2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Cards

2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Cards

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Artifacts aren't in short supply in 2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey. The brand returns as a memorabilia-heavy early-season release. Every ten-pack box promises three multi-swatch memorabilia cards including one that has two or three players. Hobby boxes also have an autograph, a Rookie Redemption, a pair of numbered rookies and a handful of other numbered cards.

Because memorabilia is such a focus, it should be a surprise that 2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey has several different themes and inserts to showcase them. Tundra Tandems (1:22 packs), Tundra Trios (1:42) and Tundra Sixes (1:160) all have three levels of numbered parallels. While basic versions come with simple swatches, parallels feature a mix of patches and premium jersey pieces.

Stick-to-Stick Duos (1:480) and Trios (1:360) have parallels the have the stick piece replaced by tape. These parallels are numbered to 7.

Other memorabilia-specific sets include Treasured Swatches and Frozen Artifacts.

According to Upper Deck, 70 percent of hobby boxes have a memorabilia card that's either a patch, stick, tag, strap or has six pieces.

Auto-facts (1:13) are the easiest autograph cards to find. Other signed cards include Top 12 Rookie Signatures (1:960) and Top 12 Rookie Signatures, 13-14 Update (1:480).

The 2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey base set has 100 cards. It's joined by Rookies and Goalies subsets. Both of these are numbered to 999. Rookies fall two per box. Goalies are one per box. Hobby boxes also have one additional numbered subset card.

Base and subset cards also have several parallels: Ruby (#/599 for base, #/499 for rookies and goalies), Emerald (#/99), Sapphire (#/85), Spectrum (#/25) and Black (#/5), which autographed and unsigned versions. One parallel numbered to 99 or less is in each hobby box. In addition to these, base cards are used as the basis for several memorabilia and autographed memorabilia parallels. These are all numbered to 125 or less and have two swatches.

Rookie Redemptions return, falling one per box. These are good for players debuting in the 2014-15 season but wouldn't be ready in time for the set's release. Autographed Rookies Redemptions are inserted 1:160 packs.

Estimated Release Date: 10/8/14
Product Configuration: 10 packs per box, 4 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Hockey Card
Target Audience: Memorabilia Card Collectors, Rookie Collectors

2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Box Break

  • 1 Dual- or Triple-Player Memorabilia Cards
  • 2 Additional Multi-Swatch Memorabilia Cards
  • 1 Autograph or Rookie Autograph Redemption
  • 1 Rookie Redemption
  • 2 Numbered Rookies
  • 1 Numbered Goalie Subset Card
  • 1 Additional Numbered Subset Card
  • 1 Numbered Parallel
  • 40 Total Cards
2014 15 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Hobby 16-Box Case (Presell) $1,599.95 buy it now1 Image

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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