It's like with the collegiate companies in the 1990's, ping. As long as there is a contract with players it's fine just so long as anything that is the intelectual property of the NBA Properties is not shown. Obviously leaf has a contract with the players association. Upper Deck has neither. that's why Upper deck was still able to put out baseball sets in 2009 showing pro-players in uniform - they still had a contract with the players association.