National Hockey Card Day marked locally Feb. 18

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 Feb. 18.

National Hockey Card Day is Feb. 18.

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.”

 

Just Posted

file photo
UPDATE: Leduc RCMP, Millet Fire Department and more on scene at serious multi-vehicle collision

Traffic is expected to be diverted for several hours and alternative travel routes are recommended.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are searching for suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Leduc Giant Tiger.

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read