For the first time in several years, the 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP hockey isn’t the first to come out the door for the season. Instead of the usual summer release, it’s pushed back to December, after Upper Deck Series 1, which sticks to its usual November release.
The date may have changed, but MVP is sticking to its entry-level roots.
Upper Deck 2021-22 MVP hockey checklist preview
The base set is a moderate total of 250 cards. The first 200 make up the set of seashells. The remaining 50 High Series and Rookies are short draws. While they’re rarer, they’re not exceptionally tough, with one landing every other hobby pack.
The 250 cards have a handful of parallels. New for 2021-22 is Ice Battles, which are 1: 2 packs for the shell set and 1: 5 packs for short prints. These have different backs that allow collectors to create their own Pack Wars game. Instead of stats, players are categorized into five categories: Awareness, Skill, Speed, Strength, and General.
Other parallels include:
- Silver Script – (1: 5, SP – 1:20)
- Great scenario – / 25
- Super black script – / 5
- Printing plates – 1/1
Some short prints also have Magenta Autograph parallels. These are hard to hit 1: 400 hobby packs.
Recruit redemptions are coming back. Taking a divisional approach again, get one of these and you’ll get a handful of rookie updates. Individual redemptions drop to 1: 400 hobby packs.
There is also a 2021 NHL Draft No. 1 Pick SP buyback which is 1: 1,250 packs. A Gold parallel is ten times rarer at 1:12,500 packs.
The fun and games of 2021-2022 Upper Deck MVP Hockey don’t end with the Ice Battles parallels. Mascot Game Cards (1: 5 packs) are inspired by popular collectible card games like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering. Only, instead of calling upon Pikachu’s power, it’s Gritty and company. Mascot game cards also have patterned patterned board parallels which average one per hobby box.
The 20th Anniversary model is itself an MVP 2001-02 watch model. The basic versions are 1: 5 packs. Parallels are featured with Gold (packs 1:36) and Super Scripts (/ 25).
They are also the basis of the colors and pre-cut outlines, available in gold (/ 250), green (/ 20) and purple (/ 3).
Hart Attack (packs 1:13) and Before and After (1: 9) are two more insertion debuts in 2021-2022 Upper Deck MVP Hockey. Both also have parallels with gold.
Overview of the 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Cards:
Cards Per Pack: Hobby – 8
Packages per box: Hobby – 20
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20
Game size: 250 cards
Release date (subject to change): December 2021
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Premium inserts or autographs – 1
- 20th anniversary – 5
- Parallel 20th Anniversary or Colors and Outlines – 1 Total
- Before and after or Hart attack – 4 in total
- Mascot Playing Cards – 4
- Mascot Playing Cards Patterned Sheet – 1
- Parallels of Ice Battles – 14
- Silver Script Parallels – 5
- Basic Short Prints – 10
Recent Upper Deck MVP Hockey releases:
The full 2021-2022 Upper Deck MVP Hockey checklist and team set lists will be available as soon as they become available, likely shortly before the set’s release.