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2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Cards

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Cards


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2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey goes through some changes but the end result is still in line with the NHL card brand's hit-based history. Each six-card Hobby box averages two autographs and two memorabilia cards.

This is a decrease in size from 2017-18, which had seven cards per box, as the '17-18 total includes an extra hit compared to '18-19. Per Upper Deck, this has resulted in a "significant price reduction."

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Base / Parallels

Combining to fall two per box, the main set offers base cards (#/199), Legends (#/199), Tier 1 Rookies (#/299) and Tier 2 Rookies (#/199).

There are also relic hits available, including memorabilia choices for the base, legends and rookies.

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Base Relic Breakdown

  • Jersey - 1:5 packs
  • Rookie Jersey - 1:2 packs
  • Legends Jersey - 1:35 packs
  • Premium Materials - #'d
  • Rookie Patch - #/49
  • Rookie Fight Strap - #/15
  • Fight Strap - #/5
  • Neckline - #/3
  • Rookie Neckline - #/3

Base signature options consist of Silver Spectrum Auto (#'d) and Platinum Blue Spectrum Auto (#/3).

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Rookie Autographs

Where the 2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey checklist really takes off is with the signed rookie content. Collectors should find at least one Acetate Rookie Auto Patch card per box. These come as Tier 1 (#/249) and Tier 2 (#/99) versions, with Gold Spectrum (#/99 or #/25) and Platinum Blue (1/1) parallels. For rookie players without an autograph, there are Non-Auto Tier 2 cards, which are numbered to 99, and one-of-one Platinum Blue editions.

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Rookies also have Silver Spectrum Auto Tier 1 (1:3 packs), Tier 2 (1:25 packs) and Silver Spectrum Non-Auto Tier 2 (1:200 packs) cards, plus Platinum Blue Spectrum (#/3) parallels.

As for the other rookie inserts, 2003-04 Retro Rookie Auto Patch and 2003-04 Rookie Retro Signatures cards revisit the earlier design with only 99 copies apiece.

The Premier Attractions Rookie Auto Patch set is another one that is limited to 99 per player. These also have Non-Auto (#/25) versions.

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2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Autographs / Relics

That still leaves a few more sets in the 2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey checklist. When it comes to the second autograph per box, half of these are numbered to 99 or less. Collectors can track down numbered Inked ScriptSignature Award Winners or Signature Champions.

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There are also Premier Signatures cards at 1:4 packs, and Premier Attractions Veteran Auto Patch cards, numbered to 99 or 25.

On top of that, the jumbo Mega Patch cards all contain game-worn swatches. More specifically, the hand-numbered options include Chest Logos, Commemorative Logos and Shoulder Logos pieces. Roughly 1:6 Mega Patch cards are Shoulder or Commemorative editions.

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Breaking down the memorabilia variety even more, 20% of the relics are Premium Material cards. Of these premium options, 35% are Mega Patch cards and 60% are numbered to 25 or less. And approximately 60% of the autographs have an oversized swatch, as well.

More possible relics include Premier Duals Jersey (#/99), Premier Trios Jersey (#/75) and Premier Quads Jersey (#/49 or #/25).

Estimated Release Date: June 26, 2019
Product Configuration: 6 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, 10 boxes per case (2 inners)

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Hobby Box Break Average

  • 1 Rookie Autograph Patch and 1 Additional Autograph
  • 2 Memorabilia Cards
  • 1 Base Card/Tier 1 Rookie and 1 Base Card/Tier 2 Rookie

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

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Set Checklist

2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Checklist

This is a preliminary checklist and subject to change. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

Inked Script Set Checklist

Brady Tkachuk
Connor McDavid
Elias Pettersson
Wayne Gretzky


Mega Patch Set Checklist

Alex Ovechkin
Andrei Svechnikov
Auston Matthews
Brady Tkachuk
Connor McDavid
Elias Pettersson
Rasmus Dahlin


Author Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
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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