It’s logical to expect a trilogy to have three components, and that’s what the 2019-2020 Upper Deck Trilogy hockey set has. From rookies to swatches and autographs, collectors of the Trilogy set will be very aware of threes.
Trilogy, which will be released the week of Jan. 8, will contain six packs in a hobby box, with four cards to a pack. Each box promises two autograph or memorabilia cards, two inserts and two rookies This is a reduction from last year’s product, which offered eight packs per hobby box and three autographs or memorabilia cards.
The base set will be small, limited to 50 cards of veterans. Parallels will include numbered patches, 1/1 Purple cards, a jersey card that will fall once every 25 packs, a Purple autograph card (another 1/1 offering) and two tiers of Patch autograph cards. Tier 1 will be numbered to 25, while Tier 2 will be numbered to 5.
Rookie cards are always the main draw in the Trilogy set, and this year is no exception. Trilogy will offer three different types of base rookie cards. The Rookie Premieres subset will have Commons numbered to 999, Uncommons numbered to 499 and Rare cards numbered to 299. Each rookie also will have autograph and memorabilia parallels.
Uncommon Patch cards will be numbered to 49, and there will be two kinds of Tag Patch cards. The Rare Tag Patch card will be numbered to 5, while a Triple Tag Patch card will be a 1/1.
The number of cards for autographs also will vary by its tier. Common Autographs will be numbered to either 399 or 499, while Uncommon Autographs will be numbered to 199 or 99. A Rare Autograph card will be numbered to 49, and a Triple Autograph will be a 1/1.
Triple Rookies cards will be numbered to 99. Autograph and Tag Patch parallels will be 1./1 cards.
The Rookie Renditions insert makes its debut, falling one per pack. Collectors will also find Red parallels numbered to 799 and Blue parallels numbered to 399. Rookie Renditions will also have Jersey cards that fall one in every 25 packs, Gold Autographs that will appear once every 30 packs, 1/1 Purple Autographs and a patch Autograph card that will be numbered to either 49 or 25.
The popular Signature Pucks subset returns, with cards signed by rookies, all-stars and Hall of Famers. The autographs are inked on a simulated puck surface and vary in scarcity. Signature Pucks will fall once every 30 packs, and other versions become more scarce, like Rookie Signature Pucks (1:180 packs), All-Star Signature Pucks (1:960), Hall of Fame Signature Pucks (1:960) and Trophy Winner Signature Pucks (1:960).
Rounding out the pucks are 2013-14 Signature Pucks Update (1:234 packs) and Dual Signature Pucks (1:2,336).
Many of these cards have logo parallels that will be numbered to 25 or less.
Using plexi-card stock, the Auto Focus (it falls ever 500 packs) and Hall of Fame Plaques (numbered to 25) are joined by the debut of Crystalized, which will appear once in every 180 packs.
For collectors who enjoy memorabilia cards, Trilogy offers Honorary Triple Swatches and Triple Relics cards. Each has three Tiers of numbering: Tier 1 cards are numbered to 35, Tier 2 is numbered to 25 and Tier 3 is numbered to 10.