Every 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey Card Arena Giveaway

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During the 2018-19 season, 14 different NHL teams, as well as two American Hockey League teams, will give away Upper Deck hockey cards. While these giveaway cards look similar to 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards, there are some differences that make these cards unique enough that they will appeal to player collectors, team collectors, or completest nuts like me. 

The Andrew Shaw card on the left is from 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One. The Andrew Shaw card on the right is from the Montreal Canadiens team set, which will be given away on December 15.

For example, the silver foil is removed and replaced with standard ink. So, all team logos are in full color instead of silver, while the silver “swirlies” at either side of the logo are replaced with a dominant color from the team’s uniform. The Upper Deck logo is also de-silvered, and printed in color. However, the most interesting change is that some of these cards use different photos than what was used on the standard 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card. 

The first arena giveaway will be at the Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, November 23. The promotion will visit seven other NHL teams — and possibly several others — plus two AHL teams. Here is information on every team that is giving away these unique hockey cards, and how to get them. 

November 23, 2018: Anaheim Ducks

Who: All fans in attendance.

What: A pack of six cards, plus one promotional card. 

Checklist: Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique, Andrew Cogliano, John Gibson, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler. 

Notes: These cards feature different jerseys throughout the team’s 25th anniversary, and replace the Ducks logo at the bottom with a special “25” logo. Cards of Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique, Josh Gibson and Cam Fowler use different photos than those found on their 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One cards, while cards of Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry are not in Series One (but will probably be in Series Two, possibly with different photos than these).

December 11, 2018: Washington Capitals

Who: The first 19,000 fans in attendance.

What: A pack of six player cards, plus two promotional cards. 

Checklist: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Braden Holtby,
Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. 

Note: Players are shown celebrating with the Stanley Cup, so the photos used will differ than the photos used in Upper Deck Series One. 

December 15, 2018: Columbus Blue Jackets

Who: All kids 12 and under in attendance. 

What: A pack of six player cards, plus one promotional card. 

Checklist: Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky, Seth Jones, Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin. 

Note: Cards of Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky, Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson use the exact same photos as their cards found in 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One. Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin are not in Series One, but will most likely be in Series Two, and will most likely use the same photos. 

December 15, 2018: Montreal Canadiens

Who: All fans in attendance.

What: A pack of seven player cards. 

Checklist: Jonathan Drouin, Carey Price, Andrew Shaw, Jeff Petry, Paul Byron, Victor Mete and Tomas Plekanec. 

Notes: Cards of Andrew Shaw and Jeff Petry use different photos than their cards found in 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One. The card of Jonathan Drouin uses the same photo, but the card orientation was changed from horizontal to vertical. The Carey Price giveaway card uses the same photo as the Series One card. Victor Mete, Paul Byron and Tomas Plekanec are not found in Series One, and since Plekanec retired recently, he probably will not be found in this year’s Series Two. 

December 20, 2018: Boston Bruins

Who: The first 10,000 fans in attendance.

What: A pack of six player cards.

Checklist: Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask.

Notes: The Charlie McAvoy giveaway card uses a different photo than the one used on his 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One card. The Patrice Bergeron giveaway card uses the same photo that is used on his Series One card. David Pastrnak, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask are not in Series One, but will all probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveawya cards. 

January 5, 2019: Philadelphia Flyers

Who: All kids in attendance. 

What: A pack of seven cards — six players and one mascot.

Checklist: Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov, James Van Riemsdyk and Gritty.

Notes: Cards of Giroux, Couturier and Provorovuse different photos than what were used on their Upper Deck Series One cards. The Gritty card uses a different photo than what was previously used on other giveaway cards of Gritty. The Konecky card uses the same photo that was used on his Upper Deck Series One card. Simmonds and Van Riemsdyk were not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

January 6, 2019: Pittsburgh Penguins

Who: All fans in attendance. 

What: A pack of nine player cards. 

