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As the exclusive home of NHL® and NHLPA licensed trading cards, Upper Deck plans to have a major presence at the 2015 NHL® All-Star Fan Fair in Columbus, Ohio next week. Below are the activities you will want to make sure you take part in if you plan on attending this celebration to the game of hockey!

Wrapper Redemption Promotions – Just visit Cardiacs or Dave & Adam’s Cardworld booths at the 2015 NHL® All-Star Fan Fair to purchase qualifying Upper Deck products to use for three (3) different wrapper redemption promotions at the Upper Deck booth!

Spin Wheel Wrapper Redemption – Just spin n’ win Upper Deck wheel of jersey cards! Fans can bring one (1) sealed Upper Deck NHL® Series One Blaster Box or five (5) sealed packs of 2014-15 NHL® MVP, 2014-15 NHL® O-Pee-Chee, 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series One or 2014-15 NHL® Black Diamond to the Upper Deck booth to spin the wheel and get a FREE Upper Deck jersey card!

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Puck-O Wrapper Redemption – Remember that game show where you drop the disc down a board to score a cool prize? Upper Deck will be bringing our own version of that to the 2015 NHL® All-Star Fan Fair with our Puck-O game where fans can drop a special puck down a board to score the cool prize. Fans only need to bring one sealed pack of 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series One to play*.



*Fans who bring more than one pack will need to exit and get back into line to drop another disc. Fans who bring a sealed Blaster Box will get two (2) puck drops and VIP front of line privileges.

Personalized Upper Deck Card Redemption – Ever dream of having your very own Upper Deck NHL® trading card? Well dream no more. All you need to do is bring one (1) sealed pack of 2014-15 NHL® MVP, 2014-15 NHL® O-Pee-Chee, 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series One or 2014-15 NHL® Black Diamond to the Upper Deck booth. From there we will have a professional photographer shoot an image of you and print your very own Upper Deck NHL® card for you on-site!


Upper Deck Authenticated Show Specials – Fans can check out some of Upper Deck Authenticated’s incredible authentic signed hockey memorabilia at the 2015 NHL® All-Star Fan Fair and take their favorite pieces home at amazing show specials!


Upper Deck Ultimate Fan – Are you the Upper Deck’s Ultimate NHL® fan? Just grab your camera phone, snap and share on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ultimatefan. Photos will be judged for their creativity, composition and Upper Deck pride. Upper Deck will award 10 prizes consisting of signed pucks and game-worn jersey cards and one Grand Prize of a Wayne Gretzky signed poster from Upper Deck Authenticated!


Coach Cardman Visits – Upper Deck’s mascot Coach Cardman will be on site throughout the show posing for pictures and having fun with fans. Wherever Coach Cardman goes, fun is sure to be had!

Aaron Ekblad Autograph Signing – Upper Deck will sponsor a FREE signing session with the #1 Draft Pick in the 2014 NHL® Draft; Aaron Ekblad with the Florida Panthers. Aaron will be signing on the main stage with times to be announced shortly!


Box Hockey Tournaments – Show your hockey prowess against your friends and family in Upper Deck’s box Hockey Tournaments which will run throughout the weekend at the Upper Deck booth. You’ll know the events are running when you hear the cheers from fans watching.


Tim Carroll Trading Card Art – Come out to see the incredible talent of artist Tim Carroll as he does the unthinkable by cutting up Upper Deck NHL® trading cards to make an incredible mosaic piece. You’ve got to see him at work!


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Collectors have always desired to have trading cards that have game-worn memorabilia from memorable NHL® games. Upper Deck went all out to deliver to collectors just that in 2014-15 NHL® SP Game-Used by securing authentic game-worn/used memorabilia from the biggest games of 2014! All the items were obtained directly from the NHL® and fans can find unique memorabilia cards featuring jerseys, pucks and nets from these memorable games. What’s more, all the imagery is from these memorable games which makes from a truly stunning collectible!

