The NHL playoffs began Wednesday night with four first-round matchupss, just as Upper Deck was releasing its latest product: 2009-10 SP Game-Used Hockey.
A 100-card regular set, SP Game-Used promises at least one memorabilia or autographed card in every pack, on average.
“Our SP Game-Used set truly does have something for everyone,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “The signed manufactured patch cards are now an annual offering, as are last year’s debut of the ‘Fight Strap’ cards. And with two rookie cards per box, as well as our various autographed cards sprinkled throughout, collectors really can’t go wrong with buying a box.”
In addition to the likelihood of landing either a memorabilia or autographed card in every pack, SP Game-Used Hockey boasts an assortment of inserts starting with the readily available “Authentic Fabrics.”
“Inked Sweaters” autographed jersey cards (numbered to 50), feature the likes of John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Patrick Kane, while “Legends Classic Patches” (numbered to 25), include past hockey standouts like Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring, Billy Smith and Dale Hawerchuk. “Letters of Distinction” inserts sport the actual “A’s” and “C’s” right off of players’ game-worn jerseys.
The two levels of the “SIGnificance” offerings (numbered to 50 and numbered to 25) offer cards of hot young stars and veterans like Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and even Johnny Bucyk. The dual-signed “Extra SIGnificance” (numbered to 25) and thrice-signed “Triple SIGnificance” (numbered to 10) cards are among the big hits.
Lastly, there are sought-after rookie cards that are available – “Authentic Rookies” (numbed to 999) and “Authentic Rookies SP” (numbed to 99) . The “Rookie Exclusives” autograph cards are all numbered to 100.
The product, currently on store shelves, includes three cards per pack, six packs per box.