Hobby boxes will hit stores and online outlets on Wednesday.
Upper Deck is promising one rookie auto jersey or Retro Rookie auto jersey per box. And as hockey collectors know, this year’s rookie class is chock full of new and exciting players, like Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, Max Domi and Dylan Larkin.
A hobby box will consist of 10 packs, with four cards in each pack. Box prices are currently $110-$120 on eBay.
2015-16 SPx Hockey Base Set, Inserts
The base set will contain 60 cards, plus inserts like the 15 Shift Change cards that will fall one per six packs. An additional 15 Stick Wizards (also falling at a 1:6 ratio), 10 Name on Front cards (one in every 24 packs) and 30 short-printed high series foil rookies (one in every four packs) round out the inserts.
Each of those inserts will have signed parallels.
Relic Cards and Autographs
Jersey cards will include some tough to pull items like X-Dual (1:70) and X-Quad (1:160), with patch parallels numbered to 10 and 5. A new subset this season is the Monochromatic jersey cards, which fall one in every 20 packs (or every other box, if that sounds more attainable). The Monochromatic cards have a relic with a black-and-white image. Here’s the catch — the player’s jersey will be displayed in color.
Other memorabilia items will be Acetate Jersey Rookies numbered to 349 and Acetate Auto Rookies numbered to 299. Acetate Auto Rookie jerseys will be numbered to 349 or 499 and also will sport red parallels (numbered to 50) and green (numbered to 10).
Upper Deck seems to be working to develop new designs while remaining reverent to older configurations and these days, “something for everyone” is not a bad way to go. It’s a clear choice.