Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the newest feature here at TXHT which is the TXHT Card Share series. To start the series we begin with Upper Deck’s 2019-20 MVP Hockey set that was released earlier this August.
The MVP set, which was originally released for the 1998-99 season, is entering it’s 21st season, and keeping certain elements to them the same as they have been the last few seasons. Outside of the normal border changes to sleek up the design, MVP still only features the last five seasons on the back of the card. The base set is 250 cards featuring star players (200), All Stars (also are short print cards, 19), and rookies (also are short print, 31).
For the Rookies, three of the most notable players are Quinn Hughes of Vancouver, Cale Makar or Colorado, and Filip Zadina of Detroit. Players like Jack Hughes will be added to the set later in the season when the updates come out. Same for if any player in the current set moves on to another team via free agency or trade, like with Marcus Johansson pictured above.
For MVP they come with their own fair share of inserts and specialty cards, and one that has been a constant thoughout the series is the branded signatures. All cards come with silver and gold signature cards. Silver Scripts are more common to get while if you buy a blaster box from Retailers or Just Hockey Cards, you will get one Gold Script per box. There are also Super Scripts (limited to 25 per card), Super Script Black (limited to 5 per card), and Printing Plates (limited to 4 per card) and all three can only be found in Hobby boxes.
MVP is also bringing back the Puzzle Back Parallels. Nine cards creates an enlarged version of a specific player, and the players featured this season are Nikita Kucherov, Auston Matthews, Brad Marchand, Hampus Lindholm, Alex Ovechkin, Matthew Barzal, Artemi Panarin, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Elias Pettersson, Carey Price, Nathan MacKinnon, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Leon Draisaitl, Steven Stamkos, Blake Wheeler, Mitch Marner, Jakub Voracek, Joanthan Toews, and Rasmus Dahlin.
For inserts, there are a few but the main ones people will see more are Net Crashers, Laser Shots, and Supernovas. There is also Global Series, Postseason, and a 31 card Autographs set.
Also, one of the cool sets that MVP is doing is they are recreating a set from 20 years ago like last season when they celebrated their 20th anniversary. This season they created a 100 card set to honor and replicate the 1999-2000 MVP Stanley Cup Edition. It is a nice looking set, but last season’s was better when they did the 1998-99 MVP style. though I may be bias because I loved that set as a kid.
Overall the 2019-20 MVP Hockey set is a solid one to start wetting the appetite for the start of the new season. Despite their early release, and known roster updates that take place while the set is being printed, it is a recommended set for those who want to start collecting for the 2019-20 season.
*All pictures taken by Michael Lindenbaum. Are cards pictured were purchased by Michael for his personal collection.