2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid Buyback Autograph Comes Out Hot – Beckett Pricing Insider


Connor McDavid–you may have heard of him. That is unless you have been living under a rock.

If you’re tuned into hockey, then you were probably well aware of McDavid during his amateur career. But for the sake of argument, let’s start with the 2015-16 NHL season when he made his on-ice debut for the Edmonton Oilers. Looking back, collectors were basically chomping at the bit waiting for 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 to hit the market as the hunt for McDavid’s first Rookie Card was set to begin.

2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid RC

 And what a hunt it was.

Card number 201 came flying out of packs, into sleeves and top loaders (some even to Beckett Grading if you happened to be at the Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo that fall), and directly onto the secondary market. It was like sharks in a feeding frenzy. There was blood in the water and you did not want to be left out. McJesus was finally here to save the hockey card market and atone the sins of the less-than-stellar rookie classes of years past.

And he did.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 hockey season and Upper Deck hit pay dirt again when the 2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid Young Guns Rookie showed up in 2017-18 SP Authentic in the form of a limited buyback autograph numbered to 97.

2017-18 SP Authentic 2015-16 UD Connor McDavid Young Guns Buyback Autograph

The secondary market has, yet again, scrambled to get their hands on one of these highly sought after versions.

The price it’s commanding should be no surprise considering how hot they were the first time around. If you are looking at trying to pick one up be prepared to shell out about three stacks, and I’m not talking about one half of Outkast. It’s starting at around $3,000.

Even though that’s a lot, if McDavid continues to shine like the star he is, you can expect for that price to climb.

This edition of the Beckett Pricing Insider is sponsored by Classic Auctions.


Eric Norton

Eric has been collecting cards since he was seven, buying singles with his allowance from the lone card shop in his hometown of Springtown, TX. Currently, Eric’s collecting interest revolve around picking up cards he had in his childhood that he let go of at some point, and Seattle Mariners third basemen, Kyle Seager.

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  1. jkz 24 July, 2018 at 07:57

    The “McJesus” nickname is wholly considered to be inappropriate and rather insulting to the Christian community. I’m not trying to start a crusade here, just pointing out a turn of phrase that some find hurtful….

    • Eric Norton 25 July, 2018 at 10:31

      JKZ, thank you for your concern, and I understand where you are coming from. I’m a believer myself but I do not find the phrase to be offensive, that’s just my take though. If I have offended you with the phrase then I apologize. With that, the phrase was being used to describe a time when McDavid was indeed called that, and in fact, it is still one of his more popular nicknames. When I wrote this piece last week I did not do so with the intent to offend, but I do appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

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