Of the 99 rookie cards featured in 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee hockey, 39 of them are the first-ever “RCs” of NHL rookies.
Upper Deck Trilogy and Score were the first two releases of the 2013-14 season in July 2013. Upper Deck Trilogy featured rookie cards of 33 players while Score featured 32 of those 33 (all but Damien Brunner) plus an additional 28 new rookies (those 60 Score rookie cards are numbered 591-650).
Fifty-nine of those 60 Score rookies are repeated in this week’s O-Pee-Chee hockey card series, with only Jets’ rookie goalie Edward Pasquale missing.
That means 39 new rookie cards, including four former first-round draft picks: Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators (2010-1-#18), Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers (2010-1-#19), Mark Pysyk of the Buffalo Sabres (2010-1-#23), and Nicklas Jensen of the Vancouver Canucks (2011-1-#29).
Score hockey was released a couple of weeks ago while O-Pee-Chee hockey makes its debut this Tuesday Aug. 6, 2013.
The entire 99-card rookie checklist includes 29 former first overall draft picks. It also includes 13 rookies that garnered Calder votes this past summer (including winner Jonathan Huberdeau).
This marks the eighth edition of O-Pee-Chee hockey cards produced by the Upper Deck Company. The 2013-14 base set includes 500 veterans, 99 short-printed rookies, and one short-printed checklist.
39 NEW ROOKIES