Authenticity has been a central theme to Upper Deck products since the company's inception in 1988. The company revolutionized trading cards using sophisticated printing technology to improve the overall quality of products and adding a trademark hologram that prevented them from being counterfeited. In 1992, Upper Deck expanded the company's focus on authenticity to include fine autographed sports memorabilia backed by a patented five-step authentication process which guarantees fans are receiving genuine autographs.
The heart of the five-step process is the company's policy that an Upper Deck representative must witness each autograph signed by any one of its stable of high-profile athletes including Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Ken Griffey Jr., Peyton Manning, and Kevin Garnett to name a few.
Today Upper Deck dedicates more resources than any other sports collectibles and memorabilia company to ensure the authenticity of its products.
UDA 5-Step Process
As the popularity of professional sports has grown over the years, so has the demand for autographed collectibles. To forgers, public interest in sports signifies a golden opportunity to make a buck off unsuspecting fans. Upper Deck recognized the problem and introduced a solution when he established Upper Deck Authenticated in 1992 and created the first authentication system in the industry. His mission was to create a source that sports fans could trust for genuine autographed sports memorabilia.
At the heart of the company's patented five-step authentication process is the company's policy that an Upper Deck representative must witness each autograph signed by any one of the high-profile athletes with whom it has a relationship. The five-step process goes like this: Step 1 Every autograph is witnessed by an Upper Deck Authenticated representative. After all, observation is the ONLY WAY to truly guarantee authenticity; Step 2 A record of the autograph session is signed by both the athlete and the UDA official and is stored in a secure permanent file; Step 3 An Upper Deck Authenticated serial numbered hologram is affixed to each signed piece of memorabilia; Step 4 A certificate of authenticity is assigned to ever...