Patrik Laine Rookie Cards and Beyond
Heading into his first season, it was obvious Patrik Laine Rookie Cards were going to be a big deal. He may not have had quite the same level of excitement as Auston Matthews, his Maple Leafs rival, but a fast start ensured that Laine was soon on the hobby radar. And like his knack for putting the puck in the net, it hasn’t stopped.
The Winnipeg Jets took the talented and confident Finnish winger with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Some pondered whether Laine should have gone first, but it appears to have worked out just fine for the Jets. He’s proven to be the goal-scoring dynamo many were expecting. In the process, he has been a key part of Winnipeg’s rise in the standings.
Patrik Laine Rookie Card Guide
Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of every Patrik Laine Rookie Card listed in the Beckett Hockey Card Database Price Guide. Please note that only base cards with the RC tag are featured here. Inserts and parallels are not.
2016-17 Artifacts Patrik Laine RC #210 /799
When Artifacts came out, the season hadn’t started. So you’re not going to find the Patrik Laine Rookie Card in packs. Rather, it’s part of the line’s popular Rookie Redemption program. Although it’s numbered to 799, there’s a strong chance not all get redeemed. That makes it possible not all get into circulation. Still, it is a higher number than many of his super premium cards so prices stay largely in check.
Parallels: Emerald (/99)
2016-17 Black Diamond Patrik Laine RC #BDRPL /99
The 2016-17 Black Diamond Patrik Laine was the right winger’s first Rookie Card released to the market. And it’s also one of the biggest. Limited to 99 copies, it comes with three small diamond embedded in it, taking the set’s name in a more literal direction. This is just the second year since Black Diamond was reworked to become a high-end product but the distinct nature of the Rookies seem to have held collector interest as Laine and others continue to command strong prices.
Parallels: Pure Black (1/1)
2016-17 Exquisite Collection Patrik Laine RC Auto Patch #67 /29
High-end Patrik Laine Rookie Cards come in a few forms. However, the 2016-17 Exquisite Collection Patrik Laine is in an elite league. Not only is it anchored by an on-card autograph and a massive patch, but it has just 29 copies. This just happens to match his jersey number. It’s not a coincidence.
2016-17 Exquisite Collection wasn’t a standalone release. Rather, packs were added to certain super-premium products throughout the season. This particular card is in boxes of The Cup.
Parallels: Rookie Shield Autographs (1/1)
2016-17 Fleer Showcase Patrik Laine RC Autograph #181 /299
When Upper Deck brought back Fleer Showcase in 2013-14, key Rookie Cards were autographed patch affairs. 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey drops the patch for the base versions. So while Laine’s card still has a signature, some may see it as down a notch of what could have been given the line’s previous couple of years. That said, patch pieces are part on some of the parallels, they’re just relatively tough to find.
Parallels: Hot Prospects Autograph Patches (/85), Red Glow (/25), Hot Prospects Autograph Patches White Hot (/10), White Hot (/5)
2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Patrik Laine RC #679
2016-17 O-Pee-Chee was one of the earliest out of the gate. How early? It was still the summer and the start of the regular season was still a ways off. With that, Laine’s debut. So he’s not in O-Pee-Chee packs. As has been the case for a few years, it’s one of the OPC Updates found in Upper Deck Series 2.
These aren’t tough cards to pull in the grand scheme of things so prices are still among the most reasonable of all of the Patrik Laine Rookie Cards.
Parallels: Rainbow, Red, Retro, Rainbow Black (/100)
2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Patrik Laine RC #176
2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum gives the main OPC set a chromium makeover. It’s similar to what Topps Chrome is to Topps in baseball. From a value standpoint, the Patrik Laine Rookie Card on the checklist isn’t particularly rare and it doesn’t cost too much. This is understandable given that, although flashy, it’s not particularly high-end. It has an expansive rainbow of parallels that are a mix of colors and background patterns.
Parallels: Ice Blue Traxx, Rainbow, Rainbow Color Wheel, Red Prizm (/199), Royal Blue Cubes (/99), Seismic Gold (/50), Rainbow Orange (/25), Emerald Surge (/10), Golden Treasures (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 Parkhurst Patrik Laine RC #375
The 2016-17 Parkhurst Patrik Laine is a simple card, other than the fact that it’s part of a retail-only distribution. That said, it’s not a short print, it’s not numbered and it’s not signed. It just fits right in with the rest of the base set. While it has a couple of parallels, it is different from the card included in specially marked 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 blasters. That card (#PR9) uses a similar design but it uses a fully-body shot of Laine versus the waist-up photo used on the Rookie Card.
