It’s been just over two months since 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 was released. With Series 2 coming out next month (don’t forget to pre-order!), we thought it would be fun to first check out what Series 1 has looked like so far.
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Autographs & Inserts
Series 1 has a wide variety of valuable cards to find and collect. When it comes to autographed cards, the big hits are the UD Canvas Signature cards featuring either Henrik Lundqvist or the Sedin twins, both valued at almost $500 apiece on the Beckett Price Guide. There’s also Signature Sensations, and either an Auston Matthews or a Mitch Marner card are valued at $200 each. There is even the Ceremonial Puck Drop Autographs, which are cards that feature an autograph on a piece of a hockey puck, and this year the big one to get is the Bobby Clarke card, which is currently valued at $40.
There are also great inserts to collect in Series 1. Fanimation cards make a surprise return this year and their rarity provides a huge boost to their value. Elias Pettersson fetches $240 while Mitch Marner and Andrei Svechnikov are valued at $200. There are numerous Clear Cut subsets to find too, but you’ll want to keep an eye out especially for the Clear Cut Leaders card for goal leaders, which features Leon Draisaitle, Alexander Ovechkin, and John Tavares and goes for $160. And back again is the popular, but hard to find Day With the Cup cards which feature last season’s Stanley Cup victors, the St. Louis Blues. The card featuring Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko which is now valued at as much as $80!
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Of course, the Young Guns cards in Series 1 are a huge driver every year, and the 2019-20 release is no different. One of the best cards to pull from the 2019-20 set is New Jersey Devils rookie Jack Hughes. Drafted first overall in 2019, Hughes has been playing in the NHL since the start of the season. His standard Young Guns card currently nets as much as $130, his Clear Cut card goes for $1500 and his numbered UD Exclusive is listed up to a whopping $2400!
Jack Hughes isn’t the only valuable rookie to find this season. There is his brother, Quinn Hughes, who has established himself as a Calder Trophy favourite for the Vancouver Canucks. His Young Guns card is valued at $100, his Clear Cut at $460, and his UD Exclusive at $730. Montreal’s Ryan Poehling is also a rookie to keep an eye on, with his Young Guns card selling for $65, his Clear Cut for $405, and his UD Exclusives for $570.
While the Youngs Guns cards for rookies Kaapo Kakko (NYR), Cale Makar (COL), and Nick Suzuki (MTL) will be released in Upper Deck’s Series 2 set, you can still find Young Guns UD Canvas cards with these players in Series 1. Kaapo Kakko’s is worth as much as $250, Cale Makar’s as much as $200, and Nick Suzuki’s as much as $130.
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Even with common inserts, you can still find value. A Sidney Crosby Pure Energy card goes for $8 and any Wayne Gretzky 30 Years of Upper Deck card is priced at about $7. Rare parallels also add value to the common subsets. For example, a red Shooting Stars parallel of Sidney Crosby is worth $20, and if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a blue foil Portraits parallel of Quinn Hughes or Cale Makar, they’re valued at $160!
Some cards in the 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 release are so rare they don’t even have an average value. These include printing plates, high gloss, variations, Team Triples, Clear Cut Exclusives, and the Jack Hughes NHL Draft card. If you get one of those cards, you can pretty much set your own price!
As you can see, there are lots of cards to collect in 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1. We’ve been so excited to see our customers pull some amazing cards from this set, and while we’re looking forward to the release of Series 2, we’re still busy opening packs of Series 1 in the hopes of finding some of these gems.
We want to know! What’s been your biggest pull of Series 1 so far? Is there a particular card you’re still looking for? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for reading!