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2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Cards

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Cards

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While the format may not have mass appeal, 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey stays with the five-card boxes. There is also a bonus Exquisite pack in each box that has one card.

This overall yield of six cards per box is the same as 2017-18. Similar to past years, collectors can find diamonds embedded in cards for the top rookies and stars. This is also the first chance to see the '18-19 NHL rookies with a larger assortment of autographs and relics.

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Base / Diamonds

Refreshing the main design, 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey starts with 50 base cards that are each numbered to 249 copies. These have Pure Black (#/99) parallels, as well.

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

A brand staple, Diamond Relic Rookies features Single, Double, Triple and Quad Diamond RC versions, each numbered to 99.

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

There are also Diamond Relics cards for veterans, but these are capped at five copies apiece. Patrick Roy is the Retro Quad Diamond (#/33) subject this time around. In addition, the diamond cards all have a one-of-one Pure Black parallel.

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Inserts

While the remaining cards are not just autographs or memorabilia cards, the 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey checklist does present a fair amount of quality with the various inserts. Rookie Gems (#/399) returns and is joined by Diamond Cutters (1:25 packs), Diamond Might (#/99), Hall of Fame Rings (Base - 1:6; Gold - 1:13), Hardware Heroes (#/99), and Run for the Cup Silver (#/99).

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Rookie Autographs / Relics

Naturally, many of the hits in 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey center on the rookies. The Rookie Gems Pure Black Signatures line comes in Tier 1 (#/199) and Tier 2 (#/99) numbering, while the Silver on Black Rookie Signatures set also has two limited groupings via Tier 1 (#/249) and Tier 2 (#/99).

Other first-year content consists of Rookie Team Logo Jumbo Patches (1:2 packs), which adds Autographed Alternate Logo Tier 1 (#/99) and Tier 2 (#/49), plus NHL Shield Logo (#/5) parallels. Even more options come with Diamond Debut Relics (Base - #/299; Premium - #/49) and Rookie Booklet Relics (Base - #/199; Auto Patch - #/99).

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Autographs / Relics

The rest of the 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey checklist is filled with veteran and retired subjects. The base set is expanded further using numbered Relics (#/149), Retired Relics (#/49), Pure Black Premium Relics and Pure Black Signatures.

Additional autographs are waiting in Silver on Black Signatures, Gemography (1:6 packs) and Hall of Fame Rings Gold Autograph.

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Incorporating manufactured or player-worn pieces, the Championship Banners, Diamond Mine Relics (1:5 packs), and Team Logo Jumbos (1:5 packs) sets all return. Team Logo Jumbos adds Gold Full Team Logo (#/15), Alternate Logo (#/5) and NHL Shield Logo (1/1) parallels, while Championship Banners has a Gold Autograph edition.

2018-19 Exquisite Collection Hockey Part 1

And, finally, that brings us to the first installment of 2018-19 Exquisite Collection Hockey, which is released in 2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond through the one-card bonus packs. This initial wave goes big on rookies with Exquisite Rookies (#/299 or #/199), Exquisite Rookie Draft Day (#/99), and Exquisite Rookie Patch (#/299 or #/99). All these sets offer Gold Spectrum parallels. There are Exquisite Rookie Jumbo Material (#/10) cards that have a Shield (1/1) parallel, as well.

Collectors can also find 2003-04 Retro Rookies (#/225) and Exquisite 2003-04 Retro Veterans (#/99) cards with Gold Spectrum (#/25 or #/10) versions. Numbered Exquisite Base Set Veteran Materials and Gold Spectrum (#/3) cards close the set with some final memorabilia options.

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

Estimated Release Date: 11/28/2018
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 1 pack per box (+ 1 Bonus Pack), 10 boxes per case (2 inners)

2018-19 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Box Break Average

  • 5 UD Black Diamond Cards
  • 1 Exquisite Bonus Card

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

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