The hobby box for Upper Deck MVP Hockey was released on September 8, 2022. Since its launch, 2022-23 Upper Deck Hockey has been releasing the retail formats gradually since. The release of the boxed set is expected at some time in October. However, the exact date has not been announced yet.
History Of The Upper Deck MVP Hockey release
The product was first released for the 1998-99 season and has been a fixture of the Upper Deck annual schedule until 2009-10. Well, almost. They did not release one for the strike-shortened 2004-05 campaign.
It was initially a value product that came with a ton of base cards. Think of the initial release as Topps Opening Day for hockey collectors. It was that kind of cheap product aimed at kids. For example, the 1999-00 set had a “draw your own card” competition for young collectors.
Due to its low price and the easy availability of base cards, it also had considerable appeal for set builders. Like the Opening Day cards, MVP Hockey includes the occasional awesome auto and memorabilia card hit.
It never caught on the way Upper Deck wanted. So, when the company relaunched Upper Deck MVP Hockey in 2011-12, they retooled the concept. It was now marketed as an insert-heavy release, and they have not missed a season since. However, they continued to release it as the first hockey release and maintained its set builder-friendly status.
Though the set has changed over the years, it has maintained a consistent design concept. The cards are all-foil. But if you are expecting a bold rainbow, you will be disappointed. These are tasteful foil cards. The design doesn’t work every year (which product does?), but it’s a gorgeous set when it works.
Traditionally, the big chase in these boxes is the silver script parallels. Initially, they came in 1:2 packs, but you never wanted just any silver script. Instead, you wanted one for a desirable rookie.
But as Upper Deck began to insert more low-numbered parallels and autos, the desirability of the silver script cards was reduced. But they are still fun and essential to the product’s appeal.
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The pros of 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey
The MVP Hockey line has always featured a ton of base cards for a reasonable price. Sure, the days where you could get a box of 300 cards for $10 are gone (yes, that is what a package from the inaugural release cost). But the 160 cards you get for a $60 box is still an acceptable deal by current standards.
The inclusion of imaginative inserts makes up for the price increase. Indeed, the inserts have kept this release alive for all these years. And among the Upper Deck releases, it has some of the best on offer. The astute combo of affordable base cards and attractive inserts make this an ideal release for kids and a fun but not particularly challenging occupation for set builders.
The cons of 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey
The Upper Deck MVP Hockey cards draw a good amount of attention in the hockey community upon release. It is a part of the traditional excitement surrounding the beginning of the season.
However, the cards lose value when the more prestigious Upper Deck Series 1 release arrives and are entirely forgotten in time for Series 2. So, don’t expect any long-term value from these cards. Then, of course, you may hit something extraordinary. But the odds are stacked firmly against that.
The 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey release will always include both hobby and retail formats. There is even a factory set coming. You can expect them readily available at hobby shops and big retail stores. We all know the hockey stuff tends to last longer on the shelves.
These are identical to the regular factory set box. However, each card is a Silver Script parallel. Because the Upper Deck MVP release has long been associated with these cards, this seems like a good box to chase.
2022-23 MVP Upper Deck Hockey Review Of The Checklist
The 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey checklist offers 200 base cards. In addition, they come with a list of 50 short print cards. They are all of the High Series Star / Rookies SP subsets. We will talk about both below.
2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Base Set Parallels
Here are the odds for the parallels. They are numbered #201-250.
Base Set – Ice Battles Parallel (1:2 packs)
Base Set – Silver Script Parallel (1:10 packs)
Base Set High Series Star & Rookie SP’s (1:4 packs)
Base Set High Series Star & Rookie SP’s – Ice Battles Parallel (1:5 packs)
Base Set High Series Star & Rookie SP’s – Silver Script Parallel (1:40 packs)
2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey inserts
MVP Hockey is known for its generous insert policy. So here are the pack odds for this year’s crop.
20th Anniversary (1:10 packs)
Pinpoints 1:14 (1:10 packs)
Pinpoints – Gold Parallel (1:40 packs)
Encounters On Ice (1:20 packs)
Domains (1:14 packs)
These call cards show some of the outstanding players in the league on the front. On the back, they feature stats allowing for their use in the Upper Deck Pack Wars interactive game. So, you can take the players and see how they match up.
