2018-19 SPx Hockey Boldly Goes, Folds in UD Black


From the beginning of the line more than 20 years ago, SPx has avoided being subtle. 2018-19 SPx Hockey is no different, sticking with the high-end configuration it adopted in recent versions.

Each pack has just one card with everything falling under either the autograph, memorabilia or “tech” card (Upper Deck’s way of describing the set’s premium base cards and inserts) categories. Each four-pack box has one of each plus a fourth card that could be any of the above.

2018-19 SPx Hockey Lasting Marks

Like the previous year, the UD Black line has been folded into parts of the checklist.

2018-19 SPx Hockey Overview

The 2018-19 SPx Hockey base set has three different sections. Rookies are the most common, although they still only have 349 copies each. Stars and Legends come numbered to 299.

Parallels start with Spectrum. All have serial numbers but to varying amounts. Autographs and memorabilia parallels are also randomly inserted.

2018-19 SPx Hockey Autograph and Memorabilia Parallels Breakdown


  • Materials: 1:12 packs
  • Autographs: Tier 1 – /249, Tier 2 – /149
  • Premium Material Autographs: Tier 1 – /49, Tier 2 – /25
  • Black Premium Material Autographs: 1/1


  • Materials: 1:20 packs
  • Autographs: Tier 1 – /149, Tier 2 – /49, Tier 3 – /15
  • Premium Material Autographs: Tier 1 – /49, Tier 2 – /25, Tier 3 – /10
  • Black Premium Material Autographs: 1/1


  • Materials: 1:240 packs
  • Autographs: /15
  • Premium Material Autographs: /10
  • Black Premium Material Autographs: 1/1

Shadow Box Rookies are back, offering a layered design for first-year standouts. Base versions are numbered to 298. Parallels are Autographs (Tier 1 – /198, Tier 2 – /98) and Autographs Gold Spectrum (Tier 1 – /18, Tier 2 – /8)

2018-19 SPx Hockey Shadow Box Rookies Gold

Autograph inserts in 2018-19 SPx Hockey include Super Scripts (1:16 packs), Impressions (/249 or less), Marks of Obsidian (/25) and Lasting Marks (/25).

There’s several memorabilia-only inserts as well. SPxcitement Swatches (1:30) come with jumbo swatches. Double XL Materials (/199 or less) do as well, only doubling things up with a pair of players. Both have tough Premium Material parallels also.

Extravagant Materials (1:20) and Radiant Materials (1:60) round out the SPx-branded relics.

UD Black

UD Black is another one of Upper Deck’s earlier premium brands. While it doesn’t have a standalone release in 2018-19 from the looks of it, the line plays a significant role in 2018-19 SPx Hockey. The cards live up to their name thanks to their dark, contrast-driven designs.

UD Black Lustrous Rookies come numbered to 299. Autograph and jersey parallels are each 1:16 packs. Other versions include Purple (/25), Purple Patch (/35), and Auto Patch (Tier 1 – /65, Tier 2 – /35).

2018-19 SPx Hockey Black Lustrous Rookies

Obsidian Scripts (1:200) and Obsidian Scripts Rookies (1:400) expand the signature checklist. Both have Purple (/35) and Gold Spectrum (/5, Rookies – /10) parallels as well.

Taking a similar approach only with memorabilia are Obsidian Material Scripts. Rookies are serial-numbered to 49 while other players have varying quantities. Purple and Gold Spectrum parallels are also in the mix here.

Finally, there are Star Trademarks (/199) and Rookie Trademarks (/299) as well as their Auto Patch parallels.

2018-19 SPx Hockey Black Star Trademarks

2018-19 SPx Hockey at a glance:

Cards per pack: 1
Packs per box: 4
Boxes per case: 20 (two 10-box inner cases)
Set size: TBA
Release date: March 13, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographs – 1
• Memorabilia Cards – 1
• “Tech” Cards – 1
• Additional Autographs, Memorabilia or Tech Cards – 1 Total


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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