By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
Even during the dead heat of this summer, there are many collectors looking forward to the days when the air cools and ice arenas become a popular hang out.
Upper Deck is getting hockey fans in the mood when its latest release comes out next week – 2011-12 Ultimate Collection.
While on the high-end scale, Ultimate is a favorite among collectors with high-caliber autographs and sharp designs. Ultimate is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 7 with pre-orders around $100 a box.
Collectors will get one pack per box with four cards including an autograph, a Rookie Card, a base card and a memorabilia card, on average.
If collectors are looking to break a case, look for four or more patch cards, up to two 1997 Legends Autographs, one Ultimate Auto Rookie SP (numbered to 99) and one autographed memorabilia card.
By the preview images, there are a number of big names in the set – but, of course, low-numbered. Wayne Gretzky has a couple of autographs in Ultimate, including one where he’s paired with Mario Lemieux.
Ultimate combines many veterans and retired players with rookies. But some of the rookies will be tough to predict this year before the NHL season gets underway (that’s mid-October for those looking at their calendar).