These are among the best hits in the 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey release. Named for their unique color scheme, the Magenta Autographs include some of the biggest stars, like Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.
2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Rookie Redemptions
We tend to associate redemptions with Panini, but Upper Deck also features them heavily in this release. We all prefer to land an actual auto over a redemption. However, Upper Deck can be forgiven for including redemptions in this release, considering the short calendar they are working with to get this out before the NHL season commences.
Therefore, the set comes with some great rookie redemptions. The 2022 NHL #1 Draft Pick SP Redemption cards are exclusive, which come one for every 1,250 packs. If you are truly lucky, you can score a Gold parallels of these cards, though the odds are slim at 1:12,500 packs.
Colors & Contours
Upper Deck MVP Hockey isn’t known for its die-cut cards. However, the Colors & Contours series has a remarkable design and is one of the most notable inserts in the release.
Encounters on Ice
Maybe it’s just me, but I am a sucker for cards that highlight sporting rivalries. The Encounters on Ice cards show players who have a history of battling for puck supremacy. So I will be collecting them.
2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey value
No one is buying this release to provide for their retirement. But still, it’s good to know what you are dealing with in terms of long-term value. So, let’s look at recent boxes and singles of Upper Deck MVP Hockey.
Here are boxes from the last four years of Upper Deck MVP Hockey releases. As you can see, the prices are relatively consistent:
One exciting element is the significantly higher value of blasters than hobby boxes. None of the hobby boxes are worth more than the $60 a new box will set you back. So, there are zero reasons to hold on to one. This is a ripping-only product.
I looked at some of the highest-selling eBay cards from the MVP series. They were all relatively recent. That is not surprising since Upper Deck has made an effort to put in more autos and numbered parallels.
The prices speak for themselves. Even if you hit one of the best cards, you will not make significant money. Another very noticeable thing: few, if any, of the high-selling cards were graded. That is a surefire sign hockey collectors do not take the hits from this series very seriously.
Bottomline Of The2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Hockey
Upper Deck has made a conscious effort to spruce up the MVP Hockey line. It has included more autos, inserts and low-numbered parallels. That upgrade has succeeded in making the box a more worthwhile rip, and has allowed the brand to survive for over two decades.
However, the change has only been partially successful. While Upper Deck MVP Hockey is now a more fun rip than ever before, collectors still don’t take it seriously. The hobby boxes tend to lose rather than gain value over time. People don’t grade the cards, and they fetch minimal prices on the market.
Still, there may be an opportunity here. The latest release includes some cool autos. If you believe in this crop of rookies, you may want to invest (not that much really) in the autos of the best prospects.
If you grade them, you will be sitting on a low pop card which is their first real rookie. It won’t be worth as much as their Young Guns, but it could be well worth the money you put in.
Parallels: Ice Battles, Silver Script, Gold Script (1:17.5 Blaster), Super Script #/25 (Hobby/ePack), Super Script Black #/5 (Hobby/ePack), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/ePack).
