Beckett Hockey

COMING ATTRACTION­S

2021-22 UPPER DECK ICE

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WHAT IS IT?: Hot on the heels of the cancelatio­n of the 2020-21 edition of Ice comes confirmati­on of the 2021-22 release. Supply-chain issues largely resolved, UD is promising a value-packed product augmented by material from the ‘20-21 brand that was ready to go at the time the company pulled the chute. Each hobby box has either an autograph, memorabili­a card, or new Frozen in Ice rip card to lead the premium content. Collectors will also find a lot of parallels, a selection of inserts, and at least two acetate Ice Premieres.

THE BASICS: The base set clocks in at 250, which includes 100 veterans and 50 rookies (1:1). Parallels include Green (Veterans 1:2, Rookies 1:3), Orange

(1:9, 1:18), Lavender (1:18, 1:36), Ice

Blue (1:180, 1:360), Royal Blue (/99), and Black (1/1). The latter two are exclusive to hobby packs. The final cards comprise the Ice Premieres subset. All are exclusive to hobby packs and, unlike the first 150 cards, are printed on acetate stock. Print runs are broken down into five tiers, with the most common serial numbered out of 1,299 copies, down to a low of 99 for the 10 top first-year players. Ice Premieres parallels come in Green (/799), Red (/399), Gold

(/25), and Black (1/1). There also are Autographs numbered to 199, 99 or 49.

Jersey versions are 1:75 or 1:300, depending on the player.

CHASE HIGHLIGHTS: Auto Patch parallels are available for some Ice Premieres and are limited to 10 copies. Frozen in Ice rip cards are a new element this year (1:24). Collectors can choose to open these up to reveal Ice Premieres minis. Frozen in Ice parallels include Gold (/25) and Black (/5).

OTHER INSERTS: Sub Zero inserts return at an average of one per hobby box. Stars are 1:21 packs and have Gold parallels numbered to 8. Rookies have 999 copies each (Gold /24). Sub Zero Rookies Variants are extremely tough at 1:960 packs. Some rookies also have Blue (1:144) and Green (/25) Autographs.

Ice Crystals is a new concept. They drop 1:6, along with Ice Crystals Rookies (1:14), and three different levels of Shrines cards: Stars (1:72), Rookies (1:72) and Legends (1:144).

Ice Crystals cards also have Orange (/99) and Yellow (/10) versions.

2020-21 BONUS PACKS: Each hobby box has a bonus pack of five 2020-21 Ice cards.

On average, these work out to be three base cards, one Ice Premieres card, and one parallel that were originally intended for last season. Ice Premieres are once again serial numbered with print runs varying from 99 to 1,299 copies.

EXQUISITE: Look for hits from this cross-brand release including Exquisite Collection Material Signatures. Base versions have serial numbers, as do the Gold (/5) and Black (1/1) parallels. Look for Exquisite Rookie Signatures (/99) that have Gold (/25) and Black (1/1) versions as well. Some planned 2020-21 Exquisite cards get a delayed release here. Rookie Signatures have either 99 or 49 copies. 2020-21 rookies also have their own selection of 2003-04 -inspired Autograph Patches (/25) and 2009-10 Autographs. Also look for Exquisite Collection Rookies (/299) and their Blue (/99), Gold (/25) and Black (1/1) parallels.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?: Ice has an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink feel to it that might not pay off in a single box, but could be a lot of fun over a broader break.

SO, WHO ARE YOU GUYS?

We both grew up collecting hockey cards. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and now live in Indiana. I’ve been actively collecting since 2003. Aaron is from northwest of Toronto. He took a break from collecting at one point, but returned in 2005 and has been active ever since.

I collect Niklas Hjalmarsso­n, Jaccob Slavin, Ryan Dzingel, Derek Whitmore, select Georges Vezina pieces, and 200304 sets. Aaron mainly focuses on goalies and is well known for his extensive Jhonas Enroth collection.

Fun fact: We have yet to meet each other in person. Maybe one day!

HOW DID THE POD GET STARTED?

Center Ice Card Cast was founded in the spring of 2020, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America. I wanted to contribute to the hobby in light of the pandemic and quickly realized there were not any active podcasts devoted purely to hockey cards. I approached Aaron with the idea of co-hosting the podcast together. After a month or two of thought and preparatio­n, the first episode was released on June 1, 2020.

WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE?

As of late January, we’ve produced 52 episodes. We try to publish roughly once every two weeks. Episodes have ranged from half an hour to around two hours, but most fall in the range of 45–60 minutes.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

Laid back, but informativ­e and profession­al.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL EPISODE ENTAIL?

Our podcast episodes vary in topic, but you can usually find us breaking down new products, talking about recent additions to our collection­s, discussing hobby topics, or speaking with like-minded collectors or industry leaders to help educate listeners. We also share stories from our own experience­s collecting cards – both good and bad – such as the time Aaron passed up a Bobby Orr Rookie Card … for free!

Our podcast has seen tremendous natural growth over the last 20 months. Our first episode debuted with a few hundred listens and we’ve grown to average a little over 2,700 listens per episode.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BEST/FAVORITE EPISODE?

Our most successful episode was Ep. 37, “The Hockey Card Hobby’s Biggest Busts,” which has accumulate­d over 6,700 listens to date. Aaron’s favorite episode was Ep. 6, “The Great White Whale Hunt,” where we discussed what white whales are, some of our favorite card acquisitio­n stories, and some of our most-wanted cards. My favorite was Ep. 25, “The Greatest Product Ever Made,” where we discussed The Vezina Collection with Dr. Brian Price of President’s Choice Trading Cards.

WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM GUEST?

We’re both big fans of Marc-Andre Fleury, so he would be right up there. We tried getting him to come on the show for Ep. 22 when we had Kendall Mullin, who unquestion­ably has the best Fleury collection on the planet, but it wasn’t meant to be.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE PODCAST IMPACTING THE HOBBY?

We provide quality content about the hockey card hobby to our listeners. We do our best to stay within our means as collectors first and foremost and have it feel relatable through the laid-back tone. We pride ourselves in providing accurate and direct insight to provide the hobby with fact-based informatio­n and content. For example, we had Billy Celio from Upper Deck on to discuss everything related to the Alexis Lafreniere Young Guns Rookie Card since there was an endless supply of wrong informatio­n about the card online. So whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned veteran, we hope this podcast can be a fun and educationa­l source for collectors everywhere.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS MOVING FORWARD?

We’d like to continue to grow the podcast into something that all hockey card collectors can turn to and find two friends in this hobby who enjoy collecting as much as they do. It’d also be great to add players and more industry insiders to our list of guests to share their insights and experience­s.

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