Description After OPC Premier, Upper Deck had another release in store to ensure that hockey collectors were not bored by the summer. After catering to the high end market, they took care of the mid-end collectors with this release. The design of the set is sober, yet attractive. Each of the base cards feature a picture of the player in action against a “greyish” background and a second colour varying depending on the team the player belongs to. There is furthermore what could only be described as a scratching pattern around the player, the edges of which are reminiscent or ice. Overall, this is a rather efficient design. Another plus of this product (for some) is the presence of one autograph per pack on average, depending what you are looking for as a collector this can be quite a selling point.

Box Details

Pack per box: 8
Cards per pack: 5
Base set: 200 cards
Price: $77.99 to $94.99
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Checklists

All the cards below were pulled during our box break and represent a fair sample of what you could pull if you decide to buy a box.

Platinum Player’s Club Parallel

Henrik Zetterberg #71 /25

Be A Player Signatures

Jaime Lagenbrunner S-JL

Brendan Morrison S-BM (2 of these)

Duncan Keith S-DK



Dan Hamhuis S-DA

Rob Davison S-RD



Gregory Campbell S-GC

Ilya Bryzgalov S-IB



Be A Player Signatures Dual

Mike Commodore/Wade Redden 2S-RC

Final Ratings

Overall Design: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Fun: 2.5/5
Rebuy: 3/5
Variety: 2.5/5

Final Grade: 64%

To our disappointment, we have to admit that we found this break slightly boring. Of course, it didn’t help that our break did not yield any cards for the personal collection but another reason for this is the fact that this product does not contain a great deal of variety when it comes to inserts. Furthermore, the guarantee to pull one autograph per pack sort of diminishes the enthusiasm towards autographs as they are no longer a pull per say, but just the norm and they are not hard signed either but on a sticker. The abundance of autograph in this set also means a very low re-sell value on eBay or elsewhere. On the plus side however, this product is quite affordable, and for collectors who do not wish to invest too much in their hobby, it may be a good way to go. The value rating is boosted by the fact that the rookies are short printed and pulling one of these would most definitely be an excellent result. To sum up, this is not a good product for me, but I am persuaded that it is just the ticket for a certain type of collectors.