Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2015-2016 Upper Deck Ice Review

Upper Deck Ice has had an interesting journey through its brand's lifespan. It started off as a a nice mid-range product, but the Ice Premier rookie cards numbered to 99 really took the brand to another level of collectibility. After a brief hiatus when Panini came into the card making game, Ice returned and has continually gotten better by the year. This year's Ice could be the best yet!

Base Card Design -
Opening up my first pack of Ice was quite the surprise. I totally forgot about my experience with Ice last year when they made all the base cards acetate. For whatever reason I still feel that the Ice base cards should be on standard cardboard. But that's just my bad memory coming into play. These base cards look absolutely fantastic. The blue tones used on these cards are perfect for the brand name, and I love the modern graphics used to enhance the photo. Like with many Upper Deck products, there are both current and retired players in the set. It's kind of cool seeing Terry Sawchuk in a black and white photo on this modern acetate card.

The only bad thing about acetate is the what it does to the back side of the card. There is a lot of dead space that is created because of the acetate and the way the card is designed. Backs are limited to just one small stat line with all the vital information shoved onto one side of the card. I suppose it was the best the designers could do with it though.

To me the Ice Premier rookie cards have always looked great. This year isn't any different, but because the standard base cards look so good, I think it takes away a little bit from the uniqueness of the Ice Premier rookie card. They feel a little underwhelming to me in comparison to years past. Perhaps Upper Deck will have to find a way to make these even better in the next Ice iteration. Maybe they could be on thicker acetate? Here's an idea... have the better tiered rookie cards be on progressively thicker stock. Put that idea in the bank!

Base Card Design Score:

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Boxes of Ice promise one hard-signed autographed card and a memorabilia card. Other packs may contain Ice-Premier rookie cards, Exquisite Collection cards, or other inserts. With only eight packs per box, each pack should have something in it besides base.

I love the fact that Ice has some insert cards in it. Insert cards seem to be diminishing in products, so every time I see them I get a little happy that they are still around. Global Impact cards feature the player in front of their country's flag. If you've been reading my reviews for long, you know that I love cards with flags on them. And it's no different here. I am a big fan of this card and this set. I'd love to get some more of these.

World Junior Championship cards are a way to add more cards of young talent into the set. These cards also have a country themed look to them as well as serial numbering. The design of the insert here is a bit busier than I prefer, but the card still looks great and holds up well to the other cards featured in this set.

My jersey pull from the box was a Rookie Relic Jumbos card numbered to 299. Though this card doesn't have any 'see through' parts, it is still made with glossy acetate. Though the swatch on the card is relatively large, I'd hesitate to call it a jumbo swatch as many manufactures use jersey pieces bigger on a regular basis.

I was fortunate enough to pull a nice player autograph of Dylan Larkin... but unfortunately it was on a redemption. The Glacial Graphs are typically all acetate cards with an on-card autograph. This was definitely my best card from the box and it was a very good card to get. I'm quite happy with this card.

The Exquisite card in the box was this base card of Bobby Orr. Exquisite cards are the cream of the Upper Deck crop. Upper Deck has sprinkled Exquisite into products before, and it's nice to see them here in Ice. These cards should be very popular as Exquisite is on-par with cards from The Cup.

This hobby box yielded a nice rookie autograph, a standard jersey card, and a nice Exquisite base. I think I did pretty well, but those who are able to find patch cards or Ice Premier rookies numbered to 99 would be doing even better!

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:

Overall Rating -
Ice really packs a punch this year. It is a bit pricier than most mid-range products, but Upper Deck has put some very good quality into this product. Ice has definitely been my favorite product of the year so far. The cards look great and it truly is an exciting product to open... and that says a lot, actually.

Many of the products I have opened this year have left me feeling 'meh' afterwards. And no, it's not just a lack of getting anything really great. The products overall have just been middling, and it feels as if Upper Deck is just sitting back and not trying very hard to improve its products. But Ice has given me some hope. I really do like it this year and would love to be able to get my hands on some more of it. I definitely recommend this product even with its steeper-than-other-products price.

Overall Score:

Check out my box of Ice here:


  1. love the original look of the cards. youtube name: francois leroux
    GO SHARKS!!!

