Legal filings piling up in the hobby …

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A pair of lawsuits have been filed this month with card companies sparring for one reason or another.

First, Upper Deck International is suing Upper Deck over a $1 million loan from UDI to help settle the Konami lawsuit over counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards. According to the complaint, UDI presumed that the settlement would clear any legal entanglements with Konami for both companies. Meanwhile, according to this report, UD Chairman Richard McWilliam told Konami that UDI wasn’t interested in settling.

A second lawsuit filed this month has Topps suing Leaf for unauthorized use of images of its trading cards in Leaf’s 2011 Best of Baseball sales materials.

The product, which includes one re-purchased professionally graded card and one cut autograph card in every pack, had sales materials showcasing 16 non-Leaf creations with 11 of those being from Topps products. The most prominently displayed card is Topps’ most-iconic release, the 1952 Mickey Mantle. Only two cards shown on the sellsheet were new Leaf creations made for the product.

Leaf denied any wrongdoing to TMZ.com, which also reported that Topps warned Leaf about similar practices last year.

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5 comments

  1. Charlie DiPietro 14 August, 2011 at 20:58

    NFL Lockout, NBA Lockout, Card Companies Lawsuits. I know business is business, but we (fans, collectors and retailers) just want our sports and collectibles. The NFL Lockout is resolved. I hope everything works out so that the fans and collectors can enjoy what we enjoy.

  2. Mark Duell 15 August, 2011 at 13:06

    At this point, one really must wonder how long Upper Deck is going to survive. I am not sensing a lost of buzz about their NCAA offerings, and with only a non-exclusive NHL license in the big 4 sports, I have doubts about them going forward.

  3. steve 26 August, 2011 at 13:24

    KARMA……….its a word that Upper Deck should memorize !! They have (allegedly) re-printed cards, they have had numerous lawsuits that to me seem a little more than the “usual” for any company. Its really sad…….to have such a great thing-and to mess it up so badly.

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