Tarasenko Signs For Earlier Upper Deck Releases



By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait is over for collectors that have redeemed or held on to several different Vladimir Tarasenko autograph cards produced by Upper Deck last season.

As announced via company’s blog yesterday, the St. Louis Blues sniper finally sat down for a signing session and those that have sent in redemption codes from 2013-14 products such as Trilogy, SPx and Artifacts will finally see their hotly-anticipated cards arriving in the mail.

“Our Athlete Relations team worked very hard to make some headway to get signing sessions with Vladimir and we are happy to report the first one is now in the books,” Upper Deck noted in their post. “We will have a variety of autograph exchange cards from his rookie season heading out to collectors in the coming weeks. We are pushing for more signing sessions to finish up everything we have outstanding with Vladimir and are optimistic that will happen in the near future. We appreciate fan’s patience while we work to get these cards out and get more signed.”

Among the biggest cards that hobbyists are still waiting on are Tarasenko’s rookie cards from last season’s editions of SP Authentic and The Cup. With the earlier redemptions being fulfilled, there may soon be more confidence among buyers in the cards that were issued later in the year and secondary market values will strengthen once they are live.

Tarasenko presently ranks fourth among all NHL players with 33 goals in 2014-15 and he was also seventh in a very tight scoring race with 66 points. The former first round pick (16th overall in 2010) also made an appearance at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

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


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  1. Ken 13 March, 2015 at 09:59

    So let me get this straight, he played 38 games in 2012-13, but his RC’s are in 2013-14 products and he is signing autographs for those cards in 2015. How could a card signed aover 2 years after he played his 1st game STILL be considered a RC.

  2. Stephen Laroche 13 March, 2015 at 10:09

    Any player that debuted in 2012-13 had to wait until 2013-14 to get their rookie cards. The redemption cards were issued in 2013-14 releases since Upper Deck did not have the autographs in hand at time of release, so they are rookie cards without question.

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