2014 NHL® Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings & Toronto Maple Leafs at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan





2014 NHL® Stadium Series between the Anaheim Ducks & Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California




2014 NHL® Stadium Series between the New York Rangers & New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York




2014 NHL® Stadium Series between the New York Rangers & New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York



2014 NHL® Stadium Series between the Pittsburgh Penguins & Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois



2014 NHL® Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks & Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia



2014 NHL® Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings & New York Rangers




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We’ve talked before about why mothers should encourage their kids to collect sports cards. Recently we found a “hockey mom” from St. Albert, Alberta named Cheryl Stuart who loves the hobby and enjoys collecting with her kids. We think the bonds she is creating with them will last a lifetime and we asked her to give a review of Upper Deck’s Black Diamond Hockey. Here’s what she had to say:

“Being a ‘hockey mom’ is one of the best parts of motherhood as it is great to see my children grow up around the sport. My youngest started on skates at 14 months in our backyard rink and now at 19-years-old playing men’s hockey in cold arenas late at night. I’m not sure which I dislike more…the very early morning games in minor hockey or the very late nights in this beer league hockey – but I still attend whenever I can and will never tire of watching him play. Being a ‘hockey mom’ not only means buying the necessities of hockey like skates and sticks, but also all the extras including hockey cards every year.


Here’s a vintage shot of Cheryl exposing her son to the game of hockey at a very early age!

“Upper Deck has always had the best quality cards which we have always collected together. Stored now in boxes and albums are years of hockey cards which have been carefully opened, examined and organized as we work to build a set. Hockey and Christmas has always been a big part of our celebrations – between playing a yearly road hockey game, the Junior Hockey Championships  and opening the hockey cards that Santa always remembered to put in my youngest son’s stocking has been part of the excitement.


Fun Fact: Santa Claus LOVES opening packs of Upper Deck NHL cards with his elves. Hockey is HUGE in the North Pole!

“This year not only did he get to open a box of cards, but so did I thanks to Upper Deck who sent me a box of Black Diamond cards to open and review.   I drove my son nuts not opening on Christmas or even the following week as I was working long, very tiring 12-hour shifts but when I finally sat down and opened them together.


Waiting is the hardest part! Cheryl’s son was all over her to open up the box of Upper Deck’s Black Diamond Hockey cards!

“I was very impressed with the quality and overall look of the cards. I especially liked the 3-D effect of the player’s pictures on the cards. I don’t know what it is about opening hockey cards, but it is exciting ripping open each package hoping to find either a special card or a player we like.

“These cards have it all. There are Rookie Gems, Championship Ring Cards, special numbered cards, Double Diamond Jersey cards and a few old time hockey player cards to boot. Each card is marked with either one, two, three and if you’re lucky four diamonds (the rarest cards of the best players). These cards did not disappoint. They are produced on heavy card stock with beautiful foil on the front of the cards that makes them sparkle under the light. Within the box I opened I only had minimal duplicates, which was a good sign. As a consumer I feel these are certainly well worth their price and will likely continue to increase in value as the players themselves continue to play at high levels. As a ‘hockey mom’ it would be a set I would purchase for my son to open together.

“In the box I was lucky enough to open I managed to get a special Championship Rings card of Tyler Toffoli from the Kings which fall 1 in every 60 packs! There was also two Double Diamond Jersey cards!


“I know from years of listening to my husband and son talk and examine rookie cards that they are always a special bonus and these Black Diamond Hockey cards have a stunning set known as Rookie Gems.  We got our fair share of those in the box as well!


You’ve really got to hold these cards in your hand to see the beauty of them as they shimmer in the light.

“One of my special gifts this Christmas was a sweatshirt proclaiming for to know all that I am a ‘hockey mom.’ Now that my son is so much older we haven’t spent as much time pouring over hockey cards, putting them in albums and reading up on the various stats as we used to. I must admit however, I enjoyed the opportunity of re-visiting this hobby with my son. Collecting cards is the perfect family activity, even if you are not a ‘hockey mom’ like me. Pick up some packs today and share the hobby with someone you love!”


You will likely see Cheryl sporting her top Christmas present at hockey games around Alberta this season!

