Upper Deck named exclusive card licensee NHL/NHLPA

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  1. LadyStanley

    LadyStanley Elasmobranchology-go

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    http://www.hockeyfights.com/news/49484
    Upper Deck Named Exclusive Trading Card Manufacturer for NHL & ...

    Will this be a good thing or no?

    Nice to see the corporate sponsorship of the Young Stars and Entry Draft.
     
  2. JonathanTwinkleToews

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    Terrible. Now only UD's products will be out on the market...
     
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    How is this even legal? Wouldnt this give Upper Deck a monopoly?

    Upper Deck is a major reason why I got out of sports card collecting. Nice to see that nothing has changed. :shakehead
     
  4. JonathanTwinkleToews

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    It's legal. NHL gave permission to UD to do that this year. But I can't believe it's continuing into the future...
     
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    What?!?!

    Topps always made the best
     
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    i used to love UD
    remember there early 90s draft and rookie cards
    but then UD decided to make cards ridiclously expesnive so i said **** em
     
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    yeah, it's total crap.

    the Madden franchise recently did this with NFL video game rights as well.

    I have no idea why the NHL and PA would do this though. You'd think more money could be made with lots of different companies making them...
     
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    Sports cards are a joke now with all the special edition decks and the numerous inserts that make the actual deck worthless. Now if it isn't a rookie card or an insert it might as well be a stick of gum, at least there is some pleasure in getting one of those.
     
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    I think it is a bad move for a league that badly needs to encourage young people to follow the sport. Upper Deck undoubtedly paid a crapload of money, but it is shortsighted. More card companies = more promotion of the league.
     
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    As a collector this is terrible. Having only one card manufacturer is boring. There's no variety.
     
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    Sure there is.

    Upper Deck only produces what? 250 different sets every year?

    Double that to 500, and the only thing that changes is every card has the same logo. :shakehead
     
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