Upper Deck Extended Series Built for Set Collectors – Can anyone remember the last time hockey collectors could assemble a 730-card base set? Go ahead. We’ll wait. Yep, we had to check too. The closest we could remember is the memorable 1991-92 Upper Deck set (link to TradingCardDB.com) which delivered, an at the time, monstrous set consisting of 700 total cards.
The inaugural release of 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series (link to product page) serves as a bookend to the flagship hockey collecting season in a similar manner as Topps Update Series does for baseball. While standout Young Gun rookie cards might not jump off of the checklist, the potential is always there. More importantly, Extended Series chronicles the NHL season and its players with a unique and comprehensive product offering.
As is custom for Upper Deck’s flagship NHL hockey product, Extended Series offers plenty of chase elements for player collectors. This includes not only a wide assortment of parallels but great themed inserts as well. Upper Deck Extended Series revives several classic Upper Deck insert sets including: UD3, Ovation, HoloGrFx and Ultimate Victory, just to name a few.
Upper Deck Extended Series Built for Set Collectors
Featured throughout the set are plenty of the aforementioned insert cards of rookie standout Kirill Kaprizov (link to Future Watch player collecting profile).
While the above inserts are great, and we’re particularly fond of the HoloGrFx and the Top Shelf Rookie, (serial numbered to 500), it doesn’t get much better than the UD3 Future Impact insert below. Die-cut designs are always cool and reviving this classic was genius by Upper Deck’s product development team.
Combining multiple images, holofoil technology and an intricate die-cut pattern makes this insert set a must have for player collectors. The UD3 insert set checklist includes a robust (50) players including (20) Future Impact rookies!
Sometimes products get lost in the shuffle of the collecting calendar and 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series NHL Hockey Cards might be one of those products. It seems that it could be time for both dealers and collectors to revisit this diamond in the rough.