A hobby that continues to be one of the most popular in Canada, sport-related or otherwise, will be celebrated in Wetaskiwin Feb. 18.
National Hockey Card Day is marked by sports fans and collecting aficionados across the country every winter, noted Jon Stachyruk, owner/operator of Cards 2 Collectibles in Wetaskiwin.
“(It’s) one day a year that we basically celebrate hockey cards,” said Stachyruk at his front counter Jan. 27. Stachyruk said hockey cards in Alberta continue to be a huge draw.
Locally, Cards 2 Collectibles has numerous activities planned to mark this important hockey day. Stachyruk said everyone who attends Cards 2 Collectibles Feb. 18 for the celebration will get a free pack of cards.
Next, Stachyruk noted he will be opening Series 2 Upper Deck hockey card packs, which, if you’re a collector you know is a big deal. Stachyruk stated series 1 has already sold out and series 2 has all of the big NHL rookies in it. “It’s a big product,” said Stachyruk.
Another one of the popular events that day will be a “prize punch board” which, for those customers who spend a certain amount allows one punch at the board for prizes. Stachyruk noted there are limited prizes and the punch board usually empties out very quickly. He said that in past years customers were already lined up outside waiting for National Hockey Card Day to begin so they can take a swipe at the prize board.
But most likely the biggest prize of the day Cards 2 Collectibles is handing out is a pair of free Edmonton Oilers tickets.
Hockey cards have been consistently popular for decades; the first neo-cards were released about 135 years ago. “Why are cards so popular?” pondered Stachyruk.
He handed the writer of this article a pack of O-Pee-Chee cards, which were opened immediately to reveal a rare black-bordered card valued at about $40.
“That’s why,” said Stachyruk. “It’s like a lottery ticket for a sports collector. It’s fun.”