For the seventh straight year, Upper Deck is offering free packs during National Hockey Card Days in Canada on Saturday, February 14 and the U.S. on Saturday, February 21. Collectors and fans visiting a participating hobby shop will receive a small pack containing exclusive cards of star players, retired greats and rookies. A list of participating retailers in both countries is linked below.
Canada’s set breaks down into three subsets: Pride of Canada, Hockey Heroes and Canada’s Rookies.
The sets in the U.S. will include American Icons, Stars in Stripes and America’s Rookies subsets.
A 16th Memorable Moments card for each set is available as a gift with purchase.
Packs will include randomly inserted autograph cards as in the past and there will be a new insert too look for as well: Young Guns cards of players who began their careers prior to the launch of the popular subset inserted into the company’s flagship hockey card product.
The Canadian National Hockey Card Day 25th Anniversary Young Guns set will include:
UD25-RF Ron Francis, Hartford Whalers
UD25-PT Pierre Turgeon, Buffalo Sabres
UD25-VD Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs
UD25-TF Theo Fleury, Calgary Flames
UD25-DH Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
The U.S. NHCD Young Guns checklist includes:
UD25-CC Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
UD25-JB Johnny Boychuk, Colorado Avalanche
UD25-PF Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia Flyers
UD25-CO Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings
UD25-BL Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
Five additional Young Guns anniversary cards will be created for the Spring Expo in Toronto and as a promotional item for Upper Deck’s Authorized Internet Retailers/Group Breakers. That checklist includes:
UD25-BR Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
UD25-JW Joel Ward, Minnesota Wild
UD25-MG Mike Gartner, Washington Capitals
UD25-AO Adam Oates, Detroit Red Wings
UD25-BP Brad Park, New York Rangers
Some hobby shops will hold special promotions and giveaways associated with the pack giveaway.
Toys R Us and London Drugs in Canada are also part of this year’s National Hockey Card Day with stores offering one of nine different perforated sheets of cards to customers on Saturday.
You can see National Hockey Card Day exclusives on eBay here.