He’s only been a member of the New York Red Bulls for less than five weeks, but already the Upper Deck Company has produced a collectible trading card featuring French soccer sensation Thierry Henry. The special Upper Deck Soccer card, the first of Henry’s career as a Red Bull, is now available at Upper Deck’s online store: www.upperdeckstore.com. By purchasing two blaster boxes of Upper Deck’s 2010 Soccer product, customers will automatically receive the sought-after Henry card free of charge.
“There are few names associated with soccer right now that are bigger than Henry’s,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s vice president of Marketing. “Since we were unable to include him in our original Upper Deck Soccer product this year, for the simple fact that he was not yet a member of the league, this is a big coup for us. We’re extremely excited to get this card out into the marketplace.”
Major League Soccer gained a global icon of the sport when Henry signed with the New York Red Bulls on July 14, 2010. He wasted no time showcasing his world-class talent by scoring a goal in his very first MLS game on July 22, an exhibition battle against Tottenham Hotspur. The new collectible card from Upper Deck shows Henry scoring off that memorable sliding kick.
Henry earned his worldwide reputation while playing for Arsenal in the Premier League, becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer with 226 goals. Internationally, his accolades include victories in the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup while with the French national squad. He’s one of a handful of World Cup veterans to join MLS this summer.
Upper Deck released its 2010 Soccer set on May 18. The 200-card base set includes 175 standard cards, along with two subsets: “Super Draft Rookies” (15 cards) and “WPS All-Stars” (10 cards showcasing top-tier talent from Women’s Professional Soccer). All 16 of the MLS teams are included in the set with eight to 12 top-notch players per squad represented. The blaster boxes on sale now at www.upperdeckstore.com
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