LeBron James to Make Appearance in 2009-10 UD The Cup Hockey

LeBron James to Make Appearance in 2009-10 UD The Cup Hockey

LeBronCup ImageOn October 1st, Upper Deck will release the 5th season of their high-end hockey card offering "The Cup". John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and a host of the usual hockey suspects will make an appearance as one would suspect. One unexpected appearance will be that of LeBron James of the recently formed "South Beach Trio".

When you hold the exclusive autograph rights to a player but lack the rights to the league that player plays in, it's time to get creative. It appears that's just what Upper Deck has done in finding a way to fit LeBron James into the season's biggest hockey product. LeBron will have a finite number of autographed cards paying tribute to Sidney Crosby's 2005-06 The Cup RC in 2009-10 The Cup Hockey. Each card will feature LeBron James in his St.Vincent-St.Mary's high school uniform.

Undoubtedly there will be those who object to Upper Deck's tactic, but at the same time it represents the only way LeBron James autographed cards can find their way into the hands of collectors.

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1 1 LEBRON JAMES 2003-04 UPPER DECK ULTIMATE COLLECTION AUTO RC JERSEY # 23 250
$94,999.99
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1 1 LEBRON JAMES 2003-04 UPPER DECK SPx SPECTRUM AUTO RC GOLD JERSEY # 23 25
$39,999.99
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2012-13 UD EXQUISITE ROOKIE SIGNATURE BERNARD JAMES AUTO RC 199
$2.49
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1 1 LEBRON JAMES 2003-03 UPPER DECK EXQUISITE PATCH AUTO RC JERSEY # 23 100 RARE
$59,999.99
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Lebron James Dwight Howard Bogut 05-06 SP Authentic Auto RC 15 BGS 9.5 10
$799.99
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2003-04 Fleer Platinum INSCRIBED JOSH HOWARD ROOKIE AUTO RC LEBRON JAMES KOBE SP
$5.85
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LeBron James 2003-04 UD Top Prospects Signs of Success AUTO RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT
$950.00
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BGS 10 10! Exquisite 2003-04 LeBron James Ultimate Collection 127 AUTO RC ROOKIE
$27,000.00



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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

User Comments

  1. Couldn’t they release a whole set the way Panini does with Donruss Elite Extra Edition? They don’t let a pesky exclusivity deal get in their way.

    It just seems tacky to have him in a hockey set, but then again I don’t like LeBron and I don’t like Crosby so maybe I’m biased.

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