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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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2011-12 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Card Graded 9.5
$189.99
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2007-08 Upper Deck MVP 376 & Young Guns Rookie RC Tyler Kennedy 492 + Bonus
$10.99
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06-07 UPPER DECK JESSE SCHULTZ HIGH GLOSS YOUNG GUNS EXCLUSIVES 8 10 RC SSP #492
$19.99
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2001-02 Upper Deck #422 Pavel Datsyuk RC Young Guns Graded SCD 8 Nm MT
$99.99
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2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Black Rainbow #575 Alex Galchenyuk #D 025 100 opc
$54.99
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2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Black Rainbow #575 Alex Galchenyuk #D 034 100 opc #3 rookie
$54.99
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2006 upper deck young guns x5 stafford,dave bolland,eriksson,radulov,latendresse
$25.00
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2011-12 upper deck young guns canvas louis leblanc+louis leblanc spx jersey auto
$35.00
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2010 travis hamonic lot of 2 young guns + upper deck canadian world juniors cwj
$20.00
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2013-14 UPPER DECK - ELIAS LINDHOLM CANVAS YOUNG GUNS #C99
$14.99
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08-09 2008-09 UPPER DECK BLAKE WHEELER YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE RC 202 BOSTON BRUINS
$11.99
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★★2009-10 Upper Deck YG ANTTI NIEMI Young Guns Rookie Chicago Blackhawks
$17.81
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★★2008-09 Upper Deck YG LUKE SCHENN Young Guns Rookie Toronto Maple Leafs
$13.35
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★★2010-11 Upper Deck YG DEREK STEPAN Young Guns Rookie New York Rangers
$10.68
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2006-07 UPPER DECK - JORDAN STAAL YOUNG GUNS #239
$24.99
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★★2009-10 Upper Deck YG Exclusives MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO 89 100 Young Guns Rookie
$89.08
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12 13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie #244 Jake Allen RC
$12.78
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12 13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie #245 Jaden Schwartz RC
$19.78
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12-13 UPPER DECK REILLY SMITH RC YOUNG GUNS NO. 219 & CANVAS NO. C99 BOTH CARDS
$14.99
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2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns #205 Torey Krug RC
$12.99
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2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Young Guns Canvas #110 Chris Kreider RC
$20.99
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2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns #219 "REILLY SMITH" RC - GMA 10 Gem Mint
$10.95
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2012 12-13 Upper Deck Canvas #C93 Sven Baertschi YG Young Guns RC Rookie
$39.99
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2012-13 UPPER DECK JAKE ALLEN UD RC CANVAS YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE ST LOUIS BLUES
$19.99
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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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2012-13 Upper Deck Canvas #C112 Jakob Silfverberg Young Guns Rookie Senators
$11.99
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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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12-13 Upper Deck Brandon Bollig Young Guns High Gloss Spectrum Exclusives 06 10
$59.99
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TYLER CUMA 2012-13 Upper Deck YOUNG GUNS UD EXCLUSIVES x 10 HG SPECTRUM
$25.99
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2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Young Guns #237 Chris Kreider RC
$14.99
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