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

(HCW) 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Blaster Jumbo Box - Connor McDavid Young Guns
$61.56

2014 UPPER DECK RC YOUNG GUNS AUTO FALL EXPO JARED COWEN 25 SENS LEAFS
$10.99

2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey 1-250 Near Complete w Young Guns 236 250 SEE SCANS
$99.99

MAX DOMI YOUNG GUNS CANVAS-2015-16 UPPER DECK
$19.95

SAM BENNETT YOUNG GUNS CANVAS-2015-16 UPPER DECK
$19.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Jared McCann Canucks
$149.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Matt O'Connor Senators
$99.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Joonas Kemppainen Bruins
$109.95

MARK SCHEIFELE YOUNG GUNS CANVAS UPPER DECK 2011-12
$19.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Silver Foil #229 Robby Fabbri Blues E-pack Only
$19.99

2015-16 Upper Deck UD Young Guns YG #221 Artemi Panarin Chicago Blackhawks RC
$14.99

2005-06 Upper Deck #229 Cam Ward YG Young Guns RC Rookie Card
$350.15

2015-16 15-16 SERIES ONE YOUNG GUNS LOT OF 6 UD UPPER DECK SPRONG COUSINS ECT
$19.99

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54422
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54470
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54418
$20.00
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Also, find our complete guide to Upper Deck Hockey cards.

Top eBay Listings

MAX DOMI YOUNG GUNS CANVAS-2015-16 UPPER DECK
$19.95

SAM BENNETT YOUNG GUNS CANVAS-2015-16 UPPER DECK
$19.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Jared McCann Canucks
$149.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Matt O'Connor Senators
$99.95

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Acetate Young Guns Joonas Kemppainen Bruins
$109.95

2015-16 Upper Deck UD Young Guns YG #221 Artemi Panarin Chicago Blackhawks RC
$14.99

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54422
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54470
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Dylan Larkin Rookie Young Guns #228 *54418
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Jean-Francois Berube Exclusives rc #D77 100 *53645
$20.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Young Guns YG Dylan Larkin Rookie rc #228 *54387
$20.00

2014-15 UPPER DECK #467 ANDRE BURAKOVSKY YG RC Young Guns Rookie Card B1P8
$13.99

2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas Max Domi Young Guns rc rookie #C96 *53623
$15.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Max Domi Rookie UD Canvus RC Young Guns #C96 *54519
$15.00

2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 Bo Horvant Young Guns Rookie RC #494 *54201
$10.00

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Max Domi Rookie RC Young Guns #204 *54301
$10.00
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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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