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The Upper Deck Company Acquires Famed Don Wingfield Collection

Collection Highlights The "Golden Era" Of Major League Baseball and Offers 6,000 Seldom or Never Before Seen Photos

The Upper Deck company prides itself on continually bringing firsts to collectors and sports enthusiasts. Today, the company has announced another in a long line of amazing firsts, its purchase of the famed Don Wingfield collection - a historical portfolio of more than 6,000 photos spanning the 1940s through the early 1970s. Photographs from this remarkable gallery of images will be incorporated into Upper Deck sports cards and Upper Deck Authenticated products beginning in late Fall 2004.

Don Wingfield, the much-heralded photographer for the Sporting News and Look magazines and for being the on-field cameraman for University of Notre Dame football games, took a fresh view of athletes and United States Presidents through his lens. Wingfield was able to capture athletes in many casual poses with children , Hollywood movie stars, and with other sports figures before and after the games. He is also known for introducing "action" photos that captured ferocious tackles or runners sprinting toward the end zone. Wingfield's collection also showed the passion for the game that many U.S. Presidents have felt for the National pastime by portraying them throwing out first pitches.

"Mr. Wingfield truly captured the essence and the era of Major League Baseball and its players," said Joe Fallon, Group Sports Product Manager for the Upper Deck Company. "This unique, keepsake imagery highlighted in Upper Deck product is sure to bring back great baseball memories for true baseball fans. We are proud to be able to share this timeless portfolio with collectors, sports enthusiast, and historians."

Upper Deck's Wingfield Collection includes:

  • More than 800 never before seen images of Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford
  • Pictures of Dodger's great Roy Campanella
  • Roger Maris holding up a New Yankee's jersey with the number 61 engraved on it after hitting 61 homeruns in 1961
  • Portraits of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente
  • Lou Gehrig playing stickball in the streets with New York city children
  • Joe Morgan in a Houston Astro's uniform
  • Many twentieth-century United States Presidents throwing out the first pitch at All-Star games

Source: The Upper Deck Co, LLC
Date: July 7, 2004

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