Upper Deck Synergy has been in the Upper Deck line-up since 2017, but I'm not sure that it has caught on with collectors. These colorful acetate infused cards are fun to look at and remind me a little of older SPx designs. It'll be interesting to see if Synergy has improved this year, and importantly, if collectors will start warming up to this product.
I was honestly biased before even purchasing the box of Synergy at my local card store. I haven't really liked the set - thinking that it is a largely forgettable one. Cracking open the packs of this years offering did change my mind a little as the cards are quite fun and look quite good. Back this year are the foil-y acetate base cards that are part foil/part acetate. The base cards have a nice, thicker stock, and it looks like Upper Deck has just thrown all the card technology they could at them. The only thing missing is a mini screen to show hockey highlights of the player pictured. The overall design of the base card is ok, but it's really the other cards you find in the product that stand out more for me.
I found that many of the cards found in the packs featured serial numbering. Usually in box breaks of mid-tier products you'll get one or two serial numbered cards in the entire break. Quite a few serial numbered cards were found in my box of Synergy. Serial numbering isn't anything new or crazy, and the numbering of the cards aren't low for the most part, but the serial numbers are a nice touch and I'm glad that Upper Deck chose to put the print runs on many of these cards.
There are a few inserts such as this Roaring 20's card of Kieffer Bellows that does not feature a serial number. These cards are my least favorite of the set as there isn't much that is interesting about them. The design is a bit generic - even with the full sheen of the rainbow foil - the card falls a bit flat in design and look.
Synergy comes with a number of different insert cards where you'll find the stars of the NHL. For player collectors, it's nice to have a few more cards of your player. Many of these inserts are sure to be affordable and easily found to put into a collection.
My personal favorite cards in Synergy are the shiny pinkish purple SynergyFX cards. The pink really makes the card stand out amongst the others. Each of these cards are serial numbered to 349. They're not particularly rare, and could make a nice parallel set to chase down.
The one autograph I found in my box of Synergy was that of Elvis Merzlikins. It's a nice looking card save for the sticker auto. I would have much preferred the autograph to be on-card, but at this price point you should be expecting the autos to be of the sticker variety.
- Many serial numbered cards.
- The designs of the cards are colorful and appealing.
- The price point per box is reasonable.
- Not a hobby favorite.
- Cards are easily smudged.
- This is not the product if you're looking for lots of hits.