Upper Deck 2011-12 Black Diamond collectors find unannounced surprises

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook0Share on Google+0Share on Reddit0Pin on Pinterest0Share on StumbleUpon0Email this to someone

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

As collectors began to open Upper Deck‘s 2011-12 Black Diamond, which released today, some got a little surprise in their boxes. Upper Deck included previously unannounced autograph cards of Eric Lindros and Sidney Crosby.

Lindros’ cards wound up in Black Diamond because they were supposed to be part of an earlier product. But Upper Deck didn’t get the cards back in time. Rather than insert redemptions into a product, it put the cards into the next available product.

The Lindros cards were to be included in 2011 Parkhurst Champions, and Upper Deck states these cards should be considered rare.

The Crosby cards are buybacks. There are just nine total autograph buybacks in Black Diamond, making them extremely hard to find. Represented in the product are three copies of each: Premier Cuts, Pride of Canada and Run for the Cup.

For the Crosby cards, Upper Deck wants to ensure that collectors get what they pay for. UD included a Certificate of Authenticity with each of the buybacks and warns collectors not to purchase these cards without the COA.

The COA states: “You have received a trading card that was originally released unsigned in a previous product, re-purchased and newly autographed by Sidney Crosby. The autograph was signed in the presence of a company representative and/or sent from, and certified as to its authenticity by, Sidney Crosby. This card is manufactured with an anti-counterfeit technology. Any attempts to tamper with this card will jeopardize its authenticity.”

The anti-counterfeit technology refers to matching numbered hologram on the back of the COA and the card itself.

One of the Run for the Cup buybacks has already been pulled and is on eBay with a $2,499 price tag.

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


  1. anon
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Did this mean that people who bought Parkhurst were screwed out of these or not?

  2. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    These cards weren’t included in the checklist and pulled from the product. These types of things happen all the time, but collectors don’t usually hear about it.

    Upper Deck, I believe, was trying to make sure collectors got these cards once they got their hands on them in a fair way.

    If redemptions went into the product and collectors got those, there would be complaints too.

    Here, Upper Deck is trying to make collectors happy.

  3. Dave Elkjar
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    “UD included a Certificate of Authenticity with each of the buybacks and warns collectors not to purchase these cards with the COA.”

    Yeah you don’t want to purchase one WITH the COA!


  4. Brent
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    OMG, I have never seen so much negativity as I have on these comments on articles, We get it everyone hates the card companies because they “screw” us and we always need to correct the authors typos even though we all make them and anyone with common sense knows what they were trying to say.

  5. Trevor Perks
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Gotta agree with Brent here. The majority of the comments are negative, regardless of what the card companies do, yet these same people continue to open the packs of cards, and if you’re not opening these products, or stuff from these card companies, how can you continue to say they are trying to screw everyone over. I firmly believe all the major manufacturers try to make sure collectors are getting value when purchasing their products, it doesn’t always come out that way, and nobody can make a product that every time you buy a box, you’re gonna come out ahead, if they did, they would no longer be in business and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy this great hobby, so how about commending the card companies for their efforts to improve upon complaints instead of constantly bashing them!

  6. Josh
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    It wasn’t misleading if they didn’t advertise that Lindros was going to be in the product and sell it based on that. They pulled it from the checklist and avoided redemptions. This is far better than the crap topps pulled on us with last years bowman baseball where they advertised the product was going to contain Harpers “first” autos, and then 2 weeks AFTER the product launched they apologized and said they didn’t make it in in time for packout. So they waited until after the buying rush slowed down and then came up with a crappy wrapper redemption program. So most people didn’t even qualify for that because theirs were in the trash. For once it seems like UD did something somewhat right. Yeah it would have been nice to have them in the intended product, but at the end of the day they used it to put value in another product instead of withholding them all together.

  7. Ed K
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I am glad to see that Upper Deck can put Crosby autographs in the new products. How about filling my redemption from 10-11 SP game USed for my Team Marks Autograph Patch. I have been waiting since April 2011!!!!

One Trackback

  1. […] with a $2,499 price tag. 2011-12 BLACK DIAMOND 1/3 SIDNEY CROSBY ON-CARD AUTO BUY-BACK | eBay Beckett News Upper Deck 2011-12 Black Diamond collectors find unannounced surprises __________________ Shop for Sports Cards and Trading […]

Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *