habs fans!

Collectors opening up cases can score some amazing cards and memorabilia from Upper Deck. Take a look at what these fans scored in their case breaks!

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A NHL Draft ticket signed by every 1st round pick!

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A NHL rookie signed helmet!

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A Gretzky Priority Signings Exclusive autograph card!

The big card everyone was looking for was the Nathan MacKinnon autograph rookie patch card from The Cup. And wouldn’t you know it? We caught a fan opening one LIVE!

Some collectors just bring incredible cards by the Upper Deck booth as well. Check this out!

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It’s incredible to see one of these Crosby rookie cards from The Cup, but to see three with such amazing patches was incredible. The collector shared he was offered $95,000 for all three and turned it down.

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