Checklist: Sidney Crosby, Egeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz, Sergei Gonchar, Max Talbot and Bill Guerin. 

Notes: Features players from the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team and uses throwback photos from that season. 

January 6, 2019: Winnipeg Jets

Who: The first 16,000 fans in attendance.

What: A pack of seven player cards, plus one promotional card.

Checklist: Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine,
Connor Hellebuyck, Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey. 

Notes: Cards of Wheeler, Connor, Hellebuyck and  Byfuglien use different photos than their Upper Deck Series One cards. Scheifele, Laine and Morrissey were not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

February 18, 2019: Calgary Flames

Who: The first 10,000 fans in attendance. 

What: A pack of six player cards. 

Checklist: Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Mike Smith, James Neal and Elias Lindhom.

Notes: Cards of Gaudreau and Smith use the same photos found on their Upper Deck Series One cards. Tkachuk, Monahan, Neal and Lindholm are not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

March 2, 2019: Tampa Bay Lightning

Who: All fans in attendance. 

What: A pack of seven cards — six players and one mascot. A bonus card will also be available at the team store. 

Checklist: Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Andrei Vasilevskiy, J.T. Miller, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Thunderbug.

Notes: The Brayden Point card is available at the Lightning team store during the game. Most likely, you will have to purchase a pack of Upper Deck hockey cards to get it. Cards of Stamkos, Vasilevskiy and Point  use the same photo as their Upper Deck Series One cards. Kucherov, Hedman, Miller and Palat are not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

March 7, 2019: Chicago Blackhawks

Who: The first 10,000 fans in attendance

What: A pack of player cards, most likely six. 

Checklist: TBA

March 8, 2019: Leigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)

Who: The first 6,500 fans in attendance. 

What: A pack of player cards, most likely six.

Checklist: TBA

Note: These will use the Upper Deck Series One/Two design, but feature AHL players, making this team set truly unique. 

March 17, 2019: Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Who: The first 3,000 fans in attendance. 

What: A pack of player cards, most likely six.

Checklist: TBA

Note: These will use the Upper Deck Series One/Two design, but feature AHL players, making this team set truly unique. Since only 3,000 packs will be given out, this should make the Manitoba Moose cards the rarest of the bunch. 

March 23, 2019: New Jersey Devils

Who: The first 9,000 fans in attendance.

What: A pack of six player cards.

Checklist: TBA

Various Dates: Edmonton Oilers

Who: Patients at local hospitals. 

What: A pack of six player cards, plus an additional card of the Oilers’ mascot, Hunter. 

Checklist: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Cam Talbot, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Larsson, Zack Kassian and Hunter.

Note: These cards will be given away during team visits to local Edmonton hospitals. Cards of McDavid, Draisaitl, Talbot and Nugent-Hopkins use the same photos as their Upper Deck Series One cards. Larsson and Kassian are not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

Various Dates: St. Louis Blues

Who: Kids at local schools and youth camps. 

What: A pack of six player cards. 

Checklist: Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo, Joel Edmundson and Brayden Schenn. 

Notes: The cards will be given away during team visits to local St. Louis schools and youth camps. Cards of Schwartz, Edmonson and Schenn use different photos than their Upper Deck Series One cards. The Tarasenko card uses the same photo that was used on his Series One card. O’Reilly and Pietrangelo are not in Series One, but will probably be in Series Two and may or may not use the same photos as these giveaway cards. 

One thing to note is that in year’s past, most of these team sets consisted of seven cards. The first six cards were wrapped in cellophane and handed to an attendee when they entered the arena. The seventh card could only be acquired with a purchase of an Upper Deck product from the team store, but most usually did not bother doing that, making the last card always the toughest to find. However, this year, it seems that only the Tampa Bay Lightning will have a “final” or “bonus” card that you need to get from the team store by making a purchase. 

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Are you going to one of these games? If so, and you get an extra set of cards, let me know and I will gladly trade you for it. 

NOTE: This article was updated on December 27, 2018. 

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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