What: 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio hockey cards
Arrives: Aug. 10
Box basics: Two autographs or memorabilia cards per 20-pack box (eight boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: The short-printed subsets are a star here, which build upon a 200-card base set with a variety of looks and approaches while presenting the stars you’d expect and plenty of Rookie Cards from this year’s talented class to build a 364-card collection.
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The recent arrival of 2015-16 Fleer Showcase hockey cards from Upper Deck included a mix of styles from the rich history of 1990s Fleer cards applied to the ice.
Like past years and other sports, the Precious Metal Gems cards have captured the attention of buyers on eBay with the card of Connor McDavid above fetching a pretty penny, despite not having one dollop of autograph ink or a jersey swatch anywhere on the card.
How much did it sell for?
Upper Deck released the following statement this week to address some dealers or collectors’ concerns about its e-Pack program that launched earlier this year.
“Our goal with the program has always been to grow the hobby, and based on responses from fans participating in regions devoid of hobby shops, it appears to be working. The plan for 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series 2, and likely most releases going forward that have the e-Pack platform tied to them, is to provide our brick-and-mortar retailers with a window before e-Pack starts. Therefore, the earliest 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series 2 will be available on the e-Pack platform will be March 17. We will continue to monitor the market however to determine the best time for launch, but it will not happen before that date.
When 2015 Leaf Ultimate hockey cards arrive on Wednesday, they’ll show up with nothing but the hits in play as the high-end brand packs some of the biggest and baddest pieces of memorabilia in any sport.
Hockey fans will have some extra things to look out for after the NHL’s Winter Classic on Friday when the Montreal Canadiens take on the Boston Bruins in Gillette Stadium.
Upper Deck hockey cards will be made just for the event and also will be distributed at participating hobby shops in the Boston area as well as in and around Montreal.
As with any premiere event, there also will be interactive displays and other unique cardboard for hockey fans (and collectors) to pick up outside the stadium.