2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Details

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It’s Round 2 for the Young Guns in 2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. Of course, there are other additions to the flagship hockey card line. Some are continuations from Series 1 while others expand the overall checklist in new directions.

2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Checklist Details

Things start with the typical 250-card base set. Picking up from where Series 1 left off, veterans cover numbered 251 through 450.

The remaining 50 cards are Young Guns. For many, these Rookie Cards are the focal point of the product. They are moderate short prints, though, landing 1:4 packs or six per hobby box.

Parallels are available in a handful of levels. French average out to one per hobby box with vets landing 1:30 packs and Young Guns 1:120. Acetate Clear Cut cards (1:96, Young Guns – 1:288) are exclusive to hobby packs and not available anywhere else. Serial numbered parallels take the form of Exclusive (/100) and High Gloss (/10).

Familiar Inserts

2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey has a deep inserts checklist. The biggest is another installment of UD Canvas, which more than doubles Series 1’s 120 cards and take the overall set up to #270. Ninety veterans combine to fall 1:8 packs while 30 Young Guns are 1:48. The remaining 30 cards are split evenly between Retired and Program of Excellence subsets, each with 1:192 packs odds. One-of-one UD Canvas Printing Plates are randomly inserted.

UD Portraits is another continuation, this time with a rookie theme. A total of 40 cards are in Series 2. Standard cards are 1:14 packs. The final 10 are short prints landing 1:120 packs. All also have Silver parallels (/99, SP /25) and Printing Plates.

Two other expanding insert sets include Honor Roll (1:12) and Population Count. Honor Roll parallels come in Rainbow (/250), Gold Rainbow (/25) and Printing Plates. Population Count versions are number-based, which indicates their print run: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 1.

Blue Dazzlers (1:24 packs) grow by 50 cards. Pink (1:144 packs) and Printing Plates are also in hobby packs.

For more bright colors, Fluorescence is back for another year. Versions include Gold (/150), Blue (/50), Green (/15) and Magenta (/5).

Day with the Cup ranks among the rarest inserts in the product at 1:1,000 hobby packs.

While hits aren’t a major part of 2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2, Rookie Materials (1:144 hobby packs) do bring some memorabilia to the checklist. Patch parallels have 25 copies each.

Debuting Inserts

A handful of insert sets are new to Series 2.

Highlighters put the spotlight on 25 major moments from the 2021-22 season using acetate stock. Versions include Yellow (1:192 hobby packs), Orange (1:576), Pink (1:1,536) and Green (1:4,608).

Lunch Box Legends (1:16 hobby packs) take their inspiration from 1970s lunch boxes. Gold (1:320) and Printing Plates of these are also available.

Greetings From (1:15 hobby packs) focus primarily on the player’s city or state. World Junior Grads (1:20 hobby packs) look at some of the best from the tournament. Both of these also have Gold and Printing Plate parallels.

Although not entirely new, the last time Calder Candidates appeared on an Upper Deck Hockey checklist was when Eric Lindros, Teemu Selanne and Felix Potvin were rookies. It’s back with key names who could be contending for Rookie of the Year honors once the season comes to a close. Standard versions are 1:37 packs with Gold (1:739) and Printing Plates also available.

2022-23 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Retail – 8, Blasters – 8, Tins – 8, Gravity Feed – 8, Fat Packs – 30
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Retail – 24, Blasters – 7, Tins – 9, Gravity Feed – 36, Fat Packs – 18
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Retail – 20, Blasters – 20, Tins – 12, Gravity Feed – 6, Fat Packs – 6
Set size: 250 cards
Release date (subject to change): February 15, 2023

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Honor Roll – 2
  • UD Canvas – 4
  • UD Portraits – 4
  • Additional Inserts – 6
  • French Parallels – 1
  • Young Guns Rookie Cards – 6

Recent Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey releases:

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