National Hockey Card Day Has Become a Family Tradition for Many

“Daddy! It’s National Hockey Card Day!” exclaimed Tom Poray’s two young daughters on the morning of February 23. Such youthful exuberance would normally be reserved for a holiday like Christmas or Halloween. Yet since 2009 in Canada and 2012 in the United States, Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day has slowly and steadily transformed into an event that families look forward to each year.

Throughout the day, anyone who visited a participating card shop in Canada or the U.S. was given a free, five-card pack of hockey cards. Like every year, the Canadian and American sets differ, and each set has 16 cards. Cards 1-15 were available in the free foil packs, while the last card was given to a customer if they made a $10 purchase. This year, the bonus cards were of John Tavares in the Canadian set and Alexander Ovechkin in the American set.

Fans in both countries could also hope to pull an insert or autographed card. Some big box stores, such as Toys R Us in Canada and Dick’s Sporting Goods in several eastern U.S. states, also gave away perforated, nine-card sheets of hockey cards.

Poray, who is from Guelph, Ontario, looks forward to National Hockey Card Day each year, as do his two daughters, ages 7 and 5. This year, he took them to four different shops so that they could get enough packs to each build a set.

“To me, this is phenomenal,” he said. “This isn’t something that I’m pushing on my girls. It’s nice to see that level of enthusiasm not directed at a video game or a screen.”

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Collectors Corner #5 – March 15, 2019

The Evolution of Sport Card Shows

In episode five of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the evolution of sports memorabilia shows, Michael Jordan trading cards in Hanes underwear, Magic Johnson’s exclusive deal with Press Pass, and the record-setting sales of two graded rookie cards. Eleven minutes well spent. 

 “Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #4 – March 8, 2019

In the fourth episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about collecting sports autographs through the mail (TTM). For those who are unfamiliar with TTM, it is when you write to a player — usually at his team’s address if a current player, or his home address if he is retired — and send a fan letter and some items asking to be autographed. We discuss how to get started, some do’s and don’ts, and more. 

This clip is just 11 minutes — short enough to listen to on your next break. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #3 – March 1, 2019

After a week off (due to the passing of my beloved basset hound Gomez), Collectors Corner was back.

In the third episode, Ron Barr and I talk about graded cards, and grading companies like PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). We also discuss the Michael Jordan Fleer Metal Universe card that sold for over $350,000 at auction, the PSA 9 Bobby Orr “Test Issue” rookie card that sold for over $200,000. and National Hockey Card Day. 

Run time is 11 minutes. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Ted Lindsay: Remembering a Legend

On Monday, the fourth of March, 2019, the Detroit Red Wings and the world of hockey as a whole lost a true legend, Mr. Ted Lindsay. “Terrible Ted” was a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings during his career. He was the first player to skate a lap around the rink with the Stanley Cup, which has become a yearly tradition at the end of every NHL season. He collected the 1950 Art Ross trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 78 points in 69 games. Lindsay played 13 seasons with the Red Wings and three with the Black Hawks, retired in 1960, then made a one-year comeback with Detroit in 1964-65 so that he could retire with the Wings. Twenty-six years later in 1991, his number seven was hoisted up to the rafters in Joe Louis Arena. But Lindsay’s biggest accomplishments may have been off the ice. 

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Romo + Modano = Romodano

2009 Upper Deck Heroes #488: 
Hometown Heroes Tony Romo / Mike Modano

I had no idea that this card existed. It features an illustration of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano. If the two of them combined into a giant super monster, it would be called ROMODANO, play two sports, make $30 million per year…and breathe fire! 

Finding unknown gems like this is the reason why I love rummaging through quarter boxes at card shows. Although honestly, this could have been from a dollar box — and it was a dollar well-spent. 

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