The Upper Deck Company has produced a series of American Hockey League cards, with the first series released before the start of the 2014-15 season. The cards are sold in a box set that features a complete 100-card base set as well as a random handful of signature cards.
The cards feature the typical, sharp Upper Deck look, with both a foil border and foil Upper Deck logo on the card front. The back features player vitals and a short bio, as well as a small head shot.
The base set features the stars of the American League, which for the most part are also the future stars of the NHL. There are 23 goalies included in the 100-card base set.
This is the first American League set produced by the Upper Deck Company. Said UDC president Jason Masherah, “We are excited to be able to work with the American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. With the start of the hockey season just around the corner, there is no better time to announce this new deal and to offer the AHL’s dedicated fans a new way to experience the game.”
A second series of AHL cards is planned for the Spring of 2015. According to the press release, the Upper Deck Company is allowed “to produce AHL trading card games, posters, stickers and figurines.”
“The AHL is thrilled to be able to bring the excitement of our league to fans though AHL trading cards and collectibles,” said David Andrews, AHL president and chief executive officer. “I know Upper Deck will be a great licensee to work with both now and in the future.”
“This partnership is a huge credit to the caliber of players within the AHL who are thrilled to be featured by Upper Deck — a world-class leader in the trading card industry,” said Darryl Dionne, director of communications and business development for the PHPA. “This historic inaugural set is filled with top prospects on the verge of becoming full-time National Hockey League players, and we look forward to working with Upper Deck to feature PHPA Members for years to come.”