Collectors in Canada will be spending time at Tim Hortons stores again this fall. The company’s annual trading card promotion returned on Wednesday. The 2018-19 Tim Hortons hockey cards are available at stores, with $1 packs available as long as you purchase a beverage, or $1.99 by themselves. There’s also a collector’s album you can buy for $14.99.
Created in association with the NHL’s exclusive trading card partner, Upper Deck, this year’s promotion includes a 120-card base set, six different insert sets, 87 randomly inserted Sidney Crosby Superstar Signature Cards, autographed NHL Jersey Relic Cards, autographs and a special run of autographed Brad Marchand Timbits cards. A full checklist is at the bottom of the page.
Crosby is once again the face of the promotion with an assist from Marchand.
“As a kid, holding that hockey hard in your hand was being just about as close to your favorite player as you could be,” he stated. “Nate and I are excited to be a part of this program once again and to help bring the love of hockey cards to hockey fans across Canada.”
This is the third year for the program.
“We’ve always had a special connection to hockey, from our founder (former player) Tim Horton to our national sponsorships and community level programs across Canada,” said Jorge Zaidan, Head of Marketing, Tim Hortons Canada. “From coast-to-coast, we see how excited our guests get for the hockey season and we look forward to celebrating Canada’s game with them each year.”
Great morning picking up some @UpperDeckHockey @UpperDeckSports @TimHortons Hockey Cards with a fresh cup of coffee to start off a great day!! Got the Crosby sticks on the house start my two year old son young ?????? @beckettmedia @UniversalDst @SHOWYOURHITS @upperdeckblog pic.twitter.com/A6WAJhEHkv
— Jason (@truecollector88) September 26, 2018
While the autograph and relic cards have been notoriously to pull, the insert sets are a little more accessible. This year’s group includes: Top Line Talents, produced in a lenticular (3D) design, Clear Cut Phenoms, Golden Etichings, Superstar Showcase and All-Star Standouts. The latter set is the easiest insert card to pull.
The base set size of 120 represents a 20-card increase over the 2017-18 set.
Need some cards but can’t find a trading partner? Tim Hortons is also hosting local Hockey Card Trading Nights on October 18 and 25 at select restaurants across Canada.
Trading will extend online as each physical pack contains a unique PIN code for www.collecttowin.ca, an online hockey card trading platform. There’s also a contest to win a meet-and-greet with Crosby, tickets to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, autographed jerseys and other prizes.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 26, 2018
2018-19 Tim Hortons hockey cards aren’t available at U.S.-based stores but you can see hundreds for sale and auction on eBay by clicking here.
You can find Facebook trading groups for the set here.