Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2013-2014 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Review

About a hundred dollars for four cards... works out to be $25 a card... or if don't count the base cards, $50 a hit. Is this product worth it? Well, it does call itself the Ultimate Collection. This pricey brand of cards has just recently released. With its small footprint and high price, you've got to expect every card to pack a wallop. Today we'll examine if it does.

Base Card Design -
The Ultimate Collection base cards are more ornate than they have been in the past. It seems as though the graphics this time around are busier. The design of the card certainly centers your attention to the player, but I also feel that it confines the player a bit too much as well. Overall I find the card to be a bit distracting. Even the nice Ultimate Collection logo gets a bit lost on the card. Each base card is serial numbered to 499.

The back of the base cards are much more subtle than their fronts... maybe even too subtle. All the necessary information is there along with a short write-up, but there is nothing on the back that is particularly exciting or interesting.

Non-autographed rookie cards have a similar design to the base cards, but the blue and silver color scheme works a whole lot better. These cards are bright and vibrant - somehow with this color combination the cards open up a bit more and become much more pleasing to the eye. These Ultimate Rookies have their own logo in foil and also feature serial numbering.

Autographed versions of the Ultimate Rookies can also be found in the product. Again, there is a similar design here but with a different main color scheme - in this case - gold. The autograph is on-card, which is a great thing for such a high-end product. I think the blue design looks the best, but this one certainly comes in second.

Base Card Design Score:

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Each box/pack of Ultimate Collection will yield two hits. Often times collectors will find one autographed card and one memorabilia card. I've seen packs with two autographs, but those seem to be a bit more uncommon.

My autograph hit was a rookie card (which is pretty typical), but my memorabilia card was this pretty sweet patch of Alex Galchenyuk. This card is a Debut Threads Ultimate Patch, and I've got to say that it is a very nice chunk of material. The card looks great because of the quality of the patch. If it were a one color, center of the number job, it definitely wouldn't be as nice though. The card is numbered to 100, which I think is quite high. The back states that the patch is event-worn... so that's a bit of a bummer.

Ultimate Collection has a ton of different hits to find within it. Since I opened just one pack, there wasn't much to see. But rest assured that Ultimate Collection has plenty of variety. There are multi-memorabilia cards, throwback autographs, as well as NHL Shields to pull.

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:

Overall Rating -
So do I recommend Ultimate Collection this year? I actually find it hard to recommend unless you're a collector with very deep pockets. I've seen so many packs opened with a mediocre rookie autograph and a jersey card of some type. And that person just paid a hundred dollars for it! The typical break of Ultimate Collection will not get you anywhere near your money's worth - even if you pull a decent auto or patch card.

I really like the Galchenyuk patch I got, but I could have gotten my entire pack for much less than $100 on the secondary market.

If you're going to break Ultimate Collection, I'd say break a case of it. Then at least you're guaranteed to get a few stellar cards for your money. Box by box of Ultimate is a very risky proposition.

Overall Rating:

Check out my box of Ultimate Collection from D&P Sports Cards:


  1. great review and decent box got lucky with the patch

    YT: newyorkislanders777

  2. Wow 4 cards for 100$... way too much for me. Nice Galchenyuk though.

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  3. Great review and nice galchenyuk patch
    YouTube: Brandon Simpson

  4. I agree with your review. There's just too many bad packs out there to takeaway chance on this, especially with what panini did this year
    Yt : christiantlegault

  5. Nice galchenyuk

  6. Better to save for Prime

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  7. Price is way too expensive for what you received. Not very impressed by this product. Great review as always though! YouTube username is AustinGrabas

  8. To pricey for what you get, i mean there are decent hits but it dosent add up.
    great review though
    YT SBHockeycards

  9. nice hits! i've never seen this product opened! great break as always!
    username: K. A. Ellis

  10. These cards just look stellar!

    1. My YT is crazyroyal12man not crazyoyal12 lol

  11. + The foil design do always make the cards look classy.

    - The cards in the boxes are almost never worth the money you bought them for!

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  12. Nice break and nice review!
    Awesome Alex Galchenyuk patch!
    Youtube: Andrew Jamo

  13. Nice Break! I think it is a bit overpriced for 4 cards
    YouTube : David Krawczyk

  14. The box was decent but the Galchenyuk patch was pretty nice!

    Youtube: Brennan Osinski

  15. The galchenyuk was nice but I think I would rather buy a 100$ card
    but any good review as always
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  16. I would't buy this product this year... But nice Galchenyuk!

    YouTube: TheHockeyCardCollector Luke

  17. NIce galchenyuk but the problem I have with ultimate is I find it very difficult to recuperate the price of the box. Nice overall design though.

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  18. nice galchenyuk but I still think lil expensive could of added another hit and another base card for that price but base cards look nice my youtube is ironjeep58

  19. not really a big fan of these lottery boxes. 4 cards for $100 is just too big of a gamble for me. Great review and love your videos.
    youtube name: CanesOnTheBrains

  20. I think this product delivers, in a sense that every frickin box of cards is $100+ and Ultimate Collection has some very very nice hits. I'd much rather buy this than a 4 pack/hit box of Certified or Crown Royale. There's a quality there than most Panini products just doesn't have.

    YT: ryannturnaa

  21. Ultimate collection hockey is probobly my least favourite product. To get an average of two hits for such a high price range, and the boxes that I have seen broken were not that asthonishing.
    - Graboguru

  22. great break!

    YT: thejerseycards

  23. Nice hit with the galchenyuk. You keep getting lucky!

    YouTube: Joey Johnson

  24. Just came back from a vacation and was it nice to watch all the new boxes with the amazing hits and great review.
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