2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Cards

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Cards

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A well-known product in the Upper Deck NHL portfolio, 2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey maintains the key features of the brand, including Future Watch rookie cards and Sign of the Times autographs.

Hobby boxes should contain two autographs, with at least one being a hard-signed Future Watch card.

In the past, SP Authentic acted as the final installment of the flagship set, but that portion appears to have been completely moved to 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey.

See also: 2019-20 SP Authentic Hockey Cards

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Base / Parallels

Anchoring the main series for 2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey is the 100-card base set. The Limited Red (1:6 packs) parallel averages three per box.

Fans can also find short-printed subsets: Celebrated Moments (#101-116; 1:7 packs) and Future Icons (117-147; #/199).

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In addition, signed editions exist via Base Limited Auto (1:44 packs) and Celebrated Moments Autos (1:1,800 packs). Limited Auto Material, which is numbered to 100, 50, 25, or 10 copies, boasts game-used relics and on-card autographs.

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2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Future Watch Rookies

Extending the base numbering, 2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey highlights the next crop of NHL talent with Base Set Future Watch Rookies (#148-232; #/999). Some are just base rookie cards and others are hard-signed.

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More unsigned FW cards appear in Future Watch Rookies Mystery Black (1:16,915 packs) and 2000-01 Retro Future Watch (#/500).

For the Autographed Future Watch cards, the first 50 cards are inscribed (#1/999 to #50/999).

Every box should have at least one on-card autograph from the following group.

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Future Watch Autograph Rundown

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  • Autographed Future Watch Rookies - #/999
  • Autographed Future Watch Rookies Mystery Black (1:1,538)
  • Autographed Future Watch Patch Rookies - #/100
  • Autographed Future Watch Patch Rookies Mystery Black - 1/1
  • 2000-01 Retro Future Watch Variant Auto - #'d
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 1) - #/399
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 2) - #/99
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 3) - #/50
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 1) - #/99
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 2) - #/49
  • 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 3) - #/25

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Inserts

Throwback fans can revisit the design of two decades prior with 2000-01 SP Authentic Retro Base Variant (1:4 packs) as well as Spectrum (#/100) parallels. Be on the lookout for serial-numbered 2000-01 SP Authentic Retro Base Variant Autos.

Other insert choices include SP Top Performers (1:30 packs) and True Leaders (1:8 packs), as well as their signed counterparts, which are numbered.

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Other Autographs

Naturally, the 2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey checklist is home to a few other SPA staples. This includes Immortal Ink (#/25) and the all-new Immortal Ink Duals (#/10), as well as Marks of Distinction (#/25) and SP Chirography (1:1,728).

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Debuting as an on-card series is UD Authentics (1:360) and UD Authentics Auto Patch (#/49 or #/25).

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Sign of the Times again digs deep to showcase a variety of talent. The hard-signed Sign of The Times "Decade Collection" enters its third (and final) release covering the 1980s and 1990s. The 2000s are back for a second run and collectors can start building the new 2010s series with the first 15 cards.

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On top of that, SOTT fans can track down various low-numbered, multi-signed cards, while the retro edition looks to 2000-01.

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2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Sign of the Times Autograph Rundown

  • Sign of the Times (1:42)
  • Sign of the Times Black - #'d
  • Sign of the Times 1980s (1:1,728)
  • Sign of the Times 1990s (1:1,728)
  • Sign of the Times 2000s (1:1,728)
  • Sign of the Times 2010s (1:863)
  • 2000-01 Retro Sign of the Times (1:255)
  • Sign of the Times 2 - #/25
  • Sign of the Times 3 - #/15
  • Sign of the Times 4 - #/10
  • Sign of the Times 6 - #/6
  • Sign of the Times 8 - #/5

2020-21 SP Authentic Spectrum FX Bounty Program

Supplying an extra chase element for 2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey, the UD Bounty program rewards collectors of the Spectrum FX set. The first 50 to redeem the 99-card set earn the #100 card as well as the Gold parallel set that is limited to 50 copies.

However, those that aren't in the first 50 can still claim card #100 by finishing the set.

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Spectrum FX Bounty Rundown

Spectrum FX Bounty

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  • Veterans (40 cards) - 1:18
  • Future Watch (Level 1) - 1:36
  • Future Watch (Level 2) - 1:90
  • Future Watch (Level 3) - 1:360
Spectrum FX Bounty Achievement

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  • Future Watch (Level 4)
  • Veterans/FW Gold - #/50
  • Veterans/FW Black - 1/1

Estimated Release Date: January 2022 TBD
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 18 packs per box, 16 boxes per case (2 inners)

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Hobby Box Break Average

  • 1 Future Watch/FW Retro Autograph and 1 Additional Autograph
  • At least 1 Spectrum FX Bounty Card
  • 3 Limited Base Red Parallels
  • 6 total cards from: Base Celebrated Moments, True Leaders AND/OR SP Top Performers

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change. 

Set Checklist

2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Checklist

 

The checklist will be added as soon as it is available.

 

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Each Hobby box is slated to have:

  • 2 Autographs

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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.

User Reviews

  1. With Upper Deck cards, the checklist is provided by UD around 2 weeks ahead of the set’s release. It’s the end of May and (as of now) SP Authentic is not out until September. It will be a while.

  2. SPA isTHE set that I’m looking forward to every year. Unfortunately, the mock design that has been published is disappointing… especially the Sign of the Times design is not very attractive… I have been collecting this insert for the last 15 years. There has been some amazing design over the years especially 07-08 and 12-13. I’m also not a fan of the Future Watch design… usually UD does a great job with this set… hopefully the cards design look better in hands than the mock design that has been published… otherwise I’m not sure I will be collecting my favorite set this year …

  3. Sp Authentic is my favorite set to collect. But ever since they went down to 2 Autos, and only 1 Future Watch Auto, I can’t justify spending the money on boxes. You have to get lucky to hit a big card, a d often you get a couple of Autos worth lass than $20-$25. I didn’t buy any last year. It is very disappointing.

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