Upper Deck is trying to make sure it sends out authentic autographs through the 2007 Sweet Spot Mystery Cuts exchange program, but finding the real deal hasn’t always been easy. Now, the company says it’s ready to ship.
One of the more popular components of the 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Baseball product was the “Mystery Cut” exchange program. It’s taken longer than expected, but Mystery Cuts will ship this week according to a company news release.
Upper Deck held back on releasing the cards because the company says it wanted to "ensure the checklist was strong and there was enough time to authenticate all the signatures."
After the product released, Upper Deck began acquiring the cut autographs associated with the exchange cards. Once purchased, the signatures were sent to James Spence Authentication to be reviewed and be confirmed as genuine articles. Upper Deck and the staff at James Spence Authentication were concerned when finding many of the autographs procured–especially those from the celebrity names included in the program–did not pass the authentication process.
“While we are sorry there were delays tied to this promotion, it is extremely important to us that collectors are getting the real deal,” said Joe Fallon, Upper Deck director of product development. “The celebrity autograph market has a tendency to have a much higher rate of fraudulent items than the sports autograph market, so it is necessary to take the time to confirm the authenticity of these items. Collectors can rest assured that any Upper Deck card featuring cut signatures of deceased celebrities has been rigorously reviewed by the best experts in the industry.”
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