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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Upper Decks Press Release - and my comments

Carlsbad, CA (March 3, 2010) – Today, the Upper Deck Company and Major League Baseball are pleased to announce that both parties have mutually agreed to settle the lawsuit brought by Major League Baseball against Upper Deck. Per the terms of the settlement agreement, Upper Deck has agreed not to use MLB trademarks including team names and/or logos on its trading cards going forward. As such, many of Upper Deck’s scheduled baseball product launches already in the pipeline for 2010 will not be released. However, Upper Deck can continue to sell three recently released baseball products currently on store shelves: 2009 Signature Stars, 2009 Ultimate Collection and 2010 Upper Deck Series One.

“Upper Deck is pleased with the settlement including the amount the company paid as it relates to the trading cards released in 2010,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “As a company, we are changing the direction of Upper Deck’s baseball products going forward. We are looking forward to creating fresh and innovative set content that will continue to get collectors excited.”

Since its inception in 1989, Upper Deck has been the market leader for both its ability to create top-quality, super-premium products and for developing innovative programs that promoted baseball cards to kids.

"Great cards of great players have always been the cornerstone of Upper Deck products,” added Upper Deck Founder and CEO Richard McWilliam. “We’ll just have to see how innovative and creative we can become now.

“Hopefully, this settlement paves the way for stronger relationships with our other licensors.”


My Take:
Today, Major League Baseball is pleased to announce that both parties have mutually agreed to settle the lawsuit brought by Major League Baseball against Upper Deck. We here at Upper Deck tucked it up and tied it back and must now call MLB "Daddy" Per the terms of the settlement agreement, Upper Deck can't do shit with MLB's shit. As such, all the shit we made is going in the trash and we are loosing a shit ton of money. Luckily, we can continue to sell three recently released baseball products currently on store shelves: 2009 Signature Stars, 2009 Ultimate Collection and 2010 Upper Deck Series One, but we have to give MLB a ton of money to do it. It's like a license without having a license. We were ok with this because we got to get rid of all the sticker autos and other shit we had laying around.

“Upper Deck is pissed with the settlement including the amount the company paid as it relates to the trading cards released in 2010,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “As a company, we are fucked and have to figure out what the fuck we are going to do to stay in business. Holy Shit! We are shitting are pants trying to figure out what we are going to do and better get our shit straight fast y'all.”

Since its inception in 1989, Upper Deck has been charging too much for cards and reprinting cards that made us famous such as The Griff, the French Young guns and jagr and some of those Bullshit Yu Gi Oh cards that parents buy their bastard children to get them to shut the fuck up while they are in the store and so they will leave them the hell alone while they drive home in their SUV's and regret and hate their life; and think about fucking that hott that lives up the street. We were the market leader but now we are dicked...hard. We were the market leader for both our ability to create top-quality, super-premium products and for developing innovative programs that promoted baseball cards to kids because we had to because MLB is full of shit too. Also we wrote that last line so MLB might pull their dick out of our mouth and give us our license back in 5 years.

"Great cards of great players have always been the cornerstone of Upper Deck products,” added Upper Deck Founder and CEO Richard McWilliam. “We’ll just have to figure some shit out and hope it works.

“Hopefully, this settlement makes it so MLB will give us our license back and NHL and NFL don't fuck us in the next nogotiations our the jig is fucking up for us.”

Peace the fuck out people, we here at upper deck are going on a bender. Bitches, cigars, and beer!

BTW, part of the private settlement probably talks about getting their license back.

3 comments:

Alex said...

MLB really dropped the ball on this one - the settlement should have required Richard McWilliam to committ ritual suicide and have all his money donated to charity. Or at least be dismissed from the company without a severance package.

John said...

I would bet one of my nuts, well maybe not mine, maybe someone else that those cards that are in the pipeline get to going to see the light of day out the back door of Upper Deck warehouse

McWilliams is probably selling them now from the trunk of his car - telling everyone they can make a killing on these card while he gets $500 a box.

You will see other 2010 cards on the market; The official story will be that they were stolen.

Then again, maybe they are going the route of their original plan selling preorder cards that will never be made so they can get as much money before they declare bankruptcy. They won't be sued for fraud because of the lawsuit

Offy said...

Hilarious. Upper Deck really can't be surprised by the results.

I remember back when the French hockey cards were going for huge money and were tough to find and then suddenly they were everywhere. That's the first I ever heard of Upper Deck's disregard for the hobby. Yes, they made some beautiful cards, but I don't see how so many people could miss them for the number of times that they shit all over both the hobby and collectors. I have no doubt in my mind now that those jumbo patches in Exquisite aren't legit.