Upper Deck Authenticated Autographs are still in high demand thanks to lucrative contracts with some of the most widely known figures to ever touch a ball or compete at the highest levels. Basketball legends Michael Jordan and LeBron James have exclusive contracts with the company despite UD losing a deal for NBA trading cards to Panini several years ago. Even standout ROY NBA player Ben Simmons is on the Upper Deck roster despite the overall shift with cards to Panini. The most well-known golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, also has a deal with UD. This means Upper Deck still has plenty of game left in the tank-even if they aren’t producing cards on a mass level like they once did.
Why Authenticity Is So Crucial In Memorabilia Game
Dating back to 1988, Upper Deck Authenticated Autographs have stood out from a majority of the competition. Upper Deck has always had a great handle on why authenticity is a major separator between great cards and mediocre ones. The company has prided itself on a five step authenticity process when dealing with player autographs. It allows fans and collectors to know they are picking up something that will be stronger over time than the average card or piece of memorabilia.
Upper Deck always appeared to have a much broader vision for fans and the company. The significance was a long-term play and not something immediately gratifying for the fans-although Upper Deck often offered both.
UDA goes well beyond providing standard autographed photos, balls, and jerseys. Upper Deck also creates memorable and unique pieces for each athlete. The company actually witnesses each autograph signing to ensure the authenticity.
The initial prices aren’t inexpensive by any means. The quality, however, can’t be disputed. Upper Deck Authenticated autographs should maintain value for longer periods of time because of the uniqueness and authenticity. Plus, Upper Deck has a major hold on some of the top-tier athletes in history.
The Roster Of Upper Deck Authenticated Goes Even Deeper
Michael Jordan autographed items are always going to be immensely popular. The Chicago Bulls legend has been signing cards for Upper Deck since his days with the Bulls. There’s no better endorsement for a memorabilia company.
NHL great Wayne Gretzky is also part of the company’s roster. Connor McDavid, Patrick Roy, and Serana Williams are all among the newcomers. Other players who have Upper Deck Authenticated autographs in the market include a who’s who of stars from various sports. Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Montana, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Allen Iverson, Lionel Messi, Marcus Mariota, and Jameis Winston are just some of the names UD has enticed throughout the years.
However, not every athlete signed to the roster has been productive for Upper Deck. Boston Celtics draft pick Markelle Fultz certainly hasn’t lived up to anywhere close to the hype associated with his top pick. It’s always a bit of a gamble. But Upper Deck has seemingly been able to muster some of the most well-known figures in the sports world for autographs.
Where Upper Deck Is These Days
The company mainly produces hockey cards these days. Panini bargained away NFL and NBA trading card licenses. Topps maintains the MLB exclusive. The great news is Upper Deck still has a strong brand name because of their attention to quality, detail, and autographs throughout the years. It doesn’t hurt UD has also kept some major influencers like Jordan, Tiger, and LeBron around.
Signed memorabilia might have been the saving grace for Upper Deck to maintain a large share of the industry. Still respected, Upper Deck has an opportunity to move forward into the future with newly signed and authenticated pieces.
Best of the Best Upper Deck Authenticated Autographed Items
Michael Jordan Autographed Memorabilia
All Jordan did was win six NBA titles, five MVP awards, and lead the University of North Carolina to a NCAA title. The #23 is iconic to basketball fans even though Jordan has been retired for some time and moved into an ownership role.
Jordan still makes regular visits to Upper Deck, filling the demand for his autograph via private signing sessions.
LeBron James Autographed Memorabilia
James might be a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to legendary NBA players. He has still etched his name in the history books regardless of what happens throughout the rest of his career. James has two titles with the Miami Heat and another with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
He may add another or more before his impressive career is over.
“King” James authenticated items are also readily available in the form of balls, shoes, jerseys, and cards.
Tiger Woods Autographed Memorabilia
Woods may have faded like the average golf shot after dominating the tour for several years. He will still be remembered as one of the greatest athletes of the modern era. The resurrection of his career certainly doesn’t hurt either. Woods still has 14 majors and 114 worldwide wins to his credit. He has won the Master’s tournament in Augusta an impressive four total times. Woods still has some gas left in the tank.
Regardless, collectors will still always be interested in adding Upper Deck authenticated autographs from Woods to their illustrious collections. We’re partial to this curved display with a signed photo and Nike ball but cleats, gloves, tees, hole flags, and more have been autographed by Woods and can be found online–many priced less than they were during his heyday.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Autographed Memorabilia
Maybe you’re a fan of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers heated rivalry days. Former Indiana State star Larry Bird went up against Michigan State product Magic Johnson in the NCAA title. The two resumed their rivalry in the NBA for many years. Both went on to win respective titles and MVP’s.
The two signed their share of items for Upper Deck Authenticated throughout the years. If you’re lucky, maybe you can find a signature from both on an item like this 1992 ball from Barcelona when the two played together for Team USA.
The quantity of autographs signed by both players makes them relatively affordable. You can Sports Memorabilia’s signed items from Johnson here and Bird here.
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