Getting Wayne Gretzky to sign autographs for its hockey card products helped Upper Deck establish itself back in 1990. Now, the company is expanding its partnership with the hockey legend to include Gretzky autographs in its online store.
The exclusive deal includes the largest Gretzky autograph display ever produced, a 46x20 inch piece with a signature over two feet in length that accompanies an action shot.
Upper Deck will also produce a series of limited edition “Curve” displays, where a unique Gretzky image and autographed puck combine for a dramatic visual inside of a dynamic 8.5" x 11" curve-shaped display and a “Tegata” print, a traditional form of Japanese memorabilia that includes a Gretzky hand print, displayed over an intricate mocaic background featuring great moments and images from his career.
“As Upper Deck approaches its 25th Anniversary, the announcement of our expanded partnership with Wayne Gretzky couldn’t be better,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “While Upper Deck collectors continue to get excited about pulling Gretzky autographs from our hockey card packs, puck fans can now look forward to an amazing portfolio of Wayne Gretzky autographed memorabilia as well.”
A few highlights of the new collection include a “Tegata” print, a traditional form of Japanese memorabilia reserved only for the most elite athletes. The Gretzky Tegata will showcase an actual inked hand print, displayed over an intricate mosaic background featuring his most famous moments and action shots.
Gretzky joins Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Landon Donovan as exclusive athletes for Upper Deck.