2019-20 SPx Hockey Is Back with Black


2019-20 SPx Hockey cards look to take a more high-tech approach to design. No, we’re not talking the return on video cards, but there is a definite vibe that runs throughout the designs. Sticking with the same premium configuration it has had for a few years, packs come with just one card that’s either an autograph, memorabilia card or something Upper Deck dubs a “tech card,” which is a fancy way of describing a premium insert.

2019-20 SPx Hockey Base Set Basics

2019-20 SPx has a base set totalling 100 cards. Whether it’s a veteran or a rookie, all come serial numbered to 349 copies.

2019-20 SPx Hockey Base

Parallels take a hits-based approach with autographs and memorabilia. Veterans Materials versions have 299 copies. For rookies, it’s 399, which makes them more common than the base.

Base Autograph parallels start at 1:20 packs for vets. Rookies Autographs come in three tiers with numbering to 299, 149 and 49 depending on the player.

There are also Base Premium Materials Autographs (veterans – /49 or less, rookies – /35) and one-of-one Logo Premium Materials Autographs.

Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Other Inserts

Shadow Box Rookies (1:20) rank among the notable inserts in 2019-20 SPx Hockey. These present first-year players with a distinct layered look that mixes foil and acetate. Autograph versions can be found in two levels with Tier 1 cards numbered to 150 and Tier 2 to 75.

2019-20 SPx Hockey Shadow Box Rookies Autographs

Vets also get the Shadow Box treatment, albeit at longer odds (1:60). Autographs here are /99 or less.

Superscripts (1:16) and Rookie Superscripts (1:120) rank among the product’s autograph-only inserts. On the rookie side, the checklist features ten players as well as tough Gold parallels (/25 or /10). Veteran Superscripts also have Gold versions with varied print runs.

09-10 Retro Rookies Auto Jersey cards (/99 or /35) take things back a decade. Patch parallels have 25 copies or less.

Double XL Duos (/149 or /99) return with oversized swatches from a pair of players. Premium Materials versions also exist, although in small numbers. None of these have more than ten copies.

Extravagant Materials (1:30) round out the memorabilia cards on the SPx side of things.

UD Black

2019-20 SPx Hockey also has cards under the UD Black banner.

These start with Obsidian Rookies inserts (/299) and their Purple (/99) parallels.

Pride of a Nation cards (/99) use manufactured flag patches from the player’s home country. The 25-card checklist is a mix of veterans, rookies and legends. Base versions are a launching pad for Auto Patch (/99 or less) and Auto Patch Spectrum (1/1) parallels.

2019-20 SPx Hockey Pride of a Nation

Lustrous Rookies Auto Patch (/125 or /75) bring more premium content for first-year players. Clarity versions, which are numbered to 25, lighten up the look. Gold Spectrum parallels are available for both the regular (1/1) and Clarity variants (/5).

Other UD Black inserts include Obsidian Scripts (1:50), Obsidian Scripts Rookies (1:60), Obsidian Jersey (1:30) and Obsidian Jersey Rookies (1:24).

2019-20 SPx Hockey cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 1
Packs per box: 4
Boxes per case: 20 (two 10-box inner cases)
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: March 4, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Memorabilia Cards – 1
  • Inserts or Base Cards – 1
  • Additional Autograph, Memorabilia Cards, Inserts or Base 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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