UD Buybacks was a very popular product that sold well with many collectors searching for the Crosby rookie from The Cup!
And then a month went by.
And then even staff here at Upper Deck were wondering what happened, and when it might be discovered. We don’t have a way to track where individual cards go, but our production team assured us it made it out into a box and was just waiting to be found.
Enter a young man named Dalton Romach, and this is his story.
“When I was 8-years-old I became obsessed with hockey. I loved watching hockey, playing hockey and collecting hockey cards & memorabilia. My favorite team is the Pittsburgh Penguins which makes things interesting in my home because my father is a long-time Philadelphia Flyers fan.
“My local card shop is Evan's Sports Cards and Collectibles in Voorhees, New Jersey. Evan’s is a great place to go to get a wide selection of sports cards at a great price. Over the past few years, I have pulled some really impressive, high-end hockey cards from Evan's stock. The shop owner is extremely knowledgeable about sports card collecting and sports in general. Evan is a really friendly, and helpful guy.
Dalton has compiled a nice assortment of Crosby cards over the years, but little did he know he would soon have the ultimate Crosby card in his possession.
“Evan told me about a new exciting product being offered by Upper Deck called UD Buybacks Hockey. Evan knew that I was a huge fan of Sid and he told me that there was a Sidney Crosby Cup Rookie Patch Autograph card in the product. So, my father had Evan reserve me a five-box case as a Christmas gift. It would have been my ultimate dream to get that card!”
Sometimes, dreams come true… Get ready for a Christmas Miracle!
“It was Christmas morning and I got a number of Hockey card boxes as Christmas gifts. In addition to the Upper Deck Buybacks case, I also got some other awesome boxes! I opened the Buybacks case last. The Sidney Crosby card was in the last box of the case, and ironically, there was a Sidney Crosby base card on top of it. I was extremely overwhelmed, I couldn't believe I just pulled the Sidney Crosby RPA. It was truly a dream come true! I was so excited, my entire family ran into the room to see what happened as I couldn’t stop screaming.
He had done it! He pulled the holy grail of NHL rookie cards!
“I plan to keep it forever! Sidney Crosby is my all-time favorite hockey player and idol! I have some great cards in my collection, but without a doubt this card is my most valuable card.”
Oh what a feeling!
Congratulations Dalton and great work by your dad and Evan in picking that incredible case! We are so happy Sidney is going to such a good home even with a Flyers fan under the same roof.