While at The National, I bought not one but two boxes of In The Game’s Decades 1980s hockey cards. These boxes were the so-called “National Edition,” which cost about $10 more than a regular box of Decades, but here’s what made the “National Edition” more enticing to buy:
- It entitled you to an autograph from U.S. Olympian Mark Wells
- It entitled you to a special 1/1 jersey card only available at The National
- One of the jersey cards was swapped out for a special Chicago Blackhawks quad-jersey card
- It was possible to get a Dominik Hasek autograph in a National Edition box
Here is what I got in my first box.
Three Regular Cards
A retro-themed card of Ray Bourque, done in the same style as the 1910-11 Imperial Tobacco Set.
Long Island Dynasty – Bryan Trottier
Decades Rookie – John Vanbeisbrouck
Three Autographed Cards
Steve Christoff, Team USA
Craig Hartsburg, Minnesota North Stars
Denis Potvin, New York Islanders – Whoo Hoo! Autograph from a Hall of Famer!
Three Jersey Cards
Paul Coffey, Game-Used Jersey Black – Not bad, considering how awesome Coffey was during his years in Edmonton.
Cup Classes – Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Richard Brodeur and Dave “Tiger” Williams. Nice! A quad-jersey card. This card commemorates the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals matchup between the New York Islanders and the Vancouver Canucks.
Decades Franchises – Ed Belfour, Nikolai Khabibulin, Antti Niemi and Jeremy Roenick. One of these kids is doing his own thing…one of these kids does not belong…now it’s time to play our game….
Wait, where was I? Oh yeah. Freakin’ awesome. This is the first time I’ve pulled a quad jersey card of my favorite team. Of course, it was guaranteed in the “National Edition,” but no matter. This will be one of the few jersey cards I actually KEEP in my collection.
One 1/1 Jersey Card
After opening my box–which you had to do at the In The Game booth at The National in the presence of one of their employees–I was told to reach into a bag and pull out a raffle ticket. I handed the ticket to the employee, who then presented me with this 1/1 Bernie Federko number swatch card. In gold ink, it is stamped 1/1 THE NATIONAL CHICAGO.
One In-Person Autograph
When I bought the box of Decades 1980s: National Edition, it entitled me to an autograph from 1980 Team USA Olympian Mark Wells, who was signing on Saturday at the show. In The Game provided these large, 5″ x 7″ oversize cards (complete with the National Logo) for Wells to autograph.
In conclusion, I liked this product-enough to buy a second box. I got a quad Blackhawks jersey card, an in-person autograph and a 1/1 jersey card. Not to mention that the box had a cool retro-themed card AND three autographs. Even the jersey cards weren’t too bad, either.