Upper Deck ushers in its 15th anniversary of its Trilogy hockey set by emphasizing trios. A hobby box will have three hits (including at least one autograph card), rookies are presented in three different tiers, and some rookie autographs are presented in a third level where cards are numbered to 49. And, Signature Pucks inserts are numbered to 3.
Trilogy will be released in early January and will feature acetate and designs that rely heavily on hockey pucks.
2018-19 Trilogy Hockey Basics
The base set will consist of 50 veteran cards, with Blue Rainbow parallels numbered to 799 and Red Rainbow parallels (499). The base set also will have relic versions, with Green Jersey and Black Premium Material relics featured.
As it did last season, a hobby box contains eight packs, with four cards to a box.
Rookie Card Breakdown
Speaking of premium, Upper Deck goes that route with its rookies, showcasing 29 top NHL prospects across three tiers. The Rookie Premieres subset will consist of three levels. The Common Rookies is part of Level 1 and will be numbered to 999. Level 2 will feature Uncommon Autograph Rookies and will be split into three tiers: Tier 1 will have cards numbered to 499; Tier 2’s cards will be numbered to 249; and Tier 3 will be numbered to 149.
Level 3 will feature Rare Autograph Rookies and will be numbered to 49. Triple Rookie Autographs will feature three signatures and will be numbered to 25. Rookie cards will also have a numbered black parallel.
Those three rookie levels will have parallels. At Level 1, the Green Rookies will have jersey cards numbered to 599. Patches will be featured in Level 2, numbered to 49, while at Level 3, Tag cards will have a low run, numbered to 5. Black Rookies will be numbered to 99 in Level 1, with Level 2 featuring autographs and different print runs. Level 3 will add inscriptions to the autographs and will be numbered to 9.
Rookies also will be showcased in a throwback subset, the 2003-04 Retro Rookies 15th Anniversary set. The top rookies from the 2018-2019 class will be featured on the first Trilogy design introduced 15 years ago. The base insert set will be numbered to 599 and will have black parallels numbered to 25. Other numbered parallels include Jersey (399), Autograph (99), Auto Patch (15) and Black Autograph (3).
Signature Puck autographs return for this year’s set. Regular versions will fall one in every 18 packs, with parallels sets as Team Logos, numbered to 19, and NHL Shield Logos numbered to 3.
Scarcer autographs include All-Star Signature Pucks, Hall of Fame Signature Pucks, Stanley Cup Championship Signature Pucks and Trophy Winners Signature Pucks. Each has a Logo parallel that is hand numbered to 10.
With Plexiglass as the main component, Ice Scripts and Personal Scripts autograph cards return. The Ice Scripts fall once in every 85 packs, while Personal Scripts can be found once in every 800 packs. Also found once in 800 packs is the Auto Focus signature cards, while Scripted Hall of Fame Plaques are hand-numbered to 25.
Relics that collectors will be chasing will include Tryptich Jersey inserts for Rookies & Stars, numbered to 99; and Legends, numbered to 49. There is a Premium Series subset that will have different numbers per card.
Honorary Triple Swatches and Triple Relics round out the memorabilia lineup.
The release date for 2018-19 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey is January 9. There was no immediate word on retail pricing.