Upper Deck Ice has changed forms and designs as it has gone through its history, but one thing has always remained the same: The Ice Premier rookie cards. Most of these cards don't hold much in terms of value, but if you are lucky enough to find the top tier guys numbered to 99, you'll have a card that is worth quite a bit of money. I wouldn't put Ice Premiers in the top three 'must-have' rookie cards, but it's a close fourth!
Ice has always had a great look to them. The theme of the set is perfect for hockey, and the color scheme this year is excellent. It's a simple design with the player set on a foiled blue background. The cards have a lot of pop to them and they feel premium. There is also a foil border that separates the background foil from the icy border. The main set is eye catching and would be a fun one to collect.
Ice Premier rookie cards are again basically all acetate. They are see-through and come in a design that is in-line with those from the past. The cards are visually appealing and all come serial numbered. I was surprised to find an autographed version of Ice Premiers in my box. One thing different about these than the standard Ice Premier is the foil used for the serial number. Standard Ice Premier rookie cards have an older style font that looks a little less elegant. It's cool that Upper Deck kept it though as they are definitely a signature of the brand.
Boxes state that memorabilia cards or Exquisite cards can be found in the product. Jersey cards are nothing new in Ice and I was able to pull a Victor Olofsson Ice Premiers jersey card. It's a relatively small piece of jersey set at a unique angle. The card itself looks good enough in person, but the thicker acetate makes the card have a natural bend to it.
There are a few parallels to the base set that exchange the blue backing foil of the regular cards. The most common are the greens. Unfortunately, the green parallels have a close resemblance to the blue foil so it can be hard to tell them apart. Thankfully, the other colors have a much starker contrast to them making them easier to spot.
To up the ante in Ice, Upper Deck has placed the high-end Exquisite cards in the set. Exquisite cards a gorgeous looking and feature on-card autos. These cards are worth the price of admission. I'd buy Ice just to get my hands on some of these cards! Ice is great, but Exquisite makes it even better!
- Great looking design.
- On-card autographs.
- Difficult to find top tier Ice Premier cards.
- Green parallels look like regular base.
- Not very many cards per box.