Upper Deck is pulling out their big guns as they look to finish off the 2018-19 collecting season. Ultimate Collection is a one-pack-per-box high-end offering that has been around for years and years. Boxes of Ultimate Collection are around $120-$140 USD depending on where you find them. This is certainly a hit-or-miss product that high-end collectors will enjoy gambling on!
Upper Deck's Ultimate Collection is definitely a premium product. Collectors who buy the stuff will find on-card autographs and very nice looking cards with thick (but not thicker than the Cup) card stock. The set is filled with cards adorned tastefully with foil and serial numbering. My box break yielded a base card, two autographs, and a jersey card. For the price, it's a so-so deal as you do get three hits per box break.
Script parallel cards feature a facsimile autograph on the front. The silver versions look like actual silver sharpie was used. I really had to do a double take when I saw the first one as I thought it was an actual autographed card. Upper Deck did a really nice job on these to make them pop. I was lucky enough to pull a black variation with serial numbering to just 5. Cards like this with this sort of rarity makes MVP fun for more seasoned collectors.
Ultimate Collection has a huge amount of rookie content. Of course, this will make or break a set depending on the rookie selection of the year. The 18-19 rookies were ok, but I'm not sure if I'd call any of them a generational talent. Upper Deck has also absolutely filled the set with guys that just aren't that exciting to get. I personally don't think the rookie content in Ultimate Collection is good enough to warrant a huge buy into the product. Furthermore, in the breaks I've seen, many of the jersey pieces are pretty small with patch pieces being even smaller. That is not cool. If anything, Upper Deck should be stepping up their memorabilia game with a brand like this.
The best part of my break was this on-card autograph of Hall of Famer Chris Chelios. Thankfully, besides all the rookie content you can still put out some good veteran and retired players. This year I think I prefer to get a good older player like this rather than one of the rookie cards out of the set.
- Cards are clean, crisp, and premium looking.
- On-card autographs throughout the product.
- Chances for big hits like NHL Shield cards.
- Jersey and patch sizes seem smaller this year.
- Maybe too much rookie content with many players who will most likely fall off.
- Extremely hit-or-miss product.