The season won’t start for several more weeks, but Upper Deck is leaning on some past legends to push its Masterpieces NHL trading card set.
Upper Deck is highlighting the top moments in hockey as painted by various artists and printed on a canvas-like paper with its new Upper Deck NHL Legends Masterpieces product. The cards will help collectors relive moments like the night Mario Lemieux came back from cancer, or when Bobby Orr scored “The Goal” or when hockey’s heroes were showing off the Stanley Cup.
Upper Deck promises that each box will yield four autograph or game-used cards on average. Additionally, each box will include a 5”x 7” blow-up card along with one autographed blow-up card per case on average. There are also chase elements with “1-of-1” sketch cards from each of the unique artists who contributed to the set and matted parallel cards of the base set.
“We think hockey fans will be excited about adding this Hall-of-Fame-caliber product to their collections,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck Hockey brand manager. “To capture these amazing moments in a new way is a real thrill. From Gordie Howe to Wayne Gretzky, we pulled out all the stops to provide hockey fans with the best images from hockey’s long history.”
Upper Deck’s 2008-09 Upper Deck NHL Legends Masterpieces carries a suggested retail price of $6.99 per four-card hobby pack and boxes are already selling on eBay.
· Autograph Cards (combining with memorabilia cards to deliver an avg. of four per box)
o Masterpiece Brushstrokes, Brown Border – inserted 1:10
o Masterpiece Brushstrokes, Green Border – #’d to 35
o Masterpiece Brushstrokes, Blue Border – #’d to 25
o Masterpiece Brushstrokes, Red Border – #’d to 10
o Masterpiece Brushstrokes, Black Border – #’d to 1
· Memorabilia Cards (combining with autograph cards to deliver an avg. of four per box)
o Canvas Clippings, Brown Border – inserted 1:10
o Canvas Clippings, Green Border – #’d to 85
o Canvas Clippings, Blue Border – #’d to 50
o Canvas Clippings, Red Border – #’d to 10
o Canvas Clippings, Black Border – #’d to 1
· Oversized 5” x 7” Box Toppers
o Regular Cards, Blue Border – inserted 1:18
o Autographed Regular Cards, Red Border – inserted 1:252
· Masterpiece Sketch Cards
o Masterpiece Sketches – #’d to 1
· Parallel Cards (combining to deliver an avg. of 2 per box)
o Masterpiece Matte, Brown Border – inserted 1:9
o Masterpiece Matte, Green Border – #’d to 99
o Masterpiece Matte, Blue Border – #’d to 50
o Masterpiece Matte, Red Border – #’d to 25
o Masterpiece Matte, Black Border – #’d to 1
· Regular Cards
o 87 Regular Cards