Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs Among Surprises in 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey

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2015-16 SP Authentic Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autograph 250 Robby Fabbri

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not everything on the 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey checklist was noted up front. As has been the case for the past couple of seasons, Upper Deck has slipped a couple of surprises into the mix.

While one isn’t unexpected as it sticks with what they’ve done in previous years, a new level of Future Watch autographs are new.

First up are the rookie autographs. Select Future Watch cards already had some parallel versions with lower numbering and the addition of patch. 2015-16 SP Authentic Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs are now in play as well.

The cards aren’t serial numbered so quantities aren’t known. With only a couple surfacing on eBay on the set’s release day, it’s safe to say that they’re on the rare side as well. Upper Deck doesn’t usually release print run specifics for unnumbered cards, particularly their surprises.

While technically a surprise in the notion that they weren’t mentioned up front or noted on the checklist Upper Deck released, Acetate Young Guns are also lurking inside 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey packs. These cover the rookies in 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2. That release had the Series 1 Acetate Young Guns.

2015-16 SP Authentic Upper Deck Acetate Young Guns Jack Eichel

Acetate Young Guns are exactly as they sound. They recreate the cornerstone rookie cards on the clear, plastic-like stock and with a different photo. The surprise cards debuted in 2013-14 and have become regular parts of Upper Deck Series 2 and SP Authentic ever since.

Like the Gold Ink Future Watch cards, insertion rates and print runs for the Acetate Young Guns are not known. That said, they are tough to pull.

Here’s a list of the 2015-16 SP Authentic Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs spotted thus far (consider this a running list that will be added to).

2015-16 SP Authentic Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs Checklist

239 Shane Prince, Ottawa Senators
250 Robby Fabbri, St. Louis Blues
263 Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars
267 Brock McGinn, Carolina Hurricanes
268 Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues
278 Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings
279 Vincent Hinostroza, Chicago Blackhawks

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

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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