Heading into this season, many pundits were picking Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes as their Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Some have even given him the nickname, “Clayton Calder.” Based on his hot start, he may prove them all to be correct as he leads all freshmen with nine goals thus far.
Naturally, there is already plenty of buzz around Keller’s rookie cards as he was one of the biggest names of an unprecedented carryover rookie class, but there are plenty of other reasons why you should consider starting a Keller collection:
Collectors can already get their hands on a few of Keller’s rookie cards – which could become an even hotter commodity as the season wears on. His first on the market came in 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP and was quickly followed by those found inside packs or O-Pee-Chee and Artifacts.
While Keller will not have a traditional Young Guns rookie card once 2017-18 Upper Deck Series One is released in early November, he will be part of the UD Canvas Young Guns collection found in packs.
The wait for his regular Young Guns card will not be long, though. It will be coming in 2017-18 Upper Deck Series Two, but there are some solid options coming in the meantime from winter releases such as Black Diamond and Trilogy that are sure to generate some excitement.
Stephen Laroche has been actively involved in the hockey collectibles industry in a variety of roles for nearly 20 years. In the past, he has been a writer and editor with Beckett Media and SLAM! Collectibles in addition to working as a trading card company executive and consultant. He is available for freelance work and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org