Upper Deck’s 2006-2007 premium release called "The Cup" found a niche with those who were willing to fork over some significant case to chase 1 of 1 superstar autographs and patch cards. The 2007-2008 edition will hit store shelves later this week.
According to a company news release, Autographed Patch Rookies numbers to 99 will feature Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Phil Kessel, Anze Kopitar, Alexander Radulov and Paul Stastny.
Bobby Orr autographs and signed game used cards of Mario Lemieux will make their debut in The Cup. The “Property Of … ” insert returns, featuring the name of the player from their game used stick affixed to a one-of-a-kind card.
Upper Deck Hockey Project Manager Josh Zusman says new technologies used in the set will make an impact with collectors as well. “We have two new insert sets called Stanley Cup Signatures and Enshrinements, which are produced using black filler. They came out looking awesome and there really have not been cards produced like this before. Additionally, signed press plate cards, NHL shield patch cards and Legendary Cuts with players like Herb Brooks, King Clancy, Lester Patrick and Tim Horton should give collectors plenty of incentive to acquire these truly unique cards.”