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Upper Deck loses NFL card license (updated) by Chris Olds
April 7, 2010, 6:46 pm
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Thursday afternoon Update: The NFL declined to comment on its decision.

Upper Deck announced Wednesday evening that it will no longer be licensed to produce NFL trading cards, ending weeks of speculation about what the beleaguered manufacturer’s status for the future might be.

Upper Deck spokesman Terry Melia commented on the decision via one of the company’s Twitter accounts, saying “This just in: UD was unable to come to terms with NFL Properties. No NFL Properties-licensed football cards from UD in 2010. Bummer.”

In a formal statement, Upper Deck owner Richard McWilliam said the company will instead put its focus on its exclusive with the Collegiate Licensing Company and its NHL products after the end of its 19-year run with the NFL.

“Over the past year, Upper Deck has attempted to negotiate a new licensing deal with NFL Properties,” McWilliam said. “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.”

An additional Twitter comment on an Upper Deck account states that the company’s recently released Exquisite line “will be the last one for NFL for the immediate future.”

At this time last year, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company was a licensee of Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL and the exclusive licensee of NHL cards. Going forward right now, the company has just a MLB Players Association licensing agreement and the NHL, which is no longer an exclusive.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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Upper Deck 1989-2010 RIP

Comment by John Bateman

I don’t know about other places, but the hottest-selling cards over the past 12 months at my local shop have been almost all Upper Deck products, for baseball and football. The only exceptions would be Topps 2010 Series 1 and Topps Allen and Ginter. C’mon folks – don’t push out the best card manufacturer for the wrong reasons.

Comment by Andrew Meeusen

I guess this is inevitable when you counterfeit your own cards and don’t pay your bills. I can’t say I’ll miss them.

Comment by gritz76

I hope this means Topps gets to make football cards this year.

Comment by Kevin

Brag photo of the week: UD employees waiting in line at the unemployment office

Comment by President Obama

Oh great. Say hello to no on card autographs…

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