Upper Deck exclusive signers Kobe Bryant and LeBron James led the U.S. team to victory
North Las Vegas, NV (August 25, 2008) – Americans have witnessed what Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are capable of achieving. Whether it is an acrobatic dunk or stepping up to hit a critical shot, we know they are simply the best. This time, the world was a witness. The US Team was dubbed the “Redeem Team” with their mission- to restore America’s image as THE dominant force in Basketball. As the US Team looked down at the gold medals around their necks, they knew they had done just that.
This group of NBA All-Stars truly played as a team. They frequently said that they were not playing for the name on the back of the jersey, but for the three letters printed on the front. Kobe and LeBron were the leaders but, they did not do it all on their own. Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Dwight Howard and the rest of the team all played huge minutes for USA on the road to redemption in Beijing.
Upper Deck is proud to be able to deliver exciting trading cards of all of the stars of the “Redeem Team” in the coming weeks. On September 2, collectors can tip off the trading card season with 2008-09 Upper Deck Series One Basketball. That release is followed by the 2008-09 MVP Basketball release on September 30 and the 2008-09 Hot Prospects Basketball release on October 14. Upper Deck will feature limited-edition insert cards of all of the “Redeem Team” players along with game-used and autograph cards of many of these stars including exclusive Upper Deck players Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Upper Deck Authenticated will also offer a variety of USA Basketball themed collectibles including autograph jerseys and FIBA basketballs of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Upper Deck also produced USA All-Star Vinyls of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Collectors can visit www.upperdeckstore.com for more information on these items.
“You could not help but feel patriotic as you watched the U.S. team receive their gold medals,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s Hobby Marketing manager. “We are extremely proud of the US Team’s accomplishments and we know there is a tremendous amount of excitement around collectibles for these players right now. We are thrilled to be able to bring sports fans closer to these stars with our newest products.”
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