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MLBP settlement with Upper Deck settles RC tag issue by Chris Olds

After following the secondary market and considering input on the subject from dealers and collectors, a determination has been made regarding the Beckett Rookie Card designation for applicable cards in the 2009 Ultimate Collection, 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars and 2010 Upper Deck Series 1 baseball releases.

On the whole, the market seemed to be lukewarm on the issue. We found that most collectors seem to be indifferent about the RC tag, particularly after the past four years of confusing baseball products issued with the MLBPA’s RC logo. The guidelines have become too complex and too confusing for the market, on the whole, to care as much as it once did. So many collectors and dealers have developed their own personal definitions of RC that they could not care less what label prints in Beckett Baseball. That’s not to say that they are indifferent about Upper Deck’s most recent products. In most collectors’ eyes, the cards look and feel like any other Topps or Upper Deck release in 2009 and 2010. Most dealers, on the other hand, seemed to be leaning toward the Upper Deck cards being RCs, though there were some who felt that they should not be RCs, and a small minority thought Beckett should tag them as XRCs.

Most did agree that the key roadblock to a decision was the April 19 court date between MLB Properties and Upper Deck to determine the licensing status of the cards. That issue is now settled. In light of the settlement, the cards in the 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars, 2009 Ultimate Collection and 2010 Upper Deck Series 1 baseball products will be labeled as RC or (RC) where applicable. Per the terms of the agreement, Upper Deck has agreed to pay MLB Properties an undisclosed amount for the cards sold in 2010. Furthermore, Properties has agreed to let Upper Deck continue to sell the products. With Properties settling its dispute over the legality of the products in question, the cards will now be tagged appropriately.

— Brian Fleischer

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