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Upper Deck scraps 2010 Ultimate Collection Football; ups ante in 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck released a pair of statements to distributors about two forthcoming products on Monday, with one product getting the red light and the other one getting a green light for some higher-end autograph additions.

First, the company has decided to scrap its plans for a 2010 Ultimate Collection Football set, which would have been a college release under its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company. The company cited the present state of the industry, which is crowded with many slow-moving, perhaps overproduced products at this time.

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Box Busters: 2010 Ultimate Collection Basketball by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into not one, not two …  but four packs of 2010 Ultimate Collection basketball cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini America unveils plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention by Chris Olds

Panini America announced its plans for next month’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore on Monday evening with the highlight being a 50-card multi-sport set featuring NFL, NBA, NHL and college stars.

Collectors who open five packs of current NFL or NBA product at the company’s booth will receive a pack of cards from the set, which will include LeBron James (in new uni?), Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Tyreke Evans (and others) from the NBA.

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Collegiate Licensing Company official clarifies contract details by Chris Olds

A Collegiate Licensing Company official has clarified the details of the company’s deal with Upper Deck in the wake of Panini America‘s announcement of a CLC-approved baseball card set arriving in September.

Panini unveiled plans for its 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition set on Friday, which seemed to fly against the previously announced CLC exclusive signed with Upper Deck last year.

Despite the deal, the Panini set is fully authorized by the CLC.


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First Look: Upper Deck’s 2010 NCAA Sweet Spot Football by Tracy Hackler

Upper Deck officials on Monday released preliminary information and images on 2010 NCAA Sweet Spot Football, a brand new product releasing in June that takes full advantage of the company’s exclusive agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

The product, a college-exclusive extension of Upper Deck’s popular Sweet Spot brand, promises six autograph or memorabilia cards per six-pack box, a 100-card base set and helmet variations aplenty for each player.

See more images after the jump and stay tuned to for additional information on this product.

— Tracy Hackler

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2009 and the Changing Face of our Hobby by Tracy Hackler

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The trading card landscape has changed dramatically in 2009 as business decisions, legal challenges and the struggling economy have altered what collectors will find on store shelves.

Here’s a look at some of the notable events of the year so far …

January 27: The NBA selects Panini as its sole licensee of basketball cards beginning this fall.

January 27: MLB sues Donruss over unauthorized trademark use in its 2008 baseball sets.

March 13: Panini buys Donruss and forms Panini America.

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