2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey CardsBrand: Premier
Maintaining the quality look and feel of the NHL brand, 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey largely sticks with what it does best. For collectors this means a premium, hit-based product. Another strong selling point is the 100% rate for on-card autographs.
Wasting no time, fans of "The Great One" get a treat right off the bat with the added possibility of signed tins from the legendary Wayne Gretzky.
Inside each metal tin, 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey packs five hits, just as it did in 2016-17.
2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Base / Parallels
Coming two per box, the 2017-18 UD Premier base set consists of stars (#/249) and legends (#/149). The base set is joined by limited relic parallels. These include Base Jersey (1:2) and Legends Jersey (1:20), along with numbered Premium Materials, Neckline (#/6) and Tag (#/3) versions. In addition, the Platinum Blue Spectrum Autograph parallel has just five copies.
2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Rookies
Adding to that, base rookie cards are numbered to 399 or 199. Memorabilia parallels here consist of Rookie Jersey (1:2), Rookie Patch (#/36), Rookie Neckline (#/12) and Rookie Tag (#/3). Signed choices are offered with Rookie Silver Spectrum Autograph (Tier 1 - 1:3; Tier 2 - 1:25) and Rookie Platinum Blue Spectrum Autograph (#/5).
Continuing to focus on the first-year players, the 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey checklist features acetate Rookie Auto Patch cards numbered to 299 or 199. The Platinum Blue edition drops that number down to just 25 copies.
Celebrating a past design, the 2002-03 Rookie Auto Patch Tribute (#/49 or #/15) and 2003-04 Rookies Auto Patch Tribute (#/99) cards have Gold parallels numbered to 15 or five. Each Rookie Auto Patch set has unsigned versions, as well, likely for Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick.
2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Autographs
Similar to the rookies, established players also get the call in 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey with acetate Star Auto Patch (#/49 or #/25) cards and a Platinum Blue (#/5) parallel.
Other signed inserts include Inked Script, Magnificent Marks (1:4), Signature Award Winners and Signature Champions.
The massive Premier Signature Booklets (1:5) and Premier Dual Signature Booklets (#/40 or #/20) inserts really make a statement with oversized autographs from elite players.
2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Relics
An umbrella set, of sorts, the Premier Mega Patch line in 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey is home to multiple hand-numbered memorabilia cards, including Commemorative Logos (#/3), Chest Logos, Shoulder Logos (#/3) and Sleeve Numbers (#/4). Mega Pads cards are new, featuring goalie relics and a print run of 10. The Mega Patch Duos and Mega Stick Duos sets are each numbered to 25.
Another debut insert in 2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hockey is NHL Legendary Sticks. These cards contain game-used stick pieces with a die-cut design.
Of course, there are many other relic hits to find in UD Premier. Among the choices are Premier Duals Jersey (#/99), Premier Duals Premium Relics (#/15 or #/5), Premier Trios Jersey (#/75), Premier Trios Premium Relics (#/10 or #/5), Premier Quads Jersey (#/49 or #/25), and Premier Quads Premium Relics (#/10 or #/5).
Finally, collectors can count on a brand staple with Premier Swatches, while Premier Gear (#/3) also returns.
Estimated Release Date: 06/06/2018
Product Configuration: 7 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, 10 boxes per case (2 inners)
2017-18 Upper Deck Premier Hobby Box Break Average
- 1 Rookie Autograph Patch
- 4 Additional Autographs / Relics
- 2 Base Cards
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents subject to change.