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2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards

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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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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

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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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).

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Estimated Release Date: 11/07/2018; ePack - No earlier than 12/07/2018
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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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+.

User Reviews

  1. It really irks me that Upper Deck is doing it on the cheap by no longer including a relic card in every box. Granted, the relics usually weren’t showstoppers, but it was still cool knowing that I would get a hit if I bought a box. Didn’t those boxes contain two relics, once upon a time? Then one per box, now less than one per box. C’mon Upper Deck, give me a reason to care about your hockey cards again – I think I bought maybe five packs total this year! I’m not into that $500 for one box with one pack with one card inside BS. Your flagship product is a good one, but including less and less value in your boxes is making me less and less a consumer of your brand.

  2. If that ovechkin is what they will look like I will be passing on this year.

    That said I am looking forward to the following insert sets.

    Ceremonial Puck Drop (1:2,000 packs),

    Cup Components (1:708 packs),

    Day with the Cup (1:2,000 packs).

  3. young guns arent worth anything anymore. they used to be the must have rookie…. how many bgs 9.5 mcdavids are there now? 6,000? probably more boeser’s graded than carey price? lol joke! no worth the cash at all! these new cards are ugly as sin too! PASS!!

  4. Cards not yet known so it could go either way. Young Guns are all I am interested in so it depends on who is in and who is not

  5. This is a very fun set to collect every year and despite really suffering from “same thing every year” syndrome is not a bad configuration.

    However, since ePack+COMC combination, the values of anything from series 1 are literally like 25c per insert and like 50c-1d for common young guns and only like 5 bucks for bigger young guns other than the real marquee stars. All that being said, it would just be nice if the price of the physical product would come way down to reflect the fact that the cards have zero secondary market value. This is basically MVP at this point but at twice the price.

    I would love to buy 6 boxes and just enjoy them but at $100 all-in per box it’s just not feasible when the total value of cards aftewards is less than the cost of a single box

  6. I don’t like the look of any of those cards at all. IF the Ovechkin one if the way the base cards look i wont be buying any. Oh well. Im looking forward to the Artifacts coming out. I like the look of those. Ill be buying 24 cases.

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