Upper Deck Makes It Right

I’ve always been a fan of Upper Deck, but recently I’ve written a couple of pieces voicing my displeasure.  This post is to tell you that they’ve made things right by me.

I’m not pulling down the posts.   Thought I’m not in the journalism field, I do have a journalism degree and like to maintain a level of integrity (and more than many actually in the field).  Upper Deck, and specifically Chris Carlin, went out of their way and listened to my concerns.  I respect that.

Mr. Carlin took non-office time to talk with me via phone.  In response to one of my complaints, Carlin gave me an answer that I certainly understand.  I’m a skeptical person, but it was an answer that also occurs in occupation.  I understand and believe exactly what he said.

My other complaint was about how ePack free packs no longer contain cards that can be combined to make physical cards.  He gave me a couple of reasons why the change was made.  I don’t agree with the decision that was made, but I understand it.  If you’ve been in the forum on ePack, it’s something that many users predicted before it happened.

Something I don’t like about customer service employees are the generic, almost automated replies that we so often receive.  During my conversation with Mr. Carlin, I never felt that he was toeing that line.  He was honest and straight-forward.  As a person often pegged as negative, I really appreciate the honesty.

At the end of the call, I was happy.  I felt he did listen to my concerns, which weren’t just for me.  I felt that I was speaking for other collectors as well.  Whether anything might be different next time or not, I can’t speak to.  I do felt listened to and can’t ask for more.

He mentioned that they had sent a package to me as an apology for the Laine situation.  I never received it, but he mentioned (without me asking) that it was sent to an old address (the one on file with Upper Deck).  Unfortunately, I haven’t lived there in over a year.  Hopefully at some point the company will get that package back, or hopefully whoever elected to open it will decide cards are fun and join the hobby.

Upper Deck sent ANOTHER package, this time to my current address.  Inside was some product, apparel, and a few singles.  If you’ve seen #UDRAK, you understand the sort of package I am referencing.

Mr. Carlin said that he saw I am a Blackhawks fan and my lady is a Stars fan.  That is correct.  Those were the single that were included and it was a fantastic personal touch.  It wouldn’t be a card post without a card, so I present to you one of the cards…

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Jeremy Roenick was my favorite player as a teenager and still one of my favorites, if not my number one.  It is a wonderful addition to my collection.

In closing, I want to point out that at no time did anyone at Upper Deck ask anything of me.  They didn’t ask me to remove any posts or write a follow-up.  All discussions were about the situations I had written about.

Even before that, Upper Deck hadn’t lost me completely as a customer.  I’ve been trying to find O-Pee-Chees locally because I want to put the set together.  I haven’t had luck, but I’m still trying.

My concern is ePack.  I’m not sure how I will treat it going forward.  I know that I certainly won’t spend as much money as I have in the last 12 months.  I had planned not to spend any more money at all.  However, seeing today that Alex DeBrincat may make the Blackhawks roster means I may have to buy Series 2 so I can make a gold rainbow Young Guns.  Not many of them will reach the secondary market.

We will see what the future holds, but Upper Deck made this right by me.  If you shop online and haven’t signed up and used ebates yet, you’re missing out. I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there. Between referrals and cash back, I’ve gotten over $100 in about seven months. FREE CARDS! If you’re on Twitter, please give me a follow. Please check out my personal blog, I Feel Like a Collector Again.  Happy collecting!

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Upper Deck Hoses ePack Collectors Again

Today, 2017-18 MVP Hockey came available on Upper Deck ePack.  Today, Upper Deck screwed ePack users again.

Previously, you could sign in daily and get free cards.  You could trade for cards, combine them and get a physical card you wanted.

Here is the information on MVP free packs from theie “News” page.

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It’s an entirely different set than the MVP cards that come in packs!  There’s only one way to combine, but getting every card in the Purple set.  So, what do you get if you get the entire set?

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Nothing.  You get nothing.  These cards are as worthless as the “virtual”  Topps and Panini cards on their platforms.

You had a great thing going, Upper Deck.  Congratulations on shooting yourself in the foot.

BOX BREAK: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Blaster

Kin Kinsley
November 15, 2016

Whenever I am somewhere out of my normal area and come across a Target or Walmart, I try to stop in if time allows. I’m not going to find many discounted blasters in my local area that I’m interested in, because I’ve already bought them. A little over a week ago I was on the other side of Fort Worth and stopped in a Target. I was thrilled to find a 2015-16 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 blaster. I wasn’t passing it up at $12.99. Continue reading

Artemi Panarin Mailday

I’m not really adding modern cards anymore, but I will make some exceptions for WVU and Blackhawks cards.  The only Artemi Panarin I had was one of the Parkhurst cards, so when Sammy had this one, I picked it up.  He is one of the good guys in the hobby and when he wants to move something, he prices it right.

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2015-16 Upper Deck – O-Pee-Chee Update Retro #U45 Artemi Panarin

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CM Punk Autos Selling Well on Release Day

If you’ve followed us on Twitter today, you have seen the tweets about how well these cards are selling.  The first tweet was this morning, just after the first one became available.  This afternoon, Ryan Cracknell posted a piece on Beckett.com about early sales.  The reason I posted throughout the day is that I want one of these.  First items onto eBay tend to pull the most money, so I am biding my time and watching sales closely.

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The Andrew Shaw Project Isn’t Dead…Yet

I need to make a decision on what to do with the Andrew Shaw PC.  He’s going to be a free agent and I have little hope that he will be on the Blackhawks next season.  There’s almost no way to make it happen.

Though my card collection has shifted significantly to vintage, I still made a pickup recently.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Day With The Cup #DC23 Andrew Shaw

This card is in Series 2 and shortly after the release, I found a copy for sale at a good price.  The picture is so much better than his first “Day With The Cup” card.

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While I’ve not decided what to do, it’s likely that I will keep anything Stanley Cup related, at the very least.  I’m still a fan and will continue as a fan wherever he goes (within reason).  The fact that I may get rid of cards is a statement on where the hobby is currently, not my fanhood.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Day With The Cup #DC23 Andrew Shaw (back)

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