Upper Deck is getting back into the buyback business.
The company has revealed plans for a new/old product that will put some of the company’s hockey cards from previous years into new packaging—accompanied by a smaller set of current cards. 2019-20 Upper Deck Buybacks hockey is slated for release sometime during the holiday season. The company had a similar product several years ago.
Boxes of 2019-20 Upper Deck Buybacks will include two cards: a previously released card Upper Deck repurchased on the secondary market (placed in a sealed one-touch holder) and a single low-numbered card from a new set that will include 50 cards, all serial numbered to 199 or less (parallels are Gold #50; Emerald # to 25 and 1/1 Purple). You could also pull a special draft pick redemption card. It will have the same parallels as the base set.
The buyback cards will include autographs from some higher end issues like The Cup and Ultimate Collection.
So what cards has Upper Deck purchased to go into those boxes? It’ll be a mix of cards from past releases including those with newly obtained autographs, those that were signed at the time of release, better unsigned cards and hard-signed Young Guns.
While there’s no checklist yet, here are a few highlights (and see the gallery below):
- 2015-16 Acetate Connor McDavid Young Guns.
- Signed copies of the 2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas Program of Excellence Connor McDavid. There will be ten hard-signed copies available.
- 2016-17 Ultimate Collection 1-of-1 Shield Patch McDavid autograph.
- 2016-17 Upper Deck Series II UD Canvas Retired Stars Wayne Gretzky, featuring a hard-signed autograph in blue staedtler.
- Auston Matthews 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Siesmic Gold Autograph.
- On-card Young Guns autographs including the 2006-07 Evgeni Malkin or the 2013-14 Vladamir Tarasenko.
- 2017-18 the Day with the Cup Flashbacks Patrick Roy autograph.
- Young Guns cards from younger NHL stars including Jack Eichel & Nico Hischier.
- 1-of-1 autographed cards of Hall-of-Famers.
There’s no word yet on what the price might be at release, but you can look for 2019-20 Upper Deck Buybacks to arrive sometime in December.