2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Cards

2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Cards

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An homage, of sorts, to '90s collecting, 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey sees the return of Upper Deck's retro NHL brand for year two.

Similar to Fleer Retro and Fleer Showcase, the throwback-inspired release is heavily geared to inserts and parallels.

Although the 2020-21 product specifically mentions one autograph per Hobby box, the '21-22 box hit can be an autograph, PMG, Jambalaya, or "other coveted cards."

See also: 2020-21 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Cards

2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Base / PMG Parallels

The main set for 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey consists of base (#1-100), Alternate Jersey (#101-150; 1:2 packs) and rookie (#151-200; 1:2 packs) cards. Each pack should have either a base rookie card or alternate jersey edition.

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Showcasing background artwork from 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball, 1997-98 Retros (1:5 packs) also has a Purple Spectrum (#/199) parallel.

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In addition to Printing Plates, all four subsets come as Precious Metal Gems (PMG) versions, which have long been a hobby favorite. While the Green/Red PMG cards total 100 copies, the first 10 cards are green and the final 90 are red.

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2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey PMG Parallels Breakdown

Base PMG Parallels

  • Red PMG - #/100 (#11-100)
  • Green PMG - #/100 (#1-10)
  • Gold PMG - 1/1

Alternate Jersey PMG Parallels

  • Red PMG - #/100 (#11-100)
  • Green PMG - #/100 (#1-10)
  • Gold PMG - 1/1
Base Rookies PMG Parallels

  • Red PMG - #/100 (#11-100)
  • Green PMG - #/100 (#1-10)
  • Gold PMG - 1/1

1997-98 PMG Parallels 

  • Red PMG - #/100 (#11-100)
  • Green PMG - #/100 (#1-10)
  • Gold PMG - 1/1

2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Inserts

The 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey checklist really opens up with the insert selection. One key choice is Skybox Premium Prospects (1:5 packs), adding several rarity tiers.

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Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Premium Prospects Parallels Breakdown

Skybox Premium Prospects

  • Star Rubies - #/50
  • Star Emeralds - #/10
  • Star Diamonds - 1/1
1997-98 Skybox Premium Prospects

  • Star Rubies - #/50
  • Star Diamonds - 1/1

The large insert selection consists of Amped Up (1:10 packs), Big Man on Ice (1:8 packs), a shoutout to the Big Man on Court NBA die-cuts, Championship Galaxy (1:38 packs), for past Stanley Cup winners, and Neon Icon (1:38 packs), offering top active players.

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That leaves Pitter Patter (1:75 packs), Planet Metal (1:20 packs) and The Cheddar (1:10 packs).

Falling one per box, look for acetate inserts in Ice Carvings (1:25 packs), with top stars and rookies, and Skybox Metal Picks (1:38 packs), which utilizes a guitar pick design.

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All of these inserts feature numbered Gold or Spectrum parallels.

The rarest inserts include Jambalaya (1:720), a die-cut classic, as well as Metal-X (1:240 packs) and Platinum Portraits (1:1,920 packs), with laser die-cut images.

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2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Autographs

Next up, 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey turns to the autographs. The base set is home to the majority of the signed cards, including Base Autographs (1:140 packs), Base Alternate Jersey Autographs (1:1,000 packs) and Base Rookie Autographs (#/399 or less).

2020-21 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Base Autograph Parallels Breakdown

Base Auto

  • Silver Auto - 1:140
  • Green Auto - #/10
  • Gold Auto - 1/1

Base Alternate Jersey Auto

  • Silver Auto - 1:1,000
  • Green Auto - #/10
  • Gold Auto - 1/1
Base Rookie Auto

  • Silver Auto Tier 1 - #/399
  • Silver Auto Tier 2 - #/299
  • Silver Auto Tier 3 - #/199
  • Silver Auto Tier 4 - #/99
  • Green Auto - #/10
  • Gold Auto - 1/1

Collectors can chase signed inserts, as well, via 1998-99 Skybox Premium Prospects Autographs (1:135 packs), Championship Galaxy Autographs (1:2,000 packs), Neon Icon Autographs (1:2,000 packs), and Skybox Premium Prospects Star Emeralds Autographs (#/10).

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Estimated Release Date: March 2022 TBD
Product Configuration: 7 cards per pack, 15 packs per box, 16 boxes per case

2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Hobby Box Break Average

  • 1 Hit (Autograph, PMG, Jambalaya or other coveted cards)
  • 5 Inserts (Amped Up, Big Man on Ice and/or The Cheddar)
  • 1 Acetate Insert (Ice Carvings or Skybox Metal Picks)
  • 3 1997-98 Cards

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

 

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2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Checklist

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Each Hobby box is slated to have:

  • 1 Hit

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Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey is 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.

User Reviews

  1. Avoid if UD starts using “coveted cards” as a replacement for autos guaranteed in a box. We all know the other “hit” chase inserts aren’t even case hits due to how rare they are. Good luck pulling a Jambalaya card, or any of the PMGs.

    The retail version of last year’s set was great, hopefully, it’s the same. I’d avoid Hobby this year though.

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