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My First hockey trading card

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Everyone has his first. As I recall, I got my first hockey trading card in summer of 2010. It was autographed 2008-09 Dinamo Riga Team Issue #15 Mārtiņ Cipulis. Of course I knew that such thing as sports trading cards exist before, but I've never had any interest in them before maybe because I've never had any. There have been Latvian team issued cards before, but as a hobby it's not that popular as it could be. Fortunately, the KHL league appeared in 2008 and thereby hockey trading cards became more popular. It started from Dinamo Riga issued cards and became as SeReal KHL official trading cards, which were produced in Riga, Latvia. But knowing the economic situation in Russia the 2014-15 season cards never came out.
But the fun fact about my first trading card is that my mother gave it to me and the story why this card is so special is that Mārtiņ Cipulis almost lives just around the corner. By Google maps it's 650 m or 8 min walking between our houses. For a 19.28 km2 (7.44 sq mi) city with a little more than 18 000 peoples with no skating rink Mārtiņ Cipulis was a superstar, at least for me. Here's some statistics:

  • Mārtiņ Cipulis is fifth in all time statistics for National team of Latvia - 179 GP, 103 P (53+50), fourth best goal scorer, sixth best in assists;
  • 14 games played in Olympic games, 4 P (2 G + 2 A). Participated in three Olympic games - 2006 in Torino, 2010 in Vancouver, 2014 in Sochi;
  • 64 games played in World Championship, 34 P (15 G + 19 A), second best in WC TOP division, ;
  • 9 games played in in Olympic game qualification, 4 P (2 G + 2 A);
  • 302 games played in KHL, 82 P (41 G + 41 A) eleventh best from Latvian players, 28 games played in playoffs 2 P (2 G + 0 A).

So, after I got my first card, I began to take interest in this whole hockey card thing. First it was some base cards, then autograph, a little bit later - jersey and patch cards. And now there is no stopping and it keeps going further and further.

What's your story about your first trading card?


  1. CliffAnderson92's Avatar
    Interesting topic! I don't remember who was on my first trading cards, but one night when I was a few years old I had trouble breathing. When I went to the hospital to make sure I was ok, one of the people that worked there gave me a handful of baseball cards and I thought that they were the most amazing things ever. And from that point on I always knew that I wanted to get into the hobby someday! And what's cool about that, is that some collector probably had a bunch of worthless cards sitting around and instead of burning them or throwing them away, they donated them to the hospital for kids and I know that there are some collectors on here that do that too. It may seem like a simple act of kindness, but they will possibly be more special to those kids than you imagine and they may grow up to be fellow collectors!

    I met KHL player Katsuba Stanislav online before and he refused to sign an autograph for me because he said that he wasn't "famous enough"

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