Forever Young! Complete Guide to Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards

Forever Young! Complete Guide to Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards

Young Guns
Upper Deck's Young Guns series has taken many shapes, forms and detours on its way to becoming one of the hobby's most popular rookie cards. In a period defined by new technology, low-numbered autographs and parallels, Young Guns represent one of the last pure aspects of the modern collecting world. However, it took a few attempts before the concept earned it's place in hockey collecting.

Young Guns first appeared in 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey. The subset featured rookie cards for Sergei Federov and Pavel Bure. But Young Guns didn't immediately take hold with collectors. After the 1992-93 hockey card season, Young Guns disappeared for several years only to resurface following the 1994-95 NHL lockout in Upper Deck's budget brand, 1995-96 Collector's Choice. After two largely forgettable seasons in Collector's Choice, the Young Guns series vanished again.

Several years later, the much-maligned subset was given another chance in 1999-00 Upper Deck Hockey, and the rest is history. Since then, Young Guns has evolved into one of the hobby's best, non-autographed rookie cards. Their values have increased due to greater rarity and parallels have been added to the mix. Today, the cards are short prints, but fall often enough that it's possible to build a set without a ton of work. Upper Deck Young Guns are among the most iconic rookie cards in the history of the hobby, and one of the few base rookie cards to carry substantial weight.

The complete visual guide to Upper Deck Young Guns can be seen below. Follow the transformation from year to year with a card from each edition. You can also view the set details and a full checklist from most of the releases in our Upper Deck Hockey product profiles.

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns are are some of the most anticipated in some time thanks to the strong rookie class led by Connor McDavid.

Do you have a favorite design from the popular rookie line? Let us know in the comments. 

Upper Deck Young Guns Visual Guide

Click the links or images to shop for Upper Deck Young Guns from each season on eBay.

*2004-05 did not include rookies because of the NHL lockout.

Top eBay Listings

2005-06 Upper Deck Young Guns #204 Corey Perry - Mint
$27.91

2015-16 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS CANVAS & YG SAM BENNETT 2 CARD AUCTION
$12.77

2015 16 DYLAN LARKIN UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UD YG RC RED WINGS
$21.99

2008 09 Upper Deck Hockey Young Guns -- 21 Different Insert Cards
$27.00

2008 09 Upper Deck Hockey Young Guns #497 Cory Schneider
$12.00

2014-15 Upper Deck UD Young Guns Exclusives #488 Josh Jooris YG Flames 100
$20.00

Jack Eichel 15-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns UD Exclusives 100 Rookie Sabre
$1,196.02

09-10 UD UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS #499 BRADEN HOLTBY ROOKIE RC
$29.99

2015-16 Upper Deck Jack Eichel Young Guns RC #451 Buffalo Sabres
$38.05

2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid Young Guns Rookie Beckett 8.5
$96.00

2012-13 UPPER DECK - CHRIS KREIDER YOUNG GUNS #237
$39.99

2015-16 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE LOT OF 31 WITH CHECKLIST
$50.00

2009-10 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS JONAS GUSTAVSSON TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ROOKIE MINT
$20.00

2008 09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos Young Guns!!!
$80.00

2014-15 Upper Deck High Gloss Young Guns Rookie Card #527 Tyler Gaudet YG 2 10
$79.95

UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS 2012-13 OF CHRIS KREIDER FOR NEW YORK RANGERS
$25.00
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View our other Upper Deck Young Guns guides:

Also, find our complete guide to Upper Deck Hockey cards.

Top eBay Listings

2015-16 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS CANVAS & YG SAM BENNETT 2 CARD AUCTION
$12.77

2015 16 DYLAN LARKIN UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UD YG RC RED WINGS
$21.99

2014-15 Upper Deck UD Young Guns Exclusives #488 Josh Jooris YG Flames 100
$20.00

Jack Eichel 15-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns UD Exclusives 100 Rookie Sabre
$1,196.02

2015-16 Upper Deck Jack Eichel Young Guns RC #451 Buffalo Sabres
$38.05

2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid Young Guns Rookie Beckett 8.5
$96.00

2014-15 Upper Deck High Gloss Young Guns Rookie Card #527 Tyler Gaudet YG 2 10
$79.95

Sam Bennett 2015-16 Upper Deck YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE #231
$25.00

2015-16 UPPER DECK - MAX DOMI YOUNG GUNS CANVAS #C96
$29.99

14 15 UPPER DECK 25 TH ANNIVERSARY GARRY VALK YOUNG GUNS #05 25 SP
$19.99

(HCW) 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Tin - Eichel, McDavid, RC's Young Guns
$39.86

15-16 2015-16 UPPER DECK JACK EICHEL YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE CANVAS C91 SABRES
$174.99

15-16 Upper Deck Dylan Larkin Young Guns Rookie Card #228 Detroit Red Wings
$25.00

2015-16 Upper Deck - Series 2 - Young Guns - Jack Eichel - #451
$83.72

2015-16 UPPER DECK ZACHARY FUCALE Young Guns Rookie #461 Montreal Canadiens (UC)
$12.99

2015-16 CONNOR McDAVID UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS YG CANVAS ROOKIE CARD #C-211
$155.00
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  1. I must say when you look at the designs all at once like this, last year (14-15)’s design is my favorite

    I love the blue bottom and silver young guns stamp

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