An NHL star may have been born Tuesday night and Upper Deck went quickly to work promoting Tomas Hertl rookie cards. The Czech teenager and member of the San Jose Sharks scored four goals against the New York Rangers and that eye-popping performance has already been captured for cardboard eternity.
Upper Deck has already acquired a photo of Hertl’s fourth goal Tuesday night and made a last-minute photo change to showcase that memorable moment on his upcoming Canvas Young Guns card.
Hertl, playing in just his third career game, is still a bit of a mystery. Drafted 17th overall last year, he was the youngest player in a quarter century to score four in one game. He now has six in all and could be the breakout rookie to lead the Double Rookie Class that collectors have been anticipating.
Hertl will appear in Upper Deck’s 2013-14 NHL Artifacts Rookie Draft Pick redemption set and in 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One as card #248 in the regular Young Guns subset.
Hertl will have autographed cards in 2013-14 NHL Black Diamond and in 2013-14 NHL SPx, due out later this season. He already has has a few trading cards on eBay most of which come from the Czech Republic.
Hertl will also appear in Panini products, starting November 6, when the company’s 2013-14 Select Hockey arrives in stores and includes Hertl’s first NHL autograph and autograph memorabilia rookie cards.
Hertl will be featured on a base Autograph Rookie card numbered to 399 that includes a Gold version numbered to 10 and a Black 1/1. He’ll also appear in the Autograph Rookie Jersey set (numbered to 199) that is paralleled by scarce Prime, Patch and Tag versions.
Hertl will also be prominent in Panini’s other 2013-14 products, including Dominion Hockey where he’ll have autographed patch cards. He’ll also be in 2012-13 Certified and Limited Rookie Redemption.