By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
If the NHL lockout got you down and you stopped collecting cards, perhaps today is a good day to get back in the hobby.
It’s National Hockey Card Day in Canada (don’t worry Americans, your day is next week). In celebration, Upper Deck is giving away free packs of cards at participating hobby shops across the country.
The set consists of 16 cards from current and former members of Team Canada such as Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur. Fans can also head to Toys “R” Us or London Drugs to get one of five oversize cards.
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Events are held throughout Canada celebrating hockey and collecting where former NHL stars are on hand this weekend. Upper Deck is giving away packs at the Hockey Hall of Fame to visitors with paid admission while supplies last and at the Richmond Celebrate Hockey Day event in Western Canada.
Autographs of Jaden Schwartz, Dany Heatley and Bobby Orr are randomly inserted into packs.
If you do not have a store within 30 miles of where you live, Upper Deck is giving customers the opportunity to get packs. You can email UpperDeckMarketing@upperdeck.com for a chance to win. Here’s the information from Upper Deck’s website:
Email Subject Line: 2013 NHCD Canadian Free Pack Request
Email Body: Please include your full name, address, city, province, postal code and phone number and one (1) sentence as to why you would like someone to open up a trading card store in your hometown. Please double check your shipping information in particular because if the address is not correct, you won’t receive your pack!
Upper Deck will work with our hobby partners to provide at least one pack, per household while supplies last. Upper Deck is not responsible for lost mail. Please be patient for delivery. Emails must be received by Monday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Did you get to any of these events? Let us know.