2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey CardsBrand: Ultimate Collection
While 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey continues to tweak the brand's formula, collectors can count on three box hits in the high-end NHL release, with at least one being an on-card rookie autograph.
Dropping from five hits per box in the 15-16 product, the 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey checklist still boasts some impressive options along with a lower price point.
Bringing back the standard base, a print run of 99 copies helps set it apart. Parallels include Onyx Black (#/10), Base Autograph (#'d) and Base Onyx Black Autograph (1/1) versions. Combining with the base to average one card per box is the new 50-card Ultimate Introductions Rookies set. It's found in Tier 1 (1:3 boxes), Tier 2 (1:6), Tier 3 (1:9) and Tier 4 (1:12) editions as well as a hobby-only Onyx Black (#/25) parallel.
Providing collectors with a heavy dose of the '16-17 rookie class, most will gravitate to the Ultimate Rookies subset. Among the various first-year options in 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey are Autographed Ultimate Rookies (#/299 or #/99) and Ultimate Rookies Jersey (#/249) offerings, which also feature Autograph Patch (#/49) and Autograph Shield (1/1) cards.
Looking back a decade for design inspiration, the 2006-07 Retro Rookie Autographs (#/199 or #/49) and 2006-07 Retro Rookies Jersey inserts utilize a similar parallel structure as the main rookie set with Autograph Patch (#/25) and Autograph Shield (1/1) cards.
As far as the other inserts to chase in 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey, Ultimate Performers Jersey (#/99 or #/49) and Jersey Autograph (#'d) cards are joined by Keystone Fabrics Jersey (#/99) and Jersey Autograph (#'d) options, along with Numeric Excellence Jersey and Jersey Autograph (#/15) inserts. Each set also offers Premium (#'d) and Tag (1/1) parallels. Providing more low-numbered choices, Debut Threads Autograph Patch (#'d), Signature Laureates (#/25), Signature Material Laureates (#'d), and Signature Material Phenoms (#'d) round out the hits.
2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey is also found on ePack.
Estimated Release Date: 6/21/2017; ePack - no earlier than 7/5/2017
Product Configuration: 4 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, 8 boxes per inner case
2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Hobby Box Break (on average)
- 1 On-Card Rookie Autograph (#/299 or less)
- 1 Autograph or Premium Relic Card
- 1 Jersey Relic Card
- 1 Base Card (#'d) or Ultimate Introductions Card
2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Inner Case Break (on average)
- 1 Rookie Autograph or Rookie Autograph Material (#/49 or less)
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Final contents and designs are subject to change.