2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards


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Arguably the biggest release of the year, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey is the annual starting point for the flagship NHL brand.

What it lacks in premium hits, Series 1 makes up for with the popular Young Guns and a ton of inserts.

See also: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Base / Young Guns

As usual, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey features 250 cards in the main set. This breaks down to 198 common base cards, 49 Young Guns and three checklists.

Collectors will likely gravitate to the 50-card Young Guns (1:4 packs) subset, which adds another crop of rookies to the long-running YG checklist.

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Parallels include Hobby-only Clear Cut (Base - 1:96 packs; YG - 1:288 packs), Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) cards.

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Reaching into the brand's past, a new parallel choice is the French text edition that falls 1:30 packs for base subjects and 1:120 packs for Young Guns.

On top of that, 2020 NHL Draft SP cards are very difficult to uncover at 1:12,960 packs.

Although not technically part of the base set, the UD Canvas line is another fan-favorite. The Canvas Young Guns average 1:48 packs compared to the base cards that drop at rate of 1:7 packs.

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2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Inserts

From there, the 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey checklist touches on a number of different insert options. Several of these are new for the '20-21 season.

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Collectors can find debuting Dazzlers Blue (1:24 packs), done on patterned foilboard with a rare Pink (1:144 packs) parallel, along with Debut Dates (1:20 packs) for initial rookie appearances in '19-20, and Predominant (1:12 packs) cards featuring color player images set against a black-and-white background. These come as a Gold (1:260 packs) parallel, as well.

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There's also UD's nod to the global aspect of the game in NHL Worldwide (1:14 packs), which offers a limited Die-Cut (1:270 packs) version.

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Likely familiar to flagship fans, top rookies from 2019-20 get a curtain call in Rookie Retrospective, while UD Portraits (Base - 1:8 packs; Rookies - 1:30 packs) is back along with the Gold (#/99 or #/25) and Platinum Blue (#/25 or #/5) parallels. This two-part set is split between Series 1 and Series 2.

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Returning for another year, the Clear Cut insert selection has several tough pulls that combine to average one per case.

Clear Cut

  • Foundation Duos - 1:288 packs
  • Leaders Trios - 1:4,000 packs
  • Honoured Members Update - #/100
  • Cut Components - 1:900 packs

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Those tracking down the SSP inserts can try their luck with Ceremonial Puck Drop (1:2,880 packs) and Day with the Cup (1:2,880 packs).

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In addition, the Retail Tins have O-Pee-Chee bonus packs with exclusive OPC Glossy Rookies. The three-card packs include limited Bronze (1:12 packs) and Gold (1:34 packs) parallels.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Autographs / Relics

Even though it's one of the few UD releases not centered on hits, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey does contain a handful of signed cards and memorabilia inserts.

Hit-chasers can find Signature Sensations (1:276 packs) or Hobby-only UD Canvas Signatures cards in a horizontal or vertical layout that are limited to the player's uniform number.

The Upper Deck relic classic continues via UD Game Jersey cards with Patch parallels that have only 15 copies.

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Several of the inserts covered above also come as relics or autographs, such as Ceremonial Puck Drop Autographs (1:30,000 packs), Debut Dates Jersey (1:432 packs), Debut Dates Patch (#/25), Rookie Retrospective Jersey (1:432 packs), and Rookie Retrospective Patch (#/19).

Estimated Release Date: November 5, 2020
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Box Break Average

  • 6 Young Guns Rookie Cards
  • 4 UD Canvas
  • 6 Inserts (Debut Dates, NHL Worldwide, Predominant, Rookie Retrospective)
  • 4 UD Portraits Inserts
  • 1 Dazzlers Blue Insert

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Hobby Case Break Average

  • 1 Autograph
  • 4 Clear Cut Parallels
  • 6 UD Canvas Young Guns Rookies
  • 1 Clear Cut PETG Card

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


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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. So this product will release before the 2020-21 season begins– so only carryover rookies from this season. I do not see how they get 49 YG’s.

  2. Day with the Cup (1:2,880 packs).

    Umm how does this work? There was no finals so no cup.

  3. Lots of time to go for this. If the season resumes, there will be a Cup winner. If not, they will likely do a retro or flashback set as they have already done multiple times. Or they’ll remove it entirely.

  4. Will Series 1 or 2 have Alexis Lafrenière ? Noticed McDavid, Matthews etc are usually Series 1. But they had more time with the draft being in June. My guess is series 2 is the main buy out of the two this year.

  5. I kinda agree with you. Draft is supposed to be early October, so obviously they can’t have any “new” rookies in Series 1 if they want to have a Nov release date.

