Many people go to hockey games for the big hits. Hockey card collectors will seek the same thing when they open 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey.
Due out September 21, Premier has just seven cards in a one-pack hobby box, but five of those cards will be hits — and one is guaranteed to be a Rookie Auto Patch. A typical pack would include the Rookie Auto Patch, two base cards, a base Rookie Jersey and three autograph and/or relic cards. A full checklit is below.
Premier came back to the Upper Deck fold last year and reaction was positive enough for a return engagement.
The base set will consist of 100 cards and will include 50 rookies. There also will be base set parallels, including jerseys, Silver Spectrum Autographs numbered to 49 or 25, Prime Materials numbered to 25 or 10, Brand Logo Swatches numbered to 6, Tags numbered to 3 and 1/1 Platinum Blue Spectrum Autographs.
Patches are going to be a big part of this set, and Upper Deck offers several varieties, including memorabilia pieces with autographs. Mega Patches will be hand-numbered and will offer diverse cards like Sleeve Numbers, Shoulder Logos, Chest Logos and Commemorative Logos. Mega Patch Stick Duo cards will be numbered to 25, and there also will be a Trio version.
Acetate Rookie Autograph Patches return in several tiers. The clear stock cards contain a big patch and an on-card autographs. The base cards will be numbered to 375 and 199, while Silver Spectrum will be numbered to 65 and 35. Gold Spectrums will come numbered to 15 and 10, while Platinum Spectrum will be a 1/1 offering.
Rookies will remain a big focus in Premier. Rookie Autographs will be numbered to 399, with parallels in Silver Spectrum (numbered to 65), Gold Spectrum (15) and Platinum Blue (1/1). In a nostalgic twist, the 2003-04 Rookie Autograph Patch Tribute will have base cards numbered to 99 and 49. There also will be a two-tiered Gold parallel numbered to 15 and 5.
Some of the other hits include Inked Script cards, numbered to 25; Premier Duals, Quads and Teammates Jerseys; Premier Rookie Materials, numbered to 25, and Premier Signatures, which should fall one per 15 packs.
Rookie Draft Cap booklets will feature big names like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, and will have Draft Day hats from the past few seasons. The booklets will be numbered to 15.
The card stock, big hits, a diverse group of autographs and patches and a lineup of some of the NHL’s hottest young talent won’t come cheap. Boxes are pre-selling for north of $300 each.