Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017-2018 Upper Deck Artifacts Review

Upper Deck steps up its 17/18 product line-up with the release of Artifacts. Long a hobby favorite, Artifacts has a little bit of something for everyone. Collectors can find jerseys, tags, patches, autographs, and parallel cards galore in this product. It's always a fun and enjoyable break, but has been watered down in recent years as Upper Deck has guaranteed less hits per box.

Base Card Design -
Artifacts really knows its own image. The base cards this year fit in perfectly with the long line of Artifacts base that have come before it. The base cards are elegant looking with the perfect amount of foil to make the card pop. Everything about the base card is clean and cool. Artifacts has always been able to provide collectors with a premium looking base set, and I'm glad the tradition continues with this release.

Like the fronts, the back of the Artifacts base has had attention paid to it. The back design matches perfectly with the front of the card. It's always great to see some art in the background as it makes the card have a textured look. All the needed information is presented in an easy to read way and a nice paragraph of information is also included.

I thought this card was a parallel at first, but as it turns out NHL stars have their own subset within the main Artifacts line. The stars have a dark green background and are numbered to 599 each.

Legends, like current stars, also have their own unique subset within the Artifacts set. These cards are also serial numbered to 599 but have a grey (rather than green) background. Rookie cards serial to 999 are included after these Legends cards. All this serial numbering and short printing of the set makes it quite a challenge to put together!

Base Card Design Score:

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Each box of Artifacts comes with 8 packs. The box states that buyers can expect 3 autograph, memorabilia, or Aurum cards. There was a time when Artifacts boxes guaranteed and autograph. These past few years, however, aren't like that. Nothing is guaranteed at all. In fact, according to the box pulling 3 Aurum cards out with no other hits could be something that happens! Now, I'm sure that doesn't happen, but it stinks that there are no for-sure autographs to be obtained with a purchase of Artifacts box.

Parallels, parallels, parallels. Artifacts has a lot of these! It is a huge challenge to find all the parallels of a single player in this product. Trust me, I actually did it one year! You'll have to study the checklist really hard to know all the parallel cards in the set. Not only is the base set full of multiple parallels, the memorabilia/autographed cards are as well.

Speaking of parallel memorabilia cards, here's a rookie base set parallel card featuring two jersey swatches. It's a nice looking card - especially since the jerseys are two different colors - but it probably won't have too high of a value. Better values come with nice memorabilia pieces such as tags and patches.

The Tundra series of memorabilia inserts has always put multiple players on the same card. Usually it's by team, but in some cases Upper Deck decides to put together players that have unique connections to each other. I like these cards and I think they are great for team collectors. I would happily trade this Flyers one for one from the Sharks!

Since Artifacts releases before any skaters have hit the ice, redemption cards have been inserted to redeem for rookies. These have been in Artifacts for years now. Collectors can expect to find a team's rookie (in my case someone from the Preds) or a wild card rookie which will remain a mystery until Upper Deck releases the list of names that corresponds to the cards.

My best hit from the box was a purple redemption card for the number II rookie. I have no idea who it will be, but it'll be a nice card as it will have both a patch and tag embedded in it. I'm pretty excited to see who this player I got will be. The only annoying thing is waiting until Upper Deck releases the names of the rookies!

Inserts/Game-Used//Autos Score:

Overall Rating -
Artifacts was once the best bang for your buck product. It had a ton of great things to find and pull. Nowadays it's still 'ok', but I think the brand has lost some of the magic it once held. There was a time when I wanted to just buy box after box of it because I knew I was going to get autographs and patches. Those days are probably sadly long gone.

Artifacts is now a decent break. It's pricing is not as high as some other products, which still makes it a decent buy. I still enjoy purchasing it and I know many collectors will as well.

Upper Deck has given us a quality product in terms of look and design. There will certainly be cards that are drool worthy pulls. I would recommend Artifacts to any collector that is in its price range. It's the first 'serious' product for hits that Upper Deck has released for the 17/18 season. It's finally time to pull some sweet autos and mem!

