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Upper Deck cancels three hockey products

Posted Jan 24, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 08:41 PM

Hockey is back, but card companies are feeling the pinch of the NHL Players Association’s decision to restrict rookie cards this season.

Panini America already announced that it will limit its hockey product to three releases this year —  Limited Hockey, Rookie Anthology and Prime Hockey.
On Thursday, Upper Deck announced its decision. The company is canceling three of its products: Spx, Upper Deck Series 2 and Ultimate Collection. The key reason: the lack of new rookie cards proved to be too much of an obstacle.

However, collectors still will be able to get cards from these sets. Upper Deck announced that cards that would have been part of the SPx and Series 2 will appear in selected packs of 2012-13 SP Authentic, which will hit stores in June. Upper Deck did not want these cards to go to waste, so they will appear in Authentic.

To recap: last week, 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. That will amount to a double class, since rookies who debut in the 2013-14 season also will be included in next season’s products.

What Upper Deck plans to do with the redemption cards from this season’s already released Artifacts and Series 1 hockey remains to be seen.
Just goes to show you that a strike or lockout can have implications that go beyond actual games.

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