2015 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day
You had me at, "free cards."
2015 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day has similar but separate promotions slated for both Canada and the United States. Each country has its own set. They're also slated to take place a week apart. So if you live near the 49th parallels, one could use it as an excuse for some cross-border shopping.
Whichever country you live in, the premise of National Hockey Card Day is the same: visit a participating hobby shop and get free cards from a special set made just for the promotion.
Canada was first up, taking place on Saturday, February 14. American shops are following a week later on February 21.
Each set has 15 cards that are available in the free packs. These break down into three subsets for each country.
2015 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day packs also have five additional "What If?" Young Guns cards randomly inserted. These give retired players Young Guns-style cards despite the fact they debuted before Upper Deck started making hockey cards or they didn't make the cut during their rookie seasons. Canadian packs have Ron Francis, Pierre Turgeon, Vincent Damphousse, Theo Fleury and Doug Harvey What If? Young Guns. American packs highlight Corey Crawford, Johnny Boychuk, Peter Forsberg, Chris Osgood and Brian Leetch.
A small number of autographs are also available.
Like previous years, there's also a special 16th base card that's available for both sets with a qualifying purchase.
For Canadian collectors, participating Toys 'R Us and London Drugs locations also have five nine-card sheets to give away.
2015 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Checklist
The following are the tenative player lists. We'll update with final numbers ASAP.
Canada Base Set
NHCD1 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
NHCD2 Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
NHCD3 Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
NHCD4 Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets
NHCD5 P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
NHCD6 Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks
NHCD7 Sam Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres
NHCD8 Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
NHCD9 Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
NHCD10 Curtis Lazar, Ottawa Senators
NHCD11 Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques
NHCD12 Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
NHCD13 Terry Sawchuk, Toronto Maple Leafs
NHCD14 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
NHCD15 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
NHCD16 Jonathan Toews, Team Canada
United States Base Set
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Mike Richter, New York Rangers
John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers
Brian Leetch, New York Rangers
Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings
Jeremy Roenick, Chicago Blackhawks
Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues
Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals
Rocco Grimaldi, Florida Panthers
Kevin Hayes, New York Rangers
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers
What If? Young Guns
Ron Francis, Hartford Whalers
Pierre Turgeon, Buffalo Sabres
Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs
Theo Fleury, Calgary Flames
Doug Harvey, Montreal Canadiens
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins
Peter Forsberg, Quebec Nordiques
Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings
Brian Leetch, New York Rangers