Upper Deck All-Star Vinyls
Leader in Sports Cards and Collectibles
Few sports collectors would
argue that Upper Deck revolutionized the sports trading card hobby in 1989 with
the release of their first set of baseball cards. Since that time the company
has continued to grow and drive innovation in the sports collector hobby. The
cornerstone of the company's business remains sports trading cards, but over the
years it has expanded to include other products and services. Those businesses
include: Upper Deck Authenticated®; Upper Deck Digital; Upper Deck Entertainment;
and Upper Deck International.
All-Star Vinyls: A
New Style of Sports Figures
Upper Deck put a new face on the sports
figure market with their LeBron James All-Star Vinyl figure in 2006, followed
by two four-figure sets of The LeBrons in partnership with Nike®. Click
here to learn more about vinyl figures. In 2007 the company released their
first league-licensed All-Star Vinyl figures with the January NFL release of Ben
Roethlisburger, Tom Brady and Brett Favre. The company has a full line of current
and former NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB athletes to be released on the All-Star Vinyl
label in 2007.
to Realism With Pro-Shots
Recognizing the success of the McFarlane
action figures, Upper Deck is now selling a new product line called Pro-Shots.
Unlike the All-Star Vinyls, Pro-Shots feature highly accurate 6" figures
that depict great moments in famous players' careers. The first series of Pro-Shots
are now in the stores and Series 2 comes out in March, 2009. These series feature
Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Muhammad Ali is also planned.
For each figure,
two versions are issued - a "retail version" which is sold at Toys R
Us, shows the athlete in the attire he was wearing for the famous moment being
depicted. (For example, in the 1985 slam dunk competition shown to your right,
Jordan was wearing the red uniform.) The retail version is packaged in a plastic
clamshell with a cardboard wrap-around, and includes an Upper Deck card. The second
version issued is a "hobby version," which is sold through various hobby
resellers like sports collectibles websites. The hobby version features the same
pose but uses an alternate uniform - in the above example, the hobby version is
a white uniform. Hobby versions are packaged in plastic clamshells and I don't
believe they come with a card - I need to confirm that.
I will be updating the
Pro Shots portion of this website very shortly - for now, take a look at my Upper
Deck Pro Shots Series 1 and Series 2 Write-up.
More information about this
product line should be available shortly, and the first Pro-Shots should go on
sale in the fall of 2008. Click
here for more information about Pro-Shots.
Team Mascots With a Vinyl Attitude
A brand new product line in
the works for Upper Deck is a collection of NFL vinyl collectibles called MVPs.
here to learn more about vinyl figures.
MVPs are collectibles referred to
in the urban vinals hobby as sports themed platform toys. The concept is that
the product starts with a single platform, in this case a generic 8" football
figure. Designers create a variety of different original artwork designs to go
on the platform. MVPs will be created to represent the 32 different NFL team mascots.
Upper Deck chose eight well-known vinyl designers, including Jesse Hernandez,
MAD, Niark1, Rebel Wookiee, Sket One, Spanky, TWEEQiM and UNKLBrand, to craft
the artwork for the series. The MVPs will be released in groups starting in the
Fall of 2008. As is typical for these types of collectibles, edition sizes will
be limited. Ultimately, Upper Deck plans to expand this product line into other
sports and other artists as well.
More information, including sample photos
of MVPs, is expected in the coming weeks.
Information on Upper Deck
All-Star Vinyls: NEW! A Conversation
with Upper Deck - Dave Sanders of Upper Deck answers questions about the new
Pro Shots and MVP lines, Quarter Kicks, the mini All-Star Vinyls and the future
of the All-Star Vinyl line.