Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2015-2016 Upper Deck Series Two Review

Upper Deck Series Two marks the hobby's halfway point. Many of the lower and mid-end products have been released and this set updates and finishes them off. Collector will find fresh cards of players on their new teams as well as Young Guns that didn't appear in Series One. There's a lot to see and be excited about with Series Two!

Base Card Design -
I really enjoyed the base card design from Upper Deck Series One, and since these cards are basically the exact same thing, they should receive the same exact score. Should... I am actually going to knock just half a point off of these base cards for just one reason: I'm not as impressed with the photography as I was with Series One. Don't get me wrong, Series Two has beautiful photos that still outmatch just about every other set out there, but I wasn't stunned like I was with some of the photos from the first series earlier this season. I remember really being wowed by some of those images. There are eye-catching cards here, but it seems to be just a bit less than what they had come out with previously.

Base Card Design Score:

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Each 24-pack hobby box of Upper Deck Series Two comes with one jersey card and six Young Guns on average. There are also a ton of updates from O-Pee-Chee as well as some other insert cards. If you'd like to see my review of the similar insert cards in Series One that are also found here such as UD Exclusives and UD Portraits, go to that review here. This review will only focus on cards that have not been previously seen.

O-Pee-Chee update cards can be found in abundance within this set. It seems like every pack without an Upper Deck insert has an OPC card of some kind. Collectors will find the entire gamut of OPC update cards and parallels here. There's the standard base like the card shown above as well as retros, rookies, and foil parallels. These cards are always a fun addition to UD2 and I look forward to seeing them in the packs even though they really aren't ever worth much in terms of return.

Rookie Materials cards have been a Series Two staple for a long time. This year's version of the card looks good as it features nice modern curves as well as shiny print. The embedded jersey piece is a nice size for a product like Series Two. Sadly, these jersey pieces do not come from an actual NHL game. The back states that the cloth is from an event - most likely the rookie photoshoot.

Series Two offers some rare cards to find when opening boxes, but most folks will probably end up like me and get the standard amount of hits and Young Guns. The biggest draw currently will be the Jack Eichel Young Gun rookie card. That is the current Series Two rookie anchor this year.

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:

Overall Rating -
It looks like Upper Deck has stayed tried and true with their Series Two formula. They saved a highly anticipated rookie for a release in this set and added many rookie specific cards to find. Much of this releases success will depend on how the rookie crop does. Many collectors have complained that the Young Guns in this set are not up to par. If that's the case, it just makes getting the big star rookies that much more desirable.

For set completists, this release is a must buy. I would say Series One was a bigger and better release, but Series Two is compelling in its own right. As a hockey collector, it is difficult to stay away from the main Upper Deck line. It's still a good looking, solid product for purchase.

Overall Score:

Check out my break of Series Two here:


  1. I think ud series 2 could have more jerseys like 2 or 3
    But overall very good product, my YouTube name is jojobrownie57

  2. This is a great review but I do think that upper deck should have it where all boxes come with 1 relic and 1 auto graph and jersey cards should be game used not event used (YouTube name AKhunterboy

  3. Honest I don't think this years upper deck is outstanding, but great photography, and great review, as always! YouTube name: ShanXi Gaming and Reviews

  4. great review!!!!!!! cool that the jersey are rookie. YT: the bigman

  5. I'm not sure about this product, if you don't get eichel, you're screwed
    Yt: Stuart Turner

  6. Really like the look of the jersey cards! Good review (YouTube name Lori Barry)

  7. Great product ! Probably going to buy a box !

    YT:Simon L-Roy

  8. that was a dud box i think YTHockey trader 1230

  9. As usual, thanks for sharing your break, Luke.
    Decent box break YG assortment-wise, along with the variety of inserts from UDS2.

  10. As usual, thanks for sharing your break, Luke.
    Decent box break YG assortment-wise, along with the variety of inserts from UDS2.

    YT: McBones

  11. Great to see that there was not a single base pack. Young guns are pretty brutal though unless you hit an Eichel or an Hanifin. Jersey pieces are bigger but I think I prefered when there were two jerseys per box. Going to break some UD Series 2 for sure!

    Youtube : frankthachamp

  12. + There's very few base packs
    + The Rookie Materials design is good for a product like UD s.2

    - As always, series 2 is leds attractive than series 1, since the names on the Young Guns aren't that good.
    - UD portraits isn't a set that should be continued over both products. It would've been nicer to see a new insert set instead.

    Youtube: Majlfp

  13. I really liked the review, the only thing going against series 2 is there are only two good YG as opposed to series 1 where there were 5 or 6. The new rookie jerseys look pretty
    nice and im surprised that series 2 is $25
    cheaper than series 1.

    Don't have a you tube but you can email me at maherrpm@gmail.com

  14. beautiful cards and a couple solid rookies great review again
    YT 22canucksfan33

  15. I Like the rookie materials it looks way better now

    YouTube: Josh Hockey Awesomeness

  16. Great box. Generally the same but i like the new rookie materials alot better than the older versions.

    YT: matt gauthier

  17. Not the best young guns in that box.. But I love that Jagr canvas card!

    YouTube: Brennan Osinski

  18. i think that they could have added more jersey but i like how there is no base packs

  19. i think they could've added more jersey but i like how there is no base packs
    YOUTUBE; TheCollecterMan

  20. I really loved the base card look in this product 10/10 in my view I think there should be one more hit in each boxe

  21. I really loved the base card look in this product 10/10 in my view I think there should be one more hit in each boxe

  22. Nothing to say about upper deck series 2. It's the same cards as series one but the rookie materials design are like premium jersey cards. Very nice! Youtube: kinggaby29

  23. Nice box ! Keep up the good work!

    YT: Thejerseycards

  24. Wish UD2 had a little more interest like UD1. Great review though!
    YT - Skroeker24

  25. Hopefully I get an eichel in my packs

    YT:brendan roskewich

  26. I bought a hobby box of Series 2 myself. I enjoyed opening it up but feel that Upper Deck can afford to sell this set a bit cheaper... I paid $100 CDN, I feel they should go for $80-90 CDN to be honest. Enjoyed pulling a rookie materials jersey card, that was really nice. Young Guns were awesome as usual, and I really enjoyed the retro OPC cards. Some inserts were kind of lame though... again why I think that the set should be priced a bit cheaper. I am still content though with my purchase and a well done review to you good sir.

    Peace out, Prokotaco!

  27. Enjoyed this video a lot! I know that series two is quite a bit cheaper than series one due to the lacking of the connor mcdavid YG but the hits seem to be just as good. The big YGs are mostly in series one but series two seems like it has a lot to offer with a hit or OPC insert per pack. I will look forward to purchasing this product

    YT: Dawson Primrose

  28. Nice Fiala rookie jersey. I do think series 1 is still better anyways.

    YouTube: Paul Courcelles

  29. Nice break!

    YT silent potato

  30. Great review! I also agree about the photography,and some of the guys just look stupid in those cards.anyway,just got the series two box break and i agree to your rating completely and everything that went wrong or right in series two

  31. Well, it looks like it should be so much older. Like 50 years or something close to that.

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