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Upper Deck announces time frame on NHL rookie redemptions
Posted Feb 5, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I received a pair of packages from Upper Deck yesterday with autographed cards that came from redemptions, and frankly, I had forgotten I was even getting them. Checked my UD redemption account, and the last time I had redeemed one was in 2009. Anyway, the packages I received contained notes that informed me that the original redemption was not available, but here is a substitute.
One card was an autograph of Raiders safety Michael Huff, while the other was an auto of the Boz, Brian Bosworth. Not too bad.
The second package had the same two cards. No harm done; like I said, I’d forgotten about them anyway.
I tell that tale to lead into Upper Deck’s latest news about redemptions, specifically for hockey cards.
Upper Deck announced on its blog today that any collectors who received rookie redemptions in its 2012-13 Series 1 hockey and 2012-13 Artifacts earlier this year can expect to see them delivered beginning in July. That is the first time card companies can produce cards of this season’s newest players.
In January, Adam Larry, the NHLPA’s director of licensing, said that the players’ union decided to limit the rookie class for Panini and Upper Deck products to the players who debuted between the 2012 All-Star Game and the final game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. In essence, all rookies who will debut during this current season will appear in Panini and Upper Deck’s 2013-14 products.
After that announcement Panini America said it would limit its hockey product to three releases this year — Limited Hockey, Rookie Anthology and Prime Hockey.
Then, Upper Deck announced it was canceling three of its products: Spx, Upper Deck Series 2 and Ultimate Collection.
Now at least, hockey collectors will be getting some sort of redemption cards.
“We will be announcing specific players for the rookie redemption cards in 2012-13 NHL Artifacts and 2012-13 NHL Upper Deck Series One in coming months,” Upper Deck marketing guy Chris Carlin wrote in the company blog.
That’s good news for collectors. The best news: none of those redemptions will be the Boz.