2018-2019 Upper Deck Premier Hockey
2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey goes through some changes but the end result is still in line with the NHL card brand's hit-based history. Each six-card Hobby box averages two autographs and two memorabilia cards.
This is a decrease in size from 2017-18, which had seven cards per box, as the '17-18 total includes an extra hit compared to '18-19. Per Upper Deck, this has resulted in a "significant price reduction."
2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Base / Parallels
Combining to fall two per box, the main set offers base cards (#/199), Legends (#/199), Tier 1 Rookies (#/299) and Tier 2 Rookies (#/199).
There are also relic hits available, including memorabilia choices for the base, legends and rookies.
2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Base Relic Breakdown
- Jersey - 1:5 packs
- Rookie Jersey - 1:2 packs
- Legends Jersey - 1:35 packs
- Premium Materials - #'d
- Rookie Patch - #/49
- Rookie Fight Strap - #/15
- Fight Strap - #/5
- Neckline - #/3
- Rookie Neckline - #/3
Base signature options consist of Silver Spectrum Auto (#'d) and Platinum Blue Spectrum Auto (#/3).
2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Rookie Autographs
Where the 2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey checklist really takes off is with the signed rookie content. Collectors should find at least one Acetate Rookie Auto Patch card per box. These come as Tier 1 (#/249) and Tier 2 (#/99) versions, with Gold Spectrum (#/99 or #/25) and Platinum Blue (1/1) parallels. For rookie players without an autograph, there are Non-Auto Tier 2 cards, which are numbered to 99, and one-of-one Platinum Blue editions.
Rookies also have Silver Spectrum Auto Tier 1 (1:3 packs), Tier 2 (1:25 packs) and Silver Spectrum Non-Auto Tier 2 (1:200 packs) cards, plus Platinum Blue Spectrum (#/3) parallels.
As for the other rookie inserts, 2003-04 Retro Rookie Auto Patch and 2003-04 Rookie Retro Signatures cards revisit the earlier design with only 99 copies apiece.
The Premier Attractions Rookie Auto Patch set is another one that is limited to 99 per player. These also have Non-Auto (#/25) versions.
2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Autographs / Relics
That still leaves a few more sets in the 2018-19 Upper Deck Premier Hockey checklist. When it comes to the second autograph per box, half of these are numbered to 99 or less. Collectors can track down numbered Inked Script, Signature Award Winners or Signature Champions.
There are also Premier Signatures cards at 1:4 packs, and Premier Attractions Veteran Auto Patch cards, numbered to 99 or 25.
On top of that, the jumbo Mega Patch cards all contain game-worn swatches. More specifically, the hand-numbered options include Chest Logos, Commemorative Logos and Shoulder Logos pieces. Roughly 1:6 Mega Patch cards are Shoulder or Commemorative editions.
Breaking down the memorabilia variety even more, 20% of the relics are Premium Material cards. Of these premium options, 35% are Mega Patch cards and 60% are numbered to 25 or less. And approximately 60% of the autographs have an oversized swatch, as well.
More possible relics include Premier Duals Jersey (#/99), Premier Trios Jersey (#/75) and Premier Quads Jersey (#/49 or #/25).