Parallels: Black, Red
2016-17 SP Authentic Patrik Laine RC Autograph #147 /999
If you’re looking for an autographed Patrik Laine Rookie Card, 2016-17 SP Authentic has a lot going for it. It’s far from the most rare. But that doesn’t hold back its popularity or value a whole lot. Similar to Contenders in football and Bowman Chrome in baseball, print runs don’t matter as much for SP Authentic Hockey. The line has been around for a long time and has a broad collecting base that includes RC fans, team collectors and set builders. That tradition runs deep.
While the base version is numbered to 999, only 949 have just his signature. The remaining 50 are Inscribed Autographs that have “10/13/16” added, noting Laine’s NHL debut.
Parallels: Future Watch Black, Limited Patch Autographs (/100), Inscribed Autographs (50 copies)
2016-17 SP Game Used Patrik Laine RC #185 /29
In case the set name didn’t give it away, 2016-17 SP Game Used focuses heavily on memorabilia. Base cards are extremely scarce, numbered to the player’s jersey number. That means just 29 copies of this Patrik Laine Rookie Card. So while it’s not particularly fancy, it still commands strong values based on its rarity.
Parallels: Autographs Blue, Purple, Gold Jersey (/399), Rainbow Player Age (/218), Rainbow Draft Year (/116), Gold Spectrum Patch (/49), Red Spectrum Autograph Patch (/25), Autographs (1/1), Green Snow Storm (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 SPx Patrik Laine RC #74 /249
For much of is history as a brand, SPx has used autographed memorabilia cards for rookies. 2016-17 SPx Hockey, which the Patrik Laine Rookie is a part of, takes a different approach. They are Shadow Box cards. This gives the card a layered look that’s quite different from other Laine Rookies.
The base version comes numbered to 249. But without the autograph, its value isn’t too prohibitive. Parallels fold in both signatures and swatches.
Parallels: Blue Autograph (/199), Red Jersey (/149), Gold Autograph Patch (/99), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 The Cup Patrik Laine RC Autograph Patch #175 /99
The 2016-17 The Cup Patrik Laine Rookie Card hits all the high notes. Upper Deck’s peak hockey brand brings an unprecedented level of prestige from the get go. It has been that way since it debuted in 2005-06 with Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the loaded rookie crop. The autograph is on-card. All of the swatches are patches, most of which come with multiple colors. And then there’s the print run of 99 copies. This is a card that comes with a price tag that’s prohibitive to most collectors.
Parallels: Gold Spectrum (/24), Gold (/12), Red Tag (/4), Green Button (/3), Black (1/1), Black Shield (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 UD Black Patrik Laine RC Autograph #74 /199
2016-17 UD Black Hockey had the final Patrik Laine Rookie to release. Just as the brand has always had, the dark backdrop is a major contrast to virtually every other set out there. It comes signed in silver, playing off of that contrast.
At 199 copies, it’s not overly plentiful but it’s not the rarest card out there either.
Parallels: Gold Spectrum (/35), Black and Blue Spectrum (/5)
2016-17 Ultimate Collection Patrik Laine RC #99
2016-17 Ultimate Collection Hockey has all sorts of high-end autograph and memorabilia cards. However, when it comes to rookies like Laine, they’re relegated to inserts. As far as regular base cards go, it’s an elegant look that doesn’t cut any corners. However, because the card isn’t signed, numbered or elevated in some other fashion, it’s still very much affordable.
Parallels: Onyx Black (/99), Royal Red (/6)
2016-17 Upper Deck Patrik Laine RC #451
Upper Deck’s Young Guns are a cornerstone of the modern hockey card market. Patrik Laine has several Rookie Cards that bring stronger prices but this is a card that has broad appeal. It’s one of the anchors for 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2.
Parallels: Clear Cut, Rainbow Foil, Silver Foil, Exclusives (/100), High Gloss (/10), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 Upper Deck Ice Patrik Laine RC #192 /99
Yes, it doesn’t have an autograph, but the 2016-17 Upper Deck Ice Patrik Laine is one of the sniper’s most desirable Rookie Cards. It has just 99 copies making it extremely scarce. It’s also on clear acetate giving it a distinct look and feel. The popularity of the Ice line as a whole is also a major draw.
