Top 50 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards

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Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards have been around ever since the company started making hockey cards in 1990-91. But what began as a simple subset has evolved into one of the most popular subsets not just in hockey, but the entire hobby.

Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards - 2005-06 Sidney Crosby

The Rookie Cards are now a driver for Upper Deck’s flagship releases. They’re something collectors look forward to, count down the days to, debate. Young Guns are for set collectors. They’re for player and team collectors. Young Guns are for people who flip cards and those who squirrel them away. They’re for collectors with big budgets and they’re for those in remote areas who rely on retail to get their cards. Young Guns even have an audience in collectors who don’t otherwise venture into hockey cards.

It’s that wide net that helps make them so popular. And, considering they’re readily available, pretty valuable as well.

While the earliest are available in the same quantities as other cards in the set, they’re now short prints that require a little bit of an extra hunt. At the same time, they’re not so tough that they turn collectors off. For several years, Young Guns land 1:4 hobby packs. So they’re definitely harder to find than veteran base cards but your chances of landing one is still pretty good. And if you’re hitting the secondary market, it’s not too much of a challenge to locate them.

A Brief History of Upper Deck Young Guns

The first Young Guns appear in 1990-91 Upper Deck High Series. The subset’s beginnings were pretty quiet as Upper Deck’s flagship set often had several rookie-centric subsets. And in those early years, collectors often clamored for the World Junior Championships cards that captured players before their NHL debuts.

The initial Young Guns run lasted only until 1992-93. It showed back up again in 1995-96 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Hockey. But the return was short-lived lasting only two seasons.

They returned to the flagship line in 1999-00, this time as short prints. And there has been no turning back since. It’s in this run that Young Guns have cemented themselves as some of the most popular Rookie Cards in the hobby.

Despite not having autographs, serial numbers or any sort of major rarity, many Young Guns carry significant value. We’re not talking thousands (save for maybe a couple of key parallels or extremely high grades), but they can still run a lot more than you’ll find for players from similar sets. Rookie Cards from places like The Cup may sell for many times higher, but their audience is also limited in scope. Upper Deck Young Guns are something for the masses.

Hundreds of Young Guns are out there now. A generation of players have come through the NHL since their reintroduction. That’s a large pool of players to draw from, some of which are definitely more valuable than others. With that in mind, here’s a countdown of the 50 most valuable Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards.

50 Most Valuable Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards

The following list is based on which Upper Deck Young Guns are the most valuable in the Beckett Hockey Card Database and Price Guide as of November 2, 2018. It covers sets through 2017-18.


50. 2016-17 Upper Deck William Nylander RC #249

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2016-17 Upper Deck William Nylander RC




49. 2011-12 Upper Deck Ryan Nugent-Hopkins RC #214

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2011-12 Upper Deck Ryan Nugent-Hopkins RC




48. 2014-15 Upper Deck Evgeny Kuznetsov RC #248

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2014-15 Upper Deck Evgeny Kuznetsov RC




47. 2017-18 Upper Deck Nolan Patrick RC #455

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46. 2015-16 Upper Deck Jake Guentzel RC #525

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45. 2010-11 Upper Deck P.K. Subban RC #231

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2010-11 Upper Deck PK Subban RC'




44. 2013-14 Upper Deck Filip Forsberg RC #451

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2013-14 Upper Deck Filip Forsberg RC




43. 2009-10 Upper Deck Braden Holtby RC #499

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2009-10 Upper Deck Braden Holtby RC




42. 2014-15 Upper Deck Jonathan Drouin RC #477

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2014-15 Upper Deck Jonathan Drouin RC




41. 2006-07 Upper Deck Anze Kopitar RC #216

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2006-07 Upper Deck Anze Kopitar RC




40. 2014-15 Upper Deck Johnny Gaudreau RC #211

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2014-15 Upper Deck Johnny Gaudreau RC




39. 2013-14 Upper Deck Vladimir Tarasenko RC #230

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2013-14 Upper Deck Vladimir Tarasenko RC




38. 2014-15 Upper Deck Andrei Vasilevskiy RC #478

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37. 2015-16 Upper Deck Matt Murray RC #526

