Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2016-2017 Upper Deck Ice Review

I am a big fan of Ice for a couple reasons. One, it's always a very slick, good looking set. Two, it contains rookie cards without an autograph or memorabilia on it that can still be worth A LOT if you are lucky enough to pull one. Ice is one of the most unique sets that Upper Deck produces and is a collector favorite. It was discontinued for a few years, but has returned to the delight of hockey collectors.


Base Card Design -
Ice base cards are all done on acetate. This has been the trend for the set these past few years. The cards are well done and the acetate design fits with hockey very well. The clear part of the card reminds collectors of the elemental nature of ice. The bottom half of the card has a white/blue design that further emphasizes this. Each card is also adorned with silver foil that highlights the Ice logo, Upper Deck logo, and player name. The player image is large and fills up a good portion of the card. Overall the Ice cards have a classy and clean look that collectors will enjoy.


As nice as the acetate looks for the frontal design of the base cards, it's always a problem of the back as it limits the space for Upper Deck to print on. All of the necessary information is located at the very bottom of the card. There is only one line of statistics that gives the previous seasons totals as well as a career total. And I'm not sure if it's just me, but I feel like the card numbers on the back look generic or out of place in a way.


The Ice Premier rookie cards are one of the biggest draws in Ice. Well... as long as you pull on numbered to 99. Those particular cards are worth their weight in gold! Getting those top tier rookie cards is pretty rare though. I have actually never pulled a 99 rookie myself. The rookie cards this year adds some foil to the borders of the card and has more of an ice look behind the player. These Ice Premiers don't stand out too much. In fact, they could be mistaken for base cards in my opinion. This year's design isn't on par with what they had been in the past. Of course that won't affect the values too much, but I would have liked a better looking card.

Base Card Design Score:
7.5/10

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Boxes of Ice only contain six packs... and there are only 4 cards per pack, so you don't get a ton of cards here. The cards are of high quality, though, and you are guaranteed 1 hard-signed autograph and 1 memorabilia or Exquisite card per box. You can also expect 2 Ice Premier rookies as well.


I got two Sub Zero insert cards in my box of Ice. One was of legend Mark Messier, and the other was a Rookie Sub Zero card of Anthony Mantha. It was cool that Upper Deck put actual insert cards in the product to vary up the set a bit. Sometimes I feel as though inserts cards have gone the way of the dinosaur. These insert cards are nice in that the player image is large and the acetate as a rainbow look to it.


My box came with a memorabilia card rather than an Exquisite card. It's a small swatch jersey card in which the memorabilia piece came from a rookie photoshoot. It certainly isn't the best memorabilia card to get. It's actually one of the worst to get as Ice does contain some very nice patch cards. In terms of the card's look though, it's a nice looking card. I like the colors of the card, and the orange swatch definitely makes the card pop a little.


The best card of the box was the autographed card. It is a hard-signed Aaron Ekblad Glacial Graphs card. The Glacial Graph is very dark with a signature done in gold ink. That really made the autograph stand out quite a bit. The card is also numbered to only 25, so there aren't many copies of this card! My only complaint of this card is that the back of the card does show through to the front on the player image. That messes up the sweet look of it somewhat.

Thankfully, I got everything that was guaranteed in this box, unlike when I opened up a box of SPx earlier this year. There are some really awesome cards to be found in boxes of Ice. Most of those cards are pretty difficult pulls though. I'm sure you'll see those come up on the secondary market for a good chunk of change really soon.

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:
8.5/10

Overall Rating -
For about a hundred dollars you get a pretty nice stack of high quality, well-made, hockey cards. Ice is a great looking set with some real potential to pull something worth a high amount. I really enjoyed my break of Ice. If I had to pick a recent product to buy more of... it'd probably be this one. Ice does a good job with its cards and I think this set will be popular with collectors.

Getting 2 hits and 2 rookie cards per box is pretty good for the current state of the hobby. Unlike many other products out there, there is a chance to pull one of the best rookie cards of the top rookies in the game today.

I'd recommend Ice as it is both a good looking set and a set that you can find great cards. Upper Deck has a solid product here!

Overall Rating:
9/10

Check out my box of Ice:

60 comments:

  1. Nice product, some good inserts and a nice design. Definitely will check these cards out.

    YouTube Username: Jian Wnag

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    1. I like the review and my yt name is Unique legend

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  2. Nice auto love the base card.
    Yt:Hockey Mtg

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  4. Sweet break... nice base

    Mazrockie aslam

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  5. Love that Ekblad, very cool looking card.
    YT: Mitchman1771

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  6. Sweet Ekblad!

    Yt:Brendan Roskewich

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  7. From kr1leaffan@gmail.com
    I like the 2016-2017 ice hockey card s

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  8. I hope I can Win that Mantha! Nice Break! - HockeyTown Cards

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  9. Love the base design, that gold auto looks sick!

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  11. Love the ekblad auto card
    Yt:Mkapps19

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  12. Always been a big fan of ice and always the aren't a disappointment. Nice break!

