NFL Players Announces Plans for Rookie Premiere

Auto Date Thursday, May 15th, 2008

NFL-Players-Association The top players from the 2008 NFL rookie class will be in Los Angeles starting May 15 for the annual Reebok NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere presented by EA Sports.

This event allows the three licensed trading card companies, Upper Deck, Donruss Playoff and Topps to photograph rookies and collect autographs for future card releases.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

May 15: Autograph Session at Beverly Hills Baseball Card Shop with DeSean Jackson and Kevin O’Connell

May 16: Youth Football Clinics and EA Sports Rookie Madden Bowl

May 17: Upper Deck and Donruss photo shoots

May 18: Topps photo shoots

The rookies scheduled to attend are:

Donnie Avery – St. Louis, WR
Earl Bennett – Chicago, WR
John David Booty – Minnesota, QB
Brian Brohm – Green Bay, QB
Andre Caldwell – Cincinnati, WR
Jamaal Charles – Kansas City, RB
Glenn Dorsey – Kansas City, DT
Early Doucet III – Arizona, WR
Harry Douglas – Atlanta, WR
Joe Flacco – Baltimore, QB
Matt Forté РChicago, RB
James Hardy – Buffalo, WR
Chad Henne – Miami, QB
DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia, WR
Dexter Jackson – Tampa Bay, WR
Chris Johnson – Tennessee, RB
Felix Jones – Dallas, RB
Dustin Keller – New York Jets, TE
Malcolm Kelly – Washington, WR
Jake Long – Miami, T
Mario Manningham – New York Giants, WR
Darren McFadden – Oakland, RB
Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh, RB
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, WR
Kevin O’Connell – New England, QB
Ray Rice – Baltimore, RB
Eddie Royal – Denver, WR
Matt Ryan – Atlanta, QB
Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati, WR
Steve Slaton – Houston, RB
Kevin Smith – Detroit, RB
Jonathan Stewart – Carolina, RB
Limas Sweed – Pittsburgh, WR
Devin Thomas – Washington, WR

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Upper Deck Suspends Brick & Mortar Program

Auto Date Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

upperdeck Upper Deck has suspended it’s Brick & Mortar Distribution program that it implemented earlier this year.

The program restricted distributors from selling to anyone besides retail hobby stores.¬† I’m guessing it had a negative effect on their bottom line.

Below is their statement:

North Las Vegas, NV: The Upper Deck Company announces today that, effective immediately, the terms of its 2007 Hobby Distribution and Brick & Mortar program will be suspended until further notice. The leading manufacturer of trading cards is committed to the long-term welfare and viability of the hobby market, and is constantly evaluating and looking for ways to help its distributor and retailer partners. While The Upper Deck Company is committed to its current sales program, the short-term health of the Hobby business takes priority at this juncture. As we enter the holiday season, it is important that the Hobby market maximize sales opportunities, end the year strong and prepare for a successful 2008. The Upper Deck Company will revisit its program in the future, and make any and all adjustments that it deems necessary.

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Upper Deck Announces Rookie of the Month

Auto Date Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Tim-Lincecum-Upper-Deck-Rookie-of-the-Month Upper Deck has named San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher Tim Lincecum as Rookie of the Month for August.

The Rookie of the Month set will feature a total of six rookies throughout the baseball season. Collectors can redeem 5 Upper Deck or Fleer wrappers for the a card each month at their local hobby shop.

The previous winners this year where:

April: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
May: Fred Lewis, San Francisco Giants
June: Hunter Pence, Houston Astros
July: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

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Upper Deck Withdraws Offer For Topps

Auto Date Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

On Tuesday, Upper Deck announced that they were withdrawing their offer for The Topps Co.

Upper Deck, which had offered $10.75 per share ($425 million), said in a letter that Topps put up roadblocks to the deal as apart of a “deliberate effort” to discredit Upper Deck publicly and within Topps, defeat its offer and justify management support of a $385 million offer from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and Tornante Co, an investment group led by former Walt Disney chief Michael Eisner.

Collectors everywhere are rejoicing!!!

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Topps President: Vote Against Upper Deck

Auto Date Friday, August 17th, 2007

toppslogo Topps company president Arthur Shorin has issued a letter to shareholders laying out the facts and asking them to vote for the Michael Eisner led Tornante Holdings acquisition for $9.75.

