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Upper Deck Black Hockey Drops ’08-09 Puck

Upper Deck Black Malkin card Themed insert sets are a big selling point for Upper Deck’s Black hockey cards–with special autographs of hockey’s famous names highlighting the sales pitch.

Upper Deck is gushing about its 2008-09 NHL Black product.

The company has been previewing its latest hockey cards for the last couple of months and says its initial feedback has collectors touting the thickness of the cards, as well as player signatures on the black middle surface with either silver or gold ink.

NHL Upper Deck Black revolves around five major insert sets. The first is the “Game Night Ticket” autograph cards that highlight a player in a key game where they turned in a stellar performance. There are also dual-signed versions of the cards, spotlighting two key players.

“Pride of a Nation” autograph cards include a manufactured flag swatch of the Upper Deck Black Pride of a Nation Alexander Ovechkin featured player’s country. With hockey having players hailing from such a diverse background, there is a large variety of international flags represented.

The next insert set is technology driven and called “Lustrous Materials” autograph collection. These cards include two memorabilia swatches, the player’s autograph and a clear image of the player embedded in the card.

Upper Deck believes the Black cards that will fetch the highest prices will be the “Cuts from the Modern Era” and the “Trophy Cuts” cards. The former have cut autographs from deceased personalities, while the latter include an autograph from the person the trophy was named after as well as an autograph from a star who won the award. So for the first time there will be dual-autograph cards from stars like Ray Bourque and Clarence Campbell, King Clancy and Jarome Iginla, Maurice Richard and Rick Nash and, of course, Wayne Gretzky and Lord Stanley.

Upper Deck Black dual autograph Wayne Gretzky and Clarence Campbell

“We spent a lot of time to deliver a product to hockey fans that was unlike anything they had ever seen before,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “The technology, design and innovation that was incorporated into 2008-09 NHL UD Black makes it a set that collectors will love. When you hold these cards in your hands, you realize you have something special.”

Upper Deck’s 2008-09 NHL UD Black carries a suggested retail price of $125 per two-card hobby pack. Nearly 800 listings for the product, including singles, boxes and memorabilia cards are already on eBay.

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN:

· UD Black Cards (combining to deliver an avg. of 1 per pack)

o Regular Cards – Quad Jersey – #’d to 99

o Regular Cards – Jersey/Patch, Gold // – #’d to 15

o Regular Cards – Patch, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Auto Jerseys (Quads) – #’d to 25

o Auto Patches (Quads) – #’d to 5

o Dual Player Auto Jerseys (Quads) – #’d to 15

o Dual Player Auto Patches (Quads) – #’d to 3

o Dual Player Jerseys (Quads) – #’d to 50

o Dual Player Jersey/Patch, Gold // (Quads) – #’d to 25

o Dual Player Patch, Blue // (Quads) – #’d to 5

o Trios Jerseys – #’d to 50

o Foursomes Jerseys – #’d to 25

o Trios Gold // Jerseys – #’d to 10

o Foursomes Gold // Jerseys – #’d to 5

o Trios Blue // Patches – #’d to 1

o Foursomes Blue // Patches – #’d to 1

o 3-on-3 Jerseys – #’d to 10

o 4-on-4 Jerseys – #’d to 5

o 3-on-3 Jerseys, Gold // – #’d to 5

o 4-on-4 Jerseys, Gold // – #’d to 3

o 3-on-3 Jerseys, Blue // – #’d to 1

o 4-on-4 Jerseys, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Pride of a Nation Autographed Patches – #’d to 25

o Pride of a Nation Autographed Patches, Gold // – #’d to 10

o Pride of a Nation Autographed Patches, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials – #’d to 35

o Dual Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials – #’d to 25

o Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials, Gold // – #’d to 25

o Dual Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials, Gold // – #’d to 10

o Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Dual Marks of Obsidian – Auto Patch Materials, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials – #’d to 25

o Dual Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials – #’d to 10

o Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials, Gold // – #’d to 10

o Dual Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials, Gold // – #’d to 5

o Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Dual Game Night Ticket – Auto Patch Materials, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Lustrous Materials – Auto Dual Jersey – #’d to 25

o Lustrous Materials – Auto Jersey/Patch, Gold // – #’d to 10

o Lustrous Materials – Auto Patch, Blue // – #’d to 1

o Trophy Cuts (cut with label auto) – varied #ing

o Past and Present Autographs (cut with auto) – varied #ing

o Dual Cuts – varied #ing

o Cuts from the Modern Era – varied #ing

· Rookie Cards (combining to deliver an avg. of 1 per pack)

o Rookie Lettermen (spell player’s names) – #’d to 399

o Rookie Lettermen Gold (spell rookie) – #’d to 15

o Rookie Lettermen Blue (first letter of player’s last name) – #’d to 1

o Rookie Lettermen Redemption – #’d to 99

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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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