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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Upper Deck Spectrum of Stars Autograph Print Runs

Auto Date Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Beckett has obtained from Upper Deck the print run, inscription and color varieties from some of the celebrities who autographed cards for the 2007 Spectrum Baseball set.

Collectors who pull a redemption card will not know who the card is until they receive the actual card back in the mail.

Catherine Bach – 205 Cards
Linda Blair – 200
Todd Bridges – 100
Tony Burton – 200
Jeff Conaway – 205
Josh Duhamel – 120
David Faustino – 208
Corey Feldman – 205
Leif Garrett – 100
Lou Gossett Jr. – 105
Anthony Michael Hall – 105
Ernie Hudson – 100
Brandy Ledford – 104
Michael Madsen – 105
Kristy McNichol – 205
Ed O’Neil – 100
Lori Petty – 200
Katey Sagal – 200
Mia St. John – 100
Tiffany – 210
Carrot Top – 200
Barry Williams – 205

For color varieties and inscriptions, visit Beckett.com
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Upper Deck to Shorten Redemption Time

Auto Date Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

According to Beckett, Upper Deck President Richard McWilliam announced at the Mainland Trade Conference being held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. that Upper Deck intends to move to a 45-day turnaround time for redemptions.  His goal is to ship 95% of the redemptions within 45 days.

He acknowledges that redemptions are very frustrating to the consumer and over the last few months operations have been reorganized in order to meet the objective.

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Spectrum Baseball Complete Celebrity Checklist

Auto Date Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Earlier this month, Upper Deck announced that 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Baseball would contain a 40-card autographed subset of celebrities from the world of TV, Music, Movies, Comedy and more. 

Some of the notables inclue Artie Lange from the Howard Stern Show, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) from the HBO Series Entourage, Captain William Shatner, Napolean Dynamite (Jon Heder) and many others as seen below:

SOS-AH Alan Hunter

SOS-AL Artie Lange

SOS-AS Adam Sandler

SOS-BR Burt Reynolds

SOS-BT Billy Bob Thornton

SOS-BW Barry Williams

SOS-CC Cameron Crowe

SOS-CN Chuck Norris

SOS-DA Dan Aykroyd

SOS-DJ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

SOS-DS David Spade

SOS-EL Eugene Levy

SOS-ER Efren Ramirez

SOS-FA Jimmy Fallon

SOS-FW Fred Willard

SOS-GB Gary Busey

SOS-GC Gary Coleman

SOS-HE Jon Heder

SOS-HW Henry Winkler

SOS-JB Jack Black

SOS-JF Jerry Ferrara

SOS-JH Jackie Earle Haley

SOS-JL Jason Lee

SOS-JM Jerry Mathers

SOS-JP Joe Pesci

SOS-JR John C. Reilly

SOS-JW Jimmy Walker

SOS-KD Kevin Dillon

SOS-KK Karch Kiraly

SOS-LH Laird Hamilton

SOS-LM Lorne Michaels

SOS-MC John McEnroe

SOS-MF Michael J. Fox

SOS-MG Mark Goodman

SOS-MM Martin Mull

SOS-MQ Martha Quinn

SOS-MT Mr. T

SOS-NB Nina Blackwood

SOS-NM Norm MacDonald

SOS-PG Paul Giamatti

SOS-PS Pete Sampras

SOS-QT Quentin Tarantino

SOS-RM Ralph Macchio

SOS-SB Scott Baio

SOS-SJ Samuel L. Jackson

SOS-SK Stephen King

SOS-SR Stephen Root

SOS-SS Steven Seagal

SOS-TO Tatum O’Neal

SOS-WS William Shatner

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Sidney Crosby Rookie sells for $10,000

Auto Date Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

A 2005/06 Upper Deck The Cup rookie autographed patch card of Pittsburgh Penguin phenom Sidney Crosby recently sold on eBay for $10,000.  The auction ended on April 5th at the Buy-It-Now price of $10,000.  The card was numbered 59 out 99 and included an impressive 3 color patch.

Sidney Crosby was the first pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and finished his rookie season with 102 points.  During the 2006-07 season, Crosby scored 120 points and won the Art Ross Trophy which goes to the NHL’s high scorer.  He became the youngest player and only teenager ever to win the scoring title of any major league sports league.

