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Old 01-28-2009, 07:09 PM   #51 (permalink)
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There have been a lot of interviews by a lot of different hobby sites with the NBA regarding the exclusivity of autographs and such. The person in charge (forgot her name) stated that it was a group agreement (with the NBA) and they'd figure out a way to have all the players be included in each product. (not just photos)

Panini plans on producing some high end sets (like exquisite - maybe not as pricey) and low end sets. They plan on not having redemption's, but its hard to tell at this point. They are in talks with DLP --- not to buy them - yet -- but to get assistance with some of their upcoming set designs.. Panini plans on moving into their new New York office next month..

I wouldn't be surprised if they hired some of the managers or set designers from DLP - offered them more money than DLP is paying them rather than buying a branch of the company - or the company as a whole. They'd have to inherit the lawsuit the MLB forced on them, too.. Don't think they want any part of that.

Thats about what i've read and heard from dealers. Kinda summed up into one post.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:11 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Upper Deck Responds to NBA's Trading Card Licensee Announcement


North Las Vegas, NV (January 27, 2009) While Upper Deck is disappointed with the NBA's decision to grant exclusive trading card rights to a new licensee, they are reinforcing their commitment to producing the highest quality, most innovative and value-rich basketball products.

"Our focus remains on delivering great products to the loyal collectors and consumers who have passionately supported Upper Deck basketball products. We are confident the remaining 2008-09 NBA sets will be some of the best our industry has ever seen," said Upper Deck's VP of Sports Bernd Becker.

Upper Deck was granted a license to produce NBA trading cards in 1991 and shortly thereafter became the dominant market share leader in the category. They currently hold exclusive, multi-year autograph contracts with Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.

Specific plans for the remaining 2008-2009 Upper Deck basketball brands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Well then, I guess they should threaten to revoke licenses from every company/every sport and we will get some good products! Too bad they can produce crappy products and increase their profit margin if they have a monopoly on the market.
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