1 Lucas Raymond – Detroit Red Wings
2 Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens 4 Elias Pettersson – Vancouver Canucks 5 David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins 6 Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks 7 Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs 8 Cale Makar – Colorado Avalanche 9 Jack Hughes – New Jersey Devils 10 Artemi Panarin – New York Rangers 11 Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning 12 Mitch Marner – Toronto Maple Leafs 13 Kyle Connor – Winnipeg Jets 14 Rasmus Dahlin – Buffalo Sabres 15 Andrei Svechnikov – Carolina Hurricanes 16 Mikko Rantanen – Colorado Avalanche 17 Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars 18 Dylan Larkin – Detroit Red Wings 19 Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings 20 Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks 21 Ryan O’Reilly – St. Louis Blues 22 Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets 23 Miro Heiskanen – Dallas Stars 24 Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers 25 Jake Guentzel – Pittsburgh Penguins 26 Max Pacioretty – Vegas Golden Knights 27 Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning 28 Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers 29 Brayden Point – Tampa Bay Lightning 30 Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings 31 Carter Hart – Philadelphia Flyers 32 Mathew Barzal – New York Islanders 33 Adam Fox – New York Rangers 34 William Nylander – Toronto Maple Leafs 35 Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues 36 Erik Karlsson – San Jose Sharks 37 Sean Couturier – Philadelphia Flyers 38 John Carlson – Washington Capitals 39 Alex DeBrincat – Chicago Blackhawks 40 Troy Terry – Anaheim Ducks 41 Nicklas Backstrom – Washington Capitals 42 Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes 43 Nico Hischier – New Jersey Devils 44 Seth Jones – Chicago Blackhawks 45 Alex Pietrangelo – Vegas Golden Knights 46 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers 47 Dylan Cozens – Buffalo Sabres 48 Martin Necas – Carolina Hurricanes 49 Samuel Girard – Colorado Avalanche 50 Jason Robertson – Dallas Stars 51 Tyler Toffoli – Montreal Canadiens 52 Ryan Reaves – New York Rangers 53 Jordan Eberle – Seattle Kraken 54 William Karlsson – Vegas Golden Knights 55 Jonathan Marchessault – Vegas Golden Knights 56 Roman Josi – Nashville Predators 57 Kirill Kaprizov – Minnesota Wild 58 Nick Suzuki – Montreal Canadiens 59 Gabriel Landeskog – Colorado Avalanche 60 Pavel Buchnevich – St. Louis Blues 61 Jordan Kyrou – St. Louis Blues 62 Brock Boeser – Vancouver Canucks 63 Evgeny Kuznetsov – Washington Capitals 64 Alex Nedeljkovic – Detroit Red Wings 65 Moritz Seider – Detroit Red Wings 66 Spencer Knight – Florida Panthers 67 Jeremy Swayman – Boston Bruins 68 Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins 69 Robin Lehner – Vegas Golden Knights 70 Anthony Cirelli – Tampa Bay Lightning 71 Patrik Laine – Columbus Blue Jackets 72 Tim Stutzle – Ottawa Senators 73 David Perron – St. Louis Blues 74 Elias Lindholm – Calgary Flames 75 Sonny Milano – Anaheim Ducks 76 Taylor Hall – Boston Bruins 77 Noah Hanifin – Calgary Flames 78 Teuvo Teravainen – Carolina Hurricanes 79 Marc-Andre Fleury – Minnesota Wild 80 Charlie McAvoy – Boston Bruins 81 Devon Toews – Colorado Avalanche 82 Jakub Voracek – Columbus Blue Jackets 83 Ryan Hartman – Minnesota Wild 84 Clayton Keller – Arizona Coyotes 85 Cole Caufield – Montreal Canadiens 86 Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames 87 Jack Campbell – Toronto Maple Leafs 88 Mikael Granlund – Nashville Predators 89 Dougie Hamilton – New Jersey Devils 90 Elvis Merzlikins – Columbus Blue Jackets 91 Rickard Rakell – Anaheim Ducks 92 Anders Lee – New York Islanders 93 James van Riemsdyk – Philadelphia Flyers 94 Alex Iafallo – Los Angeles Kings 95 Joel Farabee – Philadelphia Flyers 96 Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars 97 Adam Henrique – Anaheim Ducks 98 Cam Talbot – Minnesota Wild 99 Anton Lundell – Florida Panthers 100 Lucas Raymond – Detroit Red Wings CL 101 Jaccob Slavin – Carolina