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Upper Deck Vegas Golden Knights Team Set Now Available

Earlier this season, we posted Upper Deck’s new Young Guns insert set featuring Vegas forward Alex Tuch.

With a limited number of Vegas players printed, UD explained to us that more VGK cards would be produced as the year went on. Well, the waiting is over. Upper Deck hooked up local fans with a 2018 Golden Knights Inaugural Season 15-player team set.

Oscar Dansk, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Erik Haula (twice), William Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg, Brayden McNabb, Colin Miller, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Luca Sbisa, Nate Schmidt, Malcolm Subban, and Shea Theodore all made Upper Deck’s Inaugural Images commemorative set. Unfortunately, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare didn’t make the cut.

I mentioned Haula has two cards in the set, which is sort of true. The new UD Golden Knights commemorative set even comes with an error card. How awesome is that? Those of us who collected cards in the late 80’s all remember the highly coveted Billy Ripken error card.

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Alex Tuch Is An Upper Deck Young Gun

Took a minute, but finally, the Golden Knights are starting to appear on trading cards.

Our friends at Upper Deck sent us a preview of VGK forward Alex Tuch’s newest trading cards. Tuch is featured on one of Upper Deck’s Young Guns insert cards. Nico Hischier, Brock Boeser, Josh Ho-Sang, Charlie McAvoy, Alexander Nylander, and Adrian Kempe are some of the other young players with UD Series 1 cards, which release on November 9th. Check out Tuch’s cards.

Upper Deck may print more VGK cards this season, but we’ll find out later this season when UD Series 2 is released. Earlier UD revealed a Marc-Andre Fleury card that’s now available.

If you notice, Brendan Leipsic made a cameo in one of Tuch’s cards, which technically means three Golden Knights are on new Upper Deck cards. This is what you’ve made us do Upper Deck. We want more, we want more!

These two are pretty sweet though.

Upper Deck Ignores VGK In First 2017-18 NHL Card Set

About a week ago, I found some old hockey cards getting dusty in my closet. As I sorted through, I noticed a handful of Golden Knight players. I found old Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, and multiple James Neal cards.

After trading VGK players with my one-year-old, I thought, screw these old cards. We need the 2017-18 Golden Knights player cards. It was time to reach out to Upper Deck, the crown jewel of trading cards. Player artwork, autographs, jersey swatches, and stick inserts are what UD excels in. In fact, this Upper Deck card got me amped for an eventual Erik Brannstrom Rookie Profile card.

I learned a lot about the trading card industry. It’s a slow but advanced process. I get it, we’re working with artists. For some reason, there is never enough time between seasons for trading card companies. For instance, players that relocate during the offseason usually get stuck in a previous team’s jersey on their new card. For example, Neal’s first Golden Knight’s card would likely be a picture of the forward in Predators yellow. So, that’s what I expected. Unfortunately, I was deeply disappointed.

When Upper Deck released their 2017-18 NHL MVP series checklist, the Golden Knights were completely invisible. Not one Vegas card was printed by Upper Deck for their first released series. It doesn’t end with UD, it’s possible other Golden Knight trading cards (O-pee-chee, Panini, Topps) won’t be available to start the season either. Here’s the Upper Deck team checklist, take a look. 

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