Collectors who buy 2017-18 Upper Deck’s SP Game Used Hockey when it becomes available on Jan. 17 will know what to expect, since Upper Deck is staying with the format it used in 2016-17.
There is one pack per hobby box, with six cards per pack. Four of those cards will be hits, with an autograph or premium memorabilia card, and three additional autograph or relic cards. There also will be two base cards.
The base set will contain 85 cards, plus 100 Authentic Rookies that will be serial numbered to the featured player’s uniform number. Some of those serial-numbered cards will feature an autograph and a certificate of authenticity, creating 100 cards that are 1/1s.
Collectors will find plenty of parallels to chase. In the base set, there will be Orange Rainbow, Green Snow Storm 1/1 parallels, Gold Jersey cards that fall 1:4 in packs, Blue Autographs (1:10), Red Autograph Jersey cards (1:20), Gold Spectrum Patch cards and Red Spectrum Autograph Patch cards.
There are a good number of rookie parallel cards, too. Rainbow parallels will be numbered to 200 plus the player’s age. Orange Rainbow cards will be numbered to 100 plus the draft year. Green Snow Storm parallels are 1/1 cards, and Gold Jersey cards will be numbered to 399. Gold Spectrum Patch parallels will be numbered to 49, while Red Spectrum Autograph cards will be numbered to 15. Blue Autographs will fall once in every eight packs, while Red Autograph Jersey cards will fall at a 1:15 rate.
Signature cards include Banner Year Autographs, which feature pieces of banners that hung at various events like the NHL draft, the All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup Final. Draft Day Marks feature signed letterman cards, limited to 10 per letter for veterans and 35 per letter for rookies. Inked Sweaters will have a patch parallel, while Inked Rookie Sweater Patch parallels will be numbered to 49. The 500-Goal Club Marks will be numbered 25 per letter.
Memorabilia cards include Supreme Patch, numbered to 15. Parallel cards in this subset include pieces of gear like sticks, skates, gloves and pads. The gear from the NHL All-Star Skills, Stadium Series and Centennial Classic will be numbered to 6. Pieces from pucks will be even tougher to pull, falling once in every 720 packs. Collectors can search in Stadium Series, Winter Classic, NHL Heritage Classic and a Stanley Cup Final game to find these hard-to-find relics.
Net cord cards will be interesting relics to find. Materials from the NHL Heritage Classic, Winter Classic, Stadium Series and All-Star Game will be numbered to 35. A version from the Stanley Cup Final will be numbered to 25. In addition, the net cord cards will have Shield Logo parallels that are 1-of-1s.
Rookie Sweaters, numbered to 199, will feature the top newcomers in the NHL. Framework relics return for the second straight year, featuring large jersey swatches. They will fall every 12 packs.
Boxes and cases are available online.