2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Details


The countdown to Connor McDavid rookie cards has officially begun as details have surfaced on what collectors can expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey. While all products are certain to have their sales driven by the presence of the young phenom’s cards, his Young Guns card will be the first in an Edmonton Oilers uniform that can be pulled from packs.

Forsberg Base Card

Once it is released this November, Upper Deck establishes a new hobby record by becoming the longest continually-running hockey card brand – a standard once held by O-Pee-Chee, which had a memorable 25-year run from 1968-69 to 1992-93. For many longtime collectors, this has been a perennial must-have and the Young Guns have become a hobby institution that no other hockey card manufacturer has been able to match.

It is expected that Upper Deck has put together a strong base set of 200 cards for 2015-16 and it has confirmed that the Exclusives and High Gloss parallels are back once again and limited to 100 and 10 copies respectively. There are 50 Young Guns that fall six times per hobby box along with four UD Canvas parallels which feature some of the top players from the regular set on matte stock along with different photography. Some UD Canvas may have an autographed version as well. Printing Plates will also exist and are one-of-ones.

Upper Deck’s non-memorabilia insert program is once again strong with UD Portraits (4:box) and Shining Stars (4:box, including one Royal Blue parallel) leading the way. The UD portraits will also have a Platinum Blue variant which is numbered to 25 or less. Those wishing for a major challenge can collect the Clear Cut Superstars acetate cards, which will not be easy to pull.

As expected, there will be UD Game Jersey cards, but Upper Deck has decided to add more value to them with larger swatch windows. It should be noted that the odds for pulling one of these cards has changed from recent years and there will only be one per box. This is an interesting move as some collectors have bemoaned the presence of too many memorabilia cards in products and this may help create some demand on the secondary market. Also, UD Game Patch is a parallel version that is limited to just 15 copies. Those hoping for an additional chase will also appreciate the A Piece of History Relics which depict members of the 300 Win, 500 Goal and 1,000 Point clubs. Signed versions of these cards will also be issued and have historically been popular.


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  1. John Ess 14 July, 2015 at 16:30

    So other than 1 less jersey card per box, all is status quo on what you get per box: 24packs x 8/pack = 192. Take away 6 YG’s, 1 jersey, 4 Canvas’, 4 Shining Stars & 1 Blue Shining Star, which totals (at least) 16 hits and you’re left with 176 base cards. Well less really to take account for the jersey card, and maybe a UD Exclusive #d/100, a High Gloss #d/10, an auto, a bonus jersey/plate. From my experiences, 12 box cases normally yield 9 base sets along with 1 complete set of all 50 YG’s. Best way to go is case wise if you really want a nice chance at getting something half-decent. Worst case scenario, you’re left with a complete 1-250 set with 20+ extra YG’s deal with and parlay into something you didn’t get. UD should deliver again, but the price point is going to be the sticking point. 14/15 UD2 took a hit because the price was so much higher than UD1. Once a Connor McDavid YG is officially announced, interest will then gather up speed. Mind you, that might be 4 months away when it’s released in November. Odds are, it should be prior to that.

  2. David Hollingsworth 14 July, 2015 at 18:19

    So Mcdavid gets hurt or does not play for some other reason early in the season. So then he has NO card in series 1. Keep that in mind if buy this. I expect only one of McDavid or Eichel to be in series 1 and the other in series 2.

  3. Dean 16 July, 2015 at 04:57

    When can you get series one and when does two come out! I also need some cards from 2014 -15,where can I look..?

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