Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Offers 1 Auto Per Pack

The 2009-10 NHL season may be over with the Stanley Cup now residing in Chicago, home of the victorious Blackhawks, but Upper Deck is still cranking out hockey card sets. Latest to the part is the 2009-10 Ultimate Collection Hockey product. The product guarantees at least one rookie card, one autographed card and one memorabilia card in every pack.

“We just experienced one of the most-watched NHL playoffs ever with some of the best hockTavares Ultimate Auto Rookie Cardey battles in recent years,” said Josh Zusman, hockey brand manager for Upper Deck.  “This set captures many of the thrills from this season, as well as salutes some of hockey’s all-time greatest players. This is a must-have product for any serious hockey collector.”

The insert lineup kicks off with rookie memorabilia cards including oversized “Ultimate Debut Threads Jerseys,” numbered to 200, featuring Tavares, Gustavsson and van Riemsdyk; “Ultimate Debut Threads Patches,” numbered to 35, showcasing the aforementioned trio along with other up-and-comers like Colin Wilson and Logan Couture; and “Autographed Ultimate Rookies” cards, numbered to 299, from many of the year’s best freshmen.

The search for rookies includes “Signed Ultimate Debut Threads Jerseys, numberMatt Duchene Auto Ult. Debut Threads Carded to 50, as well as “Ultimate Autographed Rookies Patch Variations,” numbered to 25. However, Upper Deck is counting heavily on its special 42-player insert entitled “Autographed Ultimate Rookies NHL Shield Variations,” which are numbered to just one apiece. A second 1-of-1 insert entitled “Ultimate Signature Logos” is also available.

A slew of current superstars are featured throughout the set via autographs, jersey and patch cards including Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton. But the issue also includes dual-signed autographed jersey card from such legendary combos as Tony and Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky/Mario Lemieux, and Gordie Howe/Steve Yzerman.

Mark Messier Ultimate Nickname Auto CardUltimate Collection Hockey set also includes both the “Ultimate Nicknames” and “Ultimate Achievements” insert lineups (both numbered to 25) that feature unique autographs like Mark “Moose” Messier, “Lucky” Luc Robitaille, “Saint Patrick” Roy and “Super Mario” Lemieux.

Packs and singles are hitting the market now with pack prices averaging $75-90 per pack.  Check the current eBay listings for singles and packs here..