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. While the Alexis Lafreniere rookie cards won't arrive until after he's drafted in October, he has several cards out now to track down.
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. It is widely believed that he will repeat the feat in the 2020 NHL Draft as the likely first-overall pick by the New York Rangers.
Although he has not yet made his NHL debut, collectors have multiple options thanks to Upper Deck's CHL and Team Canada sets. This includes several Alexis Lafreniere autographs.
In addition, Upper Deck revealed that they are trying to get an exception so that Alexis Lafreniere rookie cards can be included with the 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns in November. Given that the '20-21 season does not start until at least December 1, he would not be able to appear as a rookie without special permission from the NHLPA.
Top Alexis Lafreniere Pre-Rookie and Prospect Cards
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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.
Lafreniere is in the 2019 Canada Juniors set, as well.
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 base card to date, 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.