Upper Deck put the pressure on Topps to sell out last year. Now, Topps has the "official baseball card" label. But could UD fight it?
They’ve battled over rights.
Battled over big money takeover offers.
Battled over designs of trading cards.
Topps and Upper Deck will continue to slug it out for a share of the collectibles market, but Topps will now have the favor of Major League Baseball after signing a deal to become the only licensed manufacturer.
Upper Deck says its deal with the Players Association means it’ll be just fine. But those who observe legal matters are starting to weigh in on things. This brief story on AM Law Daily asks if anti-trust laws might cause Upper Deck to challenge the move by MLB, even though recent precendent would seem to indicate they may not have a chance.