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A 13-year journey led goaltender Rob Zepp to his first NHL® start for the Philadelphia Flyers back on December 21, 2014 and he got the win against the Winnipeg Jets! Zepp was a fourth round draft pick for the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999. He failed to receive a contract and reentered the NHL® Draft in 2001 where the Carolina Hurricanes grabbed him again in the fourth round.

Over the next few years Zepp saw action only in the AHL and ECHL before signing a deal to play overseas after the 2004-05 season. And overseas Zepp became the man for the DEL’s Eisbaren Berlin where he had played prior to this season. There he helped the team capture the league title five times and actually represented Germany at the World Championships even though he is a Newmarket, Ontario native. After 8 years in Germany, the Flyers saw his potential and inked him to a one-year deal where his dream of playing in the NHL® was again close to his grasp.

At 33-years-old, Zepp became the oldest rookie goaltender to ever record a NHL® victory in his debut and now will receive another honour courtesy of Upper Deck. He will become the oldest NHL® goaltender to ever receive an Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card! Fans can find Zepp’s first-ever rookie card in packs of 2014-15 NHL® Upper Deck Series Two which releases in hobby and retail stores on February 25, 2015. Below is an image of the card.


Rob Zepp’s first rookie card can be found in packs of 2014-15 NHL Upper Deck Series Two in stores on February 25, 2015

Since his big win, Zepp has rejoined the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after Steve Mason returned to the Flyers and has continued his great play. And “The Zepper” also continues to be incredibly positive through it all saying recently, “I wanted to show that I belonged in the league full-time. I waited a long time for that first game. I’m happy to wait a little longer for the next one.”

Well Rob, you’re never really in the NHL® until you have your very own official Upper Deck rookie card. Welcome to the show!

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The first hockey release of the 2015 calendar year will be 2014-15 NHL® SP Game-Used Hockey. The product is sporting a dramatic newly restructured box/case configuration (ten 5-card boxes per sealed inner case) and the checklist is studded with some truly amazing cards. Thanks to our partners at the NHL® providing previously unparalleled access to an array of game-used materials from many of the 2013-14 season’s most memorable and important games, SP Game Used hockey provides collectors with trading cards sporting relics that viably could be displayed in the Hockey Hall-of-Fame instead of a trading card product.

It is with great excitement that we present a full gallery of the cards on our Facebook page and some of our favorites here taken from the actual pack out.



In all, 2014-15 NHL® SP Game-Used Hockey features 37 Stadium Series jerseys, 4 Winter Classic jerseys (including Jonathan Bernier’s) plus game-used pucks and nets from an array of Stadium Series games, the Winter Classic and the Stanley Cup Finals! With a treasure trove of this status, areas of the checklist for SP Game Used are understandably built around these items – thus, you’ll see particularly deep rosters for teams like the Kings, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Penguins, Red Wings, Islanders, Devils, Ducks, Canucks and Senators (with many players featured on their first-ever memorabilia cards). In addition, all of these “premium game” memorabilia cards (including the jerseys) feature over-sized swatches with imagery taken directly from the games that the memorabilia was used and built on a minimum of 140 pt. thick card stock.








Another radical departure from the norm is seen in the 200-card base set, split into 100 veterans and 100 rookies, all of which have serial #’d print runs limited to the featured player’s jersey number. Similar to last year’s SPGU Hockey product, a wide array of subjects (128 of the 200) will feature a 1-of-1 Auto for the last #’d card in their respective print run (thus, a superstar like Alex Ovechkin will have a mere eight copies of his base card issued, with the “8/8” card being a 1-of-1 Auto variation).


Regarding the Rookies from the base set, to counterbalance how difficult the true RC’s will be to obtain for top prospects like Ekblad (#’d of 5), Drouin (#’d of 27) and Gaudreau (#’d of 53), collectors can also pursue blue foil auto parallels (overall 1:10 packs), gold foil jersey parallels (#’d of 499 per) and gold spectrum prime material patch parallels (#’d of 99 per).