The actual card sold is pictured to the left.

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Player and Coach Dual Autos in Chronology

Auto Date Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

According to Beckett, Upper Deck Chronology basketball will contain dual autographed cards of players and their college coaches.  Two of these are a Michael Jordan / Dean Smith and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden. 

The set will also have James Naismith cut signature cards.  There will be 100 rookies in the base set #’d to 199 via Redemption.

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Spectrum Baseball to Contain Celebrity Autographs

Auto Date Sunday, April 1st, 2007

2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Baseball will contain a 40-card autographed insert set of celebrities from the world of television, movies and music.

According to Beckett, many of the stars have added inscriptions such as:

  • Barry Williams – “Greg Brady” or “Johnny Bravo”
  • Ed O’Neill – “Al Bundy”

Others included in the set include Fergie (Black-Eyed Peas), Lou Gossett Jr., Tiffany, Leif Garrett, Catherine Bach, Michael Madsen and Carrot Top.

And no, I don’t think this is an April Fool’s joke.

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Upper Deck includes 2 Rookie Cards of Hockey Player

Auto Date Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Upper Deck inadvertently issued 2 rookie cards of Minnesota Wild first round pick Benoit Pouliot in it’s 2006-07 Hot Prospects hockey set.

Upper Deck came to an agreement on a signature deal with Pouliot late in the process and added an autograph patch rookie card (#126) which is numbered to 599.  They forgot to pull his non-autographed card from the set (#163), which is numbered to 1,999.

Since both cards are part of the base set, they are both considered to be rookie cards.

Note: The card on the right is not from the Hot Prospect set.  It is a 2006-07 Upper Deck Young Guns #475

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Collector Releases Indoor Football Card Guide

Auto Date Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

It started with a $2 card of Portland Forest Dragon Oronde Gadsden and now has evolved into the publication of the 2nd edition of the Official Indoor and Arena Football Trading Card Guide.

Bob Garcia’s book focuses on nationally-issued Upper Deck Arena Football League trading card sets familiar to most football card collectors and over 100 regional sets distributed over past 15 years.

For more information, Bristol Press Article.

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Upper Deck Obtains Rights to O-Pee-Chee Brand

Auto Date Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Upper Deck has secured the rights to the O-Pee-Chee brand name and will release a 700 card set later in the hockey season.

O-Pee-Chee cards dates back to 1933 and over the years contained some of the most sought after rookie cards including the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky rookie card.

The 2006-07 set will consist of the following:

  • Industry’s most comprehensive hockey set
  • An average of one themed subset card in every pack
  • One memorabilia card per box
  • O-Pee-Chee autograph cards

Signature and Memorabilia Cards

  • O-Pee-Chee Swatches – game-used jersey cards – inserted 1:36
  • O-Pee-Chee Autographs – signature cards – inserted 1:36

Parallel cards and inserts

  • Regular Cards – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Hall Worthy – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Team Checklist – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Stat Leaders – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Rookie/Sophomore Showdown – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
  • Marquee Rookies – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)

Regular Set

  • 500 Regular Cards
  • 25 Hall Worthy
  • 30 Team Checklists
  • 15 Stat Leaders
  • 30 Rookie/Sophomore Showdown
  • Marquee Rookies

 
1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card

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Reggie Bush Exquisite RC: Highest Priced Modern Card

Auto Date Friday, March 2nd, 2007

According to Beckett’s latest pricing release, the 2006 Reggie Bush Exquisite Autographed Jersey Rookie Card which is numbered to 99 is now the highest priced modern card in Beckett.  The card lists for $4500.

The card is also has the second highest book price of any Rookie Card, just behind the 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski rookie which books for $5000.

Other High-Priced Rookie Cards:

1998 SP Authentic Peyton Manning (Non-Autograph – $800)
2001 SP Authentic Ladainian Tomlinson (Non-Autograph – $800)
1969 Topps Joe Namath (Non-Autograph – $1600)
2004 SP Authentic Ben Roethlisberger (Autograph, Jersey – $600)
2005 Exquisite Cadillac Williams (Autograph, Jersey – $1500)

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