For many fans and collectors, Alexis Lafreniere is the next big thing in hockey, which is why Upper Deck made him an exclusive spokesman at the age of 17. In addition to the Alexis Lafreniere rookie cards in 2020-21 Upper Deck NHL sets, there are multiple pre-rookie and prospect cards of note.
Viewed as one of the top prospects in the game for a few years, Lafreniere was selected with the first pick in the 2017 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) draft and was also the top pick in the 2020 NHL draft by the New York Rangers.
Collectors already have multiple options thanks to Upper Deck's CHL and Team Canada sets. This includes several Alexis Lafreniere autographs.
And while Upper Deck still has to officially confirm it, it is expected that the #1 Draft Pick redemption card in 2020-21 Upper Deck MVP Hockey applies to Lafreniere, as well as the #1 Draft Pick redemption from 2020-21 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey.
Look for the 2020-21 Upper Deck Alexis Lafreniere Collection set later in the year.
Top Alexis Lafreniere Rookie Cards
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2020-21 Upper Deck Young Guns Alexis Lafreniere RC #201
Upper Deck revealed that they got an exception so that the Alexis Lafreniere rookie cards could be included in 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey. Given that the '20-21 season did not start until January 13, he needed special permission from the NHLPA to appear as a Young Guns rookie without having made his NHL debut yet.
2020-21 Upper Deck Artifacts Alexis Lafreniere RC #180 #/999
Numbered to 999 copies, the base Alexis Lafreniere rookie card in 2020-21 Artifacts Hockey is ornate. However, the product appears to suffer greatly from miscuts, so inspect any potential purchase carefully. The set also offers limited parallels, including relics and autographs.
2020-21 Upper Deck Synergy Alexis Lafreniere RC #130 Autograph #/11
While the main Alexis Lafreniere rookie card in 2020-21 Synergy Hockey has just 11 copies, the NHL set is filled with other choices. This includes multiple autograph parallels and a few different inserts for the rookie.
Top Alexis Lafreniere Pre-Rookie and Prospect Cards
2017-18 Cartes Sportives Extreme Alexis Lafreniere #6
For those wanting something a little more obscure, Lafreniere is part of a team-issued 24-card set from Rimouski Océanic. The series is produced by Cartes Sportives Extreme (Extreme Sports Cards) in Quebec.
2017-18 Upper Deck CHL Star Rookies Alexis Lafreniere #390
Arguably the best pre-rookie for Alexis Lafreniere, the short-printed Star Rookies card in 2017-18 Upper Deck CHL is already very popular.
If you are looking to the premium prospect side, Lafreniere has limited Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) parallels to chase.
In addition, collectors can find him in Group A (1:108 packs) of the base autograph set with an added sticker signature.
2018 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Alexis Lafreniere #25
2018 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors is another place to find a notable Alexis Lafreniere card. Like the CHL release, the Canadian national team set features Exclusives (#/225) and High Gloss (#/25) parallels, plus autographs. There is also the base Blue parallel shown below.
However, the top pick here is his Team Canada Premium Swatch Auto card, numbered to 125.
2018-19 Upper Deck CHL 30th Anniversary Diamond Relics Alexis Lafreniere #/30
Lafreniere is one of just 30 names spread across 2018-19 and 2019 sets. The rare card is numbered to 30 copies, so they don't surface often.
2019-20 SP Game Used CHL Alexis Lafreniere #1 #/11
Easily his toughest pre-rookie card, the true base option in 2019-20 SP Game Used CHL Hockey is jersey-numbered to 11 copies. For those who prefer something more attainable, his Authentic Prospects Orange parallel (shown below) is much easier to locate at 199 copies.
Possible hits include a base autograph (Group A - 1:43 packs), as well as the red auto patch (#/90). He also has autographs and auto relics in the New Style insert.