Amongst the checklist of 100 Rookies within the base set, several noteworthy prospects will be making their NHL®-licensed trading card debuts including Flyer’s D-Man Shayne Gostisbehere (2014 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player), Bruins Center Seth Griffith (‘12-13 OHL 1st Team All-Star followed by 13-14 AHL Rookie Season in which he scored 50 pts. In 69 games), Rangers hulking, 6’5”, 225 lb. RW Kevin Hayes (made the jump directly from Boston College in 13-14 to the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers this season) and Bo Horvat (selected 9th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Horvat has earned a roster spot with the surprisingly successful Canucks at 19 years of age and leads the team on face-offs with a win percentage hovering around 56%).

In addition to the expected inclusion of top tier rookies like Jonathan Drouin, Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Reinhart, the popular Draft Day Marks set is highlighted by the first-ever autograph cards for the aforementioned Horvat, plus Leon Draisaitl (#3 overall pick from the 2014 Draft). Other surprise additions to the Draft Day Marks set include the first NHL-licensed cards for Blue Jackets prospect Kerby Rychel (drafted 19th overall in 2013, lit up the OHL for 90 pts in 58 games in 13-14), Blackhawks D-Man Adam Clendening (59 pts. in 74 games for the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs in 13-14) and two significant updates from the 13-14 Rookie class featuring budding star Filip Forsberg (pictured with the Washington Capitals) and Islanders hotshot Ryan Strome.


The popular “Supreme” memorabilia cards (each limited to 12 #’d copies per) return with a wide array of patches, gloves and sticks. The checklist is studded with some jaw-dropping cards including glove cards from Jean Beliveau, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky, patch cards from Pavel Bure, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and stick cards from Sidney Crosby and Joe Sakic.





* Please note the Stadium Series jersey and patch cards feature the SP Authentic logo instead of the SP Game-Used logo on the fronts. This will be an uncorrected error.

Every 10-box inner case delivers (on average):

  • One (1) Net Cord (Stanley Cup Finals, Winter Classic, Heritage Classic or Stadium Series) – #’d of 35 or less
  • One (1) Rookie Star Autograph card (Drouin, Ekblad, Reinhart or Gaudreau)
  • One (1) Premium Memorabilia Card (primarily derived from the sets noted below)
    • Authentic Fabric Sixes Patch // (#’d of 6)
    • Supreme Gloves (#’d of 12)
    • Supreme Patches (#’d of 12)
    • Supreme Sticks (#’d of 12)
    • Game Gear (#’d of 3)
    • Heritage Classic Material Net Shield Logo (#’d of 1)
    • Heritage Classic Material Net Skirt Shield Patch (#’d of 3)
    • Stadium Series Material Commemorative Patch (#’d of 8)
    • Stadium Series Material Commemorative Tag (#’d of 10)
    • Stadium Series Material Game Used Pucks (1:280 packs)
    • Stanley Cup Finals Material Game Used Pucks (1:208 packs)
    • Stanley Cup Finals Material Net Shield Logo (#’d of 1)
    • Stanley Cup Finals Material Net Skirt Shield Patch (#’d of 3)
    • Winter Classic Material Commemorative Patch (#’d of 8)
    • Winter Classic Material Game Used Pucks (1:845 packs)
    • Winter Classic Material Net Shield Logo (#’d of 1)
  • One (1) Premium Autograph Card(primarily derived from the sets noted below)
    • Base Set Veteran 1-of-1 Autos
    • Base Set Rookie 1-of-1 Autos
    • Base Set Blue Foil Auto //’s – premium players (Brodeur, Crosby, Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier, Orr, Ovechkin, Selanne, Toews, Yzerman)
    • Draft Day Marks Rookies (#’d of 35) – premium players (Draisaitl, Drouin, Teravainen) *
    • Draft Day Marks Veterans (#’d of 10) – premium players (Bernier, Duchene, Eberle, Fleury, Toews)
    • Inked Sweaters (#’d up to 99 per) – premium players (Crosby, Hull, Roy, Yzerman)
    • Inked Sweaters Patch //’s (#’d up to 10 per)
    • Inked Rookie Sweaters Patch //’s (#’d of 49 per) – premium players (Burakovsky, Draisaitl, Drouin, Ekblad, Gaudreau, Reinhart, Teravainen) *
    • 2013-14 Stanley Cup Net Skirt Auto Updates (1:120 packs)

* Autos that appear within this requirement for Drouin, Ekblad, Gaudreau and Reinhart do NOT count against the one per Inner Case Rookie Star Auto requirement noted above.

