Upper Deck’s hockey presses have rolled out its’ OPC Premier line for the coming season.
The product includes one autographed “Quad Rookie Memorabilia” card, one NHL superstar’s signature card, one manufactured patch card, and one triple- or quad-swatch memorabilia card or parallel card numbered to 25 or less, in every pack.
“O-Pee-Chee Premier is always one of our most sought-after sets and this year’s release is no exception,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager.
“Once again, we’ve covered the gamut with incredible rookie memorabilia cards, autographs and legends of the ice. And since this will be the last time Upper Deck produces this high-end set for at least the foreseeable future, it should only add to its collectibility.”
Among the autographed cards in the “Premier Signings” insert are Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky.
The initial “Premier Signings” lineup is numbered to 50 and includes current superstars like Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Ovechkin, alongside top rookies from this past season including John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Jonas Gustavsson, Victor Hedman and James van Riemsdyk. The additional levels of “Premier Signings” autograph card variations include: “Duals,” numbered to 25; “Triples,” numbered to 15; “Quads,” numbered to 10; “Gold Parallels,” numbered to 15; “Dual Gold,” numbered to 10; “Triple Gold,” numbered to 5; and “Quad Gold,” numbered to 1.
OPC Premier will also offer manufactured patch cards featuring nicknames, achievements and famous nicknames of some of hockey’s most celebrated players ever including Don “Grapes” Cherry and “Bam Bam Cam” Neely. Orr, Howe and Gretzky are all under exclusive contract with Upper Deck.
“Quad Memorabilia” autographed rookie cards are numbered to 299. The manufactured patch cards include OPC “Premier Stichings” versions numbered to 199 and OPC autographed “Premier Stichings” gems numbered to 25.
The array of memorabilia cards found within OPC Premier include “OPC Premier Remnants, Quad Jerseys,” numbered to 25, and “Triple Jerseys,” numbered to 35. Current standouts included in both lineups include Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Joe Thornton, Jari Kurri and Ryan Miller. Retired greats include Howe, Gretzky, Messier, Patrick Roy and Steve Yzerman.
Upper Deck’s 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey boasts five cards per pack (one pack per box).