This is a follow up post from How to Prepare for National Hockey/Baseball Card Day.
February 23rd, 2019 was National Hockey Card Day in North America.
My kids and I had a plan (see How to Prepare for NHCD post referred to above). But our day didn’t go exactly as we’d hoped.
Our biggest mistake was that we forgot to bring a tin/box/binder for our cards.
That’s right, we didn’t take our own advice!
If you’re participating in National Hockey Card Day (NHCD) or National Baseball Card Day (NBCD), you need to bring supplies (plastic sleeves, top loaders, a box, tin or binder with pages) with you!
In hindsight, we should have left our packs unopened until we got home, which is what a lot of parents with kids do.
However, those of us who are into hockey cards know that 95% of the fun of hockey cards is opening up packs!
And we just couldn’t wait till we got home!
Our first stop was Joe Daley’s. The store was full of parents and kids and you could feel the excitement in the air! I’d never seen Joe D’s quite like that and I liked it!
We didn’t get any inserts or autographs but the day was young and we had more stores to visit.
Next up, Sports Card Connection, just a short drive south of Joe Daley’s.
Unfortunately, the Upper Deck delivery of National Hockey Card Day products had been mysteriously split in half. Half of it had arrived on time, the other half was somewhere else…unfortunately not in Winnipeg.
Mike, the store owner, had taken it upon himself to make up the 15-card set and hand out the cards he did have.
Like I said, 95% of the fun of National Hockey Card Day is opening up a brand new pack so we left a little disappointed. But at least we were assured a complete set! (Except the John Tavares #16 card).
Due to time, we had to skip visiting AJ Sports & Cards at St. Vital Centre and opted instead of see them at their Outlet Collection location.
Check out the kid magnet at the front of the store:
We ended up bumping into some fellow collectors at AJ’s and exchanged stories.
Next stop, Superstars Sports which happens to be perfectly situated by Tim Horton’s.
We stopped in the store first to get our packs and then opened them up before we chowed down on breakfast sandwiches (yes, at 1:46 pm) and donuts.
Next, we stopped at Pro Hockey Life. It wasn’t on our list but I had forgotten that London Drugs, Toys R Us, and Pro Hockey Life were handing out sheets of perforated NHCD cards.
Next stop, Cancentral Card & Supply.
Two of my boys bought themselves each a tin of Upper Deck Series 2. They were able to take advantage of the Family Day pack promotion that had run last weekend. We were fortunate that Roger had some Family Day sets left over.
I bought myself a couple packs of UD Series 2 to open, so that gave me enough to get card #16.
After a quick stop at home, we continued on to Galaxy Comics.
We spoke with the owner who mentioned that he had more kids coming in for NHCD than in recent years. That was great to hear!
We opened up our packs. Still not inserts or autographs.
Unfortunately that was it for us.
We missed out on getting to Uptown Sports. Lower Level Sports Cards was closed due to a sewer back-up.
We went home, made our sets, and looked through our Upper Deck Series 2 cards.
Finally, a decent card!
All in all, our National Hockey Card Day was a success. We spent several hours together and the kids didn’t fight.
We opened up packs – that we got for free!!!
We had a nice coffee break at Tim Horton’s.
We all ended up with a 16 card set.
Personally I liked National Baseball Card Day better. Probably because it was summer and the roads were clear.
But also because we got a couple of autographs that day.
However, I do like the NHCD sets because here in Canada, Upper Deck gives us our own NHCD cards.
Upper Deck recognizes Canadian hockey players. Baseball is much more of an American sport with mainly American players.
I asked my kids what their favourite part(s) of NHCD was. Here were their answers:
- opening up packs,
- going to the different stores,
- eating at Timmie’s.
What will we do differently next year?
We’ll definitely bring our boxes/tins/binders!
And maybe allot ourselves a bigger budget for food. 🙂