Some hobby shops reported brisk business on Saturday as Upper Deck held its annual National Hockey Card Day promotion. Customers received free packs with the chance to earn more exclusive cards through purchases. Many shops held giveaways.
It’s a popular event in hockey-loving areas of the U.S. and almost a national holiday in Canada.
This is what the line looked like this morning before we opened. Dedicated collectors graced us on this freezing cold morning. It’s not this busy at the moment but there is still time to get here. 45 min warning #NHCD @UpperDeckHockey @UniversalDst pic.twitter.com/uftnGGUu9a
— Wayne Wagner (@WaynesCards) February 23, 2019
— Ryan (@metalmex21) February 23, 2019
— Carl’s Cards (@carlscards) February 24, 2019
Topps held its annual party for buyers of its big bucks Transcendent baseball product last Friday in Arizona with Mike Trout as the special guest.
The Angels star spoke to attendees and also chatted in small groups with collectors and dealers who attended.
Invitations came inside each box of Transcendent, a $25,000 product with over 50 autograph and 1/1 cards. Those who came received free autographed baseballs and cards that were exclusive to the party. Some of those have already shown up on eBay.
Topps holds its annual Industry Conference in Arizona this week with shop owners, online dealers and distributors gathering at Crooked Stick Resort in Scottsdale to talk shop and get info on Topps’ plans for the rest of 2019.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was scheduled to stop in during a reception Sunday night with reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich making an appearance Monday.
If you see a Michael Thomas or Zach Ertz signed jersey or maybe a pair of game-used gloves for sale, they might be hot.