The highly-anticipated release of the Upper Deck Company’s SP Authentic hockey card series is just around the corner. The perennial favourite is slated for an April release for the first time in a few years.
The 2013-14 SP Authentic hockey series will mark the 17th year since the brand was transformed into a signature-theme brand in 1997-98. In recent years, the series has come out in June near the tail end of the playoffs.
With four less packs per hobby box (20 packs instead of 24) and still three autograph cards in every box, collectors will be treated to a slightly better ratio of autographs per packs purchased
Like last year, one of the three autographs will be an autographed Future Watch rookie card. There are also two unsigned Future Watch rookie cards in a typical hobby box. Other autographs included in the series are Sign of the Times, Marks of Distinction, Premier Chirography, and SP Buybacks.
Collectors will also pull five or more Authentic Moments and five or more ’93-94 SP Retro cards in every box. The SP Retro cards pay tribute to the original Upper Deck SP inserts from 1993-94 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey.
Last year’s 2012-13 SP Authentic hockey cards were released in mid June while the 2011-12 series was released in mi July. The 2010-11 SP Authentic series was released in mid April.
MORE FROM THE UPPER DECK COMPANY
Get 3 Autograph Cards per box!
Get at least 1 Auto Future Watch!
Hit it Big with a Signed FW Patch!
Two classes = Top RC talent!
Look for Regular Card Limited Autograph Patch variations!
With 3 tiers (#’d as low as 10)!
Jump Back with ’93-94 SP Retro Hits!
Highlighted by Premier Prospects Gold Autos and Silver Skates Veteran & Rookie Autos!
Sign up a Winner with Immortal Inks!
Marks of Distinction & Premier Chirography rock SPA too!
Collect More Late RC’s!
Future Watch captures additional great phenoms!
Find Authentic Moments!
With sought-after gold ink signed versions too!
Box Break: (on average)
Three (3) Signature Cards
Including One (1) Autographed Future Watch RC
Two (2) Future Watch unsigned cards
Get (4-5) Authentic Moments
Get (1-2) Authentic Moments multi-player
Five (5) ’93-94 SP Retro cards
Get (2-3) ’93-94 SP Retro Silver Skates
One (1) ’93-94 SP Retro Premier Prospects
Case Break: (on average)
2-3 Autographed Patch cards
Ltd. Auto Patches + Auto FW Patch cards
Three (3) Premium Autographs
Authentic Moments, Single + Multi-Player Autos
’93-94 SP Retro Autos
’93-94 SP Retro Silver Skates, Vet + Rookie Autos
’93-94 SP Retro Premier Prospects Gold Autos
SP Chirography, Premier Chirography, Immortal Inks, Marks of Distinction
Sign of the Times Combos (2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 6,’s, 8’s)