Upper Deck creates rare Precious Metal Gems for employees


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Several collectors noticed interesting cards showing up on eBay – purple Precious Metal Gems.

Turns out these cards were made for Upper Deck employees, according to the company’s blog. These cards were given away to show appreciation to the employees.

As a thank you for all of their hard work and dedication to the company, the executive team had secretly created a special series of unique Upper Deck employee cards. Employees received a selection of these cards this week and now have the tough decision of whether to keep the cards or sell them.

Looks as though some have decided to sell these cards with several buy-it-now listings at $1,000 or more (click here to see the auctions)

These cards are individually numbered to 125.

A Tiger Woods Purple PMG is currently at $152.50 with two days left.

While Upper Deck’s blog states these cards are pink, eBay sellers have all gone with purple.

Here’s a complete list from the UD blog:
Precious Metal Gems Pink
Hulk Hogan (E-HH)
Mike Tyson (E-MT)
Oscar De La Hoya (E-OH)
Rory McIlroy (E-RM)
Tiger Woods (E-TW)
Michael Phelps (E-MP)

Quad Spokesman Fabrics – Employee Exclusive
Michael Jordan/LeBron James/Tiger Woods/Wayne Gretzky

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. joe 13 September, 2013 at 16:28

    So thats why I havent seen my redemptions in over a year UD is to worried about making cards for themselves to keep. WOW dumb idea to release this story and everyone like me I know is mad about this, ridiculous

  2. steve-a-rino 13 September, 2013 at 21:28

    I would call it “hush money”, for those things that someone may or may not have witnessed when a former President/el Presidente/Dictator/CEO/Greedy Man/etc. was in charge of everything (can you say ‘Micro Manager?’) from having a 2nd print run of the high series 1990/91 hockey {French edition}, because it was doing so well & dealers were almost ‘DEMANDING IT’ and this person in charge wanted his customers happy [because a happy customer = an open wallet/spending account/etc.]…………………..AND FROM EVERYTHING I”VE READ OR HEARD ABOUT THIS PERSON-MONEY WAS HIS BEST FRIEND.

    Or it could be just the ‘crooks’ theory……what the hell do I know anyways ?!?!?! LOL

    The definition of insanity……”doing the same thing over & over, and expecting different results”

  3. cardpolice 17 September, 2013 at 14:53

    I cannot say if Buster is a good guy or not, but it bothers me that they are manufacturing money for the employees when these could have been inserted into All-Time Greats (which stunk).

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