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 it's 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.

Upper Deck Young Guns Visual Guide

Click the links to shop for Upper Deck Young Guns from each season.

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

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2007 08 Upper Deck Young Guns Tukka Rask 456 RC
$49.99
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13-14 Upper Deck #499 Hampus Lindholm YG RC - Young Guns
$10.00
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Seth Jones - 2013-14 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1 Young Guns #228
$10.00
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LOT OF 23 2012-13 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE CARDS + CANVAS
$19.99
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05-06 Upper Deck Young Guns Thomas Vanek Rookie Card RC #457 Mint
$19.99
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2007-08 Upper Deck Young Guns Nicklas Backstrom rookie
$14.99
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2010-11 Upper Deck Young Guns Jeff Skinner rookie
$29.99
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13-14 Upper Deck Nathan Beaulieu Rookie Young Guns Exclusives 25 100
$39.99
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2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Rookie Seth Jones #228
$21.98
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2005-06 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns Rookie Card #452 Ryan Getzlaf DUCKS!!!
$19.99
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03 04 UPPER DECK ERIC STAAL YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE RC #206
$29.99
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2011 12 Upper Deck Series 2 Complete Set W Young Guns - Leblanc Hagelin Kassian
$169.99
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2012 13 Upper Deck Series 1 Complete Set W Young Guns - Krug Baetschi Schwartz
$169.99
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2013 14 Upper Deck Series 2 Complete Set W Young Guns - Gallagher Gibson Barkov
$199.99
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2012 12-13 Upper Deck Canvas #C93 Sven Baertschi YG Young Guns RC Rookie
$39.99
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2013-14 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS TOMAS HERTL #248
$12.49
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2012 13 Upper Deck Series 1 Complete Set W Young Guns - Krug Baetschi Schwartz
$169.99
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2012 12-13 Upper Deck Canvas #C93 Sven Baertschi YG Young Guns RC Rookie
$39.99
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12-13 2012-13 UPPER DECK REILLY SMITH CANVAS YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE C99 DALLAS STARS
$19.99
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12-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Exclusives Lane Macdermid 100
$29.99
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12-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Exclusives Jeremy Welsh 100
$29.99
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12-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns Exclusives Travis Turnbull 100
$29.99
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2012-13 UPPER DECK SVEN BAERTSCHI YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE RC UD 208 FLAMES
$17.99
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2012 13 UPPER DECK HOCKEY SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS ROOKIES 250 CARD COMPLETE SET
$79.99
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12-13 Upper Deck Brandon Bollig Young Guns High Gloss Spectrum Exclusives 06 10
$59.99
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2012-13 UPPER DECK..."YOUNG GUNS HIGH GLOSS""...# 248....***RYAN HAMILTON***
$22.49
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2012-13 Upper Deck MAT CLARK 2 10 Rookie Young Guns UD Exclusives RC
$29.95
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2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card #208 of Sven Baertschi
$15.00
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2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card #237 of Chris Kreider
$15.00
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2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card #245 of Jaden Schwartz
$15.00
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2012-13 Upper Deck Series 1 Canvas Young Guns #C110 of Chris Kreider
$25.00
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2012-13 UPPER DECK - JUSSI RYNNAS YOUNG GUNS #249
$11.99
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