Alex Galchenyuk Rookie Card Guide and Prospect Card Highlights
The Montreal Canadiens are emerging as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Bolstered by a roster of several explosive young players including Alex Galchenyuk. The third pick in the 2012 draft, it didn't take long for the center to make the transition from minor hockey to the NHL. He debuted with the Canadiens as an 18-year-old in the shortened 2012-13 season, racking up 27 points in 48 games.
The first NHL cards for Galchenyuk and other players who debuted in 2012-13 were held back to 2013-14. This means that there will be plenty of Alex Galchenyuk rookie cards as Panini and Upper Deck will include him in their sets throughout the season.
Collectors can also find a handful of Alex Galchenyuk cards that were released prior to his official NHL rookie cards. In the Game included him in products as early as 2011-12 when he was a member of the Sarnia Sting. These include autographs. Upper Deck included rookie redemptions in a couple of their 2012-13 products, which Galchenyuk ended up being a part of. These inserts didn't release until 2013-14 NHL products came out.
Below is a detailed look at the various Alex Galchenyuk rookie cards available to collectors. We've also added select highlights of his key prospect and pre-rookie cards.
Alex Galchenyuk Rookie Card Checklist
With Alex Galchenyuk rookie cards getting released throughout 2013-14 hockey card products, we'll be updating this list regularly as new sets come out.
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There's a lot of history behind the O-Pee-Chee brand. However Upper Deck's take on it has not meant big price tags for singles. Although the Marquee Rookies card is a short print, it's still fairly easy to track down. The low price tag of the product translates into reasonable prices for this card on the secondary market.
Making its debut as a standalone hockey product, 2013-14 Panini Prizm hit the market with a lot of buzz. The chromium design fills a void in the hockey market. And while not a high-end set, expect to pay a small premium over low-end releases. The card also has several Refractor-like Prizm parallels that are proving to be popular.
Panini's entry-level set, 2013-14 Score Hockey is more about getting cards into as many hands as possible rather than providing limited availability. That said, it is a short print. That doesn't make it rare or extremely valuable, just tougher than veteran base cards.
Upper Deck Artifacts has always been more about the memorabilia than the rookie cards. That said, the 2013-14 Upper Deck Artifacts Alex Galchenyuk rookie card is limited to 999 and features a classy design. It's positioned as a mid-range option that carries a decent value but its available enough that prices shouldn't get too high.
Being the first autographed Alex Galchenyuk rookie card, this card carries some added significance. The release also has base set autographs numbered to 399 and 49. The use of stickers may turn off some collectors, but the numbering should ensure that this one is somewhat readily available over the long-term.
Notable Early Alex Galchenyuk Cards
The following cards are among the highlights from sets released before 2013-14.
The first major Alex Galcheyuk card can be found in 2011-12 ITG Heroes and Prospects. The minor league card features the future star as a member of the Sarnia Sting. It might not carry the same clout as an NHL rookie, but its reasonable price tag make it an excellent choice nonetheless.
2012-13 ITG Heroes and Prospects also has a pair of basic Alex Galchenyuk autograph cards. Both feature a similar design. And while they have stickers, the design makes them hardly noticeable.
2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts has a large crop of Rookie Redemptions. Delayed by the strike, the Galchenyuk card is number RED213 in the set. The redemption card has the Montreal Canadiens logo on it. Numbered to 699, it has the same design as the set's regular rookies.
2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts has 18 additional redemptions good for autographs. Galchenyuk is the second card in the set. As of the time of this article, the final cards have yet to be sent out.
The "Trade Upper Deck" card dates back to the company's early years. It has been brought back recently in several sports to deliver hot rookies that might not be available for a set's initial release. 2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey had three such cards. After the labor dispute cut the season short, these redemptions were delayed somewhat but the final Galchenyuk, which is the third redemption in the set, is now out.