Saturday, January 18, 2020

2019-2020 Upper Deck Trilogy Review

Upper Trilogy is what I would term as a mid-high-end brand. It certainly isn't cheap, but the quality and types of hits in it aren't the most desirable. It ends up being stuck in an awkward space within the card collecting hobby. In years past, Trilogy had a clear theme of threes... now it's just its name.

Product Thoughts
Trilogy is released as a product in a vein similar to that of Artifacts. In fact, the box is about the same size. There are a few hits per box (typically 3), but with no guarantee of an autograph. When breaking a box, collectors will predominantly find base cards and Rookie Rendition cards. The base cards have a very typical design for Trilogy - but these cards have never been a collector favorite. 

Trilogy has their 'Rookie Premiers' line of rookie cards within the product. These come in three levels of collectability. The cards feature a full foil surface with serial numbering. As the levels go up, the rarity goes higher as does the closeness to the player in terms of their photograph. The most desirable versions of these cards would be the autographed ones. But just as with Trilogy as a whole, Rookie Premier cards aren't a huge hobby favorite. They are passed up by more popular rookie sets such as Young Guns and Future Watches.

Rookie Renditions are prominently featured within packs of Trilogy. I personally feel that there are too many of these cards within the set. The cards look 'ok', but the bottom portion of the card is taken up too much by the brand and set name. I find these cards redundant as there are already Rookie Premier cards for the rookies. These Rookie Rendition cards don't seem to have much of a purpose other than to flood this set with rookies.

If you're' looking for plain jersey cards, you'll enjoy these Rookie Rendition jerseys. Of course, these are just the lowest form of these cards. Better versions will feature autographs, patches, and low serial numbering. Unfortunately, most collectors will be stuck with these plain jersey cards in their boxes.

As if plain rookie jerseys weren't enough, the base cards have jersey variations to them as well. Though this is a plain jersey card, the design does look quite nice with the red color in it. Similarly to the Rookie Renditions memorabilia cards, these also come with many different levels of parallels that feature better and rarer materials.

Some collectors have really enjoyed the Signature Puck cards found in Trilogy in the past. I can see why as the puck is such an integral part of the game. These cards remind me of the baseball material cards that Upper Deck used to make. It's a decent concept and the cards are fun, but there is just something about the standard version of these that needs a little more pop. Or it could just be that the one I got was Oliver Bjorkstrand.

  • Less expensive to purchase than in years past.
  • Lots of rookie content.
  • Chance to get tags and patches.
  • A product that collectors are lukewarm about.
  • Still expensive for what you get.
  • Boxes contain mostly jersey cards from what I've seen.

Overall Rating:



  1. This product lacks the WOW effect, in all the breaks I've watched not much is coming out of them.

  2. Love the cards this year douglas hutton

  3. I've liked Trilogy in the past. I've watched some breaks so far and they seem to be alright. The patch cards leave a lot to be desired but the auto hits have been nice. Wish each box has a guaranteed auto though. It would make it a bit more worthwhile.

  4. I’m in. Trilogy is just OK this year not super impressed with it. You did a nice job with the break.

  5. I normally like Trilogy, but really not enjoying it this year. To many rookie renditions, no guarantees of an auto. IMO, upper deck is really dropping the ball this year, time to let companies like panini and Leaf drop official cards and get some healthy competition again. YT - Rainydaze

  6. I really love the effort put into this review. Great detail as always!

    The box you had was above average from what I've seen, which isn't a good sign since most of your hits were pretty mediocre. Those rookie renditions would be really solid if they weren't so foily (if that is even a word). You can't even see the "rookie renditions" text on the card itself which is very off putting from a collectors stand point.

    The card I think that stands out is that Murray jersey. Nice colour scheme with the red there, along with the logos at the bottom.

    If I'm upper deck at this point, they should really ask themselves if what they are realising is acceptable. Just look at every other sports card company, tons of value and very good at retail in which Upper Deck drops the balls every year. The products seem to get worse every year also which is making me save more of my money. I really want Leaf or Panini to get their NHL trading card license so collectors can be happy, cause I certainly am not!

    Thank you for the giveaway and video, as well as the review. You're by far my favorite card collector reviewer on youtube. Keep it up...

  7. Not overly excited about this product but still something I will pick up...I’m in

    YouTube: Vincent Cyr

  8. Trilogy with its base and rendition cards have a simplistic look that works. It would be nice if the "hits" in the box packed a little more WOW compared to the other cards.
    YT: Andrew L

  9. Not too exciting, but I'll probably pick up a box in the near future. I'm in.

    YT: Mike Schmidt

  10. I'm in. Very disappointed with upper deck ruining a classic. Products like trilogy and artifacts are here to stay and upper deck needs to keep them popular and loaded. Unfortunately they keep on cheaping out, decreasing packs, cards and hits, while increasing prices on products like this. Such a shame. YT: Dylan James Chang

  11. I'm in. Love trilogy!! Very cool!

  12. Product this year is garbage. Card edges are the worst I have seen. Flaking of the foil. Numerous card are scratched or have markings from the printbrun