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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.
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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.
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