Upper Deck Releases 2009-10 ‘The Cup’ Hockey: One Autographed Rookie Patch Card per Tin!

Superstar rookies like John Tavares, Antti Niemi and Matt Duchene headline trading card company’s final hockey release from last season

Saving the best for last, Upper Deck is happy to announce the release of its much-anticipated hockey card release from the 2009-10 season: The Cup. A 90-card collection, The Cup is known in hobby circles as the “Exquisite Collection of Hockey” and returns as the company’s most sought-after brand in the product portfolio. Guaranteeing two autographed patch cards in every tin, including one autographed rookie patch, the puck is ready to drop on The Cup.

“The Cup is clearly our best-received launch every season and this year’s effort left nothing out,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager. “We’re excited about the fact that we were able to close out last year’s stellar NHL season with the hobby’s best collection of cards. We’ve brought back some staples, like the autographed ‘Draft Boards’ and the ‘Property of…’ stick nameplates, but we’ve added some RC tributes cards of veterans Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin that will really get collectors excited.”

The second-to-none insert chase begins with “Signed Rookie Patch Cards” numbered to both 99 (Level 1) and 249 (Level 2) featuring the likes of John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane, Antti Niemi and Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers. Autographed patch cards run the gamut from “Signature Patches (numbered to 75) to “Emblems of Endorsements” (numbered to 15) to dual-autographed “NHL Shields (numbered to 1).” Discover legends like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux sharing “Dual-Scripted Swatches” and unbelievable four-player memorabilia combos showcasing the likes of Gretzky, Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier!

There are also dual-sided and dual-autographed “NHL Shields” memorabilia cards (numbered to 1) featuring eye-popping duos like Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy, Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley, and Gretzky and Lemieux. The jaw-dropping “Legendary Cuts” lineup includes cut signatures cards from Canadian legends like Terry Sawchuck, Tim Horton, Sid Abel and Jacques Plante. The highly revered “Stanley Cup Signature” cards include scrawls (numbered to 50) of hockey heroes including Bobby Orr, Grant Fuhr, Gordie Howe, Denis Potvin and Johnny Bucyk.

Upper Deck’s 2009-10 The Cup Hockey includes five cards per pack, one pack per tin, and is currently available on hobby store shelves.