Thursday, October 26, 2017

2016-2017 The Cup Review

Well, here it is, Upper Deck's biggest, best, and most expensive hockey card product. Each pack/tin/box costs hundreds of dollars, and you only get a handful of cards per break. This stuff is really only for the high-end collector to bust. Each tin is extremely exciting to break... but you are not guaranteed to hit anything amazing (as you'll sadly see with my box)!


Base Card Design -
For most sets, the base cards are the most plentiful type of card you get. Not so in The Cup. Each tin comes with just one (or two) base cards. Each base card comes on very thick card stock and are serial numbered to just 249 each. The Cup only features players on note and includes legends such as Bobby Orr. In terms of the design, it's a pretty simple one with nice highlights of foil. The cards themselves don't pop or stand out too much, it's a very typical Cup design. They are just simple, elegant cards that are worthy of being Upper Deck's most serious set.


The back of the base card is also pretty typical. I do, however, really like that the cards have a little write-up for the featured player. Many high-end cards leave out many of the stats and information that lesser brands include. It's nice that The Cup at least has a good amount of information that collectors can scan over when looking at these cards.


The most popular part of the main Cup set are the rookie patch auto cards. These are usually a player's best and most desired rookie card. Each card has a generous amount of foil and a decent sized piece of patch material. The autographs are on-card in blue ink at the bottom of the card. Standard rookies are numbered to 249 while the upper tiered ones are limited to just 99. The '99 rookies' are extremely popular and can sell for thousands of dollars.

Base Card Design Score:
8.5/10

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
The Cup comes in a collectible tin. Inside is another smaller box that contains the 5 or 6 cards you get. The Cup is a hit based product, so just about everything you get in The Cup should be a memorabilia or autographed card. With a price tag of over $600, be ready to put a second mortgage on that house!


Expect all the cards in The Cup to be relatively low numbered with the autographs hard signed. This gold version of Ryan Pulock's autographed rookie is serial numbered to his jersey - a popular thing that The Cup has always done. I'm surprised that this card does not feature a gold border though. I think they used to do that with the gold rookie variants.


Sweet looking materials are a standard in The Cup. In fact, I really think you should be disappointed if you don't get a sweet looking patch in a Cup break. My best card out of the tin was probably this Jesse Puljujarvi. It's numbered to 99 and has a great looking patch piece in it. He's not the biggest rookie this season and is not a big star, so I'm a little disappointed that this was my top pull.


Getting jersey pieces out of a Cup tin is rarely exciting. I mean, they have jersey pieces in just about everything - so I don't consider them to be too special. This Ekblad quad is the lowest tiered version of this card. There are patch and autographed versions that are more rare and better looking. I'm not a fan of getting this type of card in my Cup break.

Sadly, there really wasn't anything amazing in my tin of the Cup. I've seen a lot of amazing stuff come out of this Cup already from online breakers. I can only afford one box of this product, so striking out is really a bummer!

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:
9/10

Overall Rating -
I really do love the Cup... so while I didn't get anything great in my personal break of the product, I still think very highly of it. The good cards I've seen others pull show that the product has amazing things to get. This year's rookie crop has also been a pretty outstanding group - which means that pulling the amazing '99 rookies' and other associated cards can be very lucrative and special.

The Cup is not for everyone, but if it's something you can save up for or afford I would try and get it. This is a serious collectors product and is a ton of fun to open up. I say this every year, but it's true... opening up the Cup is an experience that I hope hockey collector gets a chance to do.

For those of you who can't afford a tin, you can 'build your own' by getting just the cards that you really want on the secondary market. Unless it's the huge rookie names, many of the great cards out of The Cup are quite a bit less than a tin would cost. If you're not the gambling type, I think that's the best way to go.

Overall Score:
9.25/10

Check out my tin of The Cup:

67 comments:

  1. Nice review and nice Dylan strome

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  2. GReqt looking cards but over 1000 wheee I love is to much
    YouTube: Seagull Halo

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  3. Very hit or miss but I love the Orr card!!!

    Yt:Bostonbruinsfan4

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  4. Sucks that you didn't get great pulls for the price. But if I could afford it I would definitely try ripping one open.

    YouTube:Jian Wang

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  5. For that price 2 base cards out of 6 is ridiculous.

    YT Jeeparooooo

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  6. the puljujarvi alone might worth the box price i belive...too much of a hit or miss for me... but would love to open some. yt crazy willy

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  7. I can't see why I'd ever buy the cup... Way to expensive and risky for me.

    YT: thehabsguy

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  8. Nice card
    Nice strome card

    Yt:Hockeycard44

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  9. The cup is way to expensive, it’s a hit or miss and even I think the cards are not worth the tin
    YT: Hawksfan 50

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  10. The Cup is always such an amazing product. Beautiful card designs, nice thickness, everything serial numbered. It truly is the crown jewel of the hockey card world. Makes sense that it's so expensive.
    - danboyle13

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  11. Good Oilers hit and very nice patch with it. Ill ahree with others.. 2 base cards amd a plain jersey card thats only low numbered can be a hit or miss as with every single UD product.

    I love The Cup, just wish i can afford it.

    YT: freshestemo

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  12. Good Oilers hit and very nice patch with it. Ill ahree with others.. 2 base cards amd a plain jersey card thats only low numbered can be a hit or miss as with every single UD product.

    I love The Cup, just wish i can afford it.

    YT: freshestemo

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  13. Nice card.But it is to expensive for me.
    Yt:Hockey Mtg

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  14. That Dylan Strome is actually a pretty big hit. The third overall pick with McDavid and Eichel and also that Puljujarvi is pretty slick too. A Third overall guy and a Fourth overall guy isn't too shabby for such sick patches.

