Preview: 2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

One of the first complete hockey products of the season is ready to come out tomorrow, despite the NHL lockout continuing on. By complete, I mean there are rookies (although usually redemptions), game used, and autographed cards. Artifacts isn’t really a set builders set like the early season releases and features the hits.

Each box of Artifacts comes with one autograph and three game used memorabilia cards. These memorabilia cards will have at least one with multiple players and one that features some sort of prime memorabilia. You’ll also find two rookie cards and one rookie redemption. The main draws of the product are often it’s widely known design, rookie redemptions, and some awesome memorabilia cards.

Each box of Artifacts has 10 packs with four cards per pack, where you can find cards like the ones listed above. As usual, you’ll find your Tundra Tandems, Frozen Artifacts, and other game used cards. But this year you’ll also find Team Canada and Goalies insert sets that feature some sweet memorabilia pieces as well.

Artifacts has been around a long time and makes a great product to hype up the next NHL season. Only problem is, we might not have an NHL season nor do we know how many products may actually come out if the strike continues. Either way, Artifacts still looks to be a solid buy once again.

Again, the product streets tomorrow, October 2, 2012, for around $100 a pop.

For more information, check out the product information page on Cardboard Connection.

2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts Autographed Rookie Redemption Checklist

When Upper Deck put in redemptions for rookie autographs inside 2011-12 Artifacts boxes, people were trying to figure out which player corresponded to which roman numeral on their redemption card. Upper Deck has finally released the checklist matching the players to the roman numerals and that checklist looks fantastic.

I     Ryan Nugent-Hopkins     Edmonton     #d to 99
II     Gabriel Landeskog     Colorado     #d to 99
III     Cody Hodgson     Vancouver     #d to 99
IV     Sean Couturier     Philadelphia     #d to 99
V     Brett Connolly     Tampa Bay     #d to 99
VI     Mark Scheifele     Winnipeg     #d to 99
VII     Ryan Johansen     Columbus     #d to 99
VIII     Adam Larsson     New Jersey     #d to 99
IX     Mika Zibanejad     Ottawa     #d to 99
X     Jake Gardiner     Toronto     #d to 99
XI     Erik Gudbranson     Florida     #d to 99
XII     Matt Read     Philadelphia     #d to 99
XIII     Teemu Hartikainen     Edmonton     #d to 99
XIV     Joe Colborne     Toronto     #d to 99
XV     Matt Frattin     Toronto     #d to 99
XVI     Craig Smith     Nashville     #d to 99

There are some pretty good rookies on this list and the fact that they are numbered to only 99, might make these some early sought after rookie autographs this season. We just wonder how long it will take Upper Deck to fulfill these redemptions.

But that’s not all, Upper Deck is waiting for more rookies to skate to fill the wild card spots so hopefully they pick some great wild cards as well.

Check out the Upper Deck Blog for more information.

Preview: 2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

Upper Deck Artifacts hockey is the first hockey product of the new season. Featuring all your stars of the previous seasons and some of your newest rookies, Artifacts is what hockey collectors get excited for, it means hockey season is right around the corner.

This year’s rookie that everyone will want to get their hands on is Cody Hodgson of the Vancouver Canucks. Upper Deck has that covered in 2011-12 Artifacts. A box of Artifacts this time around will contain at least 3 multi-swatch memorabilia cards. At least one of them will be a dual/triple player card. One of the new memorabilia cards in Artifacts this year is a fight strap card containing the fight strap of a player’s jersey. Also, finally, making it into products more often is pieces of a game used stick. It seems that stick cards have only been reserved for the higher end of all brands but it’s nice to see them a little more often. Returning is the great patches from last year, so don’t forget about those.

The box will also contain 2 rookie cards and 1 rookie redemption. Yes, you hear the word redemption and you think of terrible things. But with the NHL rules on rookie cards, they must step foot on the ice, it gives the company a chance to get more rookies out with their initial product. Again, it might take awhile, but the rookies will be made and they will show up in your mailbox.

Finally, as far as hits go, there will be one autographed card inserted in a box. This year though, they have added some autographed memorabilia hits to the foray so it adds a little bit of value to the possible hits.

The base set will be 100 cards and you will find one base parallel numbered to 100 per box. There will also be two Legends or Stars insert sets included as well.

At 4 cards per pack and 10 packs per box it will take a few boxes to complete a set.

I have to say that the design hasn’t changed much from the past couple of years so if you’re looking for something different then it’s not going to come. The Auto-facts design for autographed cards look a little sharper this year, so I’m impressed with that. But one thing I would like to see is to incorporate some of the designs from UD Ice into this product. A lot of their Artifacts designs have some sort of wintery feel to them and I think the acetate designs from Ice would make a great insert or memorabilia set inside Artifacts. Just an idea.

This product is set to release in September and although I don’t have a price for it, I can expect it to be about the same price as last year, around $80 to $90.