All of the 2001 Fleer Genuine Willie Mays Names of the Game Auto Uniform were in the Sy Berger collection (unsigned). http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/auction/2010/966.html . As quoted from the auction, “5) 2001 Fleer Genuine Names of the Game –
Autographed Card (no card number, never issued). 102 cards total, NONE of which are signed by Mays, each in Mint condition. This card, which includes an
actual swatch of cloth from a Willie Mays game-worn jersey, was never issued in the set and is exceedingly rare. Prior to the discovery of these 102 cards, only
two other examples had ever surfaced. According to The Standard Catalog, twenty-two players were included in the set; however, it is not known how many cards were distributed for each player.”
Apparently, the forger didn’t get the memo. The card appeared on eBay, but later taken down by the seller. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2001-FLEER-NAMES-Of-THE-GAME-WILLIE-MAYS-AUTO-GAME-JERSEY-/151024388776?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item2329c14aa8&nma=true&si=4xjonHbI0RvIT%252BwVFm%252FENmtWoTk%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 .
2013 Bowman Baseball Streets in 8 Days - HOLD ONTO THOSE WRAPPERS!
Surfs up, the Blue Waves are coming. We are proud to announce the 2013 Bowman Baseball Wrapper Redemption program. Turn in your Bowman wrappers for an exclusive set of Bowman Blue Wave Parallels. Collectors sending in either 24 Hobby wrappers, 10 HTA Jumbo wrappers or 36 Retail wrappers of 2013 Bowman Baseball will receive a 5-card pack of beautiful Blue Wave Parallels. Some lucky collectors may find special autograph cards featuring top prospects in these packs.
Please note, there is a 10-pack limit per household. All wrappers MUST BE SENT ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PACKAGE at ONE TIME. Duplicate packages from the same household will not be accepted. Any packages postmarked earlier than May 8th, 2013, the official street date, will not be accepted. Topps will fulfill all wrappers submitted until supplies last. Topps reserves the right to reject any and all submissions at their own discretion.
Wrapper should be sent to:
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We will send out updates via Twitter (@toppscards) and on facebook so follow us there. Once all packs have been sent out, the program will conclude and we will be unable to fulfill any more.
Topps Will Preview 2013 Bowman Baseball EVERY DAY UNTIL LAUNCH – STAY TUNED FOR PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
One of the most anticipated products of the year, 2013 Bowman Baseball Streets in 9 days! Every year Bowman allows you to get in on the ground floor with the next generation of Major League Baseball Stars. The checklist for Bowman covers it all. It is deep and loaded with both the big names and those “diamonds in the rough.” Not only does 2013 Bowman Baseball feature the 1st Autographed Chrome cards of the top two draft picks from 2012, Carlos Correa and Bryon Buxton, it also features Autographed Chrome cards from all the hottest prospects like well-known young stars such as Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker. See for yourself. The Checklist is up on Topps.com and on facebook!
The 2013 edition has plenty of new features that collectors will love, such as a Bowman 65th anniversary “Best Bowman Players of All-Time”, Bowman Top 100 Prospects insert, and mini Chrome cards. Every day until launch, we will UNCOVER all that 2013 Bowman has to offer so stay tune! Be sure to look for pics of product on twitter @toppscards and on facebook at facebook.com/topps.
ON MAY 8th, Get In On The Ground Floor! Bowman Baseball, Who’s Next!
New trading card set from Upper Deck features 200 different rookie cards including rare autograph versions from these future stars!
Carlsbad, CA (April 18, 2013) – Hundreds of collegiate football stars are just one week away from that life changing moment when they are drafted. Hearing your name called on draft day is a dream come true moment for these future stars, but today another dream comes true as their first licensed trading cards hit the market from Upper Deck.
Over the last few months Upper Deck has locked up every big name prospect to appear in the 2013 Upper Deck Football set. The product boasts the largest assortment of rookies in the industry with a whopping 200 different rookies included like Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Manti Te’o, Montee Ball, Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon, Eddie Lacy, Giovani Bernard, Cordarrelle Patterson, Denard Robinson, Tyler Eifert and many more! And with 2-3 “Star Rookies” in every pack, 2013 Upper Deck Football is loaded with value.
