Collectors Proclaim Upper Deck’s NHL Young Guns Cards are the Most Collectible Rookies


Upper Deck’s Young Guns rookie cards have been going strong for decades and there is a HUGE fan base of collectors who enjoy chasing them down each season. We asked our fans on Facebook what it is about the Young Guns rookie cards they love the most? Here is what they had to say:

“I love the photography and how they hold their value.” – Jamie McKenzie

“I love getting a card worth the cost of a box.” – Scott Shappit

“I love the designs of the cards.” – Kyle Edwards

“I love the fact they are genuinely valuable (rookie) that the average guy can collect.” – Curtis Chapman

“I love that they hold their value without the need of an autograph, which is amazing in the hobby nowadays.” – Tim Eltringham

“I am now at an age where Young Guns remind me of when I was a child collecting. I still get excited when I see a Pavel Bure Young Gun, it has nothing to do with money.” – Brendan Terry

“I love the quality and value of the cards.” – Vincent Lamoureux

“I love that they hold (their) value.” – Edward Fleck

“They are the greatest rookie card year after year for the last 20+ years.” – Steve Emerick

“I love the thrill of getting a short-print of an 18-year-old kid that may be the next Gretzky.” – Joseph Alberici

Photography does play a big role in the success of these cards year over year. It can be difficult sometimes to get images that work because there are usually only a few games to pull images from. Year in and year out however, the photography team at Upper Deck does a great job of getting some compelling images for the new crop of Young Guns cards.

The values have always been there for these cards because they are so widely collected and there is huge demand for them. There have been so many great rookie cards in this set with great values over the years. The Upper Deck Young Guns rookie always leave collectors satisfied with regard to how high some of the values are on these NHL cards.

Another important factor in the success of the Young Guns rookie cards is the checklist. Upper Deck’s sports coordinators work tirelessly to secure the best rookies possible for inclusion in the set for Upper Deck Series One and Series Two each year. Often better players are split for so there are key rookies to chase in both series. For the historic 2013-14 Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class series however, the team made the decision to load Series One up with the feeling being with so many other rookies available, others will step up during the season and make for great chase in Series Two. Below is the final checklist on Young Guns for 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One:
















201 Carl Soderberg
202 Dougie Hamilton
203 Alex Galchenyuk
204 Brock Nelson
205 J.T. Miller
206 Jesper Fast
207 Nathan Beaulieu
208 Damien Brunner
209 Jean-Gabriel Pageau
210 Cory Conacher
211 Connor Carrick
212 Tom Wilson
213 Michael Latta
214 Ryan Murphy
215 Mikhail Grigorenko
216 Zemgus Girgensons
217 Rasmus Ristolainen
218 Morgan Rielly
219 Beau Bennett
220 Olli Maatta
221 DrewShore
222 Jonathan Huberdeau
223 Alex Killorn
224 Richard Panik
225 Boone Jenner
226 Ryan Murray
227 Danny DeKeyser
228 Seth Jones
229 Joakim Nordstrom
230 Vladimir Tarasenko
231 Mathew Dumba
232 Justin Fontaine
233 Charlie Coyle
234 Jonas Brodin
235 Alex Chiasson
236 Valeri Nichushkin
237 Jacob Trouba
238 Nathan MacKinnon
239 Lucas Lessio
240 Justin Schultz
241 Nail Yakupov
242 Sean Monahan
243 Sami Vatanen
244 Viktor Fasth
245 Emerson Etem
246 Tyler Toffoli
247 Matt Nieto
248 Tomas Hertl
249 Nicklas Jensen
250 MacKinnon/Jones/Galchenyuk CL

Please note, there are also short-printed Young Guns Canvas rookie cards available as well that also feature some amazing imagery. These are inserted 1:48 hobby packs so they will be very rare. Take a look at that checklist:


C91 Ryan Spooner
C92 Dougie Hamilton
C93 Brendan Gallagher
C94 Jarred Tinordi
C95 Michael Bournival
C96 J.T. Miller
C97 Damien Brunner
C98 Connor Carrick
C99 Elias Lindholm
C100 Rasmus Ristolainen
C101 Mikhail Grigorenko
C102 Olli Maatta
C103 Nick Bjugstad
C104 Aleksander Barkov
C105 Jonathan Huberdeau
C106 Boone Jenner
C107 Petr Mrazek
C108 Seth Jones
C109 Filip Forsberg
C110 Mikael Granlund
C111 Jack Campbell
C112 Valeri Nichushkin
C113 Jacob Trouba
C114 Nathan MacKinnon
C115 Justin Schultz
C116 Nail Yakupov
C117 Viktor Fasth
C118 Tanner Pearson
C119 Tomas Hertl
C120 Yakupov/MacKinnon CL

Order your box of 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One today!

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Are there exclusives for the Young Guns? /100

Let me know thanks!


Yes there will be parallels of the Young Guns rookies that will be crash numbered.


Crash numbered?!


Release date?


Yaay my comment made an upper deck blog post i feel special lol :P


stunning as expected!


Great job UD, and a sick checklist. The Seth Jones and Morgan Rielly will be first on my list, followed closely by Yakupov! In series 2, I would love to see a Josh Leivo for the Leafs!


Um… who are you holding over for UD2? What’s the point of a double rookie class if all the good rookies are in UD1?


To Um they are holding back Brendan Gallagher, Tinordi, Barkov and there will also be other rookies that debut before that series come out that will make it like the Anaheim rookie goalie Andersen for example


Is it true, not all young guns cards are true rookie cards? Example Derek boogaard’s 2006-07. He has cards in 2005-06

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