A majority stake in embattled Upper Deck International has been acquired by Upper Deck’s CEO Nico Blauw. Or rather by Nico’s company Blue Ocean, which is the accessories division of Koch Media.

Blauw is considering changing the company’s name and is reorganizing the management staff.


With regards to counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh cards (of which co-founder and owner Richard McWilliams personally oversaw the creation of at least some of the over 600,000 created by UD themselves) you will be happy to know that Upper Deck maintains a few pages excoriating the practice with information on how to detect counterfeit cards and news about their vigorous efforts to pursue those who make them … all said pages predating this year’s events.