“Collectors have really been after trading card companies to go deeper on their checklists in early season products in order to not miss players who jump on the scene and have a big impact like Alfred Morris and Doug Martin last season,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck’s collegiate sports brand manager. “With 200 different rookies, we’ve got all the big names covered along with those rookies with the potential to become breakout stars that speculators will have a keen interest in. It will be fun as the season progresses and fans go back to their boxes of 2013 Upper Deck Football to find rookie cards of those surprise players that came out of nowhere to take the pros by storm.”
Upper Deck’s Athlete Relations team has been busy over the last few weeks conducting signing sessions with all these rookies and the product packed out with 99.8% of autograph content live in packs. Many of these autograph cards are signed on card in the form of Rookie Letterman cards and Ultimate Collection autograph rookie cards. There are less than 100 total redemption cards in the product and 15 of those are special redemption cards good for an autograph version of the “Star Rookie” set (up to 200 total autograph cards potentially).
Collectors can also find iconic football legends like Barry Sanders and Joe Namath in the “Football Heroes” set (1:10 packs). And the sleeper hit insert series from last season returns with the “College Mascot” manufactured patch subset. This 60-card set adds onto last season’s collection with more popular mascots from throughout college football. Just like last year there will be short-printed versions that should command a lot of interest in the secondary market as collectors work to complete the set.
Featuring 6 cards per pack and 20 packs per box, 2013 Upper Deck Football is available now at hobby shops and retail locations throughout North America!
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Collector Empire: How did you get the name Priest and what was the background behind it?
Priest Holmes: Well, the name Priest is, is very unique as far as [laugh] that I really don’t know. All I do know is that my mother had 3 choices. She had the name of X, Fox, and Priest. And I think that was a no brainer for her. She went with Priest and I think that of, ever since then people have played a little bit of religious tone to my name at the same time. Not growing up Catholic by any means, but of course my religious beliefs in Jesus Christ in Faith like that, it really has some favor in my life to have that name.
Collector Empire: What was it like to play in the backfield with Ricky Williams in Texas?
Priest Holmes: Well, that was a unique situation because, one thing I can definately tell anyone that talks to me about playing in the back field with Ricky or with Jamal or different guys like that, is that I’ve always played in the back field with high caliber guys and always felt, you know, given the opportunity and given my own shot that I would excel at the same time. But going back at the time I was a Junior and Ricky coming in as a Freshman and knowing I just blew out my knee and had A.C.L. surgery that Spring in ’95, I really was in a situation that I felt confident, that when he came in, he brought back the running game at the University of Texas. Along since him, was a gentleman by the name of Shon Mitchell and I think just with that combination at the time that I sat out that year, they did some phenominal things. Ricky is a great guy. You know, I even heard he recently cut his hair. I’m not sure if he cut all the braids off or if he just cut a portion of the braids, but you know that’s kind of exciting to see a guy come out with a new look and see what he does this year.
Collector Empire: What would you say was the key factor in turning your 2102 yards rushing in 4 seasons at Baltimore into 3 consecutive 1400 yard seasons in Kansas City?
Priest Holmes: I think the biggest turnaround was getting the call from Dick Vermeil. He was the head coach. He really felt like. you know he told me, he said, “Priest, I remember me when I was commentating in the Big 12 Championship game between University of Texas and Nebraska”, and he was one of the commentators. He had talked to the coach at that time. and the coaches said that there were going to be a star in this game, but it’s not going to be Ricky. I ended up having a wonderful game, an exciting game, . and I really think it was, with him thinking back to that time, he gave me a shot. He called me up personally, asking me to be the running back on his team and I just took it from there. I think that any player that has the confidence of the coach that comes in and supports him, it’s what they need.
Collector Empire: Dick Vermeil is considered a “player’s coach” and gains respect and love his players. You basically just told me what you think about him.
Priest Holmes: Well, he’s a player’s coach. And the reason why, you know, you have Coach Vermeil call you up and say, “I want all the running backs and tight ends to come over on a Tuesday night. I have a nice roast that I’m going to personally prepare for you all, and I’m going to give y’all a nice bottle of wine.” You know, he’ll come and show us wine. He loves to have his guys over. And to get outside of the weight room, outside of the classroom, and just get a chance to talk one-on-one. And you know you don’t get that. You really never get a chance at a coach’s house, you know. Only, that happens, when it’s time for recruiting, you know. But here’s a guy that brings you over to his house and allows you to see that side of him also.