    I’m relatively new to the hobby, so I’m not sure what they’d put in there, the preview says they’re still gonna do Young Guns. But with rookies and their kinds, the cat is kinda outta the bag once the cards are out there. Can’t really put that toothpaste back in the tube.

    They could maybe make cards for players they THINK will kinda debut that are already drafted, or if anyone made a name for themselves in the playoffs this year. But the problem there is, and it’s a problem I have with all the products pretty much, they’re so rookie reliant that they produce YG for guys who barely played, so there’s not even really anyone left for them to feature. Yakov Trenin has 21 NHL games played, he’s 23. Jimmy Schuldt is 25 and has 1 NHL game played. You’ve already reached pretty deep down that depth chart.

    I wonder if they might re-release some old YG. Since YG aren’t numbered, they could either just re-print old big name guys and mix them all around. Might be kinda cool to pull Young Guns that don’t look alike. You could have a new run with a new style, using old pictures, or using new pictures…but I’m not sure anyone would like that. Getting a “young gun” of Ryan Getzlaf even if the picture is old…I mean, I dunno. It would still be fairly collectible, but I think the value kinda wouldn’t be there.

    The more I think about the more I wanna wait to see a checklist. Might pre-order a box closer to the date just to lock in an acceptable price, but I don’t think too many people are rushing out there to pre-order a case without knowing the YG situation.

  6. To the last guy, that’s an interesting point. Will Series 2 contain the first overall pick this year?

    Seeing how card values of Lafreniere’s CHL/Team Canada have skyrocketed, he will be in Series 1. Even if it’s a Alexandar Georgiev style Young Gun.

    But I’m with you, I will be interested in seeing a checklist. I do like the redesigned UD Portraits. Kind of gives off a Be a Player vibe.

  7. I say avoid products of 2020-21 cause chances are slim to none that a 2020-21 hockey season will take place do to the travel restriction and in no way shape of form will they try to host a regular season with all 31 teams in a bubble as they are currently doing just for the playoffs. So all product in 2020-21 will be sub par to nothing mean while the prices on boxes or case and breaks will still be charging an arm and a leg but i guess thats why they are in business to over charge for boxes by inflated 30%-40% mark ups on boxes/cases. For a drafted player to have a rookie card under NHL and NHLPA rules that drafted rookie player must play 1 NHL game before a card is manufactured and thus be considered his rookie card, now if they give an exception that be a bunch of crap cause it only means it be done for the money and profits for Upper Deck and the Hobby sport cards stores/breakers. Look at MVP already redemption’s in boxes for card/player that is uncertain if there will be any new rookies from the 2020 Draft that will take place after the cup finals in late Oct cause if there is no 2020-21 season how can a redemption card be offered for a top rookie/s. Its all for the money and nothing more. it shows how low companies and card shops will go for profits.

  8. Forgot to mention look at current products 2019-20 such Ultimate that was released about 2+ weeks ago with in a week the master case was jacked by about $600 and go back even further SP GAME USED box back in March was only with tax $128.00 now jacked up to $189.00 most say reason not much left mean while card prices dont reflect the increase in box price, so this is an other way of trying to cash in before the real slow down in sales for the 2020-21 season.
    I say let the 2020-21 Product sit on shelves in the hobby shops or at distributors or at Upper Deck and let it collect dust.

  9. People do business for the money…not for your pleasure and your fandom.. If it does not please you, do not buy it? Card collecting has become an investment, and that is a good thing for the hobby. It gives it a worth and attracts people like me.. that are in it for the ups and down. Im learning more about hockey with this than I ever was.

  10. Too soon to rate. They’ll definitely be hard pressed to reach 49 ygs in S1. Maybe we get a few yg flashbacks tossed in like they did in 01-02 and 04-05? Could be cool, but wont garner the same return as legit ygs. Or perhaps, ygs for players who never got one. Jonathan Quick, Zdeno Chara, David Backes… Past their prime for sure, but were relevant once.

  11. In the past years by this time around products that would have been released or soon to be released would have been posted with entire checklists base cards rookies cards inserts patch cards etc etc. Ask your self how come no details have been provided and post on what cards be such as in UD Series 1 or MVP or Artifacts. It leaves collectors hanging and speculating if or not will have the players from the coming draft. If Upper Deck were to say no the products wont have the drafted players how many would then pre order or buy boxs/cases when products are released knowing that no top draft picks in it. Nothing is being said cause its like lest pre sell products and then will see what we do with what cards be in it. Its like saying buy the product now and i will tell you later that it will be with PRO SET cards inside…..

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