Upper Deck will distribute a special baseball card set for this year’s MLB FanFest in St. Louis.
Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is set for next Tuesday night in St. Louis but the party starts earlier for fans. All-Star FanFest returns with a card show inside the convention complex beginning this weekend.
Show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Friday and Tuesday) and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Monday).
As one of the league’s two licensed baseball card manufacturers, Upper Deck will once again be conducting a foil pack wrapper redemption program during each day of the show. Fans who purchase three packs of any 2009 Upper Deck baseball products at the show with a suggested retail price of $1.99 or more per pack will receive one of five different 2009 MLB FanFest exclusive four-card packs. (Note: Upper Deck’s First Edition and O-Pee-Chee Baseball packs will not be accepted toward the redemption program. Card packs must be opened in front of an Upper Deck representative for redeeming purposes).
The content of each of the day’s event-exclusive packs includes: Friday: Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., Bruce Sutter and Tim Lincecum; Saturday: Stan Musial, Derek Jeter, Rick Ankiel and Enos Slaughter; Sunday: Ozzie Smith, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dustin Pedroia and Colby Rasmus; Monday: Bob Gibson, Joe DiMaggio, Zach Greinke and Ryan Braun; Tuesday: Lou Brock, Ichiro, Red Schoendienst and Josh Hamilton. Supplies are limited.
Randomly assorted packs will feature a special “Cardinals Painting” bonus card, numbered to 500. The painting by Ron Stark shows five Cardinal greats: Smith, Gibson, Brock, Pujols and Musial. The original painting will be on display at Upper Deck’s booth and will be auctioned off on Tuesday during the live Hunt Auctions event starting at 10 a.m.
“We have something scheduled for every level of baseball fan,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s associate baseball brand manager. “St. Louis is a great baseball city, with plenty of history behind it, so we know that we have to be at the top of our game this weekend.”
In addition, computer stations for UpperDeckU.com will be set up where kids can play, compete and win all while exploring Upper Deck’s newly launched virtual world for kids. Upper Deck will also have its personalized trading card station up and running where spectators of all ages can get a personalized MLB FanFest trading card free.
The company will also pass out free Albert Pujols posters throughout the show.