Devastating news for football card fans today, Sports Cards Uncensored reported today that Upper Deck will lose it's football license with the NFLPA due to non-payment of fees.
This comes on the heels of the announcement that Panini would be jumping into the Hockey market. Sports card site and forum Freedom Card Board posted that link several weeks ago via Twitter, today Beckett confirmed the rumors. Perhaps, and this is only pure speculation, the NHL was worried about Upper Deck's ability to come up with the licensing payment in their deal.
The glimpses of 2009 Exquisite Football were tantalizing. No other company, in the history or sports cards, produced the types of high-end cards like Upper Deck - that is unquestioned in my mind. Where UD goes from here one can only guess.