Collector Empire: How important is the single season touchdown record to you? As you got closer and closer, did the record become more of a goal?
Priest Holmes: Well, actually, that goal started a year before that, before I even started playing. When I decided I wanted to lead the league in rushing touchdowns in combined touchdowns, was the time I got hurt. When I was laying on the ground. in the stadium in Denver, the year before that, and I just messed my hip up. And I remember, as I was walking off of that field, I didn’t really realize that I was that close, even in 2002. Man, I said I had 24 touchdowns. I could have broke it then. But, when I was walking off of that field, I realized I just let an opportunity slip out of my hand. So I said the next time I get on this field, I’m going to break the record. So, that record was broken a year before it happened [laugh].
Collector Empire: Coming from hip surgery to break the single season TD record, what was your main motivation?
Priest Holmes: Main motivation was that I was at a point that I felt like, you know, I just mentioned early that . having an opportunity and not seizing the moment, and allowing circumstances to hold me back. So, I went on and started my rehab. And in doing that rehab, I really wasn’t given a clear definition of what was wrong with me. and it really didn’t come out until maybe 2 months later. And I finally had my hip surgery. the whole month of April, I was on crutches and I didn’t even start running full speed until July, which was 2 weeks before training camp. And that, in itself, was testimony because of the fact that, you know, I have actually not even a chance or opportunity to run like the other guys, who hasn’t ran in the last 6-7 months. So, I really took it as a challenge. And, you know, one thing I know I do very well is when there is an obstacle in front of me, I know I can clear it. And that’s just what I went after.
Collector Empire: Did the draft of Penn State running back Larry Johnson serve as an additional motivational tool for you?
Priest Holmes: No, that wasn’t a detour at all. I didn’t even think twice, because I knew exactly what I was after. I knew exactly what needed to be done. And I knew who would help this team go into the playoffs. Unfortunately, we didn’t go pass that first game that we played in after the BYE week. But at the same time, I do know that, as far as the component of having me there in the backfield, means a lot to the team. And I tell you one thing, whenever the other guy come onboard, I say, bring him on because we need help during training camp, because it’s going to be hot out there.
Collector Empire: What would you say was the biggest difference in this year’s team and last year’s team, resulting in this season’s playoff berth?
Priest Holmes: Well, you said what was the biggest difference between the last 2 years?
Collector Empire: Yeah, this year and last year. The record difference and playoff berth.
Priest Holmes: Well, I think for us, the coach has always been preaching that we should actually look at the road to the Super Bowl under construction, always. And anyone can get there. And it was a matter of us putting the team together and letting us know that we can improve our record. And that was had only lost a number of games, in the matter of not being able to score at the last point. You know, giving up the last touchdown on our defense. And that’s one of the things that was changed. And we changed at the first 9 games. We came out of the gate running, but there is some things they say about football. If you don’t correct matters during the season, at the beginning when you see them, that once you get to the playoffs, it’s too late. Cause you get exposed. and I think we got exposed verses Indianapolis.
Collector Empire: What would you like to achieve before you leave the game of football and what would you like to do after the game?
Priest Holmes: Well, right now, I’m involved in an endeaver called Team Priest which is a foundation that I’ve started. And we really get right into the community and find out what’s going on as far as the concerns and the problems. I use my status and this opportunity, in this stage that I have been given to go to a major corporation and try to team up a major corporation in a need in the community. That’s one side of things we are doing. As a business man, I started up Team Priest and we sell apparel, and we’re just really going to go about getting into the community and helping out. I think that having this opportunity, it can be used in several ways. but I think that, as far as having influence and influence for all of those young people out there, I think that’s the most important thing I’ve been trying to do. And business is one thing I’ve always had passion for, but I stayed into football and say, “Hey, I’ll do that some other time.” But I think that now, over the past 2 years, I really dug deep into what I wanted to do and we started up Team Priest.
Collector Empire: I noticed Team Priest does a lot for the kids. what kinds of activity does Team Priest have?
