2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Highlights Colorful Cards, Bounty Challenge


2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey is a product that straddles both modern and traditional collecting sensibilities. The cards themselves are definitely on the modern side of things. The tight configuration is also something that nods to more recent times.

But Synergy’s overall focus on the challenge that comes with building a set or chasing specific cards dabbles in tradition.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Base Set Basics

Going against the set’s overall set-building notions, it’s going to be near impossible to put together the actual 2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey base set. This may be in conflict with with other elements of the release, but it’s part of that modern-traditional complexity that runs throughout.

The main set has 100 total cards. It’s a mix of veterans, rookies and retired stars. The thing is, they’re all available in extremely low numbers. No base card in the set has more than 19 copies.

Like many Upper Deck sets, it takes a tiered approach. Veterans are numbered to 18 while Legends have just eight copies. Rookies are as folows: Tier 1 – /19, Tier 2 – /19, Tier 3 – /9.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey is similar to recent SP Game Used releases in that parallels are much more plentiful. Here, these parallels come in four colors: Red, Blue, Green and Purple. Like the base set, all take a tiered approach.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Red

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Parallels

Odds are based on how many packs.


Veterans – 1:2
Legends – 1:10
Rookies – Tier 1 1:2, Tier 2 1:8, Tier 3 1:80


Veterans – 1:8
Legends – 1:48
Rookies – Tier 1 /999, Tier 2 /699, Tier 3 /399


Veterans – 1:16
Legends – 1:96
Rookies – Tier 1 /399, Tier 2 /199, Tier 3 /99


Veterans – #’ed to varying amounts
Legends – #’ed to varying amounts
Rookies (all Tiers) – #’ed to player’s uniform number


Inserts combine to land approximately one per pack in 2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey.

Exceptional Talent fall two per box. These have both regular (/999) and Black (/35) versions.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Exceptional Talent

Other somewhat common inserts include PostSeason Perfection (1:4), Last Line of Defense (1:5) and Significant Selections (1:5).

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Last Line of Defense

All three of these have Green (/149) and Purple (/49) parallels.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Significant Selections

Cast for Greatness cards bypass traditional card stock. Instead, they’re on metal. At 1:67 packs, these are some of the toughest pulls in the release.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Cast for Greatness


If you collect primarily for hits like autographs and memorabilia cards, Synergy is probably not going to be a product you’ll want to rip. Signatures can be found, but this is a product where they’re not in every box, or even every other box. The exist, they’re just somewhat tough to pull.

Synergy Autographs are 1:24 packs, which works out to about every third box.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Autographs

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Bounty Program

Like last year, there’s a Bounty program that’s a part of Synergy. Some, but not all, of the Red parallels have Bounty codes on the back. The race is to put together a full set of 100 of the Red cards that do have them.

All of those who complete it get an exclusive card #36 in the metal Cast for Greatness set. As an added incentive to do it quickly, the first 50 to do so also get a full set of 36 Cast for Greatness Gold parallels that aren’t in packs.

2018-19 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey at a glance:

Cards per pack: 3
Packs per box: 8
Boxes per case: 20 (two 10-box inner cases)
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: February 27, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Inserts – 8
• Red Parallels – 8
• Additional Parallels – 5


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.

1 comment

  1. David Hollingsworth 19 November, 2018 at 00:33

    Why are they keeping a set that was a complete BOMB. Would much rather they brought back Fleer Showcase. But than I miss the old Black Diamond, SPx, and SP Game Used also.

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