Pack Preview: 2012-13 NHL SP Authentic

As the long headache from the NHL lockout subsides, collectors can get back to sorting their favorite NHL stars and looking for anything they can salvage from the shortened season.  It doesn’t appear that the rookie limitations will put too much of a damper on the products that are still on the way.  Which brings us to the next installment of Upper Deck Hockey’s NHL SP Authentic.
Slated to release in June, SP Authentic boasts three autograph cards per box and at least one rookie card.  They are pushing that the autograph lineup will be strong which is good to compensate the weaker than normal rookie class.  Mind you, this isn’t Upper Deck’s fault; just the rules of the game.
Other notable inserts include signed Future Watch patches, autograph patch variations, SPx bonus packs and a handful of other inserts. New to this year’s set are Upper Deck Update cards and ’94-95 retro hits to keep up with the ongoing throwback theme in today’s cards.
Upper Deck’s stated typical box/case break odds:
Three (3) Signature Cards
Including One (1) Autographed Future Watch RC
Four (4) Authentic Moments
One (1) Authentic Moments multi-player
Two (2) Team Canada Moments
Four (4) ’94-95 SP Retro cards
Four (4) Upper Deck Updates
Get (1-2) MVP Rookie UpdatesCase Break: (on average)
2-3 Autographed Patch cards
Ltd. Auto Patches + Auto FW Patch cards
One (1) Sign of the Times Combo card
Three (3) ’94-95 SP Retro Die-Cut Autos
Eight (8) Tm. Canada Moments multi-player
Get (2-3) UD Exclusives

Configuration:
5 cards per pack
24 packs per box
Arrival Date: June 2013

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