As the drama surrounding Michael Vick grows, the Upper Deck trading card company announced that they will remove the embattled quarterback from all trading card sets.

“Of course we appreciate the fact that Mr. Vick is innocent until proven guilty, but the allegations alone have resulted in an outpouring of very strong emotion within our organization and among the collecting community,” said Kerri Stockholm, Director of Marketing for Upper Deck. “We believe collectors will agree and support this decision as being the best course of action for our football business.”

The company’s Ultimate Collection Football will be the first trading card set affected by the move.

Upper Deck also decided to pull a variety of memorabilia and autographs from its website. These include autographed jerseys, footballs and helmets.

The trading card company made its decision to remove Vick from its collections around the same time Reebok halted sales of Michael Vick jerseys. Nike also suspected Vick’s endorsement contract, The Boston Globe reported today.

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