Preview: 2011-12 Upper Deck SPx Hockey

Upper Deck is back again with SPx hockey, looking to improve a bit on last year’s product and they are adding the cards needed for that improvement.

With a large number of game used jersey cards and autographs, this is one product where the “hit” seekers will be happy to find their hits. Each box will include 1 rookie autograph jersey, 1 rookie jersey/materials card, 1 Winning Materials dual jersey card, 1 Winning Combos dual jersey card, and an ICE Premier bonus pack featuring a limited rookie card.

With 8 packs per box and 5 cards per pack, you’ll also have a nice little base set to put together as well.

But there are also other additions you might pull like Upper Deck’s patented Shadowbox cards featuring the Programme of Excellence with Team Canada. While I like seeing Upper Deck feature the Programme of Excellence with Team Canada and understand most of hockey product is sold in America’s hat, why not feature some Team USA players sometime? Just a thought.

You may also find some legendary autographs as well with Flashback Fabrics or a Winning Trios card, each found 1 per case.

You want hits, 2011-12 Upper Deck SPx hockey brings you hits. This product is set to hit stores January 17, 2012, but I’m guessing it is going to be pushed back a little bit and you’ll be paying around $120 for a box.

 

Acetate Card of the Day: 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs

Man, that is a long title.

In case you are new to the blog, I am a huge fan of cards made with acetate or whatever they are made of that makes them see-through. I have always loved see-through cards and I love to collect cards of my favorite teams and players made this way.

My next installment is this 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs autographed card. You can see where the card is autographed, you can see through the card to the white thing on the other side, although I don’t remember where I took that photo.

I love the design of this card because while the top and bottom isn’t see through, the middle part which makes it “glacial” because you can see through it like ice, is autographed. I also like how Upper Deck has the photo of the player over the see-through spot which gives it some extra depth when looking at the card in person, almost like a shadow. If you turn the card over, you see the reverse image of the player while seeing the autograph from the other side.

No one really does the see-through cards anymore, but Upper Deck usually has an insert or two which goes back to this sort of design. I know Panini Contenders had one see-through subset this year, but I think it should have been designed more like this. And actually, I just came up with a great design concept for that specific insert set including the acetate component. If you want to know, you know where to find me!

I have a couple of see-through cards in my CheckOutMyCards account from back in the early 2000s, so when I get them sent out to me I will make sure I show you some more of my new favorites. Until then, if you have any acetate cards of the players or teams I collect, let me know! I’ll gladly take them off your hands.