Upper Deck Sports Cards

upper-deck-logoThe word premium gets thrown around a lot in the world of modern sports cards, and not everyone agrees on exactly what it means. One thing most collectors would admit is that Upper Deck gave the concept of premium cards a huge boost when it introduced its first set of baseball cards in 1989, and the reaction to that landmark product changed the landscape of the hobby forever.

Company Overview
Just about every aspect of the 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set was a step up from what collectors had become accustomed to seeing out of baseball card sets. The card stock was better, the tamper-proof packaging was a first, and the hologram that helped prevent counterfeiting was a new innovative twist. As luck would have it, a young outfielder named Ken Griffey Jr. was also coming of age at the same time, and his card in that first Upper Deck set became one of the iconic rookie cards of the modern era.

Other card companies would follow Upper Deck's lead, but the privately held company continued to introduce many elements to its sets that are staples of the hobby in the early 21st Century. Upper Deck either invented or made the first widespread use of certified autographed cards, serial-numbered cards and game-worn memorabilia cards. More recently, it redefined beliefs of what people would pay for a single pack of cards with brands like Ultimate Collection, Exquisite and The Cup.

By the mid-2000s, Upper Deck was the industry leader, producing trading cards for all of the U.S. "Big Four" sports leagues, buying the remains of former competitor Fleer and nearly purchasing main rival Topps. It's dominance was dealt a bit of a blow when the NBA decided to go with Panini as its only basketball card partner beginning in late 2009, and another came when Major League Baseball elected to go solely with Topps starting with the 2010 season.

Upper Deck continues to make licensed sets of NFL and NHL (for whom it is the lone card manufacturer) cards, and has announced plans to continue making baseball cards thanks to a deal with the MLBPA. The company boasts brands like SP Authentic and SPx which have become staples across multiple sports, and its roster of exclusive spokesmen includes the likes of Michael Jordan and Sidney Crosby.

Through its Upper Deck Authenticated arm, Upper Deck also has a large presence in the field of autographed sports memorabilia. It also produces non-sports cards like the World of Warcraft collectible card game and has a deal in place to create cards and games based on Marvel Comics characters beginning in 2010.

Home Page: www.upperdeck.com

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Top eBay Listings

2014-15 Upper Deck O-PEE-CHEE (OPC) Hockey Factory Sealed Hobby Box (3 BOX LOT)
$144.95

2008-09 Upper Deck Ice Hockey HOBBY Box 4 Ice Premieres Rookie, 3 Auto, Patch?
$129.95

2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes Baseball Hobby Box
$84.99

2009-10 UD Be A Player Hockey HOBBY 8-Pack Box 1 Auto Pack (Tavares Crosby)?
$139.95

2005 Upper Deck FOUNDATIONS Football Factory Sealed HOBBY Box Scarce
$79.95

2009 Upper Deck Football HEROES Football Factory Sealed HOBBY Box 2 AUTOS
$69.95

2006-07 Upper Deck Be A Player Hockey HOBBY 8-Pack Box 1 Auto Pack Rookies Star?
$104.95

2007 UPPER DECK PREMIER HOBBY FOOTBALL BOX - PETERSON AUTO ?
$74.90

2006-07 Upper Deck SP Authentic Factory Sealed Basketball NBA Hobby Box
$169.85

2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Baseball Hobby Box
$125.00

2009 UPPER DECK SP AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED BRAND NEW
$65.00

2007 UPPER DECK SP AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL HOBBY BOX - FACTORY SEALED - BRAND NEW
$155.00

2015-16 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey Hobby Box
$139.95

2007 UPPER DECK UD SP LEGENDARY CUTS BASEBALL HOBBY BOX
$114.95

2003-04 SPX Basketball Hobby Box Lebron Wade Carmelo Bosh
$750.00

2005-06 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Factory Sealed Hobby Hockey Box HTF
$539.85
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Card Images

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

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2009-10 Upper Deck Sidney Crosby Base Card


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