The Upper Deck Company Signs Top NBA Prospect Marvin Williams to Represent NBA Line of Products
Highly-Touted Rookie Inks Exclusive Autograph Deal with Leading Publisher of Sports Cards, Collectibles &
The Upper Deck Company announced today the signing of one of the most highly-touted young talents in
basketball, NCAA Champion Marvin Williams, to his first professional trading card sponsorship deal. With
many basketball experts predicting Williams to be a top pick in this year's NBA draft, the McDonald's
and Parade All-America award winner has agreed to an exclusive autograph trading card agreement with
Upper Deck which includes autographs, premiums packaging and promotional rights. Upper Deck will also
incorporate Marvin Williams into upcoming memorabilia products. Upper Deck Director of Product Development
Joe Fallon and Williams' attorney Jim Tanner of Williams & Connolly jointly announced the deal today.
"It's exciting to be a part of the Upper Deck Team," said Williams. "I always dreamed of
having my own Upper Deck card as a kid. I can't wait to see my first autographed card in a pack."
"Marvin Williams is one of the most exciting young players in this year's draft," said Director
of Product Development for Upper Deck, Joe Fallon. "It is fitting that Marvin Williams and Upper Deck
join forces in an exclusive relationship that will bring fantastic products to fans and collectors worldwide."
Williams will make his first appearance in Upper Deck's NBA release, Rookie Debut, which will hit store shelves
in late-August. Rookie Debut will highlight this season's notable rookie class. Additional Upper Deck Spokesmen
include: Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Thornton and Wayne Gretzky,
to name a few.
About The Upper Deck Company
Founded in 1988, the Upper Deck Co. is a premier 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 the Upper Deck Company, please visit www.upperdeck.com.
Source: The Upper Deck Co, LLC
Date: June 28, 2005
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