Priest Holmes: We have a number of activities. One thing real big is that we have an active website where kids can download pictures and we have a coloring contest, combined with Comcast. We talk about the D.A.R.E. program. You know, don’t drink this. Don’t do that. Don’t smoke that. It’s, it’s not necessary. and those are some of the thing, some of the projects that we push. One thing kids can do is when they download these pictures, they can color them and send them back in. And we vote on some of the best entries, kids 1 through 10. And we just had a contest winner, and the young ladies name is Eva Kearney. And we presented her a gift certificate and came out there and took pictures and I had a chance to speak to her class, her 3rd grade class, for about 20 minutes. You know, those are the things we do. Try to be exciting. We also have the truck that’s wrapped. We try to take that to different events. And I think the kids really get excited just with the fact that I’m trying to get that.
Collector Empire: So far, in your football, career, what person you have the most respect for whether it be a coachor player?
Priest Holmes: Right now, I think the player that I’ve always looked up to is Tony Dorsett. And it’s been, I’ve always looked up to him at a far, by watching tape. Had a chance to meet him while playing for Baltimore. And one thing I try to do is, I know when I was young, I always tried to find someone that looked like me. I can actually run like them. You know, try to do their moves and try my best to emulate them. And I found someone like Tony Dorsett to pattern myself after throughout football. Because for me, it would be hard for me to pretend to be Shaq. You know, trying to get down low in the post with him. You know, I tell kids try to emulate someone similar to things that you can do and pattern them.
Collector Empire: Before the game, is there anything you do or listen to, to get you prepared or hyped up for the game?
Priest Holmes: Well, it’s not in any particular order. But it’s a matter of getting 2 different type of massages. Um, one is keep of a type of manipulation of a massage where they work with, getting you stretched out. Another one is where I can use the needle and to do some acupuncture. There’s stretching that goes on, getting ready for the game. And, you know, music hey, whatever, whoever listening to music in the locker room, that’s what I listen to. But in terms of making sure I get that routine, of making sure I get that massage, I get that stretch massage, that I go to the Bible studies we have because we have a Chapel service before the game, then I get taped up and ready to go. I’m just trying to get out there when it time to play.
Collector Empire: I know all athletes prefer to be at home playing, but what is your favorite, on the road, stadium you prefer to play in?
Priest Holmes: I actually like any stadium with grass. That was my main concern about free agency when deciding which team I go to. And people were saying, “Man you crazy. Why ain’t you in Dallas? You know you back there, close to where you from in Texas.” And I said, “Man, they just don’t fit because they have astro-turf.” so, for me, if anyone has grass. You know, it’s really exciting that they’ve come up with this new grass they just put in Baltimore. The Baltimore Ravens have in their stadium. Seattle has it in theirs. It’s more of that still turf with that rubberized rubber that’s shredded and then laid down. That’s a real good turf to. But I’m telling you, the one thing I think about, is playing on grass.
Collector Empire: What is the most important advice that you would give a rookie that just got drafted into the league? I mean like what to expect or anything like that.
Priest Holmes: One thing I would tell a rookie is that he would have to plan out his first year. That he can’t go in blind which I think that most people do, because either you don’t have an uncle or older person that you can take to. Or you really don’t know anyone in the league. But you really have to try, someway, or somehow to reach to some of these older guys and set up a plan of what you want to do your first year. How you going to accomplish your goals. You know, because, one thing that happens to plays their first year, is that the time that they spend on their own, with nothing really to do. It kills them. Because then, you start to have that idle mind. You start to get into too many different things. And here it is, you only have a game on the weekend and you have all this time during the week to do whatever. But you gotta stay focused. You gotta try to take up that time with some things you can do.
Collector Empire: Ok, from a sports hobby stand point, how do you feel about autograph signing? I know a lot of athletes have mixed feelings about it.
Priest Holmes: Well, autograph signing is not a problem. I think that when you dealing on a level of giving something to the public, giving something to what the public wants, giving them something they need, and they actually had waited and anticipate you to come to this particular signing, or you promise them that you would 3 times out of the season, you’re going to go out here and sign some autographs, I think it’s well worth it. I think that at times, I can get discouraged at times, because it can get overwhelming. You know, because it could be that one day, where you tired. You frustrated. You dropped a few passes. You made some mistakes. And that’s when you’re at the grocery store and someone asks you for your autograph, or ask you, “Hey, would you mind signing for for some kids?” You know, and you give them one of those looks like “Don’t bother me right now.” And that’s the only thing. We’re just human like anyone else. We have our good days and bad days. But overall, I think that, that is a part of the game. And that’s our part of giving back and showing our appreciation to the game.