    YouTuber Username: JGreenberg11

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  15. Not the best box but those patch autos are sweet!

    YouTube: Brennan Osinski

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  16. nice cards, but for the price it's tough to afford. Another great video.

    YT Sebraider93

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  17. I love the look of the cards but the price is too high for me. The Strome is a really nice card. I would love an Auston Matthews rookie auto from this box but the price is too much.
    YT:jonathanwarden

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  18. Defiantly an amazing product, those RPAs are sweet! Awesome break and review.

    YT: Josh Bittner

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  19. Nice product like to see less base cards

    Yt btclan1.0

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  20. Nice box. I haven't seen much Strome pulled. That's a nice hit

    Yt Emkaybe

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  21. Nice box! The pulijarvi is actually a pretty solid card, lots of people collect him and the card will probably be sought after! Great break as always, wish I could get my hands on one of these��

    YT: Luke Christensen

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  22. Nice break!
    Maybe little to pricy...
    YT: RH LP Klassik

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  23. Base is way better looking than the last few years. Cool break

    Yt: Justin Lee

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  24. The base is really nice and the RPA is beautiful but the price is a bit high.

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  25. WoW nice cards if there’s a contest I’m in !����

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  26. nice i live near ekblad
    yt; nick brady
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  27. To me when I think about "The Cup" product I really do agree on it being for the high end collectors and also that it is hit or miss. I would love to pick up a box of this someday just to be able to experience opening one, however it would be with just my luck that I would end up with a box with no good hits in it. I still like the elegant look of the cards and that most/all are numbered even the base cards. I'm glad you're back with a new video! I've missed watching your breaks! -MasonJar7

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  28. The Cup is fire this year. They never disappoint with it.

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  29. wow the cup this year is one of the best products available the only downpoint for me is the price
    youtube username Dominique Laramee

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  30. I like the cup this year
    YT: AKhunterboy

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  31. Nice review! I think that tin you opened was a bit disappointing. It seems to be hit or miss with this product. I will not be buying any, but it is cool to see the cards that get pulled out of the cup.My favourite card from your box is that Strome RPA, I have a small pc of him.
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  32. I love your channel. I thought the review was thorough and well done. I think the Strome was your best card and having three colours on the patch is better than one or 2 colours. I don't like how you received a plain jersey card in such an expensive product. Especaily since it was only one colour! In my opinion you should try to get the strome card graded. Although I have no idea what kind of shape the card is in. Thank you for doing the break. Keep up the great work
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  33. Great video like always, Thanks for helping me decide what I should buy :)

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  34. Ahoy there, thank you for your review of the "The Cup". This is one of those, "one day if I'm rich" kind of things to buy. They are nice to see, not so much nice on the wallet.

    Youtube user name: sapphirecore

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  35. Ahoy there, thank you for your review of the "The Cup". This is one of those, "one day if I'm rich" kind of things to buy. They are nice to see, not so much nice on the wallet.

    Youtube user name: sapphirecore

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  36. it was good and i like the ekblad card

    YT: David's NHL Goal Horns And Soccer Songs

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  37. I'm tempted to buy a tin this year but after seeing what you got, I'm less tempted. They should put a mix of rookies with veterans in every box. That way no one gets "disappointed."

    Yt: ryannturnaa

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  38. Great review as always!
    YT Lori Thomas

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  39. Hello I want to participate surely 🤗🤗🤗

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  41. Solid review as usual.

    YT : Mark Siuda

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  42. Nice break & review, as always the Cup did not disappoint. Love the patches & the clean on card autos.
    YT: kedzie3320

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  43. That is a nice strome patch auto

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  44. The Pulju looks great, I think he'll break out soon!

    YT: CY Lam

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  45. Honestly love the look of these cards! Although it may be at a high price, I would love to be able to do this series break at least once. Solid pulls too!

    YT: Mike Gallagher

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  46. Man I love watching the cup be open I truly hope one day I can get a box of it since the cards always look amazing in my opinion.

    Also my yt is ironjeep58

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  47. Upper deck has failed with other "high end" products, but the cup never fails to deluver quality huts for the price. Nice break.

    YT: Matt Gauthier

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  48. Thanks for the break review

    YT - Flames Fan14

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  49. Like the cards, good review. My name on ut is JoBlo

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  50. It’s expensive but the card are nice !!!

    YT: cardcapitals 29

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  51. Really like the Puljujarvi signature materials, i agree it's a sweet looking design! Good overall review.
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  52. Solid break as usual Luke! Great write-up and you hit a lot of points on the head with your review - couldn't have agreed more. Very nice 3CLR/6BRK Puljujarvi pull from the break.

    YT/SCF: McBones

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  53. The cards are insane but the box is way expensive for me

    YT : Julien Bouchard

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  54. Beautiful cards. But really pricey. Great review. At least you point the pluses and the minuses.

    YouTube jedijackluther

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  55. Hey man nice review helped me figure out more about the product and you got some sweet hits.

    YouTube: Fog Hockey

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  56. Nice break but personally if I'm spending 600$ on a box I don't want to be getting any base especially /249. YT:YeBoy101 C

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  57. This year's cup is the same as always: High quality product for a really high price. I personally didn't like the design as much as previous years this time around, but content wise I think it's fine.
    YT: ZeroWolfGiven

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  58. Holy Grail! What a product. It just doesn't get any better.
    YT=Skroeker24

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  59. Solid review, once again. Too bad you had no luck this time, The Cup is a hit or miss product.

    IG:jadenmah_

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  60. Very cool product, also pretty hit or miss.

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