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2015-16 Upper Deck Matt Murray RC




36. 2014-15 Upper Deck Bo Horvat RC #494

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2014-15 Upper Deck Bo Horvat RC




35. 2005-06 Upper Deck Henrik Lundqvist RC #216

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2005-06 Upper Deck Henrik Lundqvist RC




34. 2013-14 Upper Deck Frederik Andersen RC #462

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33. 2006-07 Upper Deck Phil Kessel RC #204

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2006-07 Upper Deck Phil Kessel RC




32. 2016-17 Upper Deck Mathew Barzal RC #458

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31. 2001-02 Upper Deck Ilya Kovalchuk RC #211

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30. 2017-18 Upper Deck Brock Boeser RC #247

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29. 2013-14 Upper Deck Morgan Rielly RC #218

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28. 2014-15 Upper Deck Leon Draisaitl RC #223

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27. 2009-10 Upper Deck Brad Marchand RC #452

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26. 2011-12 Upper Deck Mark Scheifele RC #248

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25. 2015-16 Upper Deck Jack Eichel RC #451

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2015-16 Upper Deck Jack Eichel RC Young Guns




24. 2009-10 Upper Deck Erik Karlsson RC #210

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23. 2010-11 Upper Deck Taylor Hall RC #219

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2010-11 Upper Deck Taylor Hall RC




22. 2013-14 Upper Deck Nikita Kucherov RC #483

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2013-14 Upper Deck Nikita Kucherov RC




21. 2016-17 Upper Deck Patrik Laine RC #451

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2016-17 Upper Deck Patrik Laine RC




20. 2001-02 Upper Deck Pavel Datsyuk RC #422

Has two version: Purple Backboard in Background, Player in Background

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19. 2008-09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos RC #245

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2008-09 Upper Deck Steven Stamkos RC Young Guns




18. 2003-04 Upper Deck Brent Burns RC #221

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2003-04 Upper Deck Brent Burns RC




17. 2003-04 Upper Deck Patrice Bergeron RC #204

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2003-04 Upper Deck Patrice Bergeron RC Young Guns




16. 2007-08 Upper Deck Patrick Kane RC #210

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15. 2013-14 Upper Deck Nathan MacKinnon RC #238

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2013-14 Upper Deck Nathan MacKinnon RC




14. 2016-17 Upper Deck Mitch Marner RC #468

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2016-17 Upper Deck Mitch Marner RC




13. 2010-11 Upper Deck Tyler Seguin RC #456

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2010-11 Upper Deck Tyler Seguin RC




12. 2014-15 Upper Deck David Pastrnak RC #495

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2014-15 Upper Deck David Pastrnak RC




11. 2003-04 Upper Deck Marc-Andre Fleury RC #234

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2003-04 Upper Deck Marc-Andre Fleury RC




10. 2007-08 Upper Deck Jonathan Toews RC #462

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2007-08 Upper Deck Jonathan Toews RC




9. 2007-08 Upper Deck Carey Price RC #227

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2007-08 Upper Deck Carey Price RC




8. 2009-10 Upper Deck John Tavares RC #201

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2009-10 Upper Deck John Tavares Rookie Card




7. 2006-07 Upper Deck Evgeni Malkin RC #486

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2006-07 Upper Deck Evgeni Malkin RC




6. 2002-03 Upper Deck Rick Nash RC #232

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2002-03 Upper Deck Rick Nash RC Young Guns




5. 2005-06 Upper Deck Alexander Ovechkin RC #443

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2005-06 Upper Deck Alexander Ovechkin RC




4. 2002-03 Upper Deck Henrik Zetterberg RC #234

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2002-03 Upper Deck Henrik Zetterberg RC Young Guns




3. 2016-17 Upper Deck Auston Matthews RC #201

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2016-17 Upper Deck Auston Matthews RC Young Guns




2. 2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid RC #201

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2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid RC Young Guns




1. 2005-06 Upper Deck Sidney Crosby RC #201

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2005-06 Upper Deck Sidney Crosby Young Guns RC


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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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