2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Scours the Planet for Parallel Possibilities

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The heart of 2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey remains the same. It’s primarily a chrome makeover of the season’s standard OPC release. That said, it’s changing up the configuration with more cards per pack but fewer packs per box. Overall, though, hobby boxes have significantly more total cards than in the past.

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Checklist Overview

Hobby boxes aren’t the only thing that’s bigger this year. The base set has 300 cards, up from 200. Getting more specific, there are 200 veterans and 100 Marquee Rookies, going deep into the season’s crop of first-year players.

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Patrice Bergeron

At the hobby level, there are a dozen parallels. For these, Upper Deck continues to go beyond basic colors for many of them. Every standard printing patterns give way to photo-based backdrops. Taken as a whole, these highlight different natural phenomenon from various parts of the world.

The parallel breakdown includes:

  • Rainbow (Veterans – 1:3 packs, Rookies – 1:6 packs)
  • Sunset (Veterans – 1:6 packs, Rookies – 1:12 packs)
  • Matte Pink (Veterans – 1:9 packs, Rookies – 1:18 packs)
  • Hot Magma – /399
  • Violet Pixels – /299
  • Red Prism – /199
  • Arctic Freeze – /99
  • Cosmic – /65
  • Seismic Gold – /50
  • Orange Checkers – /25 (hobby only)
  • Emerald Surge – /10
  • Golden Treasures – 1/1
2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Sunset Connor McDavid
2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Hot Magma Lucas Raymond

The new configuration means more parallels per hobby box. Rainbow, Sunset and Matte Pink combine to land 11 per box. Five additional serial-numbered parallels are also in each box.

On top of the standard parallels, there are Retro Variations that change up the design. These average out to every other hobby pack. Retro parallels include Rainbow (1:12), Blue Rainbow (/149), Purple Houndstooth (/15) and Golden Treasures (1/1). Select cards also have autographs (Veterans – 1:192, Rookies – 1:384).

Autographs and Other Inserts

Every 2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey hobby box has one autograph.

The majority of these are Rookie Autos and come with on-card ink. Parallels come in:

  • Rainbow (1:120)
  • Blue Traxx (1:144)
  • Violet Pixels (1:288)
  • Matte Pink (1:432)
  • Cosmic (1:576)
  • Red Prism – /50
  • Seismic Gold – /25
  • Orange Checkers – /15 (hobby only)
  • Emerald Surge – /10
  • Golden Treasures – 1/1

Other inserts, which come in three themes, combine to fall approximately one per hobby box. These sets are Photo Driven (1:3), Platinum Die-Cuts (1:4) and the rookie-centric Sweet Selections (1:4).

All three of these have one-of-one Golden Treasures versions while some also have tough autographs.

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Photo Driven Golden Treasures Alexis Lafreniere

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 12
Packs per box: Hobby – 12
Boxes per case: Hobby – 8
Set size: 300 cards
Release date (subject to change): TBA

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Photo Driven, Platinum Die-Cuts or Sweet Selections – 12 Total
  • Retro – 6
  • Retro Rainbow – 1
  • Rainbow, Sunset or Matte Pink Parallels – 11 Total
  • Additional Parallels – 5

Recent O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey releases:

The full 2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the product’s release.

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