Parallels: Die-Cut, Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Patrik Laine #383
2016-17 Upper Deck MVP is about as far from high-end as you can get. It was intended to be readily available throughout both the hobby and retail channels. Affordability trumped rarity. However, if you go to find one of Laine’s Rookies from the set, you’re likely in for a bit of a shock. They’re tough and not exactly cheap.
That’s because it was only available through a scarce redemption program. Those who redeemed a Central Division redemption card got a selection of Rookies, of which Laine was one.
2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Patrik Laine RC #161
2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime packs were used as an incentive for dealers and collectors buying boxes throughout the season. Releasing in three separate waves, the Patrik Laine Rookie Card came in the final group. In addition to the regular version (and parallels), the card also has a variation.
Parallels: Autograph, Blue, Red (/99)
2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Patrik Laine RC Autograph Patch #107 /199
From a premium perspective, the 2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Patrik Laine Rookie Card runs with the best of them. The autograph is on the card and not a sticker. Rather than regular card stock, it’s done with acetate. The patch swatch is actually bigger than the one used for The Cup, which fetches higher prices. The Premier card is still rare at 199 copies, but that’s double that of The Cup.
Parallels: Gold Spectrum (/25), Blue Spectrum (1/1)
2016-17 Upper Deck Trilogy Patrik Laine #52 /999
With 999 serial-numbered copies, the 2016-17 Upper Deck Trilogy Patrik Laine Rookie Card isn’t ridiculously tough to find. For fans of foil cards, it walks the line of being a basic Rookie Card and one that’s a little more upscale. It’s not his cheapest card, but it’s still far from the top. Laine also has cards numbered to 175 and 49 that are part of the main Trilogy set. Both come with autographs
Parallels: Rainbow Green Jersey (/399), Rainbow Black (/99)
Other Notable Early Patrik Laine Cards
2015-16 Finnish Cardset Patrik Laine #376 /999
2015-16 Finnish Cardset landed Laine on its Series 2 checklist. His main card is serial-numbered to 999 copies. The product also has a Patrik Laine autograph that has 125 copies. Because of the overseas distribution, they’re not all that common in North America.
2016 Sereal Team Finland Patrik Laine
Sereal’s 2016 Team Finland is a European release. The winger is found throughout the checklist including rare autographs and memorabilia cards. Here’s a full list of the Patrik Laine cards in the set:
• Base #FIN-BAS-015
• Blue #FIN-BAS-015 /100
• Silver #FIN-BAS-015 /60
• Gold #FIN-BAS-015 1/1
• Under 20 World Champions #FIN-U20-016
• Autograph Series #FIN-AUT-015 /25
• Under 20 World Champions Autographs #FIN-U20-A05 /25
• Jersey Series #FIN-JER-015 /111
• Jersey Flag Series #FIN-JER-F15 /30
• Letter Patch #FIN-LTR-015 /5
• Patch Series #FIN-PAT-015 /21
2016 Upper Deck World Cup of Hockey Patrik Laine #WCH25
When it comes to North American releases, 2016 Upper Deck World Cup of Hockey is Laine’s first. Not a full-blown release, it’s closer to a promo set. In addition to the base card, there are four different Printing Plates, each one-of-a-kind. Some of the value the card holds now is because there isn’t much in the way of alternatives. As Laine’s NHL cards start to surface, they will likely overtake this one as far as interest goes.
2016 Upper Deck Heritage Classic Patrik Laine #JETS-0
This is Laine’s first card wearing a Jets uniform. Like the World Cup card, it’s part of a promo set. But there’s a bit of a regional twist. Released in conjunction with the October Heritage Classic game between the Jets and Edmonton Oilers, it’s a bonus card for the special set. To get one you had to purchase a box from select Winnipeg-area card shops. It was available separately from the rest of the set, which was given out with a smaller $20 purchase.
Patrik Laine Rookie Redemption Cards
2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio XRC Redemptions #2
2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio brought with it some forward thinking. They have several levels of redemptions good for members of the 2016-17 rookie class. Each group has six players, three of which were players who debuted too late in 2015-16 to be included in that year’s products. All Rookie #2 versions are good for the Jets winger. Some have autographs, some don’t.
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