  2. Nice looking cards little expensive .lets go blues

  3. I really like the base cards and the amount of inserts but I think the overall price is a bit too high.

    YouTube: Jerry Zhang

  4. Great review! Looks like a good product!!
    YouTube name Lori Barry

  5. Very nice for Ice. I like this product. Too bad you didn't get the auto as a card only a redemption.. Nice break though!

    YT: freshestemo

  6. wow love these base!!!!

    yt: the bigman

  7. Great looking base but however its quite pricey for the amount tho. The quality is definitely there. Sucks u got a remdemption tho. Hope its worth the wait.

    YT is Anime_Nerd12

  8. Great review as always Blacksheep. The base cards do look sick, but that's what your paying for. Upper deck is charging us alot for the nice base cards even through there just base cards. You do get a lot of numbered cards. I acctualy don't mind the redemption, because you will have something to look forward to.

    YouTube: Paul Courcelles

  9. Really nice and enjoyable product to bust, however the price point is quite high!

    1. Great product, but highly expensive for the value!
      YouTube: Graboguru

  10. Very expensive but I guess its because of the all acetate cards and the popularity... some really nice cards and that larkin will probably get your money back for the whole box one u get that in :)

    youtube EmKayBe

  11. Sweet all around cards, keep up the good work!!!!!!!

    YT: Steven Layton

  12. Very nice cards

    YouTube: bchockeycards

  13. Very nice base cards and inserts. That was a really good product

  14. Kind of not worth it for the price.

    Youtube: HockeyEditz

  15. Very nice product! Acetate looks really good and it is one of the most beautiful product of the year for sure!
    YT: Alexandre Joyal

  16. Nice base cards. A lot of inserts which makes it interesting. I think I will stick to Platinum though since you get more for what you pay. Nice break!

    Youtube : frankthachamp

  17. Great review as always! Base cards look awesome same with the inserts!

    YouTube: littlekidjuggling

  18. Love the review and vid!
    YT: Josh Hockey Awesomeness

  19. Awesome review and break, might have to pick up this product

    YouTube: JFA GAMING HD

  20. Love it this year, base are nice and sick inserts!

    YT: matt gauthier

  21. Great vid and nice break, but in my opinion, despite the fact that the base cards look nice, 150 $ it's a bit too much for a brand like this, for the same price I would prefer trilogy

    Youtube: Andrea Papeo

  22. That Bobby Orr card is sweet! I love a product that also has cards of older players. Good box!

    YouTube: Brennan Osinski

  23. I love that Larkin and Bobby Orr great vid and very good box!

  24. + It's great to have a product like Ice, which stands out and is unique.
    + There are several sought-after cards to be found.

    - Even though there are some good cards in the product, the price is a bit too high since you only get one auto and one jersey guaranteed/box
    - Some rookie cards do have top high numbering. It is not reasonable to have some rookies numbered to 99 while others do have a more than 20 times longer print run.

    Youtube: Majlfp

  25. sick box. ice rly looks nice this year. Will you be breaking any panini anthology??
    yt 22canucksfan33

  26. Gotta say im still not a big fan of the new ice clear card designs and prefer the ice we had s couple years back, either way great review
    YT: Dylan James Chang

  27. I think all the of the cards are nice looking.

    YOUTUBE: Hockey Highlights

  28. Another great review, Luke!
    It was very nice to see the base cards getting the acetate treatment as well.
    Have to say the hobby box price is a little pricey; however, if you are 'guaranteed' a hard-signed autograph, and memorabilia card per box, the cost has to be alleviated somehow.
    Congrats on the Larkin and Prince hits.

    YT/SCF: McBones

  29. Love the way this product looks! keep posting new stuff

    TY: BattleFreak924

  30. Hi I tough it was another nice card review. The cards are looking very nice and the hits seem very good.Thanks for the giveaway.

    Youtube:Ozzy Mike

  31. This is one product I'm going to buy a box of. Love the acetate feel and hard signed autos...

    Yt: ryannturnaa

  32. Great review as always. Products is stunning!
    youtube: RedWraith

  33. Great review as always, keep up the good work! I'm interested to see what happens to the price!

    YouTube: NhlTrading1431

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