The NHL All-Star game is over and Upper Deck is dropping the puck on the second half of the season with its 2010-11 Upper Deck SPx hockey cards.
“We are stoked to say the least about this year’s SPx offering,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “The well-received Shadowbox inserts return for another year with autographed versions this time around.”
The 100-card base-level set boasts a lineup of retired greats, current superstars and much-touted rookies.
Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky are part of the checklist in various subsets and insert collections, while the top rookies in today’s game including Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, P.K. Subban, Jeff Skinner and Derek Stepan are covered via an assortment of inserts including SPx Rookie Jersey cards (numbered to 799 each); SPx Autographed Rookie Jersey cards, Level 2 (numbered to 499); and SPx Finite Rookies, Level 3 (number to 99). What’s more, picking up where 2010-11 Black Diamond Hockey left off, is that one “Ice Premieres” rookie card will fall in every box.
SPx Shadowbox inserts return with rookies like Subban and Nazem Kadri joining current superstars Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos and retired stars like Mark Messier, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Hull. A special insert collection entitled “SPx Shadowbox Stoppers” highlights some of the best goaltenders of today including Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur, Carey Price and Ryan Miller. The rare autographed versions of the Shadowbox inserts include signatures from Gretzky, Orr, Howe and current Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
There will also be autographed (1:252 packs) and unsigned (1:126 packs) versions of the “Flashback Fabrics” insert lineup spotlighting players from yesteryear as Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman and Jari Kurri, along with current stars, all sporting retro jerseys of their respective teams.
2010-11 SPx Hockey set includes four cards per pack and 18 packs (plus one bonus pack) per box. You can sample the cards via over 160 current listings on eBay where unopened boxes have been selling in the $95-105 range.