Collector Empire: What are your hobbies or is there anything you collect? You know there may be some athletes that collect sports memorabilia of yourself and other athletes.
Priest Holmes: The biggest thing right now is collecting jerseys. Actually from other teammates or getting some of the other throwbacks. I think that for me, that I’ve kept my own personal jersey. The one when I broke the rushing record and uh lead the rushing record 2 years ago. Actually, 3 years ago. That was something that was monumental for me. I framed that jersey. And just get balls signed. Um, some footballs signed by different players, is something you get a chance to describe. I got a Hall of Fame ball by Tony Dorsett. You know, things like that really tickle me and I’m not overly bored. I don’t have that one room dedicated quite yet. But I got a few pieces. But you’ve should see some of the places I’ve seen. Some of these players really go after it, boy, when it comes to collecting items.
Collector Empire: Ok, last question. Is there anything you would like your fans to know about Priest Holmes?
Priest Holmes: Well, I can tell you one thing, and this is something funny. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. My thing of being a perfectionist is a lot different than a lot of people’s and how it is defined. I’m a perfectionist in a way that I could have a really messy room. But just don’t move nothing, because I know where I threw everything. I know I threw the shoe over there. I got this paper underneath this dresser. I had a key underneath this blanket that I can’t find ‘em, but I know I’ll find them eventually. So, just don’t mess with them.
I had the honor of interviewing Negro League /Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin back in 2005. Recently, I stumbled across the audio from the phone interview which was once thought to be lost. To give you an idea of how much of a generous man Mr. Irvin is, the small fee charged for autographs are donated to his favorite charity, Lincoln University. Here is the interview as conducted back in 2005 (audio will be added later).
Collector Empire: What was your most memorable moment while playing in the Negro Leagues?
Monte Irvin: Most memorable moment in the Negro Leagues was where I played my first All-Star game in Chicago Comiskey Park in 1941. I played third base, played 9 innings, and played Satchel Paige. East beat the West, I think, 5 to 1. That was the most memorable moment for me.
Collector Empire: Who was the toughest pitcher that you’ve faced?
Monte Irvin: Satchel Paige was. He was very fast and difficult to try to get a base hit off of. And relief pitcher, Bill Byrd, too was another tough pitcher for me. So, Bill Byrd, Satchel Paige, Leon Day was tough. I had to hit against him in the Puerto Rico Winter League. So, we had 4, 5, 6 pitchers that were very tough. Raymond Brown was tough, Roy Partlow was tough. It was quite a few real good pitchers.
Collector Empire: Do you think that the Newark Eagles team could have beaten most of the times you’ve faced in the majors?
Monte Irvin: Yeah, with some additional…. , yeah, we had a great team. All we needed was some…, we only carried about 17 men. If we could of gotten another 8 guys.. 25 men. We’ve been tough. We could of held our own against anybody. We were that good. We had Day, Jimmy Hill, Terris McDuffie, Max Manning was terrific, Hooker… Lennie Hooker, he was a knuckleballer. He was tough. James Brown. All good pitchers.
Collector Empire: What was it like playing with Willie Mays?
Monte Irvin: Willie came to our team, to New York Giants, in 1951, and we knew right away, that you could tell by the way that he handled himself, that he was a diamond in the rough. And it was great to come to the ballpark everyday and see him improve. See him gain confidence and get better and better. We knew he was a great fielder, but we didn’t know he would become the great home run hitter that he became. So it was wonderful to see him develop day after day. It was a pleasure to come to the ballpark just to watch him.
Collector Empire: Can you tell me about the steal of home in the 1951 World Series?
Monte Irvin: Well, I had stolen home 5 times during the regular season. To be able to get a big lead. At the time I could run pretty good. So, when I did it, in of course, game of the World series in Yankee Stadium, 1951, Allie Reynolds, the pitcher, he was taking a long time to deliver the ball. I noticed that and I told Leo. I said, “Leo”, I said, “I think I can make it”. He said, “Well, get a big lead and go ahead”. And sure enough, I slid under Yogi Berra‘s tag, Yogi the catcher, Yogi Berra. And I made it easy. So, it was a matter of getting a big lead and then turning on the speed. And I did have some speed at that time.
