The Cup overfloweth tomorrow

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Tomorrow is Aug. 31.


As any puck-inclined collector can tell you, tomorrow is a special day for the hockey hobby. Wednesday marks the official release date for Upper Deck‘s yearly opus — 2010-11 The Cup.

Built for whale-chasers and spectators alike, the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line brand needs no introduction. Since its inception, it’s been a self-fueled steam engine — barreling toward the hobby year after year with some of the most coveted cards of the season.

In the coming days, we’ll surely see box breaking, case cracking and other online banter about the latest incarnation, but we wanted to give readers one last chance to comment on what they’ve seen so far.

Below are a few examples of  the enthusiasm-warranting wonders of the product. Whether you’ve already seen them in person or not,  we’d like to get your take on what makes (or breaks) a premium line like this.

Prime-as-they-come patches

One-of-one autographs from greats

Dueling dual signatures

Rookie Bookmarks

Sweet stick signings

Property of powerhouses

Multiple-memorabilia, autographed greatness


  1. steve
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    ahhhhh…….the filet mignon of hockey cards that so few of us can afford to taste, but to me-thats ok !! I say that because, just because I myself cannot afford the Cup in hockey cards (haven’t opened a pack since the mid 90’s anyways), or Exquisite in basketball & football…..or any other $100 + pack product (for that matter…..$50 a pack is outta my range)——

    I have one thing that comes with being a very tight pocketed consumer, and is also shared by several individuals whom can budget in a case here & a case there-of their favorite product, and is enjoyed by young collectors & older ones as well………WE ALL ENJOY THE HOBBY- FOR THE LITTLE JOYS & THE GIGANTIC SURPRISES it can bring us !!!!!!

  2. KZED
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Isn’t there already a list of cards UD states never got packed out?? I know they pulled the Thomas Vanek 1/1 because it had the wrong patch in it, and didn’t they promise dual Crosby/Lemieux autos that never happened??

  3. bonnev659
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    some amazing stuff, i wish i could get some tins

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