Complete Connor McDavid Rookie Card Gallery and Checklist
One of the most-hyped names in hockey for several years, collectors finally got their wish as Connor McDavid made his official NHL debut and his rookie cards soon followed. Although just a teenager, many have appointed McDavid as the next king of the hobby and his cards are already very popular. In the long run, Connor McDavid rookie cards have the potential to not only be the biggest option from 2015-16 sets, but in all of card collecting.
Coming as no surprise, the Edmonton Oilers made Connor McDavid the first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. While his official rookie cards were limited until the midway point in the season, he already had a lot of cards that were available early on. Check out the key cards that pre-date his NHL career in our detailed prospect and pre-rookie guide. McDavid has also been heavily covered in the Team Canada products and he was featured in the 2015 Fall Expo promo set from Upper Deck.
Although Upper Deck already holds the sole rights for NHL cards, the card company removed any doubt regarding McDavid's autograph cards with an exclusive agreement that makes UD the only place to find his signed cardboard going forward. They later added an autographed memorabilia exclusive. Upper Deck also released a special commemorative product that is dedicated just to the young star: 2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid Collection.
Despite a strong start, his rookie year was somewhat derailed by an injury that resulted in surgery and missed time. He finally returned at the start of February (2016). While it ultimately hurt his Calder chances, the missed playing time did not slow collecting interest and he is still the jewel of the 2015-16 rookie class. McDavid also added three Rookie of Month awards to lead all rookies. No other player had more than one during the season.
The full checklist of Connor McDavid rookie cards can be seen below. The first live, pack-pulled NHL card for McDavid is found in 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, with many more since then.
Connor McDavid Rookie Card Guide
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In addition to a bevy of 1990s-themed inserts like Precious Metal Gems, 2015-16 Fleer Showcase offers an intriguing autographed patch for Connor McDavid rookie collectors. At 299 copies, the RC is rare but still plentiful enough to keep values from going crazy. While the sticker autograph is not preferred, the design does a solid job of incorporating it and the moderate jersey patch gives it more appeal.
Although he missed out on the main OPC set earlier in the year, collectors can get their Connor McDavid O-Pee-Chee fix with a splash of chromium. The on-card 2015-16 OPC Platinum autograph comes in a variety of parallels of varying colors and rarity. Although the base card is not numbered, Upper Deck has revealed that he is part of the Group C signers that average 1:704 packs.
One of the most plentiful numbered autographs for McDavid, 2015-16 SP Authentic carries a strong tradition with collectors. In addition to the base Future Watch Autograph for McDavid, there is also a autographed patch version that is numbered to 100 copies.
Despite not offering anything extra, like an autograph or relic, the SP Game Used rookie for McDavid will go down as one of his rarest at just 97 copies. There are also several relic parallels that are easier to track down.
The design might not be for everyone and the tiny jersey pieces really don't add much, but 2015-16 SPx certainly has its share of fans. The slightly higher print run makes it one of the most common autograph jersey cards among the Connor McDavid rookies.
Loaded with foil and a especially striking look thanks to the silver signature, 2015-16 UD Black gives collectors another on-card autograph for McDavid. Limited inserts in the product also offer gold ink signatures.
While the segmented boxes make for an odd design, the Ultimate name still helps carry strong interest for this Connor McDavid rookie card. 2015-16 Ultimate Collection includes a base autograph as well a relic-only version and a limited autographed relic.
The first official rookie card for Connor McDavid is available in UD Series 1 and arguably his most popular. Young Guns have emerged as the go-to, base rookie cards for hockey collectors and this card has been eagerly anticipated since he was taken with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft. In addition to several YG parallels, McDavid is also included alongside Sam Bennett on the Young Guns checklist card (#250). Collectors looking for McDavid's Canvas card need to check out Series 2.
Featuring a quartet of actual diamonds, 2015-16 Black Diamond should remain one of the higher-end rookie options for McDavid despite not adding his signature. A print run of just 99 virtually guarantees strong values for the foreseeable future.
Rebooting a former brand, 2015-16 Upper Deck Champ's includes a pair of Connor McDavid short prints in the base set. Part of a 45-card group that falls 1:5 packs, card #315 has him looking ahead. Much more difficult to find is #321, which shows McDavid looking to the side. This Rare Rookies subset card averages 1:600 packs across the six subjects.
