2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey CardsBrand: Upper Deck Hockey
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.
Parallels include Hobby-only Clear Cut (Base - 1:96 packs; YG - 1:288 packs), Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) cards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Returning for another year, the Clear Cut insert selection has several tough pulls that combine to average one per case.
- Foundation Duos - 1:288 packs
- Leaders Trios - 1:4,000 packs
- Honoured Members Update - #/100
- Cut Components - 1:900 packs
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).
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.
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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