The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) revealed that each have agreed to terms with The Upper Deck Company on multi-year agreements to be the exclusive licensed manufacturer of NHL Trading Cards, starting with the 2014-15 season.
Upper Deck Company had been the exclusive trading card partner from 2004 through 2009-10, and is present one of two licensed manufacturers through the 2013-14 season. It has held NHL and NHLPA trading card licenses since the 1990-91 season, and will release the 25th edition of Upper Deck Series One Hockey this coming fall.
According to the sources – The NHLPA Director of Licensing – Adam Larry told: “The players are excited about the direction Upper Deck is taking NHL trading cards – not only in product development and collectability – but also in adapting to the needs of an ever-evolving retail landscape”.
“We’re really pleased to continue our partnership with Upper Deck – now 25 years and counting, and look forward to working with them and all the category stakeholders to enhance hockey trading cards for current and future collectors alike. While we are excited about the future of hockey trading cards, we would be remiss if we did not thank Panini America and we look forward to their remaining hockey card releases.” Larry added.
Collectors also will be happy to hear that MVP hockey cards will be making a thrilling return with a 400-card base set and an array of appealing parallels – More product details will be unveiled soon.