As the the NHL season heads for its final months, 2010-11 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey is hitting store shelves.
Released three months after Series One, the latest effort includes a 500-card base set and* “Young Guns” rookie cards of the league’s best first year players.
“We’re proud of this month’s UD2 release,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “Like UD One, it carries 20th Anniversary variations including Young Guns and Canadian World Juniors, but it also packs some great box hits with our UD ‘Game Jerseys’ and ‘Rookie Materials’ cards.* What’s more, some great new call-ups will be getting their just due inside UD2.”
The “Victory Update” RCs highlights standouts such as Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle (both of Edmonton), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Jeff Skinner (Carolina) and Sergei Bobrovsky (Philadelphia).
Some of the up-and-comers who are featured as part of the “Young Guns” rookie card lineup include Boston’s Tyler Seguin, Colorado’s Kevin Shattenkirk, Edmonton’s Magnus Paajarvi and Linus Omark, as well as New Jersey’s Mattias Tedenby and Evgeny Grachev of the New York Rangers.
Each of the cards found in the 20th Anniversary variation insert lineup have the same card design that Upper Deck debuted with its inaugural hockey set back in 1990-91, while also being printed on the same vintage card stock. As was the case with Series One, the 20th Anniversary variation cards can be found six per box, on average.
“Victory Update” rookies and regular cards will drop one card in every other pack, while special Gold (1:24 packs) and Black (1:288) parallel versions are also part of the mix.
Legendary Boston Bruins Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr makes a special appearance with his own “Hockey Heroes” insert cards, which fall at a rate of 1:12 packs.
Orr also has some extremely limited autographed cards that have been sprinkled into the set, which include his 20th Anniversary card, an art header card, and a special “27 Jersey” card which shows Orr skating with the Bruins during preseason action from his rookie campaign and wearing a No. 27 jersey. (He wore the famous No. 4 for the balance of his NHL career with the Bruins and Blackhawks.)
Upper Deck Series Two Hockey also includes die-cut “Draft Class” acetate cards (numbered to 10) as well as “Rookie Breakouts” versions appearing 1:100 packs, on average.
The “UD Game Jerseys” insert falls at a rate of 1:24 packs, on average, and includes current stars like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, Martin St. Louis, John Tavares, and Henrik Lundqvist.
The “Rookie Materials” insert (1:24 packs) includes such up-and-comers as Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Boston’s Zach Hamill, Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, as well as Edmonton’s talented trio of Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi.
“UD Signatures” autograph cards will feature retired greats like Orr and Wayne Gretzky along with current sensations including Ovechkin, Crosby, Hall, Tavares, Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin and others.
Upper Deck’s 2010-11 Series Two Hockey set holds eight cards per pack and 24 packs per box. * Click here
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