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We are excited to announce that Players Choice Sportscards & Collectibles has been granted AIR status – Authorized Internet Retailer – and we are now able to sell all Upper Deck products online. You can look forward to many more Upper Deck products being added to our website; including pre-orders for future products.
Now in its ninth year, National Hockey Card Day, is a day of celebration for Canadian hockey card collectors and hockey fans throughout the country! At Players Choice, we make it a BIG celebration. This year is going to be bigger than ever with more prizes, more games, our Annual Scavenger Hunt, and lots of free cards.
Check out the checklist for this year’s Canadian base set featuring 15 cards. All players either play on Canadian teams or come from the Great White North.
The checklist is broken into three subsets: Canada’s Rookies, Pride of Canada and Hockey Heroes. Nick Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom are among the NHL freshmen in the set. Other big names include Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic. The 16th and final card in the Canadian set belongs to Canucks rookie, Quinn Hughes and if available with all $10 Upper Deck purchases on February 15th.
The new Mascot inserts feature furry friends from a handful of Canadian teams including Carlton the Bear from Toronto and Calgary’s Harvey the Hound. There’s also former Montreal Expos cheerleader, Youpii who now finds himself cheering for the Canadiens. Three autographs, the toughest pulls in packs, represent hockey’s past, present and future. Lanny McDonald, Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Poehling are the available signatures.
We can’t wait to see everyone at Players Choice on Saturday February 15th between 10am-7pm to join in the celebration of National Hockey Card Day and collect this year’s set of hockey cards!
At the Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer Conference in Orlando Florida, Kelowna business Players Choice Sports received a prestigious international award for Best Hobby Retailer of the Year. Upper Deck wanted to commemorate the memory of a well-loved hobby shop owner, Steve James, after he passed away, so the company created an award to be presently annually in his name for the Best Hobby Retailer. Steve James was the owner of the Bullpen in Hendersonville, NC and he was incredibly passionate about the hobby of sports card collecting. He was a bit older and bigger, but he had a youthful exuberance when it came to running his shop. The award citation reads “presented for tireless efforts in engaging customers with interactive programs and improving the hobby for future generations.”
Recipients Jason Wobshall and Katie Jenion from Players Choice Sports are known in the hobby shop community for running a lot of events from Monthly Break Nights, autograph signings, and free giveaways at the annual National Hockey Card Day in Canada event. They are involved with local charity work, and strongly encourage sports-card collecting in all ages from kids to great-grandparents. In 2019, they held a contest and took 20 of their customers to the NHL Draft in Vancouver, BC to share a memorable experience at one of the NHL’s premier events.
Chris Carlin, presenter of the award and Marketing Manager of Upper Deck in Carlsbad, CA, says of the store, “Players Choice always stands out, decked out in their store gear, we see them at different shows and events throughout the year as they work hard to increase their footprint on the hobby. Their customers love them because they work tirelessly on their behalf and we felt it was time to recognize them for their efforts. Congratulations to Jason Wobshall and Katie Jenion of Players Choice Sportscards for receiving the Steve James Award from Upper Deck!”