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Upper Deck, Official Card of Little League Baseball, Names ‘Rip Into It & Win’ Winner

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 21, 2005) – While the world’s 16-best teams played for the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series championship, in Williamsport, Pa., one Little League Baseball team from Tucson, Ariz., has already won its once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Tucson, Ariz., AAA Rattlers, took the top prize in Upper Deck’s Rip Into It & Win program by purchasing and sending in the most Upper Deck baseball trading card pack wrappers from the company's collection of nine baseball-specific sets. Little League Baseball teams from 44 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico participated in the contest.

The grand prize is a skills clinic with Cincinnati Reds slugger, and 10-time Gold Glove winner, Ken Griffey, Jr., to be held this fall at Disney World's Wide World of Sports(TM) Complex in Orlando, Fla.

This is the second year Upper Deck, the official trading card of Little League Baseball, has run the program, and the second year a team from Tucson has won the grand prize. Tucson’s AAA Diablos were 2004 first-place winners.

The runners-ups won a Junior JUGS pitching machine. They were: Continental Ranch Little League (Tucson, Ariz.); Union (N.J.) Little League; Maywood (N.J.) Little League, and; Rio Caleveras Little League (Stockton, Calif.).

In addition to the prizes involved in its Rip Into It & Win program, Upper Deck provided Little League the opportunity to sell its cards.

“Upper Deck's partnership has provided local Little Leagues an opportunity for fundraising, while helping keep affiliation fees as low as possible,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said.

In 2004, Upper Deck's Rip Into It & Win program involved nearly 3 million Little Leaguers, 200,000 coaches and 6,500 leagues.

Founded in 1988, The Upper Deck Co., is a premier global sports and entertainment-publishing company that delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.