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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Sean Couturier Young Guns Rookie 11 12 Upper Deck Must Grade!
$19.99

2010-11 Upper Deck UD YG Young Guns #223 Brayden Schenn RC Flyers Rookie Card
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2013-14 UPPER DECK NATHAN MACKINNON UD EXCLUSIVES YOUNG GUNS RC 100
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Adam Henrique 2011 12 Upper Deck Young Guns #226
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Cam Atkinson 2011 12 Upper Deck Young Guns #212
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Jake Gardiner 2011 12 Upper Deck Young Guns #241
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Gabriel Landeskog 2011 12 Upper Deck Young Guns #208
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2006 07 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS SP #207 PAUL STASTNY RC ROOKIE KSA 10 GEM MINT!!
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11-12 2011-12 UPPER DECK BLAKE GEOFFRION UD EXCLUSIVES YOUNG GUNS RC 100 224
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Tomas Hertl 13 14 Upper Deck # 248 Young Guns SP RC
$19.95

11 12 UD YOUNG GUNS CARL HAGELIN RC (#484) UPPER DECK ROOKIE CARD
$15.00

2009-10 Upper Deck Alexander Salak Young Guns UD Exclusives 077 100 Panthers
$10.00

2008-09 Upper Deck Tom Cavanagh Young Guns UD Exclusives 090 100 Sharks
$10.00

2009-10 UPPER DECK JOEL RECHLICZ UD RC EXCLUSIVE YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE 100 244
$19.99

MATT DUCHENE 2009-10 09 10 Upper Deck Rookie Young Guns Beckett Graded 9.5 Card
$60.00

2009-10 UPPER DECK DANIEL LARSSON UD RC EXCLUSIVE YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE 1 100! 460
$24.99
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Chris Kreider, New York Rangers,2012-13, Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Card, #237
$25.00

12-13 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS #239 MARK STONE
$29.95

2012-13 Torey Krug Upper Deck Young Guns Exclusive 68 100 Boston Bruins Series 1
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2012-13 UPPER DECK - JORDAN NOLAN UD CANVAS YOUNG GUNS #C103
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2012-13 UPPER DECK - JUSSI RYNNAS UD CANVAS YOUNG GUNS #C118
$24.99

Mark Stone 12-13 Upper Deck Young Guns Exclusives 100 Sens! Rare ROY? Calder Sp
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MARK STONE 2012-13 Upper Deck YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE CARD RC #239
$14.99

Upper Deck 12 13 2012 2013 Young Guns Set
$79.54

2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie card #245 of Jaden Schwartz
$12.00

12 13 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Card - Jaden Schwartz # 245
$22.99

12-13 Upper Deck KREIDER Young Guns SP RC #237 New York Rangers Rookie UD CHRIS
$30.00

SERGEI FEDOROV 1990-91 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE 2012-13 HISTORY OF HOCKEY
$19.99

REILLY SMITH 2012 13 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS CANVAS ROOKIE #C99
$14.99

12 13 UPPER DECK MARK STONE YOUNG GUNS RC #239 SENATORS
$19.99

2012-13 Upper Deck Exclusives card #233 of Chet Pickard #068 100 (Young Guns)
$10.00

* Upper deck Young Guns 2012-13 JAKOB SILFVERBERG #238 Rookie card
$14.95
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