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2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Cards

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Cards


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A hobby favorite, the storied brand lives on with 2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey. Hobby boxes include two autographs with a chance for more.

Similar to the 2016-17 product, NHL collectors have a shot at hot boxes that feature a third autograph.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Base / Inserts

Kicking things off, the 100-card base set includes new Red (1:6) parallels, which fall three to a box.

In addition to the main base set, Authentic Moments (1:6) highlights key events. Making their debut on the 2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey checklist, Rookie Year Milestones (1:6), displaying rookie-year images for established stars, combine with Authentic Moments to come seven per box. Much tougher to pull, 1990-91 Retro Draft Picks cards average 1:45 packs.

Back again, Spectrum FX inserts are a box hit, and add a bonus (second) card in roughly every other box. Veteran players average 1:18 packs, and the Future Watch subset comes in three different groupings: Level 1 (1:36), Level 2 (1:90) and Level 3 (1:360). The Spectrum FX set is also part of the Upper Deck Bounty Program. The first 50 collectors who complete the 99-card insert receive a Spectrum FX Gold set (#/50) and card #100, which can't be pulled in packs.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey

Allowing UD the opportunity to highlight players (or moments) that were left out of the Series 1 and Series 2 lineup, the Upper Deck Updates set extends the flagship checklist with four dropping in each box. Base update cards average 1:9 packs, while Young Guns come 1:13 packs. These each also have Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) parallels.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Future Watch Autographs

As most fans know, the Future Watch subset is where the rookies reside in 2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey. There are Autographed Future Watch (#/999), Autographed Future Watch Holdovers (#/999), Future Watch Patch (#/10) and Future Watch Auto Patch (#/100) options to hunt down. Each hobby box includes one signed Future Watch card.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Autographs

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey also contains a base Limited Autograph (1:216) parallel done in Gold Spectrum foil. Limited Auto Material (#/50 or less) puts superstars alongside their signatures and relic pieces. Adding to the inserts noted above are signed 1990-91 Retro Draft Picks, Authentic Moments (1:1,440) and Rookie Year Milestones. Other autographed choices include hobby favorites such as Global Chirography (1:576), Great White North Signatures (1:576), Immortal Ink (#/10) and Marks of Distinction (#/25). Autograph Retro Rookie Patch cards have just 25 copies.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey

A long-running line, Sign of the Times comes in Tier 1 (1:120), Tier 2 (1:2,304) and Rookies (#/99), as well as multi-player Sign of the Times 2 (#/25), Sign of the Times 3 (#/15), Sign of the Times 4 (#/10), Sign of the Times 6 (#/6), and Sign of the Times 8 (#/5) sets.

Dubbed "The Ultimate Buyback Auto," the already-iconic Connor McDavid Young Guns card provides a limited chase. The flagship rookie buyback is signed on-card and hand numbered to McDavid's jersey number (#/97) with an added certificate of authenticity.

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey

Estimated Release Date: 05/16/2018
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 18 packs per box, 16 boxes per case (2 inners)

2017-18 SP Authentic Hockey Hobby Box Break

  • 2 Autographs (at least one Future Watch)
  • 3 Red Parallels
  • 4 Upper Deck Updates
  • 7 Authentic Moments / Rookie Year Milestones
  • 1-2 Spectrum FX Inserts

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents subject to change.

2017-18 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey Hobby Box $119.95
2017-18 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey Hobby 8-Box Case $894.95
2017-18 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey Hobby 16-Box Case $1,784.95
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. McDavid auto buyback. I can see the box / case pricing increasing already. What an amazing card for the 97 collectors who have the luck and hit one of those cards! Certainly makes up for a less than steller group of rookies. INTERESTING for sure!

  2. So if they are advertising SP Authentic already does that mean no Parkhurst hockey or Fleer Showcase hockey this year?

  3. Sorry UD, No Hischier or Patrick
    FW Auto’s thanks to their contract with Leaf. Now you want us to buy anyway for a 1 every 120 box chance at a signed McDavid YG buyback ? Passing on this one

  4. No 17-18 No 1 or 2 pick auto, meaning no Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick.

  5. I don’t know why people hate this product because there it no Patrick or hischier autos. They aren’t even the main rookies in this class. Patrick isn’t even playing well, the big rookies are boeser Keller mcavoy dubois jost bratt and more. So I don’t see the problem. It sucks but there are better rookies

  6. I am still upset that there is only guaranteed Future Watch Auto per Box. They and the FWA patches are all I collect, so buying boxes/packs is pointless.

    Otherwise, it is still my favorite set to collect.

    Finally, it would be nice when the card companies stop having private contracts for autographs so the COLLECTORS can get what they want (ie Hischer and Patrick, and previously Eichel).

  7. Does anyone know which YG cards will be included in the SPA update set? Donato?

  8. I think he will be a carry over rookie into next year, he started to late to make the checklist I think

  9. Seagul…yeah you’re probably right. A few players I think could be included are: Tucker Poolman, Zach Aston-Reece, Blake Coleman and Matt Grzelcyk

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