2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey Cards – UpdatedBrand: Upper Deck Ice
Using the icier aspects of the NHL to set the tone, 2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey once again makes good use of acetate. Most popular with collectors, the tiered Ice Premieres rookie cards average two per box. There are also two hits per hobby box.
All things considered, 2017-18 UD Ice NHL features one of the more basic formats, largely sticking with the layout of the 2016-17 set.
2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey Ice Premieres / Base
Acetate galore, the 200-card primary set includes 100 base cards. Of course, the 2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey checklist also contains five different levels of the Ice Premieres subset for first-year players. The full 100-card breakdown includes:
- Level 5 - 20 cards: #/1,299
- Level 4 - 30 cards: #/999
- Level 3 - 25 cards: #/499
- Level 2 - 15 cards: #/249
- Level 1 - 10 cards: #/99
The one-of-one Ice Premieres Black parallel is a new addition for '17-18, while Ice Premieres Retro is numbered to 149.
2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Autographs / Relics
2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey also has Ice Premieres Autographs (#/299, #/199 or #/99) and Ice Premieres Autographed Patch (#/10) versions for many of the top rookie names. The Ice Premieres Jersey cards average 1:15 packs.
Other memorabilia options include Frozen Foursomes (1:151) and Rookie Relic Jumbos (#/199). Both have numbered Red parallels. Among the signed sets, 2017-18 Upper Deck Ice NHL contains Glacial Graphs (1:65), Rinkside Signings (1:60), Superb Script (#49 or #/25), Superb Script Portraits (#/15), and Signature Swatches.
2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Chase Inserts
After debuting in 2016-17, SubZero is back with an 80-card set that features 30 rookie players. Collectors can find at least one SubZero per box, with legends at 1:60 packs, veterans at 1:7 packs, and rookies falling 1:11 packs. In addition, the insert offers Gold (#/24 or #/8) parallels for each subset, plus Rookie Photo Variations (1:120), which are an inner case-hit. The rookie variations have Gold (#/8), Black (1:700), and Red (1/1) parallels.
The most elusive of the group, 2015-16 Retro SubZero comes via a complete set redemption (for five cards) that falls 1:1,800 packs.
2017-18 UD Exquisite Collection Hockey - Part 2
Picking up from 2017-18 Black Diamond, 2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey treats collectors to round two of '17-18 Exquisite Collection. Exquisite Vets (#/149), Legends (#/99) and Platinum Rookies (#/275 or #/175) give way to numbered Exquisite Signatures, Exquisite Rookie Signatures (#/199 or #/99) and Exquisite Material Signatures.
Among the most premium choices are Rookie Tribute (#/25) and Rookie Auto Patch Tribute cards (#/25) using 2007-08 and 2008-09 designs.
Estimated Release Date: 03/28/2018
Product Configuration: 4 cards per pack, 6 packs per box, 20 boxes per case (2 inners)
2017-18 Upper Deck Ice Hockey Hobby Box Break
- 2 Hits (Autograph, Memorabilia Card or Exquisite Insert)
- 2 Ice Premieres
- 1 SubZero
- Additional Ice Premieres or SubZero Card
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents subject to change.