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2018 Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer Conference

The 2nd annual Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer Conference will be held January 9-11, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

$199 per person early bird registration is open until October 1st, 2017.

After October 1st, 2017 registration is $249.

If you are not a Certified Diamond Dealer you will not be able to attend.

Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer Conference
January 9-11, 2018
Universal Orlando Resort Loews Portofino Bay
Orlando, Florida

Official Website

2017 CDD in Arizona (last years conference)

Become a Certified Diamond Dealer

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn from other shop owners
  • Meet top tier athletes
  • Get free stuff from Upper Deck
  • Get business ideas to help grown your shop or online presence
  • Preview of 2018 Goodwin Champions

Upper Deck Working Towards Settlement With IRS

Court documents published on February 9, 2016 suggest Upper Deck and the IRS are working towards a settlement. 

You can view documents from the case on the United States Tax Court website. One of the more eye opening ones is from July 2013 which suggests Upper Deck owes millions to the IRS. 

Any kind of settlement in the current US Tax Court case would be positive for Upper Deck and would likely mean they would pay a fraction of the total amount owed. 

The more you know:

This isn’t the only battle Upper Deck has had with the tax courts. In 2008 they reportedly paid out over $97 million to settle an improper tax shelter devised by KPMG.

Recent Company Timeline

  • August 6, 2009: Lost MLB License
  • January 10, 2010: US District Court judge rules that Upper Deck counterfeited Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Anime News Network
  • February 1, 2010: MLB files federal lawsuit against UD. NY Daily News
  • April 7, 2010: Lost NFL License
  • February 14, 2012: Upper Deck International declared bankrupt
  • March 23, 2012: NFLPA sues Upper Deck. Beckett
  • January 8, 2015: Lost CLC License

I'd be very careful buying any current products by Upper Deck. If you have a store in Canada you should still carry their NHL sets. But please stay away from anything high end at the moment. The reasons for this should be painfully obvious. They owe the IRS millions guys.

How To Become An Upper Deck Diamond Dealer

Becoming an Upper Deck Diamond Dealer is only available to businesses with a physical store front. If you only sell online you can’t become an Upper Deck Diamond Dealer. Being an Upper Deck Diamond Dealer will allow you to buy and sell UD sports and entertainment products without having to buy them through back channel outlets.

Authorized Upper Deck wholesalers can only sell UD products to Diamond Dealers (you) within the 180 days of release which gives you a slight leg up on dealers who are not with UD.

This is the Upper Deck Diamond Dealer Application. Talk with your wholesale distributor you are signed up with about becoming a Diamond Dealer, they can assist you.

  • Your store has to be open at least 35 hours a week.
  • Your shop will only purchase current Upper Deck product (180 days after release) from an authorized Distributor
  • Your shop will not purchase current Upper Deck product (180 days after release) from outside sources including, but not limited to, secondary (eBay) and gray markets.
  • Your shop will ONLY sell current Upper Deck product to end Consumers.
  • Your shop is NOT permitted to sell online any sealed current Upper Deck product (180 days after release) unless Shop is accepted by UD as an Authorized Internet Retailer.
  • If your shop is located in the United States you can only sell within the U.S. for the first 180 days after a product is released. If you are located in Canada you can only sell in Canada for the first 180 days.


Upper Deck hosting their own Diamond Dealer Conference

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