2017 Upper Deck CFL Football Mixes Modern, Retro-Inspired Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Upper Deck CFL Football continues with the card maker carving out a niche for the north-of-the-border league. While the designs are new, the overall look, feel and configuration stay true to what Upper Deck has done with the license since their debut release in 2014.

Base Set

The 2017 Upper Deck CFL base set has a total of 160 cards. The first 100 are standard base cards of offensive players, which use game photos.

The final 60 are short prints, divided up into a couple of subsets. Defense/Special Teams cards are 1:3 hobby packs, or eight per box. All-Stars are twice as hard to pull at 1:6 packs.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

Game-Used Jersey cards are a box hit. A total of 27 players are on the checklist, encompassing the CFL’s bigger stars. Patch versions are tough, numbered to 15 copies each.

Base Autographs are parallels of sorts for the main set. Offensive players are 1:64 hobby packs. On the tougher side are Defense/Special Teams Autographs (1:240) and All-Stars (1:480).

Standalone CFL Script autographs have 25 serial-numbered copies.


O-Pee-Chee Retro brings the old-school vibe to 2017 Upper Deck CFL. Carrying a design that makes them look from the past, in the past, OPC Retro cards have also printed on vintage-style card stock.

O-Pee-Chee Retro Mascots land one per hobby box.

Keeping up with the OPC theme are O-Pee-Chee Team Logo Patch cards. The nine-card checklist features manufactured patches. Falling 1:216 hobby packs, they’re not going to show up often. Traditionally, Upper Deck’s patch cards like this are popular with a segment of set builders.

The hardest inserts to pull in the product are 2016 Grey Cup Champions (1:768 packs).

2017 Upper Deck CFL has Veteran and Rookie redemption cards randomly inserted. These showcase players on new teams and first-year standouts. Redeemed Veteran sets have 12 cards while the Rookie redemption is good for six exclusive cards. Both are inserted 1:384 hobby packs.

2017 Upper Deck CFL Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 6
Boxes per case: 16 (two 8-box inner cases)
Set size: 160 cards
Release date: TBA

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Memorabilia Cards – 1
• O-Pee-Chee Retro Mascots – 1
• O-Pee-Chee Retro – 8
• Base SP – 12

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


  1. chris
    Posted April 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    are you sure its june 24th 2016th and not 2016

  2. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted April 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Actually, 2017 ;)

  3. Glenn
    Posted August 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Just in time for the 2018 season!!

  4. chris
    Posted August 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    or maybe its 2018? since its not out yet…

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