Series One Hockey Box
The 2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey release features the highly-anticipated Lafrenière rookie card – the first card depicting him in a New York Rangers® uniform – that is sure to be one of the most sought-after cards in the Young Guns insert set. Lafrenière is one of 50 top up-and-coming NHL® players who make up the 2020-21 Young Guns checklist.
In addition to the 250-card base set, the Upper Deck 2020-21 Series One Hockey hobby product will include rare Young Guns exclusives, as well as super-rare High Gloss and Clear Cut parallel cards. The base set returns with a French parallel of the base set, including the Young Guns cards. Collectors will want to look out for NHL Worldwide insert cards depicting players set against the flag of their home countries, Game Jersey insert cards featuring game-worn jersey swatches from the biggest names in the game today, rare Clear Cut PETG insert cards and Ceremonial Puck Drop insert cards. Popular UD Canvas® and UD Portraits also return in the set.
2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Base / Young Guns
As usual, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey features 250 cards in the main set. This breaks down to 198 common base cards, 49 Young Guns and three checklists.
Collectors will likely gravitate to the 50-card Young Guns (1:4 packs) subset, which adds another crop of rookies, including Alexis Lafreniere, to the long-running YG checklist.
Parallels include Hobby-only Clear Cut (Base – 1:96 packs; YG – 1:288 packs), Exclusives (#/100) and High Gloss (#/10) cards.
Reaching into the brand’s past, a new parallel choice is the French text edition that falls 1:30 packs for base subjects and 1:120 packs for Young Guns.
On top of that, 2020 NHL Draft SP cards are very difficult to uncover at 1:12,960 packs.
Although not technically part of the base set, the UD Canvas line is another fan-favorite. The Canvas Young Guns average 1:48 packs compared to the base cards that drop at rate of 1:7 packs.
2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Inserts
From there, the 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey checklist touches on a number of different insert options. Several of these are new for the ’20-21 season.
Collectors can find debuting Dazzlers Blue (1:24 packs), done on patterned foilboard with a rare Pink (1:144 packs) parallel, along with Debut Dates (1:20 packs) for initial rookie appearances in ’19-20, and Predominant (1:12 packs) cards featuring color player images set against a black-and-white background. These come as a Gold (1:260 packs) parallel, as well.
There’s also UD’s nod to the global aspect of the game in NHL Worldwide (1:14 packs), which offers a limited Die-Cut (1:270 packs) version.
Likely familiar to flagship fans, top rookies from 2019-20 get a curtain call in Rookie Retrospective, while UD Portraits (Base – 1:8 packs; Rookies – 1:30 packs) is back along with the Gold (#/99 or #/25) and Platinum Blue (#/25 or #/5) parallels. This two-part set is split between Series 1 and Series 2.
Returning for another year, the Clear Cut insert selection has several tough pulls that combine to average one per case.
- Foundation Duos – 1:288 packs
- Leaders Trios – 1:4,000 packs
- Honoured Members Update – #/100
- Cut Components – 1:900 packs
Those tracking down the SSP inserts can try their luck with Ceremonial Puck Drop (1:2,880 packs) and Day with the Cup (1:2,880 packs).
In addition, the Retail Tins have O-Pee-Chee bonus packs with exclusive OPC Glossy Rookies. The three-card packs include limited Bronze (1:12 packs) and Gold (1:34 packs) parallels.
2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Autographs / Relics
Even though it’s one of the few UD releases not centered on hits, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey does contain a handful of signed cards and memorabilia inserts.
Hit-chasers can find Signature Sensations (1:276 packs) or Hobby-only UD Canvas Signatures cards in a horizontal or vertical layout that are limited to the player’s uniform number.
The Upper Deck relic classic continues via UD Game Jersey cards with Patch parallels that have only 15 copies.
Several of the inserts covered above also come as relics or autographs, such as Ceremonial Puck Drop Autographs (1:30,000 packs), Debut Dates Jersey (1:432 packs), Debut Dates Patch (#/25), Rookie Retrospective Jersey (1:432 packs), and Rookie Retrospective Patch (#/19).
Release Date: November 18, 2020
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case