Posts Tagged ‘mlbp’

Major League Baseball Properties Sues Upper Deck Card Company Over Trademark Infringement

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

upper-deck-logo Major League Baseball Properties is the marketing appendage of Major League Baseball.  Amongst other things, MLBP is responsible for making sure all of MLB’s licenses are enforced and that people play nice in the sand box.

This past Monday, MLB filed suite against trading card company Upper Deck (UD) for using team logos on baseball cards without permission.  To hobbyists around the country, this news is mildly surprising, albeit not completely out of left field.

Roughly six-months ago,  MLBP and Topps signed an multi-year agreement that provided Topps with the exclusive rights to produce imagery that includes team logos and uniforms.  In essence, this gave Topps a monopoly on baseball card manufacturing.

At the time of that deal, Upper Deck made it known that they would continue to produce a full line of MLB baseball cards due to their own deal with the Major League Baseball players association.

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Last week, UD released its "Signature Stars" (above) and "Ultimate Collection" line of cards.  While you won’t find any nicknames and such, there are at least a handful of cards where you can see partial or complete logos.  We’ll see what happens, but with a $2.4 million dollar asking price, UD can’t be feeling good right now.

[via Michael O’Keeffe and NYDN]

Topps And Minor League Baseball Properties Sign Exclusive Contract

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Earlier this year, Topps and Major League Baseball Properties signed a contract to make Topps the exclusive distributor of Major League Baseball trading cards.  Late last month, the two came together again on a similar deal.

Now, Topps will also be the exclusive producer of Minor League Baseball cards.  There are no details as to just how long this deal will last.  However, collectors should take some solace that manufacturers like Upper Deck have been shown the door, there should be fewer sets to keep track up.  Full details of the press release are available after the jump!

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