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05-27-2010, 03:29 AM
Can Upper Deck Usher In a New Era Of College Collecting?
By: Ethan Cahn

For Years We have had limited choices when it came to College Cards and Memorablia. Sage and Press pass have been the main stay for years in this Arena, and have Always been hot issue Early, due to the release of the products around the Draft, But seem to fall out of favor By the Begining of the Season after the Rookies of year have there "NFL" Rookie cards.

I personally have been quite a fan of the Press Pass sets Since the begining, the On-card Autographs, College Game worn jerseys and
Nice base card stock made me a fan Years ago. Sage has Tried, but Seems to be stuck in the 90's with their base sets, which I find Filmsy, and stale. Their autographs are Stickers, and granted the Designs of their auto cards Mix well with the stickers on the card, they still are stickers.

This year Starting Very Soon (Late August) Upper Deck Will enter this market, Can they Move the College Collectible Market Beyond what
Press Pass or Sage could, and let's face it, as much as I like the Press Pass Sets they really Have hit their peak, I really am unsure what they can do to move forward within the field.

Now we only have a few things to go on with the Inagural Upper deck Collegiate Product, But from the looks of what they (the Upper deck Staff), have begun to do as evadent at the NFL Rookie premire Event last week, we could be in for something very special.

Upper Deck managed to Collect close to 11,000 On-Card Autographs for their upcoming Sweet Spot release(In only 4 hours I might add).
"Damian Williams and other rookies getting it done signing for UD."
"Gerald McCoy was a lot of fun. He signed so much today, we had to tape his fingers..."
"Some final autograph count stats, we collected 17,413 autographs during the day"

You have to remember what Upper Deck has done in the past 21 years. They Reinventing and Invigorating the market for baseball In the begining of the 1990's, In 1996 the "True" Introduction to Collectible Memoriblia (Jersey) cards, yes Others tried first, but there are no other Jersey cards that were, and still today are as revearerd as the 1996 Upper Deck Game Jerseys.

This maybe Their last shot, and it has to count. The recent devolopments of Conterfiting, Unauthentic Cut Autographs,
and litigation has tarished this once powerhouse in the Sports memoriblia market, into a Company hanging on by a Thread.

That Said, Can the College market During the Season Continue as Strong as during the Draft Bonaza Every year?

by the looks of things they are off to a great start, Below are the pictures that upper deck's Chris Carlin's Team shared
With us on facebook, Enjoy what the Future of Collegiate Collecting very well could become:

All Quotes are those of the Staff from upper deck directly form their page:

"Ryan Mathews 2010 Sweet Spot Football cards laid out, ready to be signed."

"Ryan Mathews signing a "Bulldogs" variation of the Sweet Spot helmet cards"

"Ryan Mathews signed "Bulldog" variation of the helmet cards."

Inscriptions will be included in this years set too, check this out:

"He's a "Ramblin Wreck" from Georgia Tech!"

Not sure if there will be much interest in these cards????

"Tim Tebow signing his 2010 Sweet Spot helmet cards."

I will leave you with this, Compared to The others in the market, Upper Deck sure looks like it Going to Shake Things up Quite a bit. I've never been much of a college collector, but I look forward to see what else they have in store for us, Change is all around us in the Industry.

That said, This is the first time Durning all the maddness Happening that I have been excited about Collecting again, because of cards like this:

05-27-2010, 03:39 AM