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A look at Upper Deck’s summer hockey line

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Lots of things are heating  up this time of year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are steaming right along in the semifinals. People are firing up their grills for late-spring burger flipping. And the oppressive summer heat is already starting to spike temperatures in Texas.

But in the spirit of keeping cool, Upper Deck hit the hobby with details about its upcoming summer releases, 2011-12 Ultimate Collection and 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee. Put on those Ray Bans, hockey collectors. It’s bright out there.

2011-12 Ultimate Collection

SCHEDULED RELEASE: Late June

BOX PROMISES

  • Four cards per pack/box
  • One autograph card
  • One Rookie Card
  • One memorabilia card

 

CASE STUDY

  • Four or more Patch cards
  • One-two 1997 Legends Autographs
  • One Ultimate Auto Rookie SP (numbered to 99)
  • One autographed Memorabilia card

THE RUNDOWN
Designed for the high-end, high-reward ripper, Ultimate Collection offers a number of desirable legends, veterans and rarer rookie hits. Shorter print runs and quality materials are key components in the otherwise meh-morabilia game. It’s not quite The Cup, but it’s a brand that’s bound to produce some highly sought-after singles when it hits hobby shelves. — AT

OTHER FINDS

  • Ultimate Signatures
  • New 1997 Legends Signatures
  • Ultimate Autographed dual jerseys
  • Ultimate Autographed Patches and Duals
  • Jumbo Premium Swatches and Patches
  • Ultimate Duos, Trios, Rookies, Rookie Duos and Rookie Trios Jerseys
  • Jumbo Autographed Ultimate Debuts Threads Jerseys
  • Ultimate Debuts Threads Patches

 

2012-13 O-Pee-Chee

 

SCHEDULED RELEASE: Mid August

BOX PROMISES

  • Eight cards per pack (32 packs per box)
  • 32 1950s-era Retro parallels
  • Eight Marquee Rookies
  • Eight Marquee Legends
  • Eight Rainbow Foil parallels
  • 10 OPC Stickers (New)
  • Two OPC Pop-Ups (New)

 

CASE STUDY

  • Four Team Logo Patches (New)
  • Two OPC Signatures
  • One Team Canada Signatures card

 

THE RUNDOWN
How could anyone fault a product like this? Reasonably priced O-Pee-Chee always affords any hockey fan of any age the opportunity to rip with a sense of humor and fondness for the hobby’s gimmicky past. But for cynics who might view kitschy stickers, pop-up cards and the overall retro vibe as unnecessary schtick, the brand does boast a few case-level selling points. On top of team logo patches and other signatures, OPC buyback autographs are bound to win over the most critical of collecting critics.    — AT

OTHER FINDS

  • Rare OPC Buyback autographs (new)
  • Black Border Rainbow parallels (numbered to 100)

 

2 Comments

Buster Brown

Summer Hockey products? Come Upper Deck get your products out on time and somewhere remotely close to the season. I am guessing these delays are like all other Upper Deck delays in that they can’t pay the players or that the players don’t make a priority signing for UD since they may or may not get paid. Topps, InGame, Leaf, Press Pass, Onyx whoever they are, SAGE, and
even Tristar could do a better job at getting product out on time. Come on NHL give someone else a try and move on from the non-payers.

Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink
HD

Ya and it would’ve been nice to get my 10 cup redemps back prior to he playoffs, actually can I just get them back please?

Posted May 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

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