He was already one of the NBA’s best players but the move from New Orleans to Los Angeles will put Anthony Davis in a much bigger spotlight. Upper Deck is banking on the L.A. vibe to sell a bunch of his autographed stuff.
Davis has signed an exclusive autograph deal with Upper Deck Authenticated, in which he’ll trade signatures on basketballs, jerseys and specially created memorabilia items for a nice payday. The deal is for “memorabilia and collectibles only,” according to Upper Deck, meaning Davis will still be free to sign cards for Panini America’s trading card products.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to add an athlete of Anthony’s caliber to our talented roster,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. “He has been one of the most exciting players to watch on both ends of the court, and we believe that the best is still to come.”
Upper Deck officials got together with the 2012 number one pick and six-time All-Star earlier this month and Davis added his autograph on a variety of items that are already for sale in the company’s online store. The lowest priced item is $499.99. A signed basketball is $799.99. A dual-signed Davis-LeBron James basketball is $4,999.99. Davis also signed basketballs with the University of Kentucky logo.
A Chicago native, Davis was the #1 high school basketball recruit in the country in 2011. As a freshman at Kentucky the following year, he led the team to a National Championship and was named the Naismith College Player of the Year, along with being a unanimous first team All-American.
In New Orleans, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year Award while also contributing to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team’s gold medal.