By The Cardboard Connection Jul 01, 2010 | With big-time bragging rights and an autographed, hand-painted Michael Jordan Bulls Jersey from Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA) on the line, 29-year-old Roy Lautieri stepped up and hit nothing but net. An avid sports enthusiast and autograph collector for the past 20 years specializing in UDA memorabilia chronicling the likes of Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Lautieri sufficiently wowed Upper Deck’s internal committee in the company’s recent “Hunt for the Ultimate Man Cave” contest. With one room in his house completely decked out in UDA keepsakes, Lautieri’s video entry was compelling enough to sway the judges despite the more than 50 outstanding entries that were received.
“People can debate what the true definition of someone’s ‘man cave’ is,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager, “but there is no doubt Roy’s ‘man cave’ featured a personal collection that impressed everybody."
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