The growing population of one-card-per-pack sports card boxes continues with the announcement of the new 2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor hockey cards. The company has announced plans to release the autograph and relic card-focused set in the spring. Current and past greats will both be part of the mix with no sticker autographs.
2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Basics
It’ll be a short and snappy box break and each card will definitely be limited, with Upper Deck promising each card will have a serial number no greater than 36. There will be 12 of those one card boxes per case.
There is a “base set” with both bordered and borderless designs surrounding an on-card signature. Each will be numbered to 36. There will be Silver (# to 22); Red (# to 11); Gold (# to 5) and 1/1 Black parallels for each.
Black & White Autographs feature Silver (#’d to 27); Copper (#’d to 12); Gold (# to 6) and 1/1 White parallels.
Splendid Signatures will be numbered to 24 with Gold (# to 5) and 1/1 Black parallels.
Splendor Showpieces is another autograph subset with Silver #’d to 27; Blue # to 15; Gold # to 5 and Black that are 1/1.
Upper Deck will include pieces of game-used pucks in another of the autograph subsets with each card numbered to 15 and 1/1 parallels mixed in.
There will be 1/1 Cut Signatures including one of Lord Stanley from a 19th century military document and 1/1 Signature Handles that feature a nameplate from a game-used stick and a cut autograph. Maurice “Rocket” Richard will be one of the names on the checklist.
Splendid Patches feature large pieces of game-used uniforms, numbered to 10 with 1/1 Black parallels.
Silver Stick cards, containing real sterling silver, pay tribute to players who have reached the 1000 game milestone.
There was no immediate word on a price point for 2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor hockey, which has a release date of April 25.