For close to ten years, hobby shops throughout North America, Upper Deck, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association have successfully run the National Hockey Card Day promotion. The promotion allows for sports fans to try hockey cards for absolutely free just by visiting a participating hobby shop or retailer on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
That’s right, just by walking in one of the participating retailers on Saturday, February 18, you can try hockey cards for absolutely free. At hobby shops, you can get a free five-card pack and at retail stores, you can get a free 8-card sheet (Canada exclusive). You can see a list of participating retailers in the USA and Canada arranged by area code at www.UpperDeck.com/NHCD. The Hockey Hall-of-Fame in Toronto will also be participating providing 8-card sheets to fans on Saturday!
By visiting multiple shops, you can put together the entire 15-card set made up of rookies, veterans and legends. Don’t wait too long though as packs are only available while supplies last! With this incredible rookie class, fans will be fired up to get out to shops to collect these cards. Also, if you make qualifying Upper Deck purchase at these hobby shops, you can get a 16th Memorable Moments card of one of the top rookies this year for FREE!
Upper Deck produces different sets for the United States and Canada. The American set features some of the top American players and foreign players on American teams. While the Canadian set features some of the best Canadian-born players and top foreign players on Canadian teams. These sets are exclusive to each country, and it is common to see collectors trading with each other to get cards they are interested in from Canada and America. There is even a Facebook group dedicated to putting collectors in touch with each other to help complete sets: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1667115566890617/
Here is a checklist for the Canadian National Hockey Card Day set:
|CAN-1||Auston Matthews||Toronto||Canada’s Rookies|
|CAN-2||Patrik Laine||Winnipeg||Canada’s Rookies|
|CAN-3||Matthew Tkachuk||Calgary||Canada’s Rookies|
|CAN-4||Mikhail Sergachev||Montreal||Canada’s Rookies|
|CAN-5||Mitch Marner||Toronto||Canada’s Rookies|
|CAN-6||Jonathan Toews||Chicago||Pride Of Canada|
|CAN-7||Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay||Pride Of Canada|
|CAN-8||John Tavares||New York||Pride Of Canada|
|CAN-9||Connor McDavid||Edmonton||Pride Of Canada|
|CAN-10||Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh||Pride Of Canada|
|CAN-11||Bobby Orr||Boston||Hockey Heroes|
|CAN-12||Patrick Roy||Montreal||Hockey Heroes|
|CAN-13||Mike Bossy||New York||Hockey Heroes|
|CAN-14||Joe Sakic||Colorado||Hockey Heroes|
|CAN-15||Wayne Gretzky||Edmonton||Hockey Heroes|
|CAN-16||Auston Matthews||Toronto||Memorable Moments|
Here is the checklist for the American National Hockey Card Day set:
|USA-1||Auston Matthews||Toronto||America’s Rookies|
|USA-2||Tyler Motte||Chicago||America’s Rookies|
|USA-3||Zach Werenski||Columbus||America’s Rookies|
|USA-4||Ivan Provorov||Philadelphia||America’s Rookies|
|USA-5||Jimmy Vesey||New York||America’s Rookies|
|USA-6||Dylan Larkin||Detroit||Stars and Stripes|
|USA-7||Jack Eichel||Buffalo||Stars and Stripes|
|USA-8||Joe Pavelski||San Jose||Stars and Stripes|
|USA-9||Jonathan Quick||Los Angeles||Stars and Stripes|
|USA-10||Patrick Kane||Chicago||Stars and Stripes|
|USA-11||Jeremy Roenick||Chicago||American Icons|
|USA-12||Bill Guerin||Pittsburgh||American Icons|
|USA-13||Brian Leetch||New York||American Icons|
|USA-14||Ed Olczyk||Chicago||American Icons|
|USA-15||Mike Modano||Dallas||American Icons|
|USA-16||Auston Matthews||Toronto||Memorable Moments|
Also, randomly inserted into the National Hockey Card Day packs are limited-edition Victory Black rookie cards. These cards are an extension of the Victory Black rookie cards Upper Deck distributed at the 2016 Fall Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo. Here is a full checklist of the Victory Black rookie cards you can find in National Hockey Card Day packs:
|V-17||Auston Matthews||Toronto||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-18||Patrik Laine||Winnipeg||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-19||Matthew Tkachuk||Calgary||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-20||Mikhail Sergachev||Montreal||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-21||Mitch Marner||Toronto||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-22||Tyler Motte||Chicago||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-23||Nick Schmaltz||Chicago||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-24||Zach Werenski||Columbus||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-25||Ivan Provorov||Philadelphia||Victory Black Rookies|
|V-26||Jimmy Vesey||New York||Victory Black Rookies|
Lastly, there are super-rare autograph cards inserted into the packs. If you are lucky enough to pull one of these cards it is definitely cause for a celebration as the players included in the autograph checklist are some of the best. In Canadian packs you can find autograph cards of Kyle Connor, Owen Nolan and Connor McDavid. In the American packs you can find autograph cards of Jimmy Vesey, Kyle Palmieri and Bill Guerin.
We recommend collectors participating in National Hockey Card Day to call the shops they are planning on visiting prior to arrival. Many will have special promotions and offers available throughout the day so plan out your visits so you can be in attendance at the right time. National Hockey Card Day is a party where we take packs to the people, check it out!
More than anything, we encourage fans to share this special day together. We love seeing imagery of families at shops to get their National Hockey Card Day packs. Together you are creating memories that will last a lifetime!
For fans that live in areas where there are not participating hobby shops or retailers, you can still sample Upper Deck NHL® cards. You can get a free digital pack at www.UpperDeckEpack.com everyday where you can open packs from your computer, tablet or smart phone.