Carlsbad, CA (July 15, 2009) – On June 25, 2009, the world was shocked to hear that Michael Jackson had suddenly passed away. In honor of one of the world’s most prolific performers, The Upper Deck Company is releasing a quartet of short-printed, illustrated insert cards honoring Michael Jackson’s legendary 1993 halftime performance at Football’s biggest game.
On Sunday, January 31, 1993, the sporting world tuned in to watch Dallas battle Buffalo for football’s biggest title game. Adding to the excitement of the annual event, the halftime show stirred up the kind of buzz that only one performer could ever generate: Michael Jackson took center stage and with a set that featured some of his most memorable hits and trademark dance moves, he rocked the house of 98,374. Dallas won the game, 52-17, and Jackson won over a new generation of fans with what many consider the most spectacular halftime show in history.
“Michael Jackson was a unique entertainer whose performances routinely exceeded expectations as he continually tested the boundaries with his music and dance,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “After witnessing the outpouring of love at his memorial, we knew the public would appreciate this commemorative collection to celebrate his larger-than-life persona. Both sport and music fans alike will no doubt reminisce about the memorable halftime performance.”
The cards will be available in the August 4th launch of the 2009 UDx Baseball series.
It is the news we have all been waiting for, and it is official. Upper Deck will continue to produce the highest quality trading card games in the world using the most spectacular characters in the universe.
“We are extremely excited about the possibilities that this newest partnership opens up for us,” said Scott Gaeta, director of new business development at Upper Deck. “Gamers and trading card enthusiasts alike will benefit greatly as a result of the collaborative efforts by both companies.”
Paul Gitter, president of consumer products, North America at Marvel, added: “The Marvel Universe and Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate of feature films are ideally suited for trading cards and trading card games that will appeal to a wide audience.”
That sounds like party time to me. The first new products will be released this January, stay tuned to this station for more news as it breaks.
As you have heard, Upper Deck will no longer be producing sets in the Vs. System for the Marvel and DC Comics properties. While there are a variety of factors that led to this decision, it is important to stress that Upper Deck and the Vs. System R&D team tried their best to find a way of reinvigorating and continuing to produce the game, but ultimately we were unable to make this happen. Vs. System is a game that has been important to Upper Deck, as it was our first foray into a high-level hobby trading card game, and it remains a game of which we are very proud.
On a personal level, I am very dedicated to the Vs. System game for a great many reasons. Initially, I began my affair with Vs. System as part of the terrific player community. The fans of this game are among the most staunch and dedicated that I have known in my twenty years of gaming. From writing articles and blogs, to making fan sets, to playing in organized play events, I have seen each fan carve out his or her personal niche in the community, and in doing so, contribute to a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts. The fervor of the Vs. System community was brought into focus with the “fan-made” Marvel Universe expansion, where I personally saw fans’ passion for this game reaching new heights. Their part in creating what turned out to be one of the best-loved sets for any trading card game is something that you, the fans, have much to be proud of. Even though there are no planned expansions in the immediate future, I hope that the game lives on at your kitchen tables or favorite local hobby store. This is a game that I know I will still be playing in the years to come.
But it is not just the fans that make the game great. Many game designers and developers have had a hand in the creation of this terrific game. In particular, I would like to mention Mike Hummel, who played a leading role in the design of the game, and David Humpherys, who has led the development of the game almost from day one. But in addition to these people, there are so many people behind the scenes, such as the artists, graphic designers, product and project managers, editors, writers, and judges that have come together to make such a huge undertaking as Vs. System possible. Their efforts spanning 25 releases, over 4,000 cards, and almost five years can be seen in every single card. I would love to mention each and every individual who has been involved in publishing this game, but it would literally take multiple pages. Know that for our part, Upper Deck is still making great games that the current and future generation of gamers can enjoy!
We have all grown with this game, and the experiences we have had making and playing it will last forever. Remember to have fun and play fair!
Vs. System Lead Designer
Yes, it is true. Upper Deck is no longer producing Vs. System cards. I know in my heart of hearts that our community of players will grab the baton and run with it, so make sure you stay tuned to this station for future announcements about the New Era of fan-based creativity and competition. The game will never die. Of that, I am sure.
And yes, it is true. The Florida Marlins released the first sketches of our new Miami party place on the very same day.
So there you have it. A mini-portofolio of tiny masterpieces from sauceboy.
I believe that each human life is a masterpiece. Too bad it is so difficult for people to experience and maintain that perspective.
Wow. That was fast. I have heard many stories about the sharp teeth in the home offices of Upper Deck, and this confirms the intense strength of their corporate muscle.
Word is out that Konami is being sued for 75 Million Dollars over the seizure of Yu-Gi-Oh… just one day after the press release announcing the takeover.
These are intense times we live in.
This is a massive development for those of us who spend vast amounts of time grooving on trading card games.
Konami has snatched Yu-Gi-Oh back from Upper Deck.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Konami Digital Entertainment,Inc. (KDE) today announced that the company is taking over all operational and business aspects of the worldwide phenomenon, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, effective immediately. KDE will take over distribution and customer support for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME from Upper Deck Entertainment, KDE’s former exclusive distributor of the trading card game.
That is major, major news. It portends a whole lotta shaking in the industry. We shall see how it all settles out.
In the meantime, Kung Fu Cat!
I feel like a superhero myself sometimes. The evil plans of Gravity and Inertia will not deny my mission; I will write today about the Infinates. (I must get finished before the Oscars.) Now, if I can only get this Ballot Manipulation Ring to make sure Kitty Pryde wins Best Actress. Of course Best Picture would be nice too. We shall see how strong these powers really are.
Go Go Shadowcat! Go Go Juno!