Nikita Kucherov autographs remain tough, hot with Tampa Bay Lightning on verge of Stanley Cup Final

If you’re a long-time reader of The Buzz, then you already know what makes Nikita Kucherov a bit of a hobby anomaly these days, but now that his Tampa Bay Lightning are a win away from a Stanley Cup Final appearance his trivia is even more important.

He’s one of those players who didn’t have a signed Rookie Card — or at least something — signed and available shortly after he hit the ice. Collectors had to wait for packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks to find his rookie ink, though he’s appeared in a handful of releases since that one. In all, he appears on just 16 different autographed cards right now.

s-l1600He signed just 114 total cards for the buyback brand and 86 of those were his Young Guns card from 2013-14 Upper Deck. He’s since appeared in 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours where he has a Youth Movement auto (/399) and a Gold auto (/10) and in 2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy where he had five different autos (three of those limited to 16 copies or less). He also is set to be found in 2015-16 Upper Deck Ice with a pair of Glacial Graphs cards.

That’s not much ink to go around for a guy who scored 66 points this season and has 19 points in 15 games this postseason.

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