Collector's items and memorabilia
If you can remember big, pink sticks of bubble gum that were so hard and brittle they usually broke into dozens of pieces before you could get them into your mouth, you must surely remember where you got them. They came in packs of hockey trading cards. Though they may not be quite as popular today, hockey cards were all the rage in the late 1960s to the early 1980s and your childhood was surely deprived if you weren't involved in the wheeling and dealing of them.
When kids were trading cards on school playgrounds at recess decades ago only a few words were usually needed. "Got em, got em, got em, need em, got em." I'd hate to be the one to tell you now that all of those hours spent playing general manager weren't really necessary as you can now buy whole sets of cards by the year they were produced. Still there are some cards out there that are hard to find and are classified as high priced collector's items.
Who really knew that years after they were first produced these collectible cards would become a huge, worldwide trading business or that Wayne Gretzky's rookie card would be worth more than your first car? Well, if you were one of the few people who saw it coming and still have all of your old hockey cards you should give yourself a pat on the back. The card collecting business has become so popular over the years that there are now many specialty shops, magazines and internet sites all dedicated to the hockey card. Many of these cards are now worth hundreds of dollars and autographed cards are even more valuable. However, it is sometimes hard to tell if an autographed hockey card is authentic.
There are also many hockey card autograph sessions and trading events held throughout North America each year where collectors gather to swap their cards and past and present hockey players turn up to autograph their cards and have their photographs taken with fans. Some players only played a year or two and later became coaches or cult heroes. So, if you happen to have any old hockey cards up in your attic I'm sure the bats wouldn't mind if you went up there and dusted them off so you could take them down and start your wheeling and dealing all over again.
Topps hockey cards, O Pee Chee hockey cards and Upper Deck hockey cards were a few of the well-known brands and hockey cards are still made and traded today. So if you happen to get a Sidney Crosby rookie card, it may be a good idea to hang onto it.