Upper Deck has gone through a lot of changes since the time it was celebrating it’s five-year anniversary. Right now they’re able to make products for the NHL, CFL, Euroleague Basketball, and certain entertainment properties. Upper Deck will ink certain athletes to deals too. Then you have products like Goodwin Champions which is like Upper Deck’s version of Allen & Ginter. You never know what you’ll pull from a box of that stuff. If I’m not mistaken, the last Upper Deck product that I opened was a box of 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions Football that came out last spring. Upper Deck’s NCAA license now resides with Panini. Too bad, because Upper Deck made a lot of great looking cards for the sports I like. They may not be producing as many products as they use to, but they certainly haven’t lost their touch. Connor McDavid Young Guns rookies have been selling for thousands in some cases. And they’re not even autographed and/or contain a fancy relic. Just numbered to 100 copies.
Mike Berkus, the co-founder of the National Sports Collectors Convention, passed away last month. I sent a tweet out to Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, and Leaf stating that they should make cards of Mr. Berkus to give away during the National next year. Upper Deck responded saying “We are working on several tributes for Mike.” This could mean a lot of things. But it wouldn’t surprise me if we see some commemorative Mike Berkus cards being handed out during the 2016 National. I hope Upper Deck makes one in the 2016 Goodwin Champions design.
This pin was made to celebrate Upper Deck’s fifth anniversary. How it was distributed is still a mystery to me. It could’ve been made for employees. Then again, Upper Deck could have handed them out to it’s customers. $3.00 is what this pin will run you.