2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Details

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2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey marks a comeback of sorts. The brand made its debut in 2019-20 before being left off the 2020-21 calendar. Saving it from the one-and-done graveyard, the product returns with a focus on tickets, autographs and other themes intended to touch on the experience of taking in an NHL game.

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Checklist Overview

Credentials has a 150 card base set — 50 base veterans and 100 rookies.

All rookies fall under the Debut Ticket Access banner and come in four levels of rarity. Each comes serial numbered to 999, 799, 599 or 299.

Parallels come in several colors. These include:

  • Yellow – /299, Rookies /249
  • Red – /199
  • Orange – /149
  • Blue – /99
  • Neon Green – /75
  • Pink – /49
  • Green – /25
  • Purple – /10 (hobby only)
  • Gold – /5
  • Black – 1/1
2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Debut Ticket Access Purple Jeremy Swayman

Veterans also have Teal (/399) and Indigo (/249) versions.

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Teal Alex Ovechkin

There are also Acetate variations that are numbered to 249 for rookies and 149 for veteran stars.

Autographs

The Debut Ticket Access theme, which is similar to Panini’s Contenders Rookie Tickets, is a central part of the product’s autograph lineup. Base versions have print runs of either 299, 199 or 99.

Joining them are Yellow (/125 or /75), Red (/99 or /49), Orange (/45 or /25), Blue (/35 or /15), Green (/25), Purple (/10) and Black (1/1) parallels.

Ticket Access Autographs take a similar approach, only with veteran players. Base versions have varying print runs and have Yellow (/25), Red (/10), Orange (/5), Blue (/4), Green (/3), Purple (/2) and Black (1/1) parallels.

Acetate versions are available for both Rookie Ticket Access and Ticket Access Autographs.

Dual Ticket Access Autographs pair up signatures from two players. Parallels for these are tough, dropping in Yellow (/10), Red (/6), Orange (/5), Blue (/4), Green (/3), Purple (/2) and Black (1/1).

Rounding out the ticket theme are Retro Ticket Access Autographs (/25). Parallels come in seven levels, all numbered to 15 or fewer.

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Retro Ticket Access Steven Stamkos

Main Stage Signatures add more ink to the 2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey checklist. These start at 1:80 packs with scarce Gold (Tier 1 – 1:640, Tier 2 – /10) and Black (1/1) parallels.

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Main Stage Signatures

It’s important to note that while signatures are definitely available in 2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey, they’re not a guarantee in every hobby box. These promise either an autograph or an acetate card.

Additional Inserts

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey has several additional insert sets.

Rookie Arrivals are the most common, landing approximately every other pack. In addition to these are autographs (1:40 packs) for select cards.

Star of the Night offers up 1st, 2nd and 3rd versions for both veterans and rookies. For vets, each level is 1:10 hobby packs. Rookies are 1:15 packs for 1st and 2nd Star, and 1:17 packs for 3rd Star. Numbered autographs are also available.

Light FX stock is used for Speed of the Game, which are 1:6 hobby packs for rookies and 1:16 for stars.

View from the Glass are among the toughest cards in the product, with 1:320 odds for both veterans and rookies. Gold Spectrum parallels have 25 copies each.

2020-21 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey Cards

Although there’s no full 2020-21 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey release, there are some cards here planned for a potential release that are being put out as “updates.”

For starters, there are 2020-21 Debut Ticket Access base cards highlighting the previous year’s rookie crop. Available in multiple rarities, cards have print runs of 999, 799, 599 and 299 depending on the player.

The parallel lineup is similar to 2021-22 cards and consists of:

  • Yellow – /249
  • Red – /199
  • Orange – /149
  • Blue – /99
  • Pink – /49
  • Green – /25
  • Purple – /10
  • Gold – /5
  • Black – 1/1

Debut Ticket Access Autographs once again include on-card signatures. Base versions come numbered to either 199 or 99 with additional Yellow (/75 or /35), Red (/49 or /25), Orange (/25 or /15), Blue (/15 or /10), Green (/10 or /5), Purple (/3) and Black (1/1) parallels also on the checklist.

Select Debut Ticket Access cards also get Acetate (/199) and Acetate Autograph (/99) versions.

2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials Hockey at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 6
Packs per box: Hobby – 8
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20
Set size: 150 cards
Release date (subject to change): August 10, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs or Acetate Cards – 1 Total
  • “Tech” Inserts – 2
  • Rookie Arrival – 4
  • Star of the Night – 4
  • Serial-Numbered Cards – 5

The full 2021-22 Upper Deck Credentials 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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