The Extended series performs a similar function to the Topps Update in baseball. In addition, it is the third and final installation in the Upper Deck hockey flagship series. But does it finish off the hockey release schedule in style?
Read our full 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series review and checklist to find out.
This year’s product features rookies “who have qualified for rookie card status as of 1/4/22.” So, it includes some names skipped over in the Series 1 and Series 2 releases. But most importantly, it focuses on late call-ups to the NHL.
The series is a relatively new one. It first appeared in 2020-21 and is now in its second year. The release was seen as a way of coping with the weird shortened COVID hit season. Therefore, some hockey collectors were surprised to find it back on the shelves in 2021-22.
It included some of the late call-ups in that weird season. However, Upper Deck also revived some inserts from previous years. The company seems to be hoping these two factors will give the Extended Series some personality and make it stick as a fixture in the hockey calendar. The jury is still out on that one.
The release date for the hobby box was August 17, 2022. We don’t know when all the retail releases will see the light of day but we anticipate to see them in September.
The most important part of this release, and any Upper Deck flagship release, is the presence of the Young Guns cards. This release includes a healthy list of 50 up-and-coming players from the prestigious series. That number adds to the 100 Young Guns cards in the Series 1 and Series 2 releases.
In addition, this release has a wide variety of inserts aside from the Young Guns cards. Most notably, the popular UD Canvas series. These are perhaps the most popular non-Young Guns inserts in any of the Upper Deck flagship products aside from the Young Guns variants.
There is an essential place for this release in the hockey card world. It is an inexpensive release that offers a fighting chance at valuable cards, mainly through the Young Guns series. The hobby box also offers short print varieties of some very strong cards at a highly competitive price point. Therefore, in value terms, it is often a winning product.
The product has that “we have run out of ideas” feel. However, it is late in the year, and most of the most appealing card ideas and inserts have already been done. Also, so many of the inserts refer to other Upper Deck products and to previous years.
The names of some of the inserts speak for themselves. For example, we have the 2005-06 Black Diamond Retros and the 2006-07 Upper Deck Retro inserts making an appearance.
The tiredness element even applies to the Young Guns. It’s an excellent crop this year if you consider all of the rookies in Series 1 and 2. However, with no less than 150 Young Guns, the prestigious series has undoubtedly been watered down significantly. Every year, roughly 150 players are called up to the NHL. So this means every guy is lumped into the series, regardless of quality.
While the list used to be somewhat elite in orientation, it no longer is. Sure, Upper Deck insists it “works hard to divvy up the rookies between the company’s different flagship series, so there is plenty of chase in each release.” But that does not seem to be the case, especially regarding the Extended release.
Several players in the Young Guns lineup, and certainly in the base series, do not belong there. We will be doing an overview of the Young Guns to look for the gems. However, suffice to say that the crop is not as strong as it was in Series 2. So, it is a somewhat tired lineup this year. But at least this is reflected in the appropriate price.
Like all Upper Deck Hockey flagship releases, the 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series has a long list of retail products. You can get the hobby boxes for a very low price right off the bat. And you are likely to find the fat backs and blasters at Walmart and Target, so there is no need to spring for shipping in most cases.
Cards per pack – 8
Packs per box – 24
Boxes per case – 12
Set size: 250 cards
Cards per pack — 26
Packs per box – 18
Includes retail exclusive Dazzlers – Orange inserts.
Cards per pack -8
Packs per box – 24
Includes retail exclusive Dazzlers – Orange inserts.
Cards per pack – 8
Packs – 5 + 1 bonus pack per box.
Look for blaster-exclusive Dazzlers – Green inserts
The checklist includes late call-ups and some of the weaker Young Guns. However, it is strengthened by the inclusion of UD Canvas cards in this year’s rendition.
At first glance, retro inserts are a bit of a yawn. But as we will discuss below, UD Extended they have a reasonably good upside. The release specializes in these cards. So here are a few examples:
The 2005-06 Black Diamond is a particularly beloved series, best known for containing the Sidney Crosby rookie card. This reprint features both veteran and rookie stars grouped into tiers. You will find two per hobby box.
These cards harken back to the flagship design of 2006-07. The Young Guns in this series are 1:24 in packs and are significantly rarer than the base cards (1:8). These are the ones to go after.
We will provide you with an overview of the entire Young Guns crop. However, some of the guys to keep an eye on in this release include Scott Perunovich of the St. Louis Blues. Though a bit old, Scott has the chance to put up some good scoring numbers. John-Jason Peterka is another guy to look at because, at age 20, he still can significantly improve his game.
Alex Turcotte is a legit future star selected fifth in the draft. Another potential star is Alexander Holtz, who is only 20 and is likely to play a significant role for New Jersey soon.
