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Old 10-30-2009, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default National Packtime - Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Upper Deck Company: News

Honoring the start of the 2010 baseball season, and our nation’s National Pastime, Upper Deck will distribute FREE packs of baseball cards to fans around the country

Carlsbad, CA (October 14, 2009) –The Upper Deck Company, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), is very excited to announce its partnership to launch the first-of-its-kind “National Packtime” sampling promotion on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The centerpiece of the promotion is a one-day event that will provide fans with free packs of baseball cards. Exclusive packs of “National Packtime” baseball cards will be distributed via Upper Deck’s network of baseball card specialty shops.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the Players Association on such a massive and exciting promotion”, said Richard McWilliam, CEO of Upper Deck. “During these difficult times, we want to remind fans of the joy and exhilaration they felt when they opened their first pack of baseball cards, whether it was 10, 25 or 50 years ago. We also want to share that fun with kids, a new generation of collectors, many of whom haven’t ever had the chance to bask in the glory of finding a coveted rookie card, the star player from their favorite team or maybe even a valuable autograph card. It’s a very unique and special experience that is truly unmatched by any other product.”

The packs of cards, produced specifically and exclusively for the National Packtime event, will feature Major League baseball’s biggest superstars including Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Albert Pujols, as well as a mix of other current standouts and rising stars.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Upper Deck on this very special program," said Judy Heeter, MLBPA Director of Business Affairs & Licensing. "This is one of many ways we are working to ensure that future generations of fans will enjoy collecting baseball cards for years to come."
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I think they did something like this before but it might have been a different company, but all the packs were the same and were all just base.
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Typically the last 2-3 years Topps and UD have joined forces for this, not sure if this is a solo attempt by UD or if Topps backed out.
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Why don't they just give out packs of the previous years cards or something. Someone may end up getting an auto or jersey and then want to start collecting, as opposed to some worthless base set.
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My LCS actually gave me a set 2 years ago. Problem they had with the National Trading Card day was it was schemed up by MLB and the card companies but they'd force the LCS to buy the packs from them. I was one of 2 people that asked about it that day, he figured it was cheaper and easier to give someone something from the store, than to buy the promo packs. If these are truely free, then I think its a bonus, I think anything they can do to help the stores is a great thing, and right now UD and Panini are both doing pretty good things for the shops.
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