Not even a freak March Texas snowstorm could freeze the spirits of 14-year-old Dallas collector Ryan Wolfson last Saturday. Not with 15 of his closest buddies around to keep him warm until Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton arrived at his front door.
Indeed, that’s how last weekend started for Wolfson, the grand prize winner in the 2009 NFL Players Player of the Day contest. Following an informal shindig with Crayton, Wolfson and his buddies at the Wolfson family home, the party moved – via limousine – to Nick and Debbie Redwine’s Dallas-based Nick’s Sports Cards.
Once there, the party grew to more than 200 guests, all of whom received free autographs from Crayton and otherwise made themselves comfortable with hobby heat while Wolfson received a $250 shopping spree.
“I am thrilled for Ryan and his family,” said namesake owner Nick Redwine. “He is a regular customer at my shop and a big football card collector and Cowboys fan. I’m glad to be a part of his special day.”
Ryan’s journey began when he uncovered the designated NFL Player of the Day from a pack of cards he purchased at Nick’s. Each participating store selected a grand prize winner for a spot in the national sweepstakes. More than 100 collectors earned prizes in the national sweepstakes including autographed footballs and autographed NFL trading cards.
The 2009 NFL Player of the Day promotion included more than 600 hobby shops across the country. NFL Players, along with trading card licensees Panini, Topps and Upper Deck, coordinated the promotion. This marked the 10th consecutive year the NFL Player of the Day program has given a card collector the chance to spend the day with an NFL player. Past players have included Steve Slaton, A.J. Feeley, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Simms, Rudi Johnson, Donald Driver, Ed McCaffrey, Chad Pennington and Frank Wycheck.
— Tracy Hackler