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.

Shop for Graded Young Guns Rookie Cards on eBay.

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 were are some of the most anticipated in some time thanks to the strong rookie class led by Connor McDavid. The 2016-17 UD flagship set also boasts a strong group of rookie talent.

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

07-08 Upper Deck Mike Lundin 100 Young Guns UD Exclusives Rookie 2007
$13.49

Ryan Johansen 2011-12 Upper Deck UD Young Guns Canvas SP RC #C97
$24.99

PAUL STASTNY YOUNG GUNS UPPER DECK 06 07 SERIES 1* HOT*
$27.99

SAM GAGNER YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UPPER DECK 07 08 HOT RC
$39.99

STEVE BERNIER YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UPPER DECK 05 06 HOT RC
$14.99

JOHAN FRANZEN YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UPPER DECK 05 06 HOT RC
$14.99

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Acetate MAX McCORMICK 476 Senators UD YG RC Rookie
$90.51

ERIK JOHNSON YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE UPPER DECK 07 08 HOT RC
$12.99

Connor McDavid Sam Bennett 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Checklist RC
$24.99

Brady Skjei New York Rangers 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Canvas #C216
$10.99

2015-16 Upper Deck NHL Hockey Young Guns Canvas Rookie Jumbo Hot Pack Eichel?
$14.99

2011 12 Upper Deck Series 2 Complete Set with all Young Guns - Nyquist Johansen
$113.14

2012 13 Upper Deck Series 1 Complete Set with all Young Guns -Krug Schwartz
$113.14

2010-11 U D Upper Deck NHL Hockey Series 1 Young Guns Rookie Guaranteed Hot Pack
$11.99

2015-2016 Upper Deck Young Guns Dylan Larkin Detroit Red WIngs
$10.62

05-06 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS DION PHANEUF RC # 203 2005
$21.98
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Other Resources

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

Top eBay Listings

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Acetate MAX McCORMICK 476 Senators UD YG RC Rookie
$90.51

Connor McDavid Sam Bennett 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Checklist RC
$24.99

Brady Skjei New York Rangers 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Canvas #C216
$10.99

2015-16 UD Upper Deck MAX DOMI Young Guns Short Print Rookie RC #204
$22.00

Daniel Sprong Young Guns Canvas Upper Deck Series 1 2015-16
$11.32

2015-16 Upper Deck UD Canvas C104 Young Guns Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets 1f0
$15.24

2015-16 Upper Deck UD Young Guns #526 Matt Murray Pittsburgh Penguins ROOKIE RC
$45.26

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Matt Murray Update Sp
$15.84

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Dylan Larkin
$11.69

2014-15 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary Young Guns Auto Fall Expo Ty Rattie! 50
$22.63

Aaron Ekblad 2014-15 Upper Deck Acetate Young Guns Rookie Florida Panthers RC
$226.30

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Jack Eichel Young Guns RC!
$49.99

2015-16 SP AUTHENTIC UPPER DECK ROOKIE ACETATE ADAM PELECH YOUNG GUNS
$56.58

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card# 204 of Max Domi
$15.00

2015-16 Upper Deck #478 Young Guns Taylor Leier Philadelphia Flyers RC Card 2a5
$10.25

14-15 UPPER DECK JIRI SEKAC ROOKIE YOUNG GUNS EXCLUSIVES 100
$25.99
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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

User Comments

  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

  2. i prefer the look of the ’05-’06’s myself,they look even better signed ;)

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