Connor McDavid Heating Up Upper Deck MVP Hockey – When non-autographed rookie cards sell for these kind of prices, you know its going to be a good year for the hockey card market. The fact that it is a redemption card for the #1 overall draft pick in the NHL only adds to the intrigue McDavid will bring to the Edmonton Oilers.
Not every hobby shop carries hockey cards but this year certainly presents reasons for store owners to reconsider. The value of rookie hockey cards consistently perform well on the secondary market and help to maintain box prices from dropping shortly after release.
Such has been the case for several years as talented NHL rookies continue to make an immediate impact for their respective teams. Think Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in 2005-06, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in 2007-08, Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty in 2008-09, John Tavares in 2009-10, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin in 2010-11, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and Jonathan Huberdeau in 2011-12, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk in 2012-13, Nathan McKinnon and Jonathan Druin in 2013-14 and Aaron Ekblad in 2014-15.
As you can see the list is endless. More importantly, year-over-year, the rookie cards of top-tier NHL rookies often out perform their counterparts in other sports.
One of the first hockey card releases of the new 2015-16 NHL season, Upper Deck MVP Hockey, is a value driven product in terms of its content and price point. 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP Hockey delivers (24) High-Series SPs, (3) Light F/X, (8) Silver Script Parallels, (6) Colors & Contours Parallels and (1) Additional Big Hit. As previously mentioned, some of those big hits include the above pictured 2015 Draft Pick cards.
NHL hockey cards provide significant investment and quick, rip-and-flip opportunities for store owners and their customers. Demand for hockey cards here in the U.S. has never been higher. This demand is being driven, not only by the increased popularity of the sport, but by the realized prices for rookie cards both autographed and non-autographed.
Base cards in hockey are a different breed in comparison to other sports. This is particularly true when it comes to Upper Deck’s flagship product. The “Young Guns” rookie cards are not serial numbered, contain no autographs or memorabilia and yet consistently receive top bids at auction. Wouldn’t it be nice if this was true in other sports?
If your local card shop isn’t carrying hockey cards, ask them why? As interest in the sport grows here in the States, this is a trend that should change and quickly.
For more about what Upper Deck has in store for hockey collectors and fans this NHL season, visit the company’s official blog and check-out their plans for O-Pee-Chee!
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