    YT: Jb32 hamilton

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  13. Very nice looking base and insert cards, nice ekblad auto, also nice look to it

    YT- brandon spracklin

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  14. Ken A True leaffanApril 12, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    I just commenting on your YouTube about the 2026-17 ice hockey cards I also like the ones with a piece of the Jersey as well kr1leaffan@gmail.com please email me if I'm doing this right

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  15. Love the review as always, nice auto, its a shame you get so little in an ice box nowadays. Great review though!

    YT: Luke Christensen

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  16. Really Nice break and by the way, you may not know it but Anthony beauvillier is actually a pretty good prospect;-)
    YouTube username: 88blackhawks fan19

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  17. Cool break and great review!

    Yt: Nicolas Bond

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  18. Nice box man, ice is cool but isnt a product ill go out and buy.

    YT EmKayBe

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  19. Wow the autograph is actually pretty sick, but I understand you probably want to keep it... I myself am a ekblad fan
    YouTube username: Martin Bond

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  20. love the look of the acetate, always adds a little in my mind

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  21. Like the Acetate look of these, a little pricey for me but nice cards. Thanks for the video.
    Youtube: Dr. Von

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  22. Not a bad product. I love the look of the base and inserts! Very nice Ekblad auto.

    YouTube: Brennan Osinski

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  23. I love the autographed cards!!!

    Yt:Bostonbruinsfan4

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  24. Really enjoyed the cards this year. Inserts and hits looked really good, may have to get myself a box. Great video!

    Youtube Name: Brayden Morgan

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  25. Very nice design, but I didn't like how the Aaron Ekblad Glacial Graphs card, how you can almost see through the back printing on the front.

    YT: chanedw

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  26. I think Ice cards are some of the nicest looking cards upper deck makes, but the price point per box is outrageous in my opinion. I'll stick to singles for this release.

    YT: JM Dodgers

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  27. As always, Ice is a great looking set but it still seemed pricey to me for what you got.

    Yt: Justin Lee

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  28. i looove ice, the rookie card design are a little dulled out this year, love the auto

    yt:crazy willy

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  29. Ahoy, thanks for your review of UD Ice. The auto looks slicks but the other cards are kinda "meh". It seems all the products released around this time are too pricey to be worth the unboxing. Keep it up!

    Youtube user name: sapphirecore

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  30. Acetate cards are harder to come by in other products so it's nice to get cards like that in this product.
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  31. Awesome Ekblad Glacial Graphs from the Black Parallel Set! Overall, great break and look of the cards. The acetate does look thinner this year.

    YT/SCF: McBones

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  32. Nice cards Love the Ekblad to /25
    YT: Jeeparooooo

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  33. Nice auto! Love the cards. One complaint being if you pay $100 for a box.. the jersey should atleast be 2 colors. Single color is meh lol

    YT: freshestemo

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  34. nice break. Love when you open cards. YT yono gucci

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  35. Nice looking cards. Thanks for the break.

    YT - Flames Fan14

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  36. Love that ekblad auto, quality product.

    YT: matt gauthier

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  37. Ice is by far my favourite product love the base and sweet ekblad

    Youtube: Luis Ortega

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  38. I like that Morrissey RC. Too bad its soo expensive and so few packs.

    YouTube: Paul Courcelles

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  39. Nice box,price has dropped dramatically but number of cards too,way more affordable,fact that you get an auto an memorabilia per box is good but overall i think this is a prime example of another bad product from upper deck they need to think outside the box!!! Nice review

    Yt: Yanic Ratkiewicz

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  40. Awesome auto! I think it's the black parallel. Like the gold ink too!

    YT: CY Lam

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  41. As always good review ;) that Ekblad auto is awesome
    YT- Viky Haken

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  42. Awesome break! Like that Ekblad auto.

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  43. cool cards, glad to see a flames player on the front of the packs
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  44. Nice ice cards very sharp and you describe the cards nicely as well keep up the good work Go Leafs Go from : kr1leaffan@gmail.com

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  45. Please email me on pointers to protect my hockey card collection and to keep a record on what I have thanks from : kr1leaffan@gmail.com

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  46. nICE Cards and Review sir!
    YT- Skroeker24

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  47. Reminds me of last year's Ice although there were some differences. Seems like a good product for mid end product.
    YT: ZeroWolfGiven

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  48. At CAD$25 a pack here in Vancouver, Canada... it's too expensive. Not worth it.

    Yet: ryannturnaa

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  49. The new ice look very cool, however its very expensive. I really liked your Ekblad pull. Also, I feel like for 100 bucks USD you should get a lot more hits. In conclsuion the cards are very nice, but expensive I agree with your review.

    YT: CanucksHub
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  50. I love the look of the cards, but the quality of hits doesn't do it for the price point to me. YT : Dylan Carpenter or dylancarpenter00@gmail.com

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  51. + An unique product.
    + On card autos look great on acetate.

    - Neither the base nor the Ice Premiere design is as good as previous years.
    - UD hasn't really found a way for the back of the Ice cards. One great example is your Aaron Ekblad card, where it almost would've been better without any text on the back at all..

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