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Rory McIlroy signs exclusive with Upper Deck

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Golfer Rory McIlroy is joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.

Golf’s current sensation has signed to be an exclusive spokesperson with Upper Deck.

Upper Deck will offer autographed memorabilia of McIlroy through its Upper Deck Authenticated program. Items will include pin flags, photos, lithographs, game-used items and more. His items will begin to appear with UDA in October.

His trading cards will appear in Upper Deck products in 2013.

This announcement comes as McIlroy is one of the most popular golfers in the world. He’s currently ranked No. 1 after winning the 2012 PGA Championship.

However, even with McIlroy’s success, the Irish player has never been featured on any licensed trading cards other than a Sports Illustrated for Kids set.

“At Upper Deck we have always prided ourselves on bringing our worldwide customers closer to the world’s most iconic athletes,” said Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck’s founder and CEO. “We have been targeting Rory for some time now and are thrilled to have him be a part of the Upper Deck team. Our golf collectibles provide fans with not only a premium talking piece for their home or office, but more importantly an authentic collectible to cherish forever.”

At 23 years old, McIlroy already has a decent resume. He won the U.S. Open in 2011 and this year’s PGA Championship, both my record margins. He’s won more than $10 million on the PGA Tour

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.

3 Comments

OMG! It’s on! Nice job UD!

Posted August 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
David

Get paid in advance, Rory. Don’t trust UD.

Posted August 31, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink
Buster Brown

First we throw their tea into Boston Harbor, then we fight them and win our independence, and now we sign their best golfer and more than likely never pay him ON TIME or in full. Great job USA we continue to get over on the Brits!!!

How can a man that has not been in the office for 5 months make a topical quote like the one included in
this article? Oh that’s right the clowns at the top are parading him around like it’s Weekend at Bernie’s.

Upper Broke announces they are releasing a golf product in April 2012 just to trump Leaf’s announcement.
Where is it? Tomorrow is Sept 1st? No announcement and now they say 2013? American Golfers are smart and want to get paid. Can’t say the same for the Brits like Rory.

Posted August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

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