Upper Deck’s SPx lets fans make their own cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When opening 2012 SPx football from Upper Deck, collectors may have found a little surprise within their packs.

Shawdowbox cards are back, but this time Upper Deck allows the collector to change what is inside the card. In essence, collectors can create new cards while sitting at home.

SPx came out in June with Shadow Slots, and according to Upper Deck ‘s blog, the company has a patent pending on this type of card.

Shadowbox cards are multi-dimensional with a top layer of acetate that has designs around its edges. You can see through to the background creating a 3D-like card. Upper Deck now allows you to take out the background and add a new one.

The interchangeable acetate cards fall about three per box on average. The Shadowbox cards fall about one per case.

Some of the players with Shadow Slots include Aaron Rodgers, Trent Richardson, Barry Sanders and Robert Griffin III.

There are also autograph slot cards that can be put into the Shadowbox cards.

Some of the autographs include Steve Young, Dan Marino and Michael Floyd.

Upper Deck has a video explaining the Shadow Slots process. Note that Gregg Kohn, UD’s collegiate brand manager doesn’t give out autograph run numbers, but does say that there are no more than 15 of any player.

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Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Richard
    Posted Thursday July 5th, 2012 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    A few years back there was a card that had several autographs signed by the player.
    You could, in theory, break the card and insert the autograph into another card.

    And, another company (Pacific?) had a card issue where you got these clear color layers of color
    (Red, Black, etc.) that when assembled looked like the finished cards did.

    So, nothing really new here, let alone something that deserves a patent.

  2. Josiah Cecil
    Posted Thursday July 5th, 2012 at 06:50 PM | Permalink

    I think it is pretty cool and a fresh take regardless if its “nothing new” I vote yes as long as it does not totally create chaos when it comes to value/pricing.

  3. JonathanI
    Posted Friday July 6th, 2012 at 08:39 AM | Permalink

    Whether or not this is a brand new idea, it is creative, and I love it! We need more creative options to spend our money on. Forget having seven of the same card but in different colors like we often see. Let us make our own cards. Awesome. I will definitely be trying my luck with these. Nice work, Upper Deck; this is why you have always been among my favorites.

  4. carey the terrible
    Posted Friday July 6th, 2012 at 06:17 PM | Permalink

    those acetate cards remind me of shrinky dinks, remember them people over 30?

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