Upper Deck Gives Mint Condition New Meaning – Upper Deck has announced the first in a series of limited edition NHL collector coins. Below is a recent press release re-printed in its entirety.
Upper Deck, the premier worldwide sports and entertainment collectibles company, together with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has revolutionized the collectibles industry once again with the groundbreaking Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection. The first series of limited-edition coins are minted in one of four finishes of precious metals and feature 20 superstar hockey players. The new collection of coins is now available for purchase through Upper Deck e-Pack®, as well as all Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) banking centers in Canada and via CIBC.com/UpperDeck.
“We knew instantly that we were onto something special,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck. “The outstanding detail and fine craftsmanship of this new coin collection exemplifies Upper Deck’s core tenets of quality, innovation and authenticity and takes collecting to an entirely new level that hockey fans and coin enthusiasts around the world are sure to treasure for many years to come.”
As the demand for rare coins continues to grow, Upper Deck is bringing a new, exciting and unique element to the world of coin collecting with tried and true “blind bag” packaging; meaning that consumers will not know which finish or player they have until the sealed package is opened. “No one has presented anything like this for the coin business, adding a layer of anticipation that appeals to varying levels of collectors,” added Masherah.
The collection includes 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver coins available in three finishes and rarities: colored, numbered to 5,000; high-relief silver, numbered to 1,000; and silver frosted, numbered to 500, per player. There is also a more rare ¼ oz. 99.99% 24-karat gold minted coin, numbered to just 100, per player.
The 20 players include Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy, as well as current superstars Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist, among others. Grandeur Hockey Coins may be purchased individually in a sealed blind pack for $100 or as a collector box with four randomly inserted coins for $499. The collector box includes one of three rarer coins and comes with a display that holds up to 20 coins.
“The opportunity to expand our relationship with Upper Deck and showcase some of the greatest players in the world in such a unique and interesting way is exciting,” said Sandra Monteiro, NHLPA Chief of Global Business Strategies. “Based on the look and design, we know these coins will be unlike anything collectors have been offered in the past.”
“CIBC is excited to be the exclusive Canadian distributor of these gold and silver coins that highlight the hockey heroes of our past and our future,” says Vineet Malhotra, Managing Director and Head, Alternate and Retail Solutions Group, CIBC.
Upper Deck Gives Mint Condition New Meaning – Checklist
- Patrice Bergeron – Boston
- Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg
- Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh
- Jack Eichel – Buffalo
- Wayne Gretzky – Edmonton
- Jaromir Jagr – Florida
- Patrick Kane – Chicago
- Dylan Larkin – Detroit
- Henrik Lundqvist – New York
- Erik Karlsson – Ottawa
- Connor McDavid – Edmonton
- Sean Monahan – Calgary
- William Nylander – Toronto
- Alex Ovechkin – Washington
- Carey Price – Montreal
- Patrick Roy – Montreal
- Daniel Sedin – Vancouver
- Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis
- John Tavares – Brooklyn
- Jonathan Toews – Chicago
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