Found amongst a mix of hockey stars and celebrity fans, the Connor McDavid rookie is still the main draw in 2015-16 Contours. The die-cut design and large patch does make for a non-traditional look, but the on-card signature and rarity will keep it higher on the collecting radar. A limited Gold Patch parallel brings that total down to 35 copies.
Part of the Full Force Freshmen subset, the 3D rookie for Connor McDavid is a unique option for collectors as lenticular cards are not normally used as official rookies. The card is found in the debut 2015-16 UD Full Force product that emphasizes inserts and various card technologies reminiscent of the hobby in the 1990s. Given the 23-card checklist and overall hobby odds of 1:18 packs, these are no easy pull. There are also a large variety of other inserts for McDavid, including foil, acetate and die-cuts.
It may not have an autograph, relic, or even a diamond, but the 2015-16 Upper Deck Ice rookie card for Connor McDavid does have a very limited print run of 99 in addition to an acetate stock. There is also a signed version that is slightly more plentiful at 125 copies.
2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Connor McDavid RC #250 (Color), #315 (Wire), #330 (Color Art), #340 (B/W Art)
Giving collectors considerable base variety, 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio features four different Connor McDavid rookie cards. The color Rookie Phenom is the most common while the Black & White Art Card is the rarest.
Combining acetate with an on-card signature and jersey swatch, 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier is anything but simple. Limited to 199 copies, there are a few parallels that push that number much lower.
The pinnacle of high-end rookie cards, The Cup needs no introduction. When you add the most celebrated rookie in years to the most valuable set each season, huge sales will follow for 2015-16 UD The Cup.
2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy Connor McDavid RC #101 #/999, #134 Autograph #/499, #167 Autograph #/49, #200 Triple Autograph #/25 (w/ Larkin, Domi)
Collectors are treated to multiple Connor McDavid rookie card tiers and rarities in the main 2015-16 Trilogy set. In addition to the base Level 1 Rookie Premieres version that is numbered to 999, collectors can find two different signed cards for McDavid (Uncommon and Rare) and a triple signature that also includes sticker autographs for Max Domi and Dylan Larkin.
Key Early Connor McDavid NHL Cards
While it was issued as an insert in 2015-16 Black Diamond, the Exquisite Collection Rookies for McDavid still sees considerable interest and value. The Jersey version is more common with 199 copies and there is also a base Gold Spectrum option that is limited to 97. McDavid also has more Exquisite cards in 2015-16 UD Ice, including the base card under the brand (#/299) and a 2003-04 Exquisite Tribute Autographed Patch.
2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts Connor McDavid Redemptions - Base #RED205, Autograph/Relic/Autograph Relic #I
The most popular and plentiful of the Connor McDavid redemptions, 2015-16 Artifacts includes a base version and several premium choices. Although none of the cards mention McDavid by name, Upper Deck confirmed that he was the subject in question for these redemptions. The Roman numeral (#I) redemptions are found as relics, autographs, or autograph relics and they are all now live.
Technically not a rookie card and it does not even specifically reference Connor McDavid either, this redemption from 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP Hockey offers collectors the very first chance at a Connor McDavid NHL card. While it is not ideal for collectors to have to wait, this rare card will still hold a special place for many collectors.
The Connor McDavid redemption card is a tough pull at 1:960 hobby packs or 1:9,600 retail/blaster packs. There is also a signed version that is much more elusive at 1:10,250 hobby packs.
2015-16 Upper Deck MVP Rookie Redemptions Connor McDavid #278 - Pacific Division
Another McDavid rookie redemption in MVP, this card comes as part of the eight-card set that also includes Max Domi.
Another early Connor McDavid option that will receive a lot of attention, the #1 Draft Pick card in 2015-16 OPC takes a little more work. Collectors must track down all nine pieces of the puzzle from packs of OPC and send it into Upper Deck. With overall odds of 1:104 packs, this is not the easiest set to make. Adding to the urgency, there are only 97 copies, and it is first come, first served. Because of this, the promotion was filled fairly quickly and the card is now live.
Yet another pre-rookie, this redemption option for McDavid is found in the insanely popular Tim Hortons promotional set. At 1:16,470 packs, these are quite tough to hit. They are also now live and commanding plenty of interest.