Collector Empire: How do you feel about signing autographs in person and through the mail ?
Monte Irvin: I don’t mind doing it. Yeah, sometimes I do it for free, other times I give the money to my favorite charity which is Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania. So, I do both and happy to do it.
Collector Empire: What are your feelings about the hobby’s promotion of the Negro Leagues?
Monte Irvin: It should of happened a long time ago. It was a great league. So many wonderful players. I feel sorry that the major league fans never got a chance to see…, you know, I call them the Old Masters. Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Satchel Paige, and Leon Day, and Willie Wells, and Ray Dandridge, Martin Dihigo, way on down the line. See all these great players that very few major league fans go to see them play, in their prime. They were magnificent. And so happy now that they give them some recognition and give them the recognition that they deserve and the league deserve. It was a wonderful time. I had come along during that period, so I had a chance to play in the Negro Leagues and play in the Major Leagues. So, I feel doubly Blessed for having that opportunity.
Collector Empire: In your opinion, who do you think was the best player in the Negro Leagues that never played in the majors?
Monte Irvin: Well, Josh Gibson, of course. He was fantastic. He’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen anyone copy his swing. He was strong as 2 men; run like a deer.
Collector Empire: Who is your favorite player in the majors right now?
Monte Irvin: Albert Pujols. I like the way he approaches the ball. He doesn’t stride very much. He lifts that left foot up, right hand hitter. And puts it down almost in the same place. He’s hard to strike out. So, he’s my favorite at the moment. He’s a great hitter.
Collector Empire: You’ve played against James “Cool Papa” Bell and I’ve heard a lot of stories about his base running speed. How fast was he?
Monte Irvin: Played against him. Of course, he was going out when I was coming in. But I’ve never seen anybody, any faster. He’s a switch hitter. He could get to first base in 3 to 3 1/2 seconds. Rarely, did he ever get caught, thrown out stealing. He’s the only man I’ve seen bunt the ball and score. Go all around the bases on a bunt, in the infield. He was fantastic. There have been other fast men, but to say he is absolutely the fastest man to ever play the game.
Collector Empire: Who, from the Negro Leagues, do you think should be in the Hall of Fame?
Monte Irvin: Well, you got Biz Mackey, #1 , who was a catcher that taught Roy Campanella how to catch. Louis Santop, who was another catcher, playing for Philadelphia [Giants], Hilldale [Daisies]. There was Raymond Brown. There’s Bill Byrd. Bill Wright. Turkey Stearnes is already in there. Rap Dixon was outstanding. And there must be 3 or 4 more guys that should be in the Hall of Fame, and I’m sure in time, they will be.
Biz Mackey, Raymond Brown, and Louis Santop were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the following year (2006).
Recently, a few uncut refractor and super refractor sheets surfaced for auction on Huggins & Scott Auctions.
(3) 2010-2011 Topps/Bowman Chrome & Tribute Uncut Superfractor, Refractor & Relic Uncut Sheets
(4) 2010 Topps Chrome & Finest Refractor/Auto Sheets with Strasburg
(5) 2010-2011 Bowman Platinum Superfractor/Refractor/Auto Sheets with Harper & Trout
Apparently, these sheets are being cut and the cards are being sold on ebay as errors, test issues, legit 1/1′s, etc.
This opens up the possibility of forgeries and counterfeits.
2013 Fleer Retro Baseball is the first product slated to have bubblegum included in packs!
Carlsbad, CA (April 1, 2013) – Collectors often ask, “What ever happened to bubblegum in baseball card packs?” What most people don’t realize is that Upper Deck never made a practice of inserting bubblegum into baseball packs, mainly because the gum would damage the cards and Upper Deck was more focused on the quality of the cards being opened by collectors. Gum always seemed like a gimmick or distraction from a collectability standpoint; that is, until now.
In 2005 Upper Deck purchased the Fleer Corporation and began releasing some select products under the Fleer name. Recently, Upper Deck released a new brand of trading cards called “Fleer Retro” for basketball, football and hockey. The new brand has been a smash hit with collectors, so much so that they decided to include gum as a fun “retro” element for the 2013 Fleer Retro Baseball set releasing this summer.
