Upper Deck Unveils Certified Dealer Program

Auto Date Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Upper Deck has announced their new Certified Diamond Dealer program for brick -and-mortar hobby shops.

The program is designed to give dealer more detailed information about upcoming sports card releases three to four months before the product is available in a hobby shop.

Each store will receive a monthly  marketing and sales support kit that will include everything from product brochures to updated release information to exclusive wrapper redemption sets to branded posters and other signage.

Recently Upper Deck instituted new purchasing guidelines for its products which ensures that only brick-and-mortar hobby shops are able to purchase new Upper Deck and Fleer products directly from Upper Deck and authorized distributors.

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First Upper Deck SPx Rookie Redemption Revealed

Auto Date Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Upper Deck has announced that San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will be card #106 from 2007 SPx Baseball. 

Upper Deck will reveal a new player every week until all redemptions have been revealed.

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Topps Signs Exclusive Deal with Greg Oden

Auto Date Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Future 1st or 2nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft Greg Oden has signed a $3 million contract with Topps to become a spokesman for the trading card company.  Topps will have exclusive rights to Oden’s image on advertising and product packaging.  They will also have exclusive rights to produce autographed and memorabilia cards.

His first card will be a dual card along NBA legend Bill Russell that celebrates Topps’ 50th anniversary of basketball trading cards.

Kevin Durant, the other probable 1st or 2nd pick in the draft, signed an exclusive contract with Upper Deck earlier this month.

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Upper Deck Series II to Contain Dice-K Jersey Cards

Auto Date Friday, May 25th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced that they have acquired a Daisuke Matsuzaka game-worn Boston Red sox jersey and will issue the first Red Sox game-worn jersey cards in Upper Deck Series II Baseball which will be out in June.

The only Dice-K jersey cards to this point have been from a World Baseball Classic Jersey.

He will also have additional Red Sox jersey cards in Upper Deck Element and Ultra Baseball SE.

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NFL Rookie Premiere Takes Place

Auto Date Monday, May 21st, 2007

The annual event where the top rookies from the NFL draft participate in photo shoots and sign autographs for trading card companies Donruss Playoff, Topps and Upper Deck took place over the weekend in Los Angeles.

This is the 12th year that the top rookies are brought together for autographs, photos, a Madden Tournament, hobby shop appearance and more.

The 35 rookies and alternates that where scheduled to attend were:

  1. Gaines Adams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. John Beck, Miami Dolphins
  3. Lorenzo Booker, Miami Dolphins
  4. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders
  6. Craig Davis, SanDiego Chargers
  7. Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills
  8. Yamon Figurs, Baltimore Ravens
  9. Ted Ginn Jr., Miami Dolphins
  10. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts
  11. Chris Henry, Tennessee Titans
  12. Johnnie Lee Higgins, Oakland Raiders
  13. Jason Hill, San Francisco 49ers
  14. Tony Hunt, Philadephia Eagles
  15. Kenny Irons, Cinncinnati Bengals
  16. Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers
  17. Dwayne Jarrett, Carolina Panthers
  18. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
  19. Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
  20. LaRon Landry, Washington Redskins
  21. Brian Leonard, St. Louis Rams
  22. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills
  23. Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints
  24. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
  25. Antonio Pittman, New Orleans Saints
  26. Brady Quinn, Cleveland Browns
  27. Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings
  28. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
  29. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
  30. Steve Smith, New York Giants
  31. Troy Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  32. Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions
  33. Paul Williams, Tennessee Titans
  34. Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
  35. Garrett Wolfe, Chicago Bears

According to Beckett, Craig Davis and LaRon Landry were no-shows at the event.

Upper Deck will be releasing a 30 card set later in the year that will feature the players from this event.

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2007 Playoff Prestige Football Shortprints

Auto Date Friday, May 18th, 2007

Every year Donruss includes 10 rookie shortprints in Playoff Prestige football.  They officially don’t release the list until a few weeks after the debut of the product.  The shortprints are usually determined pretty early on by collectors/dealers who open large quantities of the boxes and the availability on eBay.  Based on boxes I opened, message board chatter and eBay availability, I believe these are the shortprints for this year:

  1. #158 Kenny Irons
  2. #161 Darius Walker
  3. #169 Anthony Gonzalez
  4. #176 Jason Hill
  5. #189 Patrick Willis
  6. #211 Paul Williams
  7. #239 Jared Zabransky
  8. #240 Chris Leak
  9. #241 Jordan Palmer
  10. #242 Garrett Wolfe

*Disclaimer – This is an unofficial list based on some research. 

