Upper Deck finds them selves once again in a familiar dilemma; they are being sued due to the use of unauthorized materials with a recent release. According to multiple sources, including TMZ and the Atlanta Post, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is suing Upper Deck because they included him on 6 cards as a UCLA Bruin in the 2010 UD Greats of the Game basketball set, which was released earlier this year, after he specifically asked that they not include him in the set.
This has not been a very good couple of years for UD after they lost the MLB and NFL licenses and then there was the Topps lawsuit. This is turning in to a serious issue for the brand, considering they are holding on to only a few licenses I would think that they would be particularly careful with intellectual properties.
I would hate to see Upper Deck go away, they brought “high end” card collecting back in to style with the 1989 UD Baseball set and they were on the fore front of the relics craze with the awesome 1997 UD Game Jersey cards. I would love to see them earn back at least the NFL license but things like this do not help.