Upper Deck has also been trying to acquire Topps and has offered $10.75 per share but according to the letter: “…in spite of the Board’s best efforts, we have not reached a consensual transaction with Upper Deck to date and the Tornante – MDP transaction for $9.75 per share in cash is the only binding offer received.”

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Revealed: 2006-07 SP Game Used Letter Marks Short Prints

Auto Date Friday, August 10th, 2007

Beckett has posted a chart of the letters within a player’s name that are available in lesser quantities.

You can take a look at the chart here.

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Michael Vick Cards Pulled From Future Release

Auto Date Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Upper Deck and Donruss have decided to pull Michael Vick cards from all future releases that have not been printed yet.  Upper Deck also pulled all UD Authenticated memorabilia items from its website.

[tags]Michael Vick, Donruss, Upper Deck[/tags]

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Upper Deck Unveils Final SPx Baseball Redemption

Auto Date Friday, July 20th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced the final SPx Baseball redemption card. Card #137 is Hunter Pence of the Houston Astros.  

There are a total of 8 rookie redemption in SPX Baseball and Upper Deck has finished unveiling all of them:

  • #106  Tim Linecum, San Francisco Giants
  • #107  Philip Hughes, New York Yankees
  • #110  Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • #113  Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
  • #118  Kevin Slowey, Minnesota Twins 
  • #120  Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers 
  • #128  Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox
  • #137  Hunter Pence, Houston Astros

[tags]Redemption, SPx, Upper Deck[/tags]

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Upper Deck Revamps Ultimate Collection Line

Auto Date Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced that the upcoming Ultimate Collection Baseball and Football brands will have three times more game used and autograph cards than in prior years.

Each pack will now contain one autograph and two game used cards per pack.  Each pack has a suggested retail price of $100.  Every box will have at least one patch card numbered to 50 or less.

Ultimate Collection Baseball is set to arrive in October and will include signed rookie cards of such hot rookies as Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence, Kei Igawa and Akinori Iwamura.

2007 Ultimate Collection Football will be available in November.

[tags]Upper Deck, Ultimate Collection[/tags]

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Seventh Upper Deck SPx Baseball Redemption Revealed

Auto Date Friday, July 13th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced another Mystery Rookie Redemption card from 2007 SPX Baseball. Card #128 is Daisuke “Dice-K” Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox.   Upper Deck has yet to agree on an autograph deal with Matsuzaka.  If there is no autograph agreement, the redemption card will be a triple jersey memorabilia card.

There are a total of 8 rookie redemption in SPX Baseball and to this point the following have been revealed:

  • #106  Tim Linecum, San Francisco Giants
  • #107  Philip Hughes, New York Yankees
  • #110  Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • #113  Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
  • #118  Kevin Slowey, Minnesota Twins 
  • #120  Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers 
  • #128  Daisuke Matsuzaka 
  • #137  ??

[tags]Upper Deck, SPX, Redemption[/tags]

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Upper Deck to Add Celebrity Cut Signatures

Auto Date Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced that they will be adding celebrity cut signatures into 2007 Sweet Spot Baseball.

It will contain over 150 different celebrities, most of which have never had any autograph cards inserted into a set.  Some of the famous celebrities to be included are John Lennon, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, Norman Rockwell, Rosa Parks and Orson Wells.

There will also be dual autograph Sweet Spot cards and cut autographs of deceased baseball legends with current superstars. Letterman patches of some of the greatest players in history such as Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth are also included.

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Sixth Upper Deck SPx Baseball Redemption Revealed

Auto Date Monday, July 9th, 2007

Upper Deck has announced another Mystery Rookie Redemption card from 2007 SPX Baseball. Card #120 is Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers

There are a total of 8 rookie redemption in SPX Baseball and to this point the following have been revealed:

  • #106  Tim Linecum, San Francisco Giants
  • #107  Philip Hughes, New York Yankees
  • #110  Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • #113  Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
  • #118  Kevin Slowey, Minnesota Twins 
  • #120  Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers 
  • #128  ??
  • #137  ??

[tags]Upper Deck, SPX, Redemption[/tags]

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