July 10, 2007 |
Directors of Topps Co., the maker of baseball cards and Bazooka gum, recommended that shareholders vote against a $425-million tender offer from Upper Deck Co. because of concerns about getting antitrust approval. Topps, based in New York, agreed in March to be acquired by Tornante Co., led by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner, and Madison Dearborn Partners for about $9.75 a share, or $384.5 million. In May, Topps said Upper Deck had made a higher offer, about $10.75 a share.
April 15, 1993
He digs in at the plate and immediately the calls fly from the dugout: Come on, Hank . Make that Hammerin' Hank. Sure, the handle originated with all-time home run leader Hank Aaron, but at the high school level it fits Ryan Hankins like a batting glove. In Simi Valley's four-game sweep to the championship of the Upper Deck tournament in Fullerton last week, Hankins indeed had a hammer. The senior third baseman was eight for 17 with two home runs and 13 runs batted in.
June 26, 2007 |
Upper Deck Co., a closely held maker of baseball cards, launched a tender offer Monday to buy shares of rival Topps Co. for $10.75 each. The offer, which expires July 24, values Topps at about $425 million, Upper Deck said. Topps has agreed to be acquired by a group led by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner for $9.75 a share.
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January 10, 2013 |
Richard McWilliam, hailed for revolutionizing the trading card and sports memorabilia industry as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Upper Deck Co., has died. He was 59. McWilliam died Saturday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. While no cause of death has been announced, the company noted that McWilliam had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in 2008. McWilliam co-founded Upper Deck in 1989 and immediately set about challenging the leaders of an industry whose origins date to the late 19th century, when cards with pictures of baseball players were sold in packs of chewing tobacco.
July 5, 1997 |
In the first 32 years of the Houston Astrodome, only seven balls were hit into the upper deck. This week, it has been done twice. "I knew I hit it really well," Willie Greene said after his three-run homer led the Reds, 4-2, over the Astros on Friday. Cincinnati, which extended a winning streak to five for the first time in nearly a year, trailed, 2-0, in the fourth inning.
June 22, 1997 |
Atlanta's Andruw Jones had not been born the last time a home run went into the upper deck at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. Jones became the first player to homer into the upper deck in center field since Mike Schmidt in 1975, and the Braves handed the Phillies their seventh consecutive loss, 9-8, Saturday night. "I wasn't even born yet," said Jones, who turned 20 in April. "I really didn't see it, but I knew that I hit it really hard.