Overall Rating:

Check out my box of 17/18 Upper Deck Artifacts:


  1. Not as good as a product, but still love the look of the base cards.

    Yt: Jian Wang

  2. I love Artifacts but I feel its a hit or miss. IMO, to many of the 'color' inserts. Jersey cards are OK. Rookie redemptions are always good.

    YT: freshestemo

  3. Very hit or miss boxes but overall very cool!!!


  4. Not my favorite product thats forsure.... nice hits tho

    yt emkaybe

  5. Nice break! Very nice redemption hopefully it is of Nolan.

    YT: Paul Courcelles

  6. I really do like the design of everything this year. Content wise, artifacts is mostly the same every year ,and is good as always.


  7. I like the product, but I do miss the old Artifacts.

    Contact: Instagram @fuelledbypassioncollectibles

  8. Ahoy, enjoyed your review of 17-18 artifacts. Base cards look sweet but the hits were disappointing for the amount of coin you spend on it. Makes the older years look better. Keep it the amazing work!

    Youtube user name: sapphirecore

  9. I agree, it's a very hit or miss product now. That redemption however is absolutely insane! Great box for you!

    YT: Luke Christensen

  10. Really enjoyed your review! I really like the base card design and the hits. Wish it was a little cheaper but overall pretty happy with the way it turned out.
    Youtube Name: Brayden Morgan

  11. The base cards and parallels look really good this year! Those hits look nice too. Hope to see that patch tag card sometime!

    YouTube: Brennan Osinski

  12. Nice hit, but I don't like all the parallels... I wish they'd have more patch or auto, instead of parallel.

    YouTube: Edward Chan

  13. Nice always loved artifacts I can't wait to I get my hands on one yt MG Cards

  14. awesome love artifacts
    yt: nick brady

  15. Nice stuff but I always hate redemptions.

  16. That rookie redemption looks like some women's behind.

  17. Artifacts is my go to for retail collection, the best of all the retail products with a short base set makes it easy to collect. I'm not big on redemptions, but I feel with Artifacts you get the excitement of opening the packs and then again checking the list later on.
    YT: Michael Martin

  18. Artifacts is not as good as it used to be, but is still one of their better products.

    YT: Matt Gauthier

  19. Artifacts is not a good product, but he have a good design.

    YT : Julien Bouchard

  20. Great review. Nice redemption hit

    YT:Jess S.

  21. Really nice redemption hit! Too bad it wasn't last year or the year before that, Laine / Eichel would have been insane!

    YT: CY Lam

  22. Great review! I personally like 14/15 artifacts the most and have not really been into the product ever since they've stopped guaranteeing 3 hits per box. Too bad eh?!

    YT: thehabsguy

  23. Great review. Always look forward to the videos on YT.

    YT : Mark Siuda

  24. Nice clean base card.Nice hit!!!!!
    Yt:Hockey Mtg

  25. very nice cards. The serial number cards are very cool aswell as the jerseys. Keep up the great work!
    YT - Sebraider93

  26. Awesome review! Love the look of the cards! May pick up a box
    YT : Sniper87

  27. Great box and review, wow!

    YT name: OilersHobby123

  28. Awesome review of Artifacts. I've always liked this set for when I get autographs on the cards. They leave a little matte space (which I hope the player signs on) between the player and logo.

    Keep up the solid reviews!

  29. This was a great box definitely better than last year

    YT: David's NHL Goal Horns And Soccer Songs

  30. Solid box Luke! Congrats on the purple patch tag redemption! Overall, not a bad assortment of insert parallels.

    YT/SCF: McBones

  31. Gonna buy a lot of artifacts this year

    Yt: Seagull Halo

  32. I should give this product a shot this year I love everything about it.

    Youtube: TDOTRTZ

  33. Thanks for making this video and all the others, helps me decide what I'm going to buy.

  34. One of my favourite annual sets, next to OPC Platinum.

    YouTube: Dboutic617

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