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WIKIPEDIA: Informative "sports trading cards article" on the different types of sports cards available on today's market, manufacturer and company listings. Since 2001, Wikipedia, a.k.a. 'The Free Encyclopedia', has rapidly grown into one of the largest global reference websites.
UPPER DECK: The Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as Upper Deck and Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. in the UK), founded in 1988, is a private company primarily known for producing trading cards. Over the years, Upper Deck has evolved from a trading card manufacturer to a world-wide sports and entertainment company. Today the company is still dedicated to its original mission: to create products that captures the excitement of sports, and make them a collectible experience for fans.
IN THE GAME: In The Game, often abbreviated to ITG, is a sports card manufacturing company with offices in Canada and the United States was founded by Brian Price in 1998. ITG's first entrance into the trading card market came in the 1998-1999 season, when they produced the NHL Players Association's "Be A Player" brand trading card set, which featured one certified autograph card per pack. Since then, In The Game has expanded its production to include other sets.

: The Panini Group was founded in 1961 by the Panini family in Modena, Italy, where it's still headquartered. It is the world leader in the published collectable sector and the leading multi-national publisher of books, comics, magazines, stickers, trading cards and other items through its collectibles and publishing subsidiaries in Europe and Latin America.
TOPPS: The Topps Company founded in 1938 is an international marketer of entertainment products, principally collectible trading cards, confections, sticker collections, and collectible strategy games. Based in New York, it is best known as a leading producer of baseball cards, football cards, basketball cards, hockey cards, and other sports and non-sports themed trading cards.

: Topps and O-Pee-Chee joined forces from 1968 to 1993, forming a long and prosperous relationship to market hockey cards and produced some of the most important and sought after cards in hockey history including rookie cards of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Today, Topps is the exclusive licensee of the O-Pee-Chee name in sports trading cards.

BECKETT MEDIA: The preeminent publisher of sports and specialty market collectible publications in the world, Beckett Media also operates Beckett.com, the leading online destination for sports collectibles enthusiasts and Beckett Grading Services, an award-winning third-party professional sports card grading service. Offers collectors instant access to the world's leading trading card databases, including the ability to organize, price, buy, sell and trade. Most trusted card pricing in the industry to an award-winning third-party grading service to superior editorial content.

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