by Rich Klein
Over the years, I’d like to think I learned a few things about the trading card hobby. What I’ve learned is that no matter how much I think I know, there is always something new up a card producer’s sleeve. The latest example of this was a box we recently received from In the Game entitled Canadiana. The product features nothing but sports figures either born in Canada or important to Canadian history.
Although there are only nine cards in the box, I realized that I had only heard of a small percent of those people whose cards we pulled. Fortunately, two of the subjects I had heard of were the people whose autographs we received!
Each box, as mentioned, contains nine cards. Interestingly our box said only eight cards were in the box with the six base cards, one autograph and one memorabilia card. There are six base cards, one memorabilia card; one autograph card and one combo autograph/memorabilia card. These boxes are current selling on eBay for between $90-100 per box.
Here is what we received from our box:
Base Cards: Charles Best (inventor); Norma Shearer (Actress); Samuel de Champlain (Explorer); Whopper Billy Watson (Wrestler); Torru Douglas (Politician); Yousuf Karsh (Photographer). The only one of these six people I remembered was Norma Shearer who was a famed actress in the 1920’s and 30’s. No baseball cards, but there are plenty sprinkled throughout the product like Ferguson Jenkins, Larry Walker and others.
Memorabilia Card: Dave Cutler Mega Memorabilia Silver . I did have to look up who Mr. Cutler was and he is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the all-time points leader for the Edmonton Eskimos.
Autograph Card: Susan Jacks. You probably have to be a certain age to remember Susan Jacks, but with her then husband Terry, she sang one of the biggest hits of 1970, Which Way Are You Going, Billy. As The Poppy Family, they had a couple of other minor American hits but none are as well remembered as Billy. If you are an “intense” fan of old top 40, I strongly recommend a listen to their version of “Endless Sleep”. After their divorce, Terry would have a huge hit in 1974 with “Seasons in the Sun”. Anyone who listened to the radio in 1974 will remember that song and most of them will wince at the mention of Seasons.
Combo Autograph/Memorabilia Card: William Shatner. Now how many of you realize that he is Canadian? Shatner has had a wonderful and long-lasting career. Plus, as a person who loved the original Star Trek back in the day, it was a real thrill to see both the autograph and the piece of TV show-worn shirt. Cool card to pull!
Not everyone may be blessed to receive the extra card from this product but if you want to do a little light research into the history of our brethren to the North, then this product is a good one for you to purchase and learn from and enjoy the hits at the same time.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]