Hurricanes 102 John Marino – Pittsburgh Penguins 103 Boone Jenner – Columbus Blue Jackets 104 Jesper Bratt – New Jersey Devils 105 Nick Schmaltz – Arizona Coyotes 106 Christian Dvorak – Montreal Canadiens 107 Zach Hyman – Edmonton Oilers 108 Timo Meier – San Jose Sharks 109 Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins 110 Alex Tuch – Buffalo Sabres 111 Jaden Schwartz – Seattle Kraken 112 Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning 113 Eeli Tolvanen – Nashville Predators 114 Jeff Skinner – Buffalo Sabres 115 Jacob Markstrom – Calgary Flames 116 Chris Kreider – New York Rangers 117 Jakob Chychrun – Arizona Coyotes 118 Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders 119 Juuse Saros – Nashville Predators 120 Aaron Ekblad – Florida Panthers 121 Jamie Drysdale – Anaheim Ducks 122 Alex Killorn – Tampa Bay Lightning 123 Filip Hronek – Detroit Red Wings 124 Travis Konecny – Philadelphia Flyers 125 John Tavares – Toronto Maple Leafs 126 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – San Jose Sharks 127 Josh Norris – Ottawa Senators 128 Oliver Bjorkstrand – Columbus Blue Jackets 129 Drake Batherson – Ottawa Senators 130 Casey Mittelstadt – Buffalo Sabres 131 Adrian Kempe – Los Angeles Kings 132 Michael Bunting – Toronto Maple Leafs 133 Torey Krug – St. Louis Blues 134 Jonathan Drouin – Montreal Canadiens 135 J.T. Miller – Vancouver Canucks 136 Jordan Staal – Carolina Hurricanes 137 Matt Dumba – Minnesota Wild 138 Mark Stone – Vegas Golden Knights 139 Ryan Suter – Dallas Stars 140 Craig Smith – Boston Bruins 141 Dawson Mercer – New Jersey Devils 142 Oliver Wahlstrom – New York Islanders 143 Sam Bennett – Florida Panthers 144 Connor Brown – Ottawa Senators 145 Jamie Oleksiak – Seattle Kraken 146 Zach Werenski – Columbus Blue Jackets 147 Nazem Kadri – Colorado Avalanche 148 Ryan Johansen – Nashville Predators 149 Jacob Trouba – New York Rangers 150 Brandon Saad – St. Louis Blues 151 T.J. Oshie – Washington Capitals 152 Joe Pavelski – Dallas Stars 153 Josh Morrissey – Winnipeg Jets 154 Yanni Gourde – Seattle Kraken 155 Henri Jokiharju – Buffalo Sabres 156 Pierre-Luc Dubois – Winnipeg Jets 157 Dan Vladar – Calgary Flames 158 Adam Pelech – New York Islanders 159 Phillip Danault – Los Angeles Kings 160 Cam Atkinson – Philadelphia Flyers 161 Robby Fabbri – Detroit Red Wings 162 Mats Zuccarello – Minnesota Wild 163 Thomas Chabot – Ottawa Senators 164 Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames 165 Josh Anderson – Montreal Canadiens 166 Darcy Kuemper – Colorado Avalanche 167 Tomas Tatar – New Jersey Devils 168 Matt Duchene – Nashville Predators 169 Carter Verhaeghe – Florida Panthers 170 Kevin Labanc – San Jose Sharks 171 Thatcher Demko – Vancouver Canucks 172 Brock Nelson – New York Islanders 173 Chandler Stephenson – Vegas Golden Knights 174 Dmitry Orlov – Washington Capitals 175 Jean-Gabriel Pageau – New York Islanders 176 Andrew Mangiapane – Calgary Flames 177 Bo Horvat – Vancouver Canucks 178 Ivan Provorov – Philadelphia Flyers 179 Josh Bailey – New York Islanders 180 Jesse Puljujarvi – Edmonton Oilers 181 Shayne Gostisbehere – Arizona Coyotes 182 Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers 183 Filip Forsberg – Nashville Predators 184 Kevin Fiala – Minnesota Wild 185 Mika Zibanejad – New York Rangers 186 Blake Wheeler – Winnipeg Jets 187 Anthony Duclair – Florida Panthers 188 Tom Wilson – Washington Capitals 189 Nikolaj Ehlers – Winnipeg Jets 190 Alex Kerfoot – Toronto Maple Leafs 191 Ryan Strome – New York Rangers 192 Alexis Lafreniere – New York Rangers 193 Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks 194 Reilly Smith – Vegas Golden Knights 195 Marcus Foligno – Minnesota Wild 196 Tomas Hertl – San Jose Sharks 197 Kevin Shattenkirk – Anaheim Ducks 198 Quinton Byfield – Los Angeles Kings 199 Trevor Zegras – Anaheim Ducks 200 John Tavares – Toronto Maple Leafs CL
Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a former history and political science professor at UCLA. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary. Shai also worked as a diplomat and journalist on three continents.