Guest commentary: Ice arrives at right time of year

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by Russ Cohen

The NHL Playoffs are in full swing and just in time Upper Deck released one of its best products of the year as UD Ice shows off some terrific acetate rookies.

Since the set arrived late in the season, it includes most of the top rookies like John Tavares, Antti Niemi, Matt Duchene, Michael Del Zotto and many more. This year was a strong crop and the “Ice Premieres” never looked better.

The base cards have a great high-tech embossed feel to them, and that will make them more desirable and the fact that each box yields a mixture of sharp autographs —  many of them hard-signed — and terrific memorabilia cards makes a box a better purchase then by the pack.

It seems like UD has loaded up this release with a lot of great patches and auto patch cards. Many of them are multi-color and they all look great with this year’s design.

The “Rinkside Signings” all seem to be hard-signed right on a mini ice rink! Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Patrick Kane and Tony Esposito are a part of a strong checklist there.

Once again, the “Frozen Foursomes” will have some great groupings and the cards are serial-numbered to just five.
“Glacial Graphs” now have the perfect iCE’d look without any labels. That checklist is good but it’s not flawless.

You might get a “Champions” card, but I have mixed emotions about getting a figure skater when that’s a bad joke in the hockey world. If you get a hockey player, then that’s a bit better.

With all of that said for just over $100, this is one of the best sets of the year and one of the best versions of it in recent memory. It comes out at the best time of the year and the chase is there but so are the guaranteed hits — four Rookie Cards plus three autographed or memorabilia cards per box.


  1. Reed Newman
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    The fact the UD pushed the release of ICE back a couple of months seems to be lost on the author of this article. It showed up at the right time because they haven’t released a hockey product in a month and now they have a loj jame of products to unload this summer because of delay after delay after delay.

  2. Pierre Gallant
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    However, a point that Mr. Cohen did not make is that this year’s Ice Premiere acetate cards seem to suffer from sensitive condition… I’ve seen several boxes opened in my local card shop and most acetate rookie cards have quite poor corners and edges. It will be very very hard to get singles with high grades.

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