2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey Brings More Rookies, Resurrects Brands

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This isn’t your regular hockey season. So when it comes to documenting things via cards, it’s not necessarily business as usual. 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey is proof of that.

Part flagship Series 3, part something of its own, there’s a lot happening on its checklist — including the resurrection of several brands that haven’t been seen in a while.

2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey Checklist Overview

The main part of the release is to act as a 2020-21 Upper Deck Hockey bookend, wrapping up what started in Series 1 and Series 2. Put it all together and the full flagship set has over 700 cards.

Included among Extended Series’ base cards are more Young Guns Rookie Cards. This brings the total for the year up to 125 between the three releases. Eligible players are those who have made their NHL debuts through February 12, 2021.

2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey Arthur Kaliyev

Young Guns are 1:4 hobby packs, which works out to six per box.

Base set parallels, for both rookies and vets, include:

  • French – (Veterans – 1:30 hobby, Young Guns – 1:120 hobby)
  • Clear Cut – (Veterans – 1:64 hobby, Young Guns – 1:192 hobby)
  • Exclusives – /100
  • Clear Cut Exclusives
  • High Gloss – /10

Inserts That Throw It Back

The 2005-06 Upper Deck Hockey design gets the Tribute treatment with a series of inserts. These are four per hobby box, one of which is a rookie boasting the Young Guns logo. Exclusives (/100) and High Gloss (/10) parallels are found here as well.

Dazzlers return with another batch of cards. Blue are 1:48 hobby packs while Pink parallels are 1:144.

Much of the other insert content in 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey takes a deep dive into the card maker’s portfolio, breathing new life into lines from the late ’90s and early ’00s.

The following have a mix of both current stars and rookies (parallels are also noted):

  • HoloGrFx (Gold)
  • Ovation (Standing Ovation)
  • Pros and Prospects
  • SPx Finite (Spectrum, Radiance)
  • Triple Dimensions Reflections (Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald, Gold)
  • Ultimate Victory (Silver, Gold)
2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey HoloGrFx

Falling under the Ultimate Victory banner are Connor McDavid MMXXI inserts (1:80 hobby) that offer highlights from the Oilers superstar. These also have Silver and Gold parallels.

Two additional inserts consist exclusively of first-year players. Rookie Class SE (1:12 hobby) have both serial numbered Gold and Spectrum Autograph (1:432 hobby) parallels. Numbered Top Shelf Rookies are also available.

2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey cards at a glance:

Release date (subject to change): June 16, 2021
Cards per pack: Hobby – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
Set size: TBA

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • 2005-06 Upper Deck Tribute – 4
  • HoloGrFx – 2
  • Ovation – 1
  • Rookie Class SE – 2
  • SPx Finite – 1
  • Ultimate Victory – 3
  • Dazzlers or Clear Cut – 1 Total
  • UD3, Pros and Prospects or Triple Dimensions Reflections – 1 Total
  • French Parallels – 1
  • Young Guns Rookie Cards – 6

The full 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey checklist will be posted as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set’s release.

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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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