As the New Year kicks off, and more and more NHL pucks are dropped at center ice, Upper Deck has announced the release of its latest trading card set: 2010-11 SP Game-Used Hockey. Sporting a great new mix of insert cards including “Supreme Sticks” – huge, game-used stick pieces numbered to just five – and “Championship Marks,” highlighting the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, SP Game-Used is ready to rock the hockey card world.
“We are very excited with all the new elements being unveiled inside this season’s SP Game-Used launch,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “There is no doubt collectors are going to have a lot of fun cracking packs of this product.”
The 200-card base-level set boasts out one memorabilia insert or autograph card in every pack, on average. Another new addition to this year’s offering includes “Career Legacy” cards, which feature players who have made huge impacts on two, three or as many four different teams. Some of the standouts in this lineup include Brian Leech (Rangers and Bruins), Gordie Howe (Red Wings and Whalers), Phil Esposito (Bruins and Rangers), Patrick Roy (Canadiens and Avalanche) and Ray Bourque (Bruins and Avalanche).
Similar to like all of Upper Deck’s popular hockey card releases, SP Game-Used will spotlight its fair share of up-and-coming rookies. In fact, collectors can expect to pull upwards of three rookie cards per box, on average. Top first-year standouts that are part of the “Authentic Rookies SP” lineup include Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner and Nazem Kadri.
Highly sought-after signature and game-used memorabilia cards, as always, are part of the mix in SP Game-Used Hockey. The “Letters of Distinction” roster, which features the A’s and C’s off jerseys from either a team’s alternate captain or captain, will also ignite pack-cracking pursuits as top current players such as Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) and Evgeni Malkin (Penguins) are featured alongside legends like Steve Yzerman (Red Wings) and Gretzky (Kings). Upper Deck will even have “Famous Fight Strap” memorabilia cards (numbered to 10) from current scrappers like Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla and Ovechkin, as well as icons like Mark Messier, Guy Lafleur and Gretzky.
Autograph cards are another top draw as signatures from rookie standouts like Hall, Seguin, Kadri and Kevin Shattenkirk will be uncovered in the “Rookie Exclusives” lineup, while the “Extra SIGnificance” assortment (numbered to 25 apiece) will each sport dual-autographs from legendary combos including Gretzky and Howe, Stan Mikita and Dennis Savard, and Bobby Orr and Larry Robinson.
Upper Deck’s 2010-11 SP Game-Used Hockey set holds three cards per pack and six packs per box, and is currently available.