Top 10 Cards from Upper Decks Centennial Standout Collection

Personally I think Upper Deck has been good and bad for the hockey fan or the hockey card collector.  As with most hobbies these days, collecting sports card has become a business.  The price of collecting cards has made it challenging for some fans to continue with.  Don;t you remember as a kid, getting your allowance money and going to the corner store to buy a couple of packs of hockey cards?  It wasn’t that long ago that a pack of hockey cards was like $0.50 or even a $1.00.  You’d get a stick of bubble gum and like 8-10 cards of your favorite players in a pack. Fast forward to today where a pack of hockey cards ranges from $3 to $9 per pack and collecting has become a bit steep for your average kid.  A blaster box of hockey cards might typically include 8-12 packs with 5-8 cards per pack. An average set might range from 300-600 cards.  You can do the math and see just how much it would cost to get a complete set each season.

However, you have to give credit to Upper Deck the quality of the cards has never been better and in the centennial year of the National Hockey League, Upper Deck has launched a couple of special, commemorative sets include the Centennial Standout collection found in various packs of their 2017-2018 Upper deck hockey card packs.

About the Centennial Standouts Set

  • the set consists of 100 cards with 12 variants
  • the set contains current superstars and past hockey heroes
  • the set contains 12 variants cards featuring jersey variations
  • the set contains 3 Wayne Gretzky cards
  • the set contains 3 Connor McDavid cards (including variant short print)
  • the set is missing some key players (case in point Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe is not found in this set)
  • the set features the NHL’s 100 Anniversary logo

What we like about the set is the diversity of the players and some of the classic images of the players.  While younger kids may not have seen Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey or Jean Beliveau play, the Centennial Standouts cards capture some of the classic moments from the NHL’s past and present stars.

Top 10 2017-18 NHL Centennial Standout Cards

This is not based on value or difficulty in acquiring, this is simply our own personal preference based on the look and history of the player.

  1. Bobby Orr (CS-48) – one of the most iconic images in hockey history. Upper Deck Centennial Standout Card 48 Bobby Orr
  2. Wayne Gretzky (CS-99) – classic Gretzky in the Edmonton Oilers uniform. NHL Centennial Standouts Wayne Gretzky Card 99
  3. Bill Barilko (CS-51) – made famous in a Tragically Hip song, Upper Deck did a nice job including this famous image of Barilko from the Toronto Maple Leafs.  It happens to be the Leafs Centennial as well so Leafs fans will find a number of their favorites in this set. NHL Centennial Standouts - Bill Barilko
  4. Mark Messier (CS 94) – I used to love it when New York Islanders fans used to chant “1940” at Ranger games.  At that time the Rangers had not won a Stanley Cup since 1940 while the Islanders had captured 4 straight in the early 80’s. Mark Messier should have won the Conn Smythe in 1994 as he shoulder the blueshirts to their first Cup win since 1940. Awesome card! NHL Centennial Standouts CS 94 Mark Messier
  5. Jean Beliveau (CS 64) – its cool to see some of the games greatest players with the Stanley Cup.  Habs fans will like this great card with Jean Beliveau hanging with one of the many Cups that he won as part of the Montreal Canadiens organization. NHL Centennial Standouts CS 64 Jean Beliveau
  6. Johnathan Toews (CS 49) – just another cool pose with the cup on this one.  Captain Serious is almost cracking a smile as he hoists the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL’s modern day Dynasty. NHL Centennial Standouts CS 49 Johnathan Toews
  7. Erik Karlsson (CS 65) – another thing we like about this set of cards is the number sequencing.  Take for example this great card of the Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson at card #65. NHL Centennial Standouts Erik Karlsson Card 65|
  8. Grant Fuhr (CS 13) – this is just a classic pose that was captured with Grant Fuhr in his excellent Edmonton Oilers old school goalie mask. NHL Centennial Standouts CS 13 Grant Fuhr
  9. Guy LaFleur (CS 79) – another great Stanley Cup related image of yet another Montreal Canadian with hockey’s Holy Grail. The LaFleur short print card is also a nice one as well. NHL Centennial Standouts C 79 Guy LaFleur
  10. Sidney Crosby (CS 87) – the short print Crosby card of Sidney Crosby just seems to illustrate his compete level doesn’t it?  It’s own of our favorites from the set. NHL Centennial Standout Sidney Crosby short print CS 87

NHL Centennial Standout Checklist

The complete list of cards from the set looks like this:

CS-1 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
CS-2 Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
CS-3 Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche
CS-4 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
CS-5 Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings
CS-6 Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
CS-7 Paul Coffey Edmonton Oilers
CS-8 Alexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals
CS-9 Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens
CS-10 Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-11 Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers
CS-12 Dickie Moore Montreal Canadiens
CS-13 Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers
CS-14 Jamie Benn Dallas Stars
CS-15 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
CS-16 Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings
CS-17 Jari Kurri Edmonton Oilers
CS-18 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins
CS-19 Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings
CS-20 Ed Belfour Dallas Stars
CS-21 Stan Mikita Chicago Blackhawks
CS-22 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
CS-23 Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers
CS-24 Chris Chelios Montreal Canadiens
CS-25 Wayne Gretzky New York Rangers
CS-26 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins
CS-27 Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-28 Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
CS-29 Patrik Laine Winnipeg Jets
CS-30 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
CS-31 Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
CS-32 Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
CS-33 Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
CS-34 Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-35 Rod Brind’Amour Carolina Hurricanes
CS-36 Shea Weber Montreal Canadiens
CS-37 Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-38 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
CS-39 Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres
CS-40 Ray Bourque Colorado Avalanche
CS-41 John Tavares New York Islanders
CS-42 Syl Apps Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-43 P.K. Subban Nashville Predators
CS-44 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
CS-45 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers
CS-46 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
CS-47 Roberto Luongo Florida Panthers
CS-48 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
CS-49 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
CS-50 Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens
CS-51 Bill Barilko Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-52 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
CS-53 Mark Recchi Philadelphia Flyers
CS-54 Red Kelly Detroit Red Wings
CS-55 Charlie Conacher Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-56 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
CS-57 Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
CS-58 Pierre Pilote Chicago Blackhawks
CS-59 Alex Delvecchio Detroit Red Wings
CS-60 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
CS-61 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
CS-62 Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks
CS-63 Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals
CS-64 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
CS-65 Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
CS-66 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
CS-67 Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-68 Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins
CS-69 Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
CS-70 Braden Holtby Washington Capitals
CS-71 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins
CS-72 Bobby Clarke Philadelphia Flyers
CS-73 Borje Salming Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-74 Denis Potvin New York Islanders
CS-75 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
CS-76 Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets
CS-77 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins
CS-78 Larry Robinson Montreal Canadiens
CS-79 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens
CS-80 Mike Gartner Washington Capitals
CS-81 Marian Hossa Chicago Blackhawks
CS-82 Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets
CS-83 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
CS-84 Pat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres
CS-85 Brent Burns San Jose Sharks
CS-86 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens
CS-87 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
CS-88 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
CS-89 Mike Modano Dallas Stars
CS-90 Brett Hull St. Louis Blues
CS-91 Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis Blues
CS-92 Pavel Bure Vancouver Canucks
CS-93 Doug Gilmour Toronto Maple Leafs
CS-94 Mark Messier New York Rangers
CS-95 Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche
CS-96 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche
CS-97 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers
CS-98 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
CS-99 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
CS-100 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins