Hockey collectors have been waiting for the Connor Bedard rookie cards for a long time. While these won't arrive until after he makes his NHL debut, the countdown is finally nearing its end. For fans unwilling to wait any longer, there are already several Connor Bedard cards earning attention in the hobby.
The teenager is viewed as the top draft prospect since Connor McDavid and many expect him to be the NHL's next superstar. It may have been a foregone conclusion, but the Chicago Blackhawks made the 17-year-old the first-overall pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Thanks to his time with the Regina Pats of the WHL and the Canadian U-18 national hockey team, collectors have several licensed cards in play.
The guide below takes a look at his early cardboard career across a few sets.
As for the Connor Bedard rookie cards, Upper Deck, which holds the NHL card exclusive, has not officially revealed when to expect his first 2023-24 hockey cards. However, it's safe to assume that there will be many choices by the end of the '23-24 collecting season.
Top Connor Bedard Cards To Collect
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2020-21 Regina Pats Team Set Connor Bedard
The earliest Connor Bedard card of note appears in the 2020-21 Regina Pats team set. This limited WHL set contains 26 unnumbered cards and Bedard is the headliner.
2021 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Connor Bedard #32, #41, #76, #117 Program of Excellence
One of several Upper Deck releases to feature the young phenom, 2021 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has four Bedard cards in the base set.
The signed cards command considerable attention, especially the Premium Auto Patches (#/125 or #/25).
2021-22 Upper Deck CHL Connor Bedard Stars #302 SP / 2020-21 Star Rookie #401 SP
2021-22 Upper Deck CHL is home to another Regina Pats card. In fact, Bedard has a Stars card and a 2020-21 Star Rookie card in the main lineup.
Although the grimacing Stars image is not the ideal choice, both cards remain popular and are much more affordable than his initial team set card.
Beyond a few inserts, he also has a rare #302 base autograph as part of Group A (1:29,384 packs).
2021-22 SP Game Used CHL Connor Bedard #2 Authentic Prospects #/98
For more premium choices, 2021-22 SP Game Used CHL has the rarity covered with the base Authentic Prospects card, which is jersey-numbered to 98 copies. The final card in the print run (#98/98) boasts a one-of-one autograph.
Those wanting something easier to acquire have base Orange Foilboard (#/499) and Silver Foilboard (#/249) editions.
There are also hit versions for the card, including limited relics, autographs and auto relics.
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