2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Brings New Young Guns, Bright Colors

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2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey cards really get the new season going. While the checklist parts bring a lot of familiarity, there’s a refreshed look in several places filled with bright colors. One of those spots? The cornerstone Young Guns Rookie Cards.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Base Set Basics

The base set has the usual 250 cards. Veterans take up the first 200 spots on the checklist. This includes two checklist. Young Guns, which are 1:4 hobby packs, bring the rookie content. A total of 49 players plus another checklist appear here.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns

French is a new parallel in 2020-21. Base versions are 1:30 hobby packs while Young Guns land 1:120. Clear Cut (1:96, YG – 1:288), Exclusives (/100) and High Gloss (/10) parallels are also available, although these three are all exclusive to hobby packs.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Exclusives

Inserts

Series 1 has a sizeable insert lineup. This includes another installment of UD Canvas. Somewhere between a parallel set and a traditional chase set, these come with an adjusted design and card stock and an expansive checklist. Veterans are 1:7 packs while Young Guns are every other hobby box. Exclusive to hobby are some tough UD Canvas Autographs that are numbered to the player’s jersey number. Signatures on these are also on-card.

It’s picture day with UD Portraits (1:8 hobby) and UD Portraits Rookies (1:30 hobby). After last year’s 1980s Sears studio-inspired “floating head” look, there’s some continuity here with the design moving forward to an early ’90s laser background. Parallels include Gold Foil (Veterans – /25, Rookies – /99) and Platinum Blue Foil (Veterans – /5, Rookies – /25).

Debut Dates (1:20 hobby) is new for 2020-21. These take it back to the previous season and showcase the first games of 2019-20 rookies. Select cards also have Jersey (1:432) and Patch (/25) memorabilia versions.

Another place that reflects on the previous year’s first-year players is Rookie Retrospective (1:27). Like Debut Dates, these also have Jersey (1:432) and Patch (/9) spins.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey has some other new inserts. Predominant (1:12) uses black and white backgrounds and an elegant design to put forth stars in full color. These also have Gold (1:260) parallels. NHL Worldwide centers on the global aspect of where players come from with a flag dominating the background. Die-cut (1:270) parallels are also available.

Dazzlers is another place on the checklist where bright colors shine. These have base Blue (1:24) and Pink (1:144) versions. Orange parallels are only in tins (1:10 packs).

Acetate inserts return in Series 1 with more Clear Cut cards: Clear Cut Foundation Duos (1:288), Leaders Trios (1:4,000) and Honoured Members Updates (/100). There’s also the tough Cup Components (1:900) that are also done on the clear stock.

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Clear Cut Foundations

Other rare inserts include Day with the Cup (1:2,880), Ceremonial Puck Drop (1:2,880) and 2020 NHL Draft SPs (1:12,960). Ceremonial Puck Drop Autographs (1:30,000) are among the scarcest cards in 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey.

Additional Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

Hits aren’t a huge focal point in the product. Even though they’re not a promise in every hobby box, they are out there with some regularity. UD Game Jersey return. At 1:36 hobby packs, they’re the easiest memorabilia cards to pull. Patch parallels are numbered to 15.

Additional autographs are in Signature Sensations (1:276).

Tins

Hobby boxes aren’t the only way to get 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey cards. It has a variety of configurations including the return of tins. These have nine packs plus a pack of three exclusive O-Pee-Chee Glossy Rookies.

The Glossy cards have two levels of parallels: Bronze (1:12 bonus packs) and Gold (1:34 bonus packs).

2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Tins – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Tins – 9
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Tins – 12
Set size: 250 cards
Release date: November 5, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Dazzlers – 1
  • Debut Dates, NHL Worldwide, Predominant or Rookie Retrospective – 6 Total
  • UD Canvas – 4
  • UD Portraits – 4
  • Young Guns Rookie Cards – 6

The full 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey checklist and team set lists will be posted as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set comes out.

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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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