Upper Deck Will Also Pull Vick Memorabilia from On-Line Store
Carlsbad, CA – (July 27, 2007) – As more news is revealed about the controversy surrounding Michael Vick and the dog-fighting allegations that have been made against him, Upper Deck staff found it to all be very upsetting. After raising concerns on including Michael Vick in Upper Deck and Fleer releases, a decision was made this week after working with the NFL to remove him from future sets beginning with Ultimate Collection Football set to release this October.
Upper Deck Authenticated worked with Michael Vick to produce autograph memorabilia pieces featured on the company’s webstore. Upper Deck has pulled all Michael Vick authenticated memorabilia from the site as well at this time. Items pulled include Michael Vick autograph footballs, helmets, jerseys and the company’s line of “Breaking Through” pieces.
“Of course we appreciate the fact that Mr. Vick is innocent until proven guilty, but the allegations alone have resulted in an outpouring of very strong emotion within our organization and among the collecting community,” said Kerri Stockholm, Director of Marketing for Upper Deck. “We believe collectors will agree and support this decision as being the best course of action for our football business.”
An image of the Michael Vick Breaking Through piece that was just one of the items removed from www.upperdeckstore.com is show above.
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