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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Upper Deck supports troops on Veterans Day

Posted Nov 12, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

It’s the most famous quote ever uttered by former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart.

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot,” the former Colorado Democrat and presidential candidate (1984, 1988) said.

“Follow me around. I don’t care,” finished second.

But seriously, on this Veterans Day, Americans are reflecting on the patriotic sacrifices made in our history by the men and women of our military forces. Saying thank you is never enough.

Sports card companies like Upper Deck are trying to say thanks in their own way. For the past several years, Upper Deck has donated packs of cards to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends 100,000-plus care packages annually to U.S. military personnel deployed in hostile regions worldwide. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 865,000 packages to American military members and their children.

Monday, Upper Deck announced it had created a special Goodwin Champions pack. The pack contains two base cards and one Military Machines insert card, and UD donated 8,000 packs to Operation Gratitude for use in future packages overseas.

Also Monday, UD staff handed out packs and Upper Deck whistles to people in attendance at the San Diego Veterans Day Parade.

Tuesday night, UD staffers will be attending a special USO dinner with several hundred members of the military and their families. More packs will be passed out, and Upper Deck sports marketing and social media manager Chris Carlin said “other unique collectibles” will be given away.

It’s a nice gesture to remember our troops.

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