Upper Deck is saving the good stuff for last.
It’s a high-end product and technically the last one of the 2017-18 calendar year, being released sometime in October, but collectors generally consider The Cup to be worth the wait. A tin contains one pack with six cards. Upper Deck is promising that there will be two autographed patch cards in the upcoming edition — and that one of those cards will be a rookie patch. This year, some of the rookie patch autograph cards pay tribute to designs from 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10. All will be numbered to 10 or less.
Another new arrival is Razors Edge, which will feature a piece of a player’s skate embedded into the card. These cards also will be numbered to 10 or less and will feature blades from current and former players.
Base set cards will be numbered to 249, and these cards will have Gold Spectrum parallels numbered to 36, 1/1 Black Foil cards and 1/1 Masterpiece Press Plates.
The Autographed Rookie Patch cards will be a major component of The Cup. There will be two levels of cards, with Level 1 players numbered to 249 while Level 2 will be limited in numbering to 99. There are parallels, too: Gold Foil Auto Patch cards will be numbered to 24 and 12, while Red Foil Auto Tag cards will be numbered to 8 and 4.
Other premium first-year player cards include Rookie Auto cards, numbered to 99; and Rookie Patch, numbered to 249 and 99. Parallels include Gold Spectrum Foil Auto (numbered to 36 or 24), Gold Spectrum Foil Patch (24 or 12), Red Foil Tag (8 or 4) and Red Foil Tag (8 or 4). One-of-one parallels can be found in the Black Foil Auto and Black Foil NHL Shield subsets.
Lower numbered cards will be featured in the Cup Foundations (15) and Rookie Foundation (15) subsets. Each will have 1/1 Tag parallels.
In addition to the new cards, hockey collectors will enjoy the return of Emblems of Endorsements (numbered to 15), Honorable Numbers and Dual Honorable Numbers, Limited Logos (50 or less), Scripted Swatches and Dual Scripted Swatches (15), Signature Materials (numbered to 99 or 25), and Dual Signature Materials, which are numbered to 25 and 15.
The Cup’s Exquisite cards are well, exquisite. Exquisite Endorsement cards will be numbered to 50 or fewer, and there will be Exquisite Rookie Auto Patch cards that will be numbered to the player’s jersey.
The Show/Hockey Legends features some of the NHL’s greatest players and promising rookies, with a classy looking front that is beautiful in its simplicity. Top 10 Picks Autos are numbered to the position in which the player was drafted.
Property Of and Notable Nameplates feature the players’ names on pieces of memorabilia and are 1/1 cards. Unsigned Limited Logos for rookies are numbered to 25, while Championship Etchings are numbered to 15 and feature sterling silver nameplates for the game’s greats. Other cards to chase include Color Coded (numbered to 33) and Color Coded Rookies (44). NHL Glory features big-name stars and is numbered to 10.
Even more high end are The Cup booklets, which includes a Signature Booklet—numbered to 9 — that includes nine autographs. Other booklets include 1/1 Monumental Patch Booklets, Legends of Hockey Triple Signed Booklets (9), Monumental Rookie Patch Booklets and Ticket Inscription Booklets.
There’s no word yet on pricing or a specific release day.