Upper Deck followed up their inaugural Be A Player (BAP) autograph release with an even larger a 225 card set. Autographs were seeded 1:1 per pack, with parallel die-cut autographs seeded 1:7 packs. The autograph card faces match the non-autographed base set cards, while the card backs feature a certificate of authenticity. According to the 2012 Beckett Hockey Card Price Guide (21st Edition)
, documents suggest players signed 3000 regular and 400 die-cut autograph cards each. The Wayne Gretzky autograph card (number 97) was initially reported at 802 regular and 99 die-cut versions, but Upper Deck later announced the actual numbers as 648 regular and 234 die-cut cards. The Mike Richter autograph card (number 191) was not inserted into packs, but was available via a mail-in offer. SET STATUS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! (100 Percent Complete).
If memory serves, I finally completed this set in 2002. As could be guessed, the final card necessary was 97 Wayne Gretzky. I had a devil of a time finding the regular autograph. The die-cut version, despite its lower production run, was offered much more frequently.
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1995-96 Be A Player Signature Die-Cut Autographs