Kevin Durant , one of the top prospects in the incoming NBA Draft, has signed an exclusive trading card and autograph deal with Upper Deck. Durant, the University of Texas star, recently declared himself eligible for the upcoming draft and is projected to be one of the top picks. The multi-year deal with Upper Deck was negotiated by Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management (GSM) and marks the signing of Durant’s first professional contract of his career.
The multi-year deal ncludes exclusive rights to his cards, collectibles and memorabilia. Upper Deck will include Durant in all of its 2007-08 NBA card products, in packaging and marketing materials and an exclusive line of autographed Upper Deck Authenticated items. Durant will make his rookie card debut in Fleer Ultra SE and Upper Deck’s First Edition Basketball, and his first autographed card will be included in Upper Deck SP Game Used Basketball. In addition, Upper Deck Authenticated will design a line of limited edition Kevin Durant collectible and memorabilia items featuring his autograph.
Durant played just one season in college but won the Associated Press College Player of the Year Award, the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Trophy, The NABC Division I Player of the Year Award, the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, ESPN Player of the Year, as well as being named as a first team All-American. “My Longhorns teammates and I had a great year on our way to the NCAAs, and what better way to celebrate than to ink my first professional contract with Upper Deck,” added Durant.
“We are very pleased to have Kevin Durant, the first college player to sweep all of the national player of the year awards, join forces with Upper Deck in an exclusive partnership that will bring exciting products to fans and collectors worldwide,” said Richard McWilliam, founder & president of Upper Deck. “The anticipation is already building for Kevin’s first autographed cards and memorabilia to hit the market.”
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