The entire structure of our sports seasons is being upended but the sports card calendar is remaining on a fairly familiar track. One of the season’s final NHL products from the interrupted current season is due to arrive in September.
2019-20 Upper Deck Clear Cut returns for its second season, and the emphasis once again will be on on-card autographs signed on acetate stock.
A hobby box contains only one card, but it is hard-signed and sealed in a one-touch case. The product will be available the week of Sept. 16.
The Base Rookies Auto set features top rookies and comes with three parallels: Exclusives, in two tiers numbered to 65 or 35, High Gloss (10) and 1/1. Base Rookies Autos fall 1:4, while Base Autos are 1:11 and the tougher Base Legend Autos are 1:80.
Canvas Signature cards return with a new insert, called Canvas Rookie Debuts. This subset contains the top 10 rookies in the NHL, and every card photo is from that player’s first game in the league. There is an autograph parallel that is numbered to 10. Each card in the collection is numbered to the player’s jersey number, and there is a Red Ink parallel set as well.
Another autograph insert set is Embedded Endorsement, which are numbered to 99 and come with parallels in Gold (numbered to 25) and Orange (3).
New for this year’s product is Black Amber Autos, which features the player’s autograph in amber against a black background. This set will feature rookies, top stars and retired legends.
A 100-card Metal Universe Palladium insert will be broken down into 25-card segments: Metal Universe Palladium Autos (1:35), Metal Universe Palladium Legend Autos (1:25) , Metal Universe Palladium Rookie Autos (1:18) and a 1/1 Metal Universe Palladium Autos black parallel.
Tribute Autos pay homage to 30 years of rookie cards. This set features autographed acetate versions of first-year cards over the past three decades.
As an added bonus, there are no repeat players from the 2018-2019 set. Rookies from the 2019-2020 season will also be featured on autograph cards sporting the 1990-1991 design.
Rookie Autograph Cards
Base Rookie Autos 1:4
Base Rookie Autos – Exclusives Parallel (Tier 1) #’d to 35
Base Rookie Autos – Exclusives Parallel (Tier 2) #’d to 65
Base Rookie Autos – High Gloss Parallel #’d to 10
Base Rookie Autos – One-of-One Parallel #’d 1-of-1
1990-91 Tribute Autos 1:250
Tribute Autos 1:18
NEW: Black Amber Rookie Autos 1:20
NEW: Metal Universe Palladium Rookie Autos 1:18
NEW: Metal Universe Palladium Rookie Autos – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Canvas Rookie Debuts – Auto Parallel #’d to 10
Embedded Endorsements: Rookies #’d to 99
Embedded Endorsements: Rookies – Gold Parallel #’d to 25
Embedded Endorsements: Rookies – Orange Parallel #’d to 3
Star/Legend Autograph Cards
Base Autos 1:11
Base Autos – Exclusives Parallel (Tier 1) #’d to 15
Base Autos – Exclusives Parallel (Tier 2) #’d to 35
Base Autos – High Gloss Parallel #’d to 10
Base Autos – One-of-One Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Base Legend Autos 1:80
Base Legend Autos – Exclusives Parallel #’d to 15
Base Legend Autos – High Gloss Parallel #’d to 10
Base Legend Autos – One-of-One Parallel #’d 1-of-1
NEW: Black Amber Autos 1:60
NEW: Metal Universe Palladium Autos 1:35
NEW: Metal Universe Palladium Legend Autos 1:25
Canvas Signatures #’d to 25
Canvas Signatures – Red Ink Parallel #’d to Jersey Number
Embedded Endorsements #’d to 99
Embedded Endorsements – Gold Parallel #’d to 25
Embedded Endorsements – Orange Parallel #’d to 3
You can check out Clear Cut cards and boxes from past releases on eBay here.