North Las Vegas, NV (June 25, 2008 ) – As a prelude to the New York Yankees upcoming move to their new stadium next year, the Upper Deck Company has built a beautiful new home in which to display its 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy insert set. When the insert cards initially launched as part of Upper Deck’s 2008 Series One Baseball launch in February, collectors could only imagine what a set this size might actually look like. Well, they no longer need to guess as visitors to next month’s 2008 MLB All-Star FanFest show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City will get a first-hand look at the impressive display as part of Upper Deck’s corporate booth.
Now that all 6,661 cards have been released and are available across various 2008 Upper Deck Baseball products, it is possible that some collectors will be able to put the entire set together. The collection features one card for every single Yankee home game ever played at Yankee Stadium since its doors opened on April 18, 1923. Collectors who are already pursuing the collection have been using a special website (www.ownthelegacy.com) that Upper Deck designed that allows them to archive the cards online and track their progress against fellow collectors to see who’s the farthest along.
With so much news surrounding the closing of historic Yankee Stadium, Major League Baseball paid a recent visit to Upper Deck headquarters to see the complete set. To view the segment, click on the following link at MLB.com and search for the “Upper Deck Releases the Yankees Legacy card series” at: http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp
“It took nearly three days for a staff of four to pull each of the cards and then another two days for a staff of four to collate them in the proper order,” said Terry Melia, Public Relations manager for Upper Deck. “The display is an impressive way for us to showcase the enormity of the set. We had nine decades to cover, so each of the 18 drawers contains approximately half a decade’s worth of games. If placed end-to-end, the cards would measure 1,943 feet long! We are very excited about sharing this incredible set – and its special display case – with baseball fans at this year’s MLB FanFest.”
A final decision on where the Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection display case will ultimately reside has yet to be made.
“We’ve been approached by the Yankees, so this could make a nice addition to the new stadium,” said Melia. “But we’ve also received inquiries from the Museum of the City of New York. It’s important that the display case reaches a final destination where baseball fans and historians alike can appreciate its size and historical significance. That’s what makes card collecting fun and that’s what this set is all about.”