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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2013 13-14 Upper Deck #238 Nathan MacKinnon YG RC Rookie Young Guns
$99.99

Tanner Pearson 13 14 Upper Deck Series Two Young Guns Exclusive 100
$60.00

Sean Monahan 13 14 Upper Deck Series Two Young Guns Canvas Rookie #C218
$21.00

2013-14 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE CARD #203 - ALEX GALCHENYUK
$32.00

2011-12 UPPER DECK - MATT READ YOUNG GUNS #235
$11.99

Lot of 3 - Logan Couture 2009-10 Upper Deck Young Guns UD SP RC Rookie - BV $60
$19.99

Lot of 3 - Shea Weber 2006-07 Upper Deck Young Guns UD SP RC Rookie - BV $60
$29.99

Lot of 25 Young Guns - 2006-07 Upper Deck Rookie Weber Yandle Eriksson Radulov
$29.99

2005-06 UPPER DECK SERIES 2 JEFF CARTER YOUNG GUNS ROOKIE RC 444 FLYERS
$14.99

2005-06 UPPER DECK DION PHANEUF YOUNG GUNS YG ROOKIE
$19.99

2005-06 UPPER DECK CAM WARD YOUNG GUNS YG ROOKIE
$14.99

2005-06 UPPER DECK HENRIK LUNDQVIST YOUNG GUNS YG ROOKIE RANGERS
$49.99

2013 13-14 Upper Deck #236 Valeri Nichushkin YG RC Rookie Young Guns
$14.99

2008-09 UPPER DECK - PETR VRANA #476 YOUNG GUNS UD EXCLUSIVES 100!!
$14.99

11 12 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie - Adam Henrique # 226
$11.04

2008-09 UPPER DECK - JANNE NISKALA #244 YOUNG GUNS UD EXCLUSIVES 100!!
$19.99
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Also, find our complete guide to Upper Deck Hockey cards.

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Upper Deck 12 13 2012 2013 Young Guns Set
$79.73

2012-13 Upper Deck Exclusives #211 Brandon Bollig YG Young Guns RC Rookie 51 100
$14.99

BRANDON BOLLIG 2012-13 Upper Deck Young Guns UD Exclusives # 100 Rookie Chicago
$12.95

2012-13 Upper Deck #245 Jaden Schwartz Young Guns Rookie Card
$19.99

2012-13 UPPER DECK - GABRIEL DUMONT CANVAS YOUNG GUNS #C106
$11.99

2012-13 UPPER DECK - CHRIS KREIDER YOUNG GUNS #237
$39.99

UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS 2012-13 OF CHRIS KREIDER FOR NEW YORK RANGERS
$25.00

2012 12-13 Upper Deck Canvas #C115 Jake Allen YG Young Guns RC Rookie
$19.99

Chris Kreider 2012-13 UD Upper Deck Young Guns SP RC #237
$14.99

Torey Krug 2012-13 UD Upper Deck Young Guns SP RC #205
$12.99

2012-13 UPPER DECK YOUNG GUNS UD EXCLUSIVES #245 JADEN SCHWARTZ 093 100 !!
$59.95

2012-13 Upper Deck Tyson Barrie Young Guns Canvas Rookie #C96
$14.99

WARREN PETERS 2012-13 Upper Deck YOUNG GUNS UD EXCLUSIVES x 10 HG SPECTRUM
$19.99

2012 12-13 UPPER-DECK UD EXCLUSIVES YOUNG GUNS BLUES JAKE ALLEN #244 095 100 RC
$49.99

2012 12-13 UPPER-DECK UD EXCLUSIVES YOUNG GUNS GABRIEL DUMONT #231 064 100 RC
$29.99

2012-13 UPPER-DECK UD EXCLUSIVES SPECTRUM YOUNG GUNS MATT DONOVAN #236 02 10 RC
$29.99
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