Retail Rundown: 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

With the 2010-11 NHL season now behind us and the final high-end hockey releases afoot, card companies are looking forward with forward-looking lines.

Upper Deck unveiled today a detailed report on what’s to come for retailers stocking its 2011-12 Series One Hockey line. Come November, collectors out running errands (or those doing so as an excuse to buy cards) can look find the manufacturer’s basic brand in 32-card fat packs, 8-card foil packs and 10 (plus two bonus)-pack blasters on retail shelves.

Beyond the 200-card base set, Upper Deck’s signature retail release has a few formulas worth studying this summer.

First, the fat packs:

  • Young Guns Rookie Cards (1:4)
  • UD Canvas (Regular cards – 1:2.5, Young Guns – 1:24, combined for 1:2 odds)
  • All-World Team (1:5)
  • All-World Team SP (1:40)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes (1:7)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Header cards (1:300)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Art cards (1:300)
  • EA’s Ultimate Team (1:8)

Then, the foil:

  • 24 packs per box
  • Young Guns Rookie Cards (1:4)
  • UD Canvas (Regular cards – 1:7, Young Guns – 1:48, combined for 1:6 odds)
  • UD Game Jerseys (1:24)
  • All-World Team (1:13)
  • All-World Team SP (1:120)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes (1:13)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Header cards (1:600)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Art cards (1:600)
  • EA’s Ultimate Team (1:8)

Last, the blast(er):

  • 5 cards per pack
  • 10 packs, plus 2 bonus packs
  • Young Guns Rookie Cards (1:6)
  • UD Canvas (Regular cards – 1:14, Young Guns – 1:96, combined for 1:12 odds)
  • UD Game Jerseys (1:240)
  • All-World Team (1:27)
  • All-World Team SP (1:240)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes (1:25)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Header cards (1: 1,200)
  • 1950s Hockey Heroes Art cards (1:1,200)
  • EA’s Ultimate Team (1:8)

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5 comments

  1. Todd Gack 11 July, 2011 at 20:31

    “8-card foil packs and 10 (plus two bonus)-pack blasters on retail shelves.”

    Why do blaster boxes continue to say “plus ___ bonus pack(s)”? Why can’t it just be 12 packs?

  2. Bill Strong 12 July, 2011 at 10:38

    I agree with Todd. It’s pretty comical. Still, I always look forward to the UD series 1 cards. Do we have a date and/or checklist yet?

  3. Aaron Fox 12 July, 2011 at 23:05

    Nice update Andrew, have enjoyed your past articles and box breaks. Do you know if this is the official design for this years UD Series 1 Young Guns? I’m not really feeling it. Last years design was kind of ****** too, imo.

  4. Monte 27 July, 2011 at 21:05

    Hard to beat last years retro set. The regular set stunk as has the past few years of UD but the retro was a great full featured action photo set. I was hoping they would do another retro year like 1991-94.

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