Upper Deck U

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Sports world requires trading cards and cash to access fun.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Site rules encourage users not to heckle each other and to be polite.


Children under 13 are only allowed to email and chat using pre-prepared expressions like "Hi! Glad to have you around."


You can use the site for free, but users are encouraged to buy "Insider Access."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that registration is free, but the site also features an Insider Access paid subscription level that gives you the ability to purchase licensed team- and player-specific merchandise and other extras. You can also become an Insider by purchasing Upper Deck card products in stores and entering a code from the wrapper or by purchasing a digital pack bundle on the site. Digital packs range from $5.95 to $54.95 and include online sports cards and gold coins, which are used as one of the site's two forms of currency.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byelijah8 April 20, 2011
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bystrikeout040 February 20, 2011
Kid, 9 years old May 6, 2011


It's ok but I know a site thats cool too

Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2011


I have tried it but I didn't like it because it was slow, this might just be my co mputer, but otherwise it si very cool ( if you a fan of the NFL (nationa... Continue reading

What's it about?

In the hockey- and baseball-themed UPPER DECK U virtual world, you first customize an avatar and then chat with other users about sports, play different sports-centric games, or collect and swap digital trading cards. You can chat in the various site sections or connect by joining one of the site's user-created clubs if a club president or vice president asks you to. The site has two forms of currency: Gold coins, which you can purchase to create clubs and buy exclusive items, and U-Bucks, which are earned by completing actions and playing games, and can be spent on avatar clothes and other items.

Is it any good?

It can be a little bit cumbersome traveling around Upper Deck U because it's not always initially clear what there is to do in each section as you enter. However, the site does have a number of places to go, a good array of games to play, and some interesting ways to meet other members. Plus card fans will find plenty of entertainment: Since the site is sponsored by a sports card company, they're likely to enjoy having the ability to view and add to their online collection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between a free site subscription and paid subscription. What extras do you get if you pay money to subscribe to something? How do you decide if the extra cost is worth it?

Website details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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