Acetate Young Guns and more surprises in 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey


Acetate Young Guns McDavid

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the past couple of weeks, collectors have been breaking open packs and boxes of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey in the hopeful chase for new Young Guns cards and other hits, but as expected by longtime fans of the brand, there are some unannounced cards that have been trickling out into the secondary market.

While the Day With The Cup Flashbacks cards featuring members of the New York Islanders dynasty from the early 1980s have already been mentioned on this site, there are also some long-odds discoveries that will be of interest to hobbyists. For the past three seasons, Upper Deck has produced Acetate Young Guns cards which often appear in packs of the company’s flagship release or SP Authentic. The chase is on here for eye-catching parallels that include many of this season’s best freshmen, including Connor McDavid, Max Domi, Dylan Larkin, and Artemi Panarin.

221 Panarin

With a checklist of 49 cards that mimics cards 201 to 249 from 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey, since the dual player checklist never gets the clear stock treatment, the odds Acetate Young Guns are long. As an added twist, each card features a different photo than the paper stock card. Online sales appear to be strong for many and an auction for the McDavid ended at $3,050.00 USD ($4,129.70 CDN).

Iginla 600

The Acetate Young Guns were also joined in packs by a short printed card commemorating the 600th goal of Jarome Iginla‘s career. On January 4, the Colorado Avalanche forward hit the milestone with a power play tally against Jhonas Enroth of the Los Angeles Kings. Presently, he now has 607 goals and ranks 18th on the all-time list. His next will put him in a tie with Dino Ciccarelli and he will almost certainly surpass Bobby Hull‘s 610 to move into the 16th spot before the regular season comes to an end.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey, Beckett Basketball, and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at or follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.



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  1. brian 1 March, 2016 at 12:29

    Series 2 was a much better product than Series 1 with a ton of added value. I did over 35 cases an hit only 4 Acetate Young Guns so I estimate a print run of less than 10 each.

  2. Dave71120 2 March, 2016 at 11:09

    @Chuck: I’m fairly certain the Acetate cards are hobby-only, as are the other unannounced inserts.

    I like that Upper Deck used different photos on the Acetate Young Guns this year rather than just reprinting the regular Young Guns cards onto acetate.

  3. Jeff 29 June, 2016 at 19:48

    I bought 2 boxes of 2015/16 sp authentic and pulled a Joel vermin #483 unnumbered.. Can anyone tell me if its a rare card….

    • Ryan Cracknell 30 June, 2016 at 09:51

      If it’s one of the acetate cards — yes, they are tough but exact odds weren’t announced.

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