Exclusive Signings Cause First Casualty

Auto Date Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The recent trend has been for the card companies to sign players to exclusive autograph and memorabilia card contracts.  Besides allowing the company to use the player’s image on marketing and promotional material, it prevents other card companies from including autographed and memorabilia cards in their product.

This year, Topps and Upper Deck have signed five of the likely top picks in the NBA draft.  These players are:

  1. Kevin Durant (Texas)
  2. Yi JianLian (China)
  3. Greg Oden (Ohio State)
  4. Brandan Wright (North Carolina)
  5. Nick Young (USC)

Now comes word that Press Pass has canceled 2007/08 Press Pass Basketball because of the shortage of top picks that would be available to include in their product.

Hopefully this trend does not continue in the future, or at least, players can still appear in draft pick sets in their pre-professional uniforms.

[tags]Press Pass, NBA Draft, Exclusive[/tags]

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Topps to Offer Draft Day Rookie Autographed Cards

Auto Date Monday, June 25th, 2007

NBA Draft 2007 Topps has announced that they will be offering limited edition autographed rookie cards of 4 future NBA stars.  These card which only will be available through Topps.com will feature Greg Oden, Brandan Wright, Yi JianLian and Nick Young.

The cards will be available on Topps.com on Friday, June 29th from 3PM EST through Friday, July 6th 3PM or until the cards sell-out, whichever comes first.  Each customer is limited to 1 card of each player.

[tags]Topps, NBA Draft, Greg Oden[/tags]

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