An E-Mail From Upper Deck

This evening I received an e-mail from Upper Deck that stated the following:

Just a quick heads up, but UD was unable to renew its football card license with NFL Properties for the 2010 NFL season.

A formal press release will be forthcoming from the NFL, but just wanted you to know about it.

And just in case you’re looking for a statement from UD, here’s a quote that you can attribute to Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck’s CEO and Founder:

“Over the past year, Upper Deck has attempted to negotiate a new licensing deal with NFL Properties. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were not able to reach agreeable terms, and therefore will not be issuing any NFL Properties-licensed trading cards for the 2010 season. Upper Deck will continue to focus on its exclusive license agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company and co-exclusive agreements with NHL Enterprises and the NHL Players’ Association, as well as its multiple entertainment licenses.”

I really don’t know what to say.  In my opinion, Upper Deck created some of the best high-end football card products The Hobby has ever seen.  I am a huge fan of ’09 Ultimate Collection Football this year.  From the e-mail I received, it sounds like they plan on concentrating their efforts more on their college football and hockey card products.  Its just not going to be the same without products like Ultimate Collection and Exquisite hitting the market.  I am looking forward to seeing what their high-end NCAA products will look like.  2010 NCAA Sweet Spot looks great and it will be exciting to see what else they can come up with.  It just won’t seem the same without Upper Deck producing NFL products.  ’09 Exquisite will be the last NFL product made by Upper Deck for awhile.  When will these people learn!!!!  The collectors will tell you who made the best products.  Why don’t these organizations listen to collectors when it comes to licenses?


Press Pass Jumps On The Exclusive Train

Press Pass decided to jump on the “exclusive” train today by signing Tim Tebow to an exclusive contract.  This just means that Press Pass will be the only manufacturer to make cards of Tebow for draft pick products.  Press Pass Football and Press Pass Portrait Edition are the only places you’ll find Tebow in a draft pick product.  The exclusive contract is only against their competitor SA-GE.  For you SA-GE fans, you won’t be finding Tebow cards in any of their products this year.  This in no way effects NFL licensed products.  Collectors will still find plenty of Tebow rookies in products licensed by the NFL, and who knows maybe some that aren’t 🙂  This exclusive contract really doesn’t affect much of anything.  SA-GE has its collectors, but nothing huge.  Press Pass football products have a much higher demand than stuff from SA-GE.

2010 Press Pass Football will be released on March 31, one day before Upper Deck’s exclusive college license goes into effect.  I’m interested to see what Portrait Edition looks like when its released this summer.  My contact at Press Pass told me they will continue to make football cards.  My guess is that they will airbrush the logos off or do what Upper Deck did and claim that the logos on the uniforms don’t count.  A lot depends on what happens next month when Upper Deck goes to court against MLB.  I bet Press Pass could survive on just NASCAR products if they had to.


How Does The Pat Burrell Deal Make Me Feel?


Here is Pat Burrell, with what looks like a lost child in the Rays locker room.  Burrell will always remain one of my favorite Phillies of all-time, but I really wish he would have stayed.  I guess this is what to expect after a team wins the World Series.  His signature swing will remain one of the Phillies most memorable.  Now that he has turned to the darkside, lets hope the Phillie’s new outfielder will do just a good job as Burrell did.  I can still remember when I received his 1999 Upper Deck Signature Edition Rookie autograph 8 years ago.  By the way, when I heard Burrell made a deal with the Rays, there was only one video on YouTube that could express the way I feel 🙂