As the Stanley Cup Finals heat up, 2012-13 Upper Deck SP Authentic, the last scheduled NHL release of the season, has been released. Each box will deliver at least three autograph cards and a bevy of other inserts, like the new Authentic Moments and Team Canada Moments cards. Both have parallel versions including some in gold ink. Collectors who are taking advantage of one of the few hockey card products to be produced are finding some surprises.
“Out of adversity comes opportunity for collectors,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “Given the landscape this year, we are capitalizing on the opportunity to include components of other products in 2012-13 NHL SP Authentic. This means collectors are in store for a truly awesome box opening experience finding content they would not normally see in this product. Bonus packs of SPx Hockey, which will be included in every third box, will yield a fourth autograph card for collectors, plus fans can also find update cards for their 2012-13 NHL Upper Deck and MVP hockey sets.”
Rookie collectors will have opportunity to find rookie and autograph cards from some surprising standout players from this season. Upper Deck says it was able to secure hard-signed autograph content from legendary players like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Jaromir Jagr and others. The lineup of retired and veteran stars in the Limited Autograph Patch variation cards is, according to the company, “one of the strongest of all-time, and includes Wayne Gretzky as member of the Edmonton Oilers with a 1983 Edmonton Oilers game-used jersey patch.”
2012-13 SP Authentic hockey was released on Thursday. Here is what has been listed on eBay thus far.