Upper Deck Announces Limited Rookie Cards For The Cup


 Cup MacKinnon ARP

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each year, Upper Deck ensures that there are several limited Autographed Rookie Patch cards for collectors to track down and since the product debuted in 2005-06, the lineup has boasted such stars as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Taylor Hall and many more.

In tins of 2013-14 The Cup, the hunt will be on for six of last season’s biggest names from the Dual Rookie Class and the Level Two cards will once again be limited to 99 copies each. The chase for these cards will be intense and command serious attention on the secondary market.

Who made the cut this season? Find out after the jump.

Earlier today, Upper Deck announced that the six freshmen that will make up the most coveted part of the popular subset. They are as follows:

185 Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars
186 Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers
187 Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
188 Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
189 Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
190 Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

The other Autographed Rookie Patch cards found in tins will be limited to just 249 copies each.

Hitting store shelves on October 22, The Cup will close out the schedule of 2013-14 hockey card releases. There will be plenty of other rookie-related content to be found as well, including Autographed Rookie Gear booklets. For more details on this product, check out our First Look from several weeks ago.

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. Paul Angilly 7 October, 2014 at 12:36

    I’d really love to see a Beckett poll asking collectors whether or not these should even be considered RCs, since they are being released after the start of the next season (especially since some of these players were actually rookies in the 2012-13 season, even before last season!). My vote is, of course, “no.”

  2. Mike 7 October, 2014 at 20:11

    Completely agree with the poster above. I remember when there were RC rules and enforced by industry leaders like Beckett. Now I see the RC tag on parallels and everything else under the sun – it’s back to the wild west until hobby authorities like Beckett step up and enforce this in their guide. The 2012-13 Rookies should definitely not get to keep the RC tag and if the product is not in stores before puck drop on opening day the 2013-14 crop should not be allowed the tag either. Do the right think Beckett.

  3. steve d donaldson 8 October, 2014 at 12:36

    This is in reply to Mike’s comment.
    This is what is wrong with our hobby. Most collectors rely on an outdated pricing magazine to make decisions for them. If enough people do not consider them RC’s then they will not be RC’s. Why do we need to follow Beckett like drones. Take a look at the Derek Jeter Stadium Club Dome RC. This card should be Derek’s ONLY RC as it came out before the first pitch of the 1993 season.

  4. David Brown 12 October, 2014 at 01:33

    Ok here we go. First of all collectors set the guiedlines and beckett reports on them, not vice versa. You have valid points about the 12-13 rookies but as they were not allowed in sets there was no other option as to what year their rc cards came out. Having the RC designation on a card is just a guideline. Cards are not worth more or less because of it. Demand by those that collect RC is what increases price. A variation of a RC should not be lower priced just because it is a variation, if the variation is a shorter print, auto or memorabilia added to the card these should increase the value of the card no lower it. As a rookie collector I would prefer to buy National Treasures as being a better value and guaranteed getting a rc /99. With the # of rookies in that set it is much harder to pull a Mckinnon then the cup will be but the cup will be about 3x the value based on demand.

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