The excitement is contagious when children win Upper Deck giveaways!
Upper Deck also ran coordinated bubble hockey tournaments each day of the show, but more often than not, kids found their way to the table to play their own impromptu tournaments. It was a lot of fun for kids, but also for parents to see their children having fun and winning items like packs of cards, UD branded knit caps and memorabilia items.
Kids loved playing Bubble Hockey in coordinated and impromptu tournaments at Upper Deck's corporate booth!
Upper Deck also worked with adult collectors who were participating in case and box break promotions to donate their extra cards to one of the company’s Certified Diamond Dealers and Authorized Group Breakers; Breakaway Cards. Upper Deck collected several thousand new cards from fans and shared them with Breakaway Cards who are in turn donating them to McMaster’s Children’s Hospital. Providing sick kids with a nice distraction through trading cards to take their mind off their health concerns is something everyone can get behind.
UD worked with Breakaway Sports Cards to donate several thousand cards to a local Children's Hospital.
Even when there wasn’t something planned, Upper Deck relished any opportunity to engage these youngsters by coming up with fun games they could play together to earn new UD cards. Check out this video of UD staff playing an exciting trivia game with two children who are obviously pretty hardcore hockey fans already!
Upper Deck staffers also took time out to explain the fun of collecting cards with super young fans.
Taking time out to share why hockey cards are fun with kids is important for UD staff.
Staff also took the time to make sure younger collectors who were engaged had some great Upper Deck gear to show their support for the hobby.
UD staff made sure passionate young collectors looked great in a new Young Guns shirt and Upper Deck knit cap!
By in large though our favorite moment was towards the end of the show where Upper Deck staff invited kids on the floor to join us for ice cream. It was fun to see the smiles and create some great memories with kids who may one day open the next great trading card shop or come to work for Upper Deck and build the next great trading card. At Upper Deck, we are all excited to see what the next generation of collectors bring to the hobby!
Nothing made kids smile more than when UD treated a variety of kids to ice cream towards the end of the show.