Carlsbad, CA – (September 19, 2007) – No fighter has ever captured the boxing world quite the way Muhammad Ali did. Whether it was a knockout punch or a quip to get his opponent in a frenzy, he is truly one of a kind. The same can be said of Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA), which has taken over the collectibles and memorabilia business by partnering with the world’s greatest athletes. UDA today announced the pairing of two legendary powerhouses, UDA and Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC, to design and produce a line of extremely limited figures for fans and collectors of "The Greatest of All Time."
"We have been huge fans of Muhammad Ali for a very long time," commented Tim Muret, Vice President of Upper Deck Authenticated. "The agreement is based upon UDA having the right to produce figures of Muhammad Ali, including the exclusive right to produce unique items like the All-Star Vinyl figures, the collectible and cutting-edge new sports figures product that is taking the market by storm."
"We are very proud of our association with Upper Deck Authenticated," said Ronald DiNicola, president and CEO of Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC. "Their reputation as producers of high-quality commemorative products complements our goal of maintaining and honoring the legacy of Muhammad Ali."
Muhammad Ali first gained national attention with his boxing skills and wit when he won the Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. During his long and successful professional career Ali has been a prominent international figure, dubbed the "Athlete of the Century" by numerous sports and entertainment publications and broadcast outlets around the globe.
UDA will release limited-edition realistic Muhammad Ali figures and a line of All-Star Vinyl action figures capturing the most famous moments, from the early Cassius Clay era to the modern-day Muhammad Ali period. UDA will create a seven-inch action figure and a large scale poly-resin figure. The Muhammad Ali line of UDA items will launch in the fall of 2008.
About Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLCMuhammad Ali Enterprises LLC (“MAE”) is a California limited liability company. MAE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on MAE, visit www.Ali.com. MAE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ National Market® under the ticker symbol "CKXE." Also visit www.ckx.com.
About the Upper Deck Company
Founded in 1988, The Upper Deck Co. is a premier global sports and entertainment-publishing company that delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts. For more information on Upper Deck and its products, please visit www.upperdeck.com or www.upperdeckstore.com.