The modern era’s most famous boxing personality now has an autograph and trading card contract. Upper Deck announced Monday that it had signed Mike Tyson to an agreement. Tyson autographs will appear in the upcoming 2012 Goodwin Champions cards as well as other releases throughout the rest of 2012. He’ll also sign for Upper Deck Authenticated.
Tyson’s once brilliant—and often bizarre—career is enjoying a bit of a renaissance thanks to his upcoming one-man show in Las Vegas, his well-received appearance in The Hangover and an increase in public appearances including the National Sports Collectors Convention.
“Having the opportunity to partner with Mike Tyson provides Upper Deck the chance to bring the boxing community innovative and quality collectibles the likes of which they have never seen,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s vice president of Marketing and Business Development. “Collectors will get quite a thrill when they pull an autograph card of ‘Iron’ Mike from new Upper Deck packs. Our Upper Deck Authenticated team is thrilled about developing signed memorabilia for Tyson that will become the primary talking piece for any room they are displayed in.”
Tyson will make his trading card debut in Upper Deck’s 2012 Goodwin Champions and appear in several other trading card releases this year. Tyson autographs on those cards will be randomly inserted.
Upper Deck Authenticated is holding a signing session with the former unified heavyweight champ soon. One of the pieces will be a “Tegata” which will not only include a Tyson autograph, but also an ink hand print. This Japanese inspired collectible made their debut from UDA with exclusive spokesmen Michael Jordan and LeBron James in the last year.