Upper Deck’s Stature Hockey cards, first released during the 2019-20 season, features serial-numbered cards printed on thick, shiny foil stock. These accoutrements give Stature a sense of gravitas to them. The cards are shiny and thick, while most are numbered. Upper Deck released its 2021-22 Stature Hockey set in August of 2023; yes, that is a full year after the season it is based on had ended!
Regardless, if you liked Stature hockey cards from the past two seasons, then you will like the 2021-22 Stature set as well. A hobby box contains eight cards and costs around $145. That’s a bit cheaper than last year, when Stature was selling for around $180 for an eight-card box.
A box of 2021-22 Stature Hockey contains two base cards, one rookie card, one autographed card, one insert card, and two numbered parallel cards. The eight card in the box is either an additional rookie card, autographed card, or numbered parallel.
I finally got my hands on a hobby box of 2021-22 Stature Hockey. Here is what is inside.
2 Base Cards
The first 100 cards in the 2021-22 Stature set are the base cards. These are a mix of veteran players and retired legends. You get two base cards in a box. The two I got were Pavel Buchnevich (Blues) and Kyle Connor (Jets). The base cards are not serial-numbered.
1 Rookie Card #/399
Next up is the Rookie card, which is serial-numbered out of 399. Jake Neighbors (Blues) was the sole rookie card in my box. It is numbered 263/399.
2 Green Parallels #/149
My box of 2021-22 Stature had two Green Parallel cards, which were numbered out of /149. The two I got were Cam Atkinson (Flyers, 084/149) and Mike Gartner (Maple Leafs, 080/149).
1 Legendary Heights Insert
It’s a shiny St. Patrick! The insert card in my box is a Legendary Heights card of Patrick Roy (Canadiens). It is not serial-numbered, but that’s okay because the background has a nice rainbow sheen to it…and it’s a Patrick Roy card.
I’m saving the big “hit” for last — a Red Foil Autograph of Rookie Alexander Holtz (Devils), which is serial-numbered 08/35. The autograph is signed on-card in blue Sharpie marker.
1 Design Variant #/65
The last card in my eight-card box is a “Design Variant” of Victor Olofsson (Sabres), numbered 05/65. This card uses the same photo of Olofsson as his regular base card but crops the picture tighter, hence the “variation.”
Stature cards are high-quality cards. As I said about last year’s set, Stature cards are attractive, with colorful, prismatic backgrounds, and the thicker card stock gives the cards a good “heft” to them. The price of Stature this year is a little less expensive than last year, though that can have to do more with supply and demand than Upper Deck lowering its wholesale price to retailers. Still, $140 is an easier price to pay for eight cards than $180, especially when you are guaranteed at least one on-card autograph, potentially of a rookie, and around five serial-numbered cards. If shiny cards are your jam, then Stature is definitely worth a shot.