Keeping Tabs on All the Unannounced 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Easter Eggs


Collectors have come to expect surprises from Upper Deck’s flagship hockey line. These unannounced inserts are often extremely tough to find and can become some of the most coveted cards in the release. The 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Easter Eggs come in many forms. Some continue on from themes started in Series 1 or previous years. There’s also a new one that appears to kick off Upper Deck’s 30th anniversary.

Here’s a quick look at the unannounced cards you can be looking for busting 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey packs. Checklists will grow as more cards become known.

Triple Exposure Variations

Like Series 1, select base cards have variation short prints again. The Triple Exposure theme continues as well, throwing it back to one of Upper Deck’s early innovations.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Triple Exposure Variations 406 Ryan OReilly

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Triple Exposure Variations Checklist

266David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
272 Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres
279 James Neal, Calgary Flames
293 Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
299 Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche
310 Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
337 Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
392 Sidney Crosby, Pittsbugh Penguins
398 Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks
401 Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
406 Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
412 Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
418 Autston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
419 John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs
433 William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
443 Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets


Fanimation is another insert set that’s continuing on from Series 1. This includes the card numbers. Fanimation are illustrated cards that showcase a player against a backdrop of their team’s city.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Fanimation F-17 Nathan MacKinnon

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Fanimation Checklist

F-17 Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
F-18 Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes
F-20 Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
F-21 Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils
F-22 Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
F-23 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F-24 Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets
F-25 Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
F-26 Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
F-27 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
F-28 Thomas Chabot Ottawa Senators
F-29 Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
F-30 Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
F-31 Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Young Guns Retro Acetate

Young Guns Retro Acetate cards re-imagine standout Rookie Cards from the past. Kind of. The layouts are the same, but photos are different. These made their debut in 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. Card backs note the previous year’s set as well.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Retro Acetate Young Guns Taylor Hall

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns Retro Acetate Checklist

204 Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
206 Dustin Byfuglien, Chicago Blackhawks
216 Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
216 Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
219 Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
222 Shea Webber, Nashville Predators
240 Kristopher Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
443 Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
456 Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
456 Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
462 Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
487 Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
493 Ben Bishop, St. Louis Blues

Day with the Cup Flashbacks

Day with the Cup is an Upper Deck Hockey staple. The Flashbacks theme looks back on past teams. This time around it’s the 1986 Montreal Canadiens.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Day with the Cup Flashbacks DCF-3 Claude Lemieux

More Washington Capitals players have also been added to the regular Day with the Cup set. These are not Easter Eggs, though.

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2  Day with the Cup Flashbacks Checklist

DCF-1 Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
DCF-2 Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens
DCF-3 Claude Lemieux, Montreal Canadiens
DCF-4 Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens
DCF-5 Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens

30th Anniversary Diamond Relics

With 2019 marking 30 years in business for Upper Deck, collectors can look forward to several different celebrations. One of the first are some surprise 30th Anniversary Diamond Relics in 2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 packs. The relics come in the form of gems embedded into the cards. Each has 30 copies.

2019 Upper Deck 30th Anniversary Diamond Relics Rasmus Dahlin

2018-19 Upper Deck Series 2 30th Anniversary Diamond Relics Checklist

30TH-RD Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres

Insertion rates and production runs (other than the numbered Diamond Relics) have not been announced. Traditionally, Upper Deck does not reveal this info for surprise Easter Egg inserts.


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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