The PFL has thrown their trading card and memorabilia hat into the ring with a new multi-year deal with Upper Deck announced today.
Showcasing the company’s stars like Claressa Shields, Kayla Harrison, Rory MacDonald, Ray Cooper III, and more, fans will be able to purchase autographed collectibles and trading cards.
The trading cards will be available in physical and digital form starting on June 18 at 9 a.m PT though Upper Deck E-Pack through mobile device or computer. According to the PFL, “the patent-pending platform allows fans to purchase and open packs at any time, from anywhere in the world, using a mobile device or computer. The first PFL card will commemorate Shields’s MMA debut on June 10, and will launch as part of Upper Deck’s Game Dated Moments (GDM) program, where fans can purchase exclusive cards of top highlights, available for a limited time on www.UpperDeckEpack.com. Rare gold and silver variants of Claressa‘s inaugural GDM card will be randomly inserted into select packs as a bonus second card.”
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with PFL and to offer new and innovative products to professional fighting fans everywhere,” Upper Deck Sports brand manager Paul Zickler said in a press release.” We look forward to building a long-lasting relationship with the PFL for years to come.”
“Professional Fighters League is excited to partner with Upper Deck to provide MMA fans with unique collectibles of their favourite fighters as they work toward their goal of becoming a world champion,” PFL CEO, Peter Murray added. “These will be the first cards of their kind to showcase MMA superstars and will highlight some of the best moments of our world-class athletes.”
Additional collectibles are expected for release in 2022 through select nationwide American hobby sips and through Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailers (AIRs).
Additional PFL collectibles are expected to release in 2022 and will be available in select hobby shops nationwide and through Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailers (AIRs).
Upper Deck is the former trading card partner of the UFC, which partnered with Panini America in April.
Financial details were not disclosed.
The PFL’s next event is PFL 5, scheduled for June 17 as the welterweight and light heavyweight division compete in the final stretches of the regular season to earn a playoff spot. It will air on ESPN2 and stream on ESPN+.