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Topps Reveals 2007 Finest Baseball Rookie #4

Auto Date Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Topps announced that rookie redemption card #4 of 10 from 2007 Topps Finest Baseball is Pitcher Ted Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

So far the four announced redemptions are:

1) Hideki Okajima, Boston Red Sox
2) Elijah Dukes, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3) Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
4) Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants


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Michael Jordan Fleer Rookie Buyback Autograph Surfaces

Auto Date Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

When Upper Deck inserted autographed 1986-87 Michael Jordan Fleer Rookies in 2006-07 Fleer Basketball, nobody knew how many were being made available.  After four months, one card has surfaced on eBay and it appears that there are 23.

The card currently up for auction on eBay is numbered 20/23.  With 9 days still left until the end of the auction, the bidding is already up to $10,250.  It has a chance to become the most expensive ungraded basketball card ever.  The Lebron James 2003-04 Exquisite Collection rookie is currently valued at $13,000.

Link to Ebay Auction

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Preview: 2007 Goudey Baseball

Auto Date Monday, May 14th, 2007

Upper Deck has announed that 2007 Goudey Baseball will be released later this year.  The scheduled release date is August 10th.


  • Each box contains an average of 1 Sports Royalty card – including autographed versions
  • 1 autograph and 1 memorabilia card per box on average
  • Original 1933 Goudey buyback cards
  • Specially marked bonus packs featuring rare inserts numbered to 15 or less


Signature & Memorabilia Cards

  • 1933 Goudey Regular Card Memorabilia Parallel – 1:box on average
  • Goudey Graphs (autograph cards) – 1:box on average
  • The Immortals (memorabilia cards)
  • 1941 Double Play Autograph Parallel (#’d to 1)
  • 1934-36 Diamond Stars Autographed Parallel (#’d to 1)
  • Goudey Sports Royalty Card Autograph Parallel

Insert Cards

  • 1941 Double Play (#’d to 15)
  • 1934-36 Diamond Stars (#’d to 15)
  • 1934-36 Diamond Stars Yellow Verison (#’d to 5)
  • Goudey Sports Royalty Card (1 per box)

Regular Cards and Rookies

  • 200 1933 Goudey Regular Cards
  • 40 1993 Goudey Regular Card Shortprints (1:6)
  • 24 1938 Goudey Heads Up (1:10)
  • 24 1938 Goudey Heads Up Writing (1:10)

Suggested Reail Price is $89 Per Box.

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Kevin Durant Signs Exclusive Deal with Upper Deck

Auto Date Monday, May 14th, 2007

NBA Rookie-To-Be Kevin Durant of the University of Texas has signed his first professional contract and it is not with an NBA team.

Durant has signed an exclusive deal with Upper Deck to appear in the trading card manufacturers packaging and marketing materials.   He will also have an exclusive line of Upper Deck Authenticated autographed items.

His first rookie card will appear in Fleer Ultra SE and Upper Deck First Edition Basketball.  His first autographed card will be in Upper Deck SP Game Used Basketball.

Durant will most likely be the first or second pick behind Greg Oden in the upcoming 2007 NBA Draft.

“I’m very excited to be taking two giant leaps in my career by joining the NBA and at the same time, signing a contract with another winning team, The Upper Deck Company,” said versatile swingman Kevin Durant. “I’m honored to be in the company of some of the world’s most skilled athletes who also represent Upper Deck’s products.”

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Roger Clemens to be In Upper Deck Series II

Auto Date Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Upper Deck will be making his first trading card appearance in 2007 as a New York Yankee in 2007 Upper Deck Series II.

Upper Deck Series II will be available in early July.

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NBA Announces Hobby Shop Makeover Winner

Auto Date Friday, May 4th, 2007

SMP Sportscards of Grapevine, Texas has won the NBA Hobby Shop Makeover contest that was held between December 1, 2006 and February 28, 2007.

Thirty-six hobby shops were chosen as finalists and the one which collected the most pack wrappers over that period of time would be awarded with a shop makeover by celebrity designer Michael Moloney.  The 10 runner-ups receive an NBA-themed party at their store.

SMP collected over 61,000 wrappers during the contest period.  “My business started in the back of a gas station more than 20 years ago, so winning the promotion is one of the biggest hightlights of my life,” said Scott Pierce, owner of SMP Sportscards.  In order to bring in the wrappers, SMP held raffles and customer appreciation events.

The NBA also named Travis Thompson of Washington state as the winner in the consumer sweepstakes.  He won the Grand Prize which includes a trip for two to the 2007 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

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