Its Series One product performed well thanks to some fresh performers on the ice. 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey checks in just after the All-Star break with high hopes of its own.
Set to be released at hobby shops February 18 and retail outlets February 24, the big draw will be its Young Guns subset, which will feature the rookie card for Buffalo’s Jack Eichel. Like Series One, there will be 50 Young Guns cards to complement the 200-card base set.
A checklist for the product is available for viewing or download below.
What’s Inside 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey
Upper Deck is promising one memorabilia card per hobby box, which will contain 24 packs and eight cards to a pack. A typical hobby box will yield six Young Guns, four UD Portraits rookie cards, five O-Pee-Chee Update cards and four UD Canvas cards. The Canvas cards could include a Young Guns card.
Parallels and Inserts
Parallels for the base set will be Exclusives, numbered to 100; and High Gloss, numbered to 10. There also will be 1/1 printing plates for each card.
Don’t look for the words “high gloss” on the front of the Series 2 parallels, however.
“One of the reasons for the delay on this product was with regard to High Gloss cards in the set,” statedUpper Deck’s Chris Carlin. “They are correct in every way, including the gold spectrum deco foil and serial numbering to 10, with the exception being they were not printed with the ‘high gloss’ call out on the card fronts. We made the decision not to reprint these cards to avoid further confusion or delays.”
UD Canvas cards will appear one in every seven packs, while the Canvas Young Guns will be seeded one in every 48; top draft pick Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers will be the key card in that subset. UD Portraits will consist of 50 rookie cards, and there will be parallels in Platinum Gold, numbered to 99; and Platinum Blue (25).
The Day With The Cup insert will be a tough pull, coming in at one per 2,500 packs. The set will depict members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrating their Stanley Cup victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Other tough cards to chase will come in the Rookie Breakouts insert series, a die-cut acetate card that will be limited to 100 copies.
The O-Pee-Chee set will have updates in Series Two, with four rookies and one veteran. Parallels will be in Red Border, Rainbow Foil, Retro and Black Border.
Memorabilia and Autograph Cards
That one relic card in each hobby box can come from either Rookie Materials or UD Game Jerseys. The Rookie Materials, as the name implies, focuses on first-year players. UD Game Jerseys continues from Series One. Each memorabilia card has a patch version, with Rookie Materials numbered to 25 while the Game Jerseys are limited to 15. A third subset, the more difficult 1,000-Point Club
Jerseys, will appear once in every 864 packs (or one in every 36 boxes; either way, the number is daunting). Even more scarce will be signed versions of the card, which will be numbered to 10.
Other autograph cards are UD Signatures and O-Pee-Chee Signatures, both seeded one per 576 packs (every 24 boxes).
You can see boxes available for purchase here.