“We are excited to announce we are planning to insert sticks of bubblegum in packs of the new 2013 Fleer Retro Baseball product,” said Chris Carlin, sports marketing manager for Upper Deck. “It just seemed like the perfect fit, since you just cannot get more retro than bubblegum in baseball card packs. We have been working on replicating the exact same consistency and taste that fans remember from packs released in the ‘80’s, and believe that including the gum will bring back great memories for our fans.”
Recently, Upper Deck officials took the new bubblegum prototype to the Las Vegas Industry Summit, where they tested it out and captured fan reactions on video. Take a look at the surprising reactions that were captured on camera from industry dealers, former major leaguer Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, former Notre Dame great Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and even Larry “The Soup Nazi” Thomas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcR9OWteMQk
Upper Deck returns to the sport that made the company a household name with new baseball releases planned for 2013
Carlsbad, CA (March 21, 2013) – Upper Deck is pleased to announce that through its existing agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association the company will produce two exciting and innovative baseball trading card products in 2013. Upper Deck pulled out all the stops to announce the return to the diamond at the 2013 Las Vegas Industry Summit by having retired baseball legend Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas on hand to share the news with industry leaders. Thomas signed autographs and posed for pictures with hobby shop owners from across North America this week, courtesy of Upper Deck.
The Thomas appearance came on the heels of Upper Deck’s announcement that the company’s first baseball release would be 2013 Fleer Retro Baseball, set to release this summer. Some attendees at the show received a promotional Fleer Retro Baseball Precious Metal Gems card of baseball superstar Mike Trout. Three versions (Green, Blue and Red) were inserted randomly into special promotional packs distributed to Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealers at the show. The dealers who received the Trout cards were thrilled and all expressed excitement to hear of Upper Deck’s return to baseball.
“We took time planning our return to baseball to make sure we could deliver our fans the value they have come to expect in Upper Deck brands,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “Great photography is imperative in making a great baseball trading card set. We will leverage the power of Upper Deck’s exclusive collegiate license and recent photo shoots with a bevy of current baseball stars to provide fans some of the best imagery on the market.”
A second MLBPA licensed baseball product will be officially announced this summer as baseball gets into full swing.
Additionally, Upper Deck plans to produce a baseball card set comprised solely of retired subjects with the return of a 2013 Sweet Spot Classic, a brand much beloved with collectors. Collectors can expect excellent photography, beautiful design, rich content and new innovations as Upper Deck returns to the big leagues this season.
Upper Deck to Release Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Master Collection Set: The Highest-Valued Basketball Card Set of All-Time
Upper Deck staff believe the sets may sell for as much as $5000 a piece
Carlsbad, CA (March 21, 2013) – Serious hoop fans are drooling over images of Upper Deck’s new Michael Jordan University of North Carolina Master Collection sets. Upper Deck unveiled the set at the 2013 Las Vegas Industry Summit on Monday in front of more than 200 hobby shops owners in attendance. Limited to just 250 total sets, each Master Collection will include 23 premium base cards, four hard-signed Michael Jordan autograph cards, one Michael Jordan logo patch card set, one 1982 National Championship ring and one super premium card from “His Airness.”
“Upper Deck produced Master Collection sets over ten years ago and fans still inquire about them frequently,” said Grant Sandground, director of product development at Upper Deck. “We felt Michael Jordan would be the perfect subject to re-imagine these ultra-premium sets around. It’s the type of set that 99% of collectors can’t afford, but 100% of collectors would love to own. We anticipate these sets may bring as much as $5000 based on how strong Michael Jordan autograph content sells for in the secondary market these days.”
There will be chase to the set as well. Randomly inserted into each collectible wooden box that hold these limited collectibles fans will find either a Master Collection Shadow Box card, a Precious Metal Gems card or a one-of-one autograph card of Michael Jordan. Additionally, some devout fans will likely chase the autographed “Letterman” cards that spell out “1982 National Champions,” “Michael Jordan,” and “Tar Heels.” Ultra rare “Historic Duos” cards can also be found that include an autograph from Jordan and another historical great. Keeping in line with the premium nature of these sets, all autograph content will appear live in the product and there will be zero redemption cards in these sets.
It was fitting Upper Deck shared news on this set as March Madness kicks into full swing today and passionate basketball fans will be treated to memories they want to collect. This special set commemorates one of the greatest legends of all-time playing for one of the most storied basketball programs in history. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this historic collectible when the set releases this summer.