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2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Cards

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Cards

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2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey graces the NHL collecting season with an established formula of rookie redemptions and premium hits.

Continuing the format from 2017-18, every Hobby box contains three hits, which can be autographs, relics and/or the Aurum cards. Each box also offers one rookie redemption and four numbered cards.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Base / Parallels

In addition to 100 regular cards, the 2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey checklist is extended by way of the Stars (#/699), Legends (#/599) and Rookies (#/999) subsets. All base cards are treated to colorful parallels, as well, including Ruby (#/399 or #/299), Emerald (#/99), Aqua (#/45), Purple (#/20), and Black (#/5).

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

While they don't apply to every name in the set, many additional parallels add relic pieces and/or autographs for the base, star, legend and rookie cards. This includes Material (#/499 or less) versions in various low-numbered options, along with Autograph Material (#/99 or less) in a similar assortment of parallels. There are also base Black Autograph cards, which are numbered to just five copies.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Rookie Redemptions

Further building on the primary set for 2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts, Rookie Redemption cards average around one per box. Think of these as a placeholder for the standout rookies who debut during the 2018-19 season. Once the season gets underway, Upper Deck announces the rookie players who are part of the redemption program.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

These, too, come in multiple styles, including short prints, relics and autographs. The full breakdown is shown below with the expected pack odds.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Rookie Redemptions Breakdown

  • Rookie Cards (#181-220) - 1:9
  • Rare Variation #SP1 - 1:2,200
  • Rare Variation #SP2 - 1:2,200
  • Emerald (#181-220) - 1:58
  • Emerald Rare Variation #SP1 – 1:9,216
  • Emerald Rare Variation #SP2 – 1:9,216
  • Relic I-V Silver Jersey/Jersey – 1:115
    • Emerald Jersey/Patch – 1:465
    • Purple Spectrum Patch/Patch – 1:940
    • Black Patch/Tag – 1:9,216
  • Autographed Relic I-V Silver Jersey/Jersey – 1:940
    • Emerald Jersey/Patch – 1:1,843
    • Purple Spectrum Patch/Patch – 1:4,608
    • Black Patch/Tag – 1:46,080
  • Autograph I-XVIII – 1:80

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Aurum Bounty

And then we get to the box hits. Although not an autograph or a relic, the shiny Aurum cards tap into the UD Bounty Program which awards prizes to those collectors who complete the 48-card set. The main cards average 1:20 packs, while the Veteran All-Star and Holdover Rookie short prints are each found at 1:640 packs.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

The collectors that complete the entire Aurum set earn cards #49 and #50, which are not in regular packs. If you happen to be one of the first 25 to finish the 48-card set, you also receive a 9-card Aurum White set and an Aurum Signatures card for Wayne Gretzky.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Autographs / Relics

Of course, 2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey has many more autographs and relics to track down. New for '18-19, Threads of Time (1:300) is a memorabilia set that honors the careers of top players, and Esteemed Endorsements (#/28) combines hard-signed autographs and unique inscriptions. Also debuting, Le Bleu Blanc Rouge Remnants (#/26) features pieces from the demolished Montreal Forum.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

With odds of 1:48 packs, the Autofacts cards are among the most common signed options. Those expected to join the Hall of Fame again get the call with Honoured Hopefuls Relics (#/27) and Signatures (#/27). Even more all-time greats are covered in Lord Stanley’s Legacy Relics (1:160) and Signatures (1:288).

Moving to the younger stars, 2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey offers Top 12 Rookie Signatures (1:1,200) for '18-19 and a 2017-18 Update (1:1,120) set. Year One Rookie Sweaters (1:48) uses swatches from game-used jerseys worn during the player's rookie season.

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

Ending with a little extra memorabilia, Divisional Artifacts averages 1:24 packs, and Tundra Teammates is back with Duos (#/199) and Quad (#/99) editions. Most of the relic sets referenced also have Premium parallels that are numbered to 25 copies (or less).

Estimated Release Date: 09/26/2018
Product Configuration: 4 cards per pack, 8 packs per box, 20 boxes per case (2 inners)

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Hobby Box Break Average

  • 3 Hits (Autograph, Relic or Aurum Bounty cards)
  • 1 Rookie Redemption
  • 4 Serial Numbered Cards (one is #/99 or less)

2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Hobby Case Hits Average

  • 1 Rookie Redemption Autograph
  • 8 Aurum Bounty cards

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Contents and designs are subject to change. 

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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+.

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  1. Aurum cards should NOT be considered hits. They arent even nice looking cards. They should get rid of them completely. Other than that, i find Artifacts really nice looking.

  2. Are any of the autographs on card autographs and if so which ones?

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