2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey CardsBrand: Upper Deck Hockey
While 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey is the update to the flagship NHL release, it does mix in a few new options to go with the standard choices.
Just as in 2018-19 UD Series 1 Hockey, collectors can look forward to six Young Guns rookie cards per Hobby box.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Base / Young Guns
Because the flagship brand is a collecting institution, the main set in 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey is a bit more important to many NHL fans. Once again, the 200-card base set is joined by 50 new names in the popular Young Guns subset, including Andrei Svechnikov and Casey Mittelstadt. These rookie cards combine to average 1:4 packs.
As for parallels, there are the normal Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) editions, plus the Hobby-only Clear Cut for base (1:90 packs) and Young Guns (1:360 packs) subjects.
Another intriguing aspect of the release, UD Canvas skates on with a new selection that includes some rare cards with a distinct finish. While the base Canvas cards average 1:8 packs, the Canvas Young Guns (1:48 packs), Team Canada Program of Excellence (1:192 packs) and Retired Stars (1:192 packs) cards are all tougher to uncover.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Inserts
The 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey checklist also incorporates a variety of inserts. The UD Portraits lineup is all rookies this time, with each player in the 50-card set averaging 1:6 packs. These have Gold (#/99) and Platinum Blue (#/25) parallels, as well.
Utilizing die-cut acetate stock, Rookie Breakouts (#/100) cards are exclusive to Hobby boxes.
Back in action, the bright UD Fluorescence has an updated design and comes in Gold (#/150), Blue (#/50), Green (#/15), and Magenta (#/5) versions.
And the rarest inserts are supplied by Day with the Cup (1:1,000 packs) and Tricksters (1:463 packs).
Those shopping at retail can find Rookie Commence and oversized NHL Star cards (3 1/2" x 5") exclusively in tins. These each average one per tin.
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Autographs / Relics
Still known more for the set collecting side of things, 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey does contain a few hits to chase. Among the choices is the all-new Rookie Photoshoot Flashback Materials (1:288 packs), which displays images from the player's rookie year. The Patch parallel caps the print run at 15 copies.
The exclusive Rookie Materials cards come in base (1:58 packs) and Patch (#/25), while collectors can find a new crop of stars in the 1,000 Point Club Jerseys (1:864 packs) and 1,000 Point Club Autos (#/10) sets.
Phil Esposito is the UD Canvas Autograph (#/16) subject this time.
2018-19 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Update
Because it is an early-season release, many key players don't make into 2018-19 OPC, but the 2018-19 O-Pee-Chee Update insert takes care of that with base (1:24 packs) and Rookies (1:6 packs) in several parallels.
2018-19 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Update Breakdown
Black Border - #/100
Silver Border - 1:120
Gold Border - 1:960
Red Border - 1:1,230 (Hobby)
Retro - 1:60
Black Border - #/100
Silver Border - 1:30
Gold Border - 1:240
Red Border - 1:307 (Hobby)
Retro - 1:15
Estimated Release Date: 02/13/2019; ePack - No earlier than 03/14/2019
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Hobby Box Break Average
- 6 Young Guns Rookie Cards
- 4 each of:
- UD Canvas
- Portraits Rookies
- OPC Update Inserts
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Case Hits Average
- 1 Autograph
- 1 Acetate Insert
- 6 Young Guns Canvas Rookies
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Contents and designs are subject to change.