It’s the 2011 Upper Deck Winter Classic Set!

Posted December 8, 2011

All photos by Mike Xtremist

After much anticipation, Upper Deck has finally released the 2011 Winter Classic set, featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. This 14-card set includes seven players from each team. The cards are 3×5, the size of a postcard, bigger than your typical sports card and the first time Upper Deck made this format since the 2007-08 Fleer Ultra set. The Winter Classic set comes exclusively in the Upper Deck Series 1 tins which can be bought at retailers or hobby shops. In each tin there is one random Winter Classic card, plus 12 packs of UD Series 1, which can get you a Game Worn Jersey card as well.

Now, not only is this the first real set (we say real because we made fake ones after the Winter Classic) to feature the Caps-Pens duel on January 1, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but it also features John Erskine‘s first ever card as a Washington Capital (Erskine has been with the team since the 2006-07 season).

The 2011 Winter Classic set is:

WC1 – Sidney Crosby

WC2 – Alex Ovechkin

WC3 – Evgeni Malkin

WC4 – Alexander Semin

WC5 – Jordan Staal

WC6 – Nicklas Backstrom

WC7 – Marc-Andre Fleury

WC8 – Semyon Varlamov

WC9 – Maxime Talbot

WC10 – Mike Knuble

WC11 – Kristopher Letang

WC12 – John Erskine

WC13 – Michael Rupp

WC14 – Eric Fehr

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2011 Winter Classic card set we have been waiting for, and I must say it’s a must-have. The tins themselves are $30 each, but if you’re an avid card collector like myself, it is well worth it.

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