2016-17 Upper Deck Ceremonial Puck Drop Is a Series 1 Surprise

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2016-17 UD Ceremonial Puck Drop CPD-9 Wayne Gretzky

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck Hockey is about a lot more than Young Guns and great photography. Every year, the flagship release seems to bring a new surprise. 2016-17 Upper Deck Ceremonial Puck Drop fits the bill for Series 1.

The tough short prints feature several all time legends caught on camera during a pre-game ceremony.

As one might expect by the fact that the cards are a surprise, Ceremonial Puck Drop cards were not announced in advance. The inserts weren’t on the original 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 checklist released by the company. As a result, the exact specifics when it comes to set size are still unknown.

Fronts carry the same general design as the 2016-17 Upper Deck Hockey base set. Each has a photo from the ceremony, most with the honoree flanked by a pair of star players. Backs go on to describe the ceremony.

According to several sellers on eBay, the cards land 1:5,000 packs. We have not yet confirmed this.

In addition to regular versions, there also appears to be Ceremonial Puck Drop Autographs. It’s not yet known if all players have signed versions or only a select number. Quantities and insertion rates are also still a mystery.

2016-17 UD Ceremonial Puck Drop CPD-9 Wayne Gretzky Autograph

2016-17 Upper Deck Ceremonial Puck Drop Checklist

If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s listed on eBay.

CPD-1 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
CPD-2 Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings
CPD-3 Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
CPD-4 Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
CPD-5 Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings
CPD-6 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
CPD-7 Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
CPD-8 Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia Flyers
CPD-9 Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
CPD-10 Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
CPD-11 Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings
CPD-12 Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks

Autographs

CPD-4 Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
CPD-5 Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings
CPD-6 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
CPD-9 Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings
CPD-10 Mike Bossy, New York Islanders
CPD-12 Tony Esposito, 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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