Here is the complete list of the Young Guns in the release:
701 Alexander Holtz – New Jersey Devils
702 Connor Dewar – Minnesota Wild
703 Brett Leason – Washington Capitals
704 Gabriel Fortier – Tampa Bay Lightning
705 Michael Pezzetta – Montreal Canadiens
706 Aliaksei Protas – Washington Capitals
707 Scott Perunovich – St. Louis Blues
708 Justus Annunen – Colorado Avalanche
709 Sean Day – Tampa Bay Lightning
710 Ryan Merkley – San Jose Sharks
711 John-Jason Peterka – Buffalo Sabres
712 Janis Moser – Arizona Coyotes
713 Riley Tufte – Dallas Stars
714 Kasper Bjorkqvist – Pittsburgh Penguins
715 Markus Niemelainen – Edmonton Oilers
716 Akira Schmid – New Jersey Devils
717 Egor Sokolov – Ottawa Senators
718 Josiah Slavin – Chicago Blackhawks
719 Alex Turcotte – Los Angeles Kings
720 Paul Cotter – Vegas Golden Knights
721 Cole Schwindt – Florida Panthers
722 Arvid Soderblom – Chicago Blackhawks
723 Ben McCartney – Arizona Coyotes
724 Sean Durzi – Los Angeles Kings
725 Felix Sandstrom – Philadelphia Flyers
726 Robin Salo – New York Islanders
727 Hugo Alnefelt – Tampa Bay Lightning
728 Lassi Thomson – Ottawa Senators
729 Fabian Zetterlund – New Jersey Devils
730 Mason Shaw – Minnesota Wild
731 Jack Drury – Carolina Hurricanes
732 Cam Dineen – Arizona Coyotes
733 Adam Beckman – Minnesota Wild
734 Axel Jonsson-Fjallby – Washington Capitals
735 Isaak Phillips – Chicago Blackhawks
736 Daniil Miromanov – Vegas Golden Knights
737 Alexey Toropchenko – St. Louis Blues
738 Bryce Kindopp – Anaheim Ducks
739 Zachary Sawchenko – San Jose Sharks
740 Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Montreal Canadiens
741 Riley Damiani – Dallas Stars
742 Alex Steeves – Toronto Maple Leafs
743 Justin Danforth – Columbus Blue Jackets
744 Justin Barron – Colorado Avalanche
745 Seth Jarvis – Carolina Hurricanes
746 Mattias Norlinder – Montreal Canadiens
747 Daniil Tarasov – Columbus Blue Jackets
748 Nico Daws – New Jersey Devils
749 Artemi Kniazev – San Jose Sharks
750 Alex Turcotte/Alexander Holtz CL
There is only one previous release of Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey compared to the current one in terms of value. Therefore, we don’t have the best baseline for comparison. The value will vary in accordance with the quality of the Young Guns, as these flagship releases usually do.
If so, there is a limit to the info we can extrapolate from this one year. Still, how much does wax from last year go for?
The hobby box from last year has not even held value. We can chalk that up to an uninspiring Young Guns crop. However, that is likely not a one-off. As mentioned, the Young Guns included in this release are rarely top-notch prospects. Therefore, boxes from this series are less likely to age well than the Series 1 and Series 2 boxes, which are more likely to contain genuine studs.
Right now, you are more likely to lose money on one of these boxes than make any. However, when the release becomes more established, this might change.
We have established that wax is not the best investment here. But what happens if you do hit a big card in 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey? Here are the prices of some significant singles:
|2020-21 UD Extended Series Alexis Lafreniere 02-03 Retro Young Guns Alexis Lafreniere (PSA 10)||$800|
|2020-21 UD Extended Series 06-07 Retro High Gloss Young Guns #76 Trevor Zegras /100 (raw)||$550|
|2020-21 UD Extended Series Young Guns High Gloss 8/10 Josh Norris (raw)||$460|
|2020-21 UD Extended Series Young Guns Canvas Black 8/10 Moritz Seider (raw)||$343|
The most valuable cards here are exciting. However, they do not tend to be the Young Guns released exclusively in UD Extended. Instead, they are limited variations on the biggest names in Series 1 and Series 2.
It is easy to see why. Extended offers cool limited edition spins on the Young Guns cards with a retro flair. There aren’t too many of them around. So, if the player hits it big, scarcity will do its thing. That is an excellent sign for the long-term value of the Extended brand.
The release is affordable, with very little value as a hold. On the surface, it seems like one for completists only. However, it is a bit more complicated than that. The low price of wax holds opportunities. The limited edition retro Young Guns have a good deal of long-term potential investment value.
With last year’s boxes going for $59 and some of these cards going for a few hundred, there is definitely an opportunity here. Perhaps wait until the boxes do down from their release price. But once they do, jump in and snap one up.
With the high quality of the rookie class in Series 1 and (mainly) in Series 2, it is worth your while. Those retro Young Guns versions could hold up well if they reach superstardom.