Upper Deck and Wayne Gretzky have had a close relationship since the company began producing NHL-licensed trading cards in 1990. Gretzky has been a long-standing partner with Upper Deck on the trading card side of the business, and under a new deal with Upper Deck, he will be the exclusive home of Gretzky’s autographed memorabilia as well.
“As Upper Deck approaches its 25th anniversary, the announcement of our expanded partnership with Wayne Gretzky couldn’t be better,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “While Upper Deck collectors continue to get excited about pulling Gretzky autographs from our hockey card packs, puck fans can now look forward to an amazing portfolio of Wayne Gretzky autographed memorabilia as well. We will offer several unique memorabilia pieces that are sure to be a hit with Gretzky fans everywhere.”
A few highlights of the new collection include a “Tegata” print, a traditional form of Japanese memorabilia reserved only for the most elite athletes. The Gretzky Tegata will showcase an actual inked hand print, displayed over an intricate mosaic background featuring his most famous moments and action shots.
“The Show” will offer collectors the largest Wayne Gretzky autographed display ever produced. This Upper Deck exclusive piece will measure a whopping 46-by-20 inches, and features a colossal signature more than 2 feet in length alongside an action packed shot of Gretzky. Upper Deck will also produce a series of limited-edition “Curve” displays, where a unique Gretzky image and autographed puck combine for a dramatic visual inside of a dynamic 8.5-by-11-inch curve-shaped display.
You can check out some of the products at www.upperdeckstore.com.