2020-21 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey Preview

One of the final hockey card products of the current season will arrive late this summer in the form of 2020-21 Upper Deck SP Authentic. 

With a current release date of September 1, each box will carry 18 packs with five cards per pack.  A typical box will have one autographed Future Watch rookie card numbered to 999 or less and one or two additional autographed card along with:

*Six regular Base Set Celebrated Moments, True Leaders and/or SP Top Performers
*Three base set Limited Red Parallels
*At least one Spectrum FX Bounty card 

The base set will carry 232 cards, consisting of 100 regular cards and cards from three subsets: Celebrated Moments, Future Icons and Future Watch Rookies, with the latter coming in both signed and unsigned form.  The first 50 of the autographed versions will carry a hand-written inscription.

Base parallels will include autographed versions as well as Base Set Limited Red, Base Set Limited Autos (featuring hard-signed autographs), and the much tougher Celebrated Moments autographs and Future Watch Mystery Black parallels (both signed and unsigned).

Future Watch Auto Patch cards will put a pair a patch piece with an auto.

 Upper Deck will turn back the clock ten years with 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph and Auto Patch cards.

Sign of the Times, Immortal Ink and Marks of Distinction are all back for another year. Included amongst the various Sign of the Times sets, including parallel sets and retro variation sets, is the “Decades Collection” featuring hard-signed autographs from over 40 retired stars.

Collectors can complete their Sign of the Times 1980’s and Sign of the Times 1990’s sets (’20-21 marks the third and final year of these intra-product overlay sets), continue their Sign of the Times 2000’s (second year) set, and start a new collection with the first 15 cards of the new Sign of the Times 2010’s set.

Also keep an eye out for several multi-player Sign of the Times autograph cards featuring two, three, four, six or eight standout active or retired players.

The Immortal Ink lineup is expanding in 2020-21 with an Immortal Ink Duals insert set featuring pairings of two past greats. 

The Limited Auto Material set featuring hard-signed autographs and game-used memorabilia from current stars.  There will be four tiers, each serial-numbered.

UD Authentics, one of three new insert sets in this season’s product, features autograph cards of active stars and retired legends. There’s a regular set along with a two-tiered, low-numbered Auto Patch set which pairs a piece of memorabilia with the autograph.

The SP Authentic Bounty Program offers die-hard collectors the chance to earn special cards for completing a 99-card Spectrum FX set.  The first 50 who do it will get card #100 along with a complete 100-card Gold Parallel set.  Upper Deck says more information on the bounty program will be available at UpperDeckBounty.com once 2020-21 SP Game Used is released.    

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN
Bounty Cards
Card        #’ing/Ratio
Spectrum FX: Veterans 1:18
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 1) 1:36
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 2) 1:90
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 3) 1:360

Bounty Achievement Cards
Card #’ing/Ratio
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 4) N/A
Spectrum FX: Veterans – Gold Parallel #’d to 50
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 1) – Gold Parallel #’d to 50
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 2) – Gold Parallel #’d to 50
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 3) – Gold Parallel #’d to 50
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 4) – Gold Parallel #’d to 50
Spectrum FX: Veterans – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 1) – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 2) – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 3) – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
Spectrum FX: Future Watch (Level 4) – Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1

Autographed Memorabilia Cards
Card #’ing/Ratio
Future Watch Auto Patch #’d to 100
Future Watch Auto Patch – Mystery Black Parallel #’d 1-of-1
 2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 1) #’d to 99
2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 2) #’d to 49
2010-11 Retro Future Watch Auto Patch (Tier 3) #’d to 25
Limited Auto Material (Tier 1) #’d to 100
Limited Auto Material (Tier 2) #’d to 50
Limited Auto Material (Tier 3) #’d to 25
Limited Auto Material (Tier 4) #’d to 10
UD Authentics Auto Patch (Tier 1) #’d to 49
UD Authentics Auto Patch (Tier 2) #’d to 25

Autograph Cards
Card #’ing/Ratio
Base Set – Limited Auto Parallel 1:144
Base Set Celebrated Moments – Auto Parallel 1:1800
Base Set Autographed Future Watch Rookies** #’d to 999
Base Set Autographed Future Watch Rookies – Mystery Black Parallel 1:1538

2000-01 Retro Future Watch Variant Auto Varied #’ing
2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 1) #’d to 399
2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 2) #’d to 99
2010-11 Retro Future Watch Autograph (Tier 3) #’d to 50

Sign of the Times 1:42
Sign of the Times – Black Parallel Varied #’ing
Sign of the Times 1980’s 1:1728
Sign of the Times 1990’s 1:1728
Sign of the Times 2000’s 1:1728
Sign of the Times 2010’s 1:864
Sign of the Times 2 #’d to 25
Sign of the Times 3 #’d to 15
Sign of the Times 4 #’d to 10
Sign of the Times 6 #’d to 6
Sign of the Times 8 #’d to 5
2000-01 Retro Sign of the Times 1:255

2000-01 SP Authentic Retro Base Variant Auto Varied #’ing

Immortal Ink #’d to 25
Immortal Ink Duals #’d to 10

Marks of Distinction #’d to 25

SP Chirography 1:1728

SP Top Performers – Auto Parallel Varied #’ing

True Leaders – Auto Parallel Varied #’ing

UD Authentics 1:360

Regular Base Set & Insert Cards (w/ Non-Auto/Mem Parallels)
Card #’ing/Ratio
Base Set (1-100) N/A
Base Set Celebrated Moments (101-116) 1:7
Base Set Future Icons (117-147) #’d to 199
Base Set Future Watch Rookies (148-232) #’d to 999
Base Set – Limited Red Parallel 1:6
Base Set Future Watch Rookies – Mystery Black Parallel 1:16915 (and 25373)
2000-01 Retro Future Watch #’d to 500
2000-01 SP Authentic Retro Base Variant 1:4
2000-01 SP Authentic Retro Base Variant – Spectrum Parallel #’d to 100
SP Top Performers 1:30
True Leaders 1:8

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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