2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey CardsBrand: Upper Deck Hockey
Even in today's hobby of big hits and huge price tags, 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey maintains a massive following. The NHL's flagship release marks the unofficial start of the season for many collectors.
A large part of that demand stems from the iconic Young Guns cards, which again come six per box.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Base / Young Guns
The 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey checklist begins with a 200-card base set but most collectors are after the 50-card Young Guns rookie card subset. Adding yet another design to the legendary Young Guns lineup, the cards average 1:4 packs.
The standard parallel lineup consists of Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10). The main set also has the acetate Clear Cut parallels to chase at 1:72 packs.
And we can't forget the popular UD Canvas insert which is more like an extension to the base set. These average 1:6 packs overall, with base UD Canvas at 1:7 packs and Young Guns UD Canvas falling 1:48 packs.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Inserts
Beyond the normal expectations, the 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey inserts provide much of the new options in the release. 25 Under 25 (1:12 packs) counts down some of the very best young stars, while the 50-card Stonewalled set highlights the top goalies at a rate of 1:6 packs.
Split across the various Hobby and Retail formats, Shooting Stars identifies 10 standouts at each position. Averaging one per box, Hobby offers Centers (1:64 packs), Goalies (1:192 packs) and Left Wingers (1:96 packs). Defencemen and Right Winger (1:48 packs) cards are found in tins. Each positional subset has an even more limited Black parallel.
Jagr Years (1:12 packs), of course, pays homage to the extensive career put forth by Jaromír Jágr. There is one card for every year he has played in the NHL.
As for the familiar, Series 1 includes UD Portraits (1:6 packs) in limited Gold (Rookies - #/99; Base - #/25) and Platinum Blue (Rookies - #/25; Base - #/5) versions.
Bringing in more acetate, the Clear Cut insert line offers Clear Cut Foundation (1:654 packs) and Clear Cut Leaders (1:8,104 packs), as well as the Clear Cut Honoured Members Update set (#/100).
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey also has several insert choices that boast extremely difficult odds. There's Ceremonial Puck Drop (1:2,000 packs), Cup Components (1:708 packs), and Day with the Cup (1:2,000 packs). Pushing that to the extreme is the 2018 NHL Draft SP card, at 1:12,000 packs, which also has a variation (1:72,000 packs).
The Oversized Winter Classic card (3-1/2" x 5") comes one per tin.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Autographs / Relics
While the yearly trend paints 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey as a product not especially geared to hit collectors, there are still several elusive autograph and relic sets. The autographed assortment includes UD Canvas Signatures (jersey #'d), Signature Sensations (1:288 packs), and the Ceremonial Puck Drop Autograph parallel (1:16,000 packs).
The flagship relic staple, UD Game Jersey has another go with a base version (1:41 packs) and Patch (#/15) parallel. The 25 Under 25 and Jagr Years inserts add numbered Jersey (#/250 or #/68) and Patch/Premium (#/10) parallels, as well.
Estimated Release Date: 11/08/2018; ePack - No earlier than 12/08/2018
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Box Break Average
- 6 Young Guns Rookie Cards
- 4 UD Canvas
- 4 UD Portraits Inserts
- 1 Shooting Stars Insert
- 2 each: 25 Under 25 and Jagr Years Inserts
- 4 Stonewalled Inserts
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Case Break Average
- 1 Autograph
- 1 Clear Cut PETG Card
- 6 Young Guns Canvas Rookies
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