Every 5-card pack delivers:

  • One (1) Autograph Card
  • Four (4) additional Auto or Memorabilia Cards (unless displaced by a Base Set Veteran or Rookie Card)

Noteworthy Autograph Sets Include:

  • Base Set Veteran 1-of-1 Auto //’s
  • Base Set Rookie 1-of-1 Autos //’s
  • Inked Sweaters (#’d up to 99 per)
  • Inked Sweaters Patch // (#’d up to 10 per)
  • Inked Rookie Sweaters (#’d of 149)
  • Inked Rookie Sweaters Patch // (#’d of 49)
  • Draft Day Marks Rookies (#’d of 35 per)
  • Draft Day Marks Veterans (#’d of 10 per)

Noteworthy Memorabilia Sets Include:

  • Base Set Gold Spectrum Prime Materials //’s (#’d up to 99)
  • Authentic Fabric Trios Patch //’s (#’d of 15)
  • Authentic Fabric Quads Patch //’s (#’d of 10)
  • Authentic Fabric Sixes Patch //’s (#’d of 6)
  • Career Legacy Patch //’s (#’d b/wn 25-99 per)
  • Game Gear (#’d of 3)
  • Supreme Patches (#’d of 12)
  • Supreme Sticks (#’d of 12)
  • Supreme Gloves (#’d of 12)
  • Heritage Classic Material Net Cord (#’d of 35 per)
  • Heritage Classic Material Net Skirt Shield Patch (#’d of 3)
  • Stadium Series Material Jersey (1:2 packs)
  • Stadium Series Material Patch (#’d up to 99 per)
  • Stadium Series Material Commemorative Patch // (#’d of 8)
  • Stadium Series Material Commemorative Tags (#’d of 10)
  • Stadium Series Material Game Used Pucks (1:280 packs)
  • Stadium Series Material Net Cord – Dodgers Stadium (#’d of 25 per)
  • Stadium Series Material Net Cord – Soldier Field (#’d of 25 per)
  • Stanley Cup Finals Material Game Used Pucks (1:208 packs)
  • Stanley Cup Finals Material Net Cord (#’d of 35)
  • Stanley Cup Finals Material Net Skirt Shield Patch (#’d of 3)
  • Winter Classic Material Jersey (1:15 packs)
  • Winter Classic Material Patch (#’d up to 99 per)
  • Winter Classic Material Commemorative Patch // (#’d of 8)
  • Winter Classic Material Game Used Pucks (1:845 packs)
  • Winter Classic Material Net Cord (#’d of 35)

Noteworthy Retired Signers Include:

  • Pavel Bure
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Mario Lemieux
  • Mark Messier
  • Bobby Orr
  • Patrick Roy
  • Teemu Selanne
  • Steve Yzerman

Noteworthy Active Veteran Signers Include:

  • Martin Brodeur
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Claude Giroux
  • Jaromir Jagr
  • Nathan MacKinnon
  • Evgeni Malkin
  • Rick Nash
  • Alex Ovechkin
  • Tyler Seguin
  • Steven Stamkos
  • John Tavares
  • Jonathan Toews

Noteworthy Rookie Signers Include:

  • Andre Burakovsky
  • Leon Draisaitl
  • Jonathan Drouin
  • Aaron Ekblad
  • Johnny Gaudreau
  • Bo Horvat
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • Curtis Lazar
  • Jori Lehtera
  • Sam Reinhart
  • Jiri Sekac
  • Teuvo Teravainen

Noteworthy First NHL-Licensed Cards:

  • Adam Clendening *
  • Shayne Gostisbehere
  • Seth Griffith
  • Kevin Hayes *
  • Bo Horvat *
  • Kerby Rychel *

* Asterisk indicates autograph cards included

Noteworthy First NHL-Licensed Autos:

  • Leon Draisaitl (autos)
  • Anthony DuClair (autos)
  • Jori Lehtera (autos)
  • Jeri Sekac (autos)
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