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Father’s Day Cards: Share Your Memories with Panini America & You Could Win!

June 14, 2012

If you’re reading The Knight’s Lance right now, chances are good that you’re a collector. And if you’re a collector, you’ve got them. Oh, how you’ve got them — those heartwarming, never-forget memories of collecting with Dad, or collecting with your own kids as a dad, that instantly bring a smile to your face.

Certainly, all of us here at Panini America have them. And in honor of this weekend’s massive Father’s Day promotion, we’re going to share some of them with you now. After you’ve read ours, please share your own as a comment to this post. (And if you want to post a picture with your entry, that’s great, too.) Each day from now through Father’s Day, we’ll select one lucky winner to receive five 2012 Panini America Father’s Day packs.

But first, some of our favorite memories . . .

David Sharp, Panini America Customer Service Manager
Trying to wean my kids away from Pokemon cards is tough! I can usually draw them in by allowing them to touch and feel the cool patch and jersey cards that I get. This definitely has a wow factor over Pokemon.

Chris Reed, Panini America Marketing Manager
It wasn’t Father’s Day, but I will not soon forget my son Aubrey’s first trading card experience. I took my son to his first Oklahoma Sooners football game in October 2011. After the game, we went to the Sooner fan shop. Out of all the apparel, memorabilia, trinkets, etc., Aubrey’s “must have” item was DeMarco Murray’s 2011 Score RC.   I purchased the card, and remember thinking that I could probably have grabbed one from the office rather than pay $5 — but the memory wouldn’t be the same.

Scott Prusha, Panini America Marketing Manager
Collecting helped me and my father become best friends. We started going to shows when I was young and that led to us opening a shop together during my teens. For Christmas and my birthday, he’d always buy me one Rookie Card that I wanted. I still have them all and will never part with them.

Carlos Torrez, Panini America NFL Brand Manager
As the father of a 13-year-old boy, we always find time to visit our local card shop to open a few packs and talk sports. This Father’s Day will no different as we make our monthly trip to get our hands on some of the highly collectible cardboard created for this special day.

Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing
My first memory of collecting cards with my dad was opening a pack of cards and getting a Wade Boggs Rookie Card and later going to card shows to track down a Bo Jackson Rated Rookie.

As a dad, each year I load my kids’ Christmas stockings with Panini America trading cards. There’s something so special about watching them open their packs and seeing their eyes light up because they got their favorite Boston Celtics or New England Patriots player.

Mike Payne, Panini America Baseball Brand Manager
All of us have a story or six about great finds or great buys over the years. I certainly have some of those, but none compare with the simple time spent with my kids at shows when they were younger. Shows are becoming a lost art in our industry, but “back in the day” you could find a decent show within 20 miles on just about any weekend. Part of raising kids is filing away memories in order to take them out on another day, dust them off, and recall something good. I’m lucky my three – two sons and a daughter – cared enough to have spent that time with their dad. And they had fun, poring through bargain boxes and excitedly showing me how far their money went. All are in college now, and – not surprisingly in this iPhone world — cards are not the most important part of their lives. Funny thing about memories; you can’t put them in plastic sheets or in a One-Touch. But they remain the most valuable things I possess.

David Porter, Panini America NBA Brand Manager
Among my favorite childhood memories include sitting with my father in our family room in Topeka, Kan., with my baseball cards spread everywhere listening to Harry Caray and Jack Buck call the St. Louis Cardinals games over the radio. My dad taught me to keep score and regaled me with his favorite Cardinals stories when he was growing up in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the 1930s and 1940s. I learned about Stan Musial, the Dean Brothers, Enos “Country” Slaughter, Whitey “Crooked Arm” Kurowski, and the brothers Mort and Walker Cooper (Mort pitched, Walker caught). My dad realized what card collecting meant to me and was always encouraging me to continue. Eventually, he chauffeured me and my buddies to many card shops and card shows, always supporting my collecting.

Now that I have three sons who all collect, I understand what card collecting meant to my father was an opportunity to spend time with me, sharing something we both loved.

Keith Hower, Panini America NBA Brand Manager
Growing up, I knew every Saturday was baseball card day. Our routine, in order to give Mom a breather, was to head out with Dad, spend a couple hours away from the house — be it at the beach, the park, or some other fun random place — and end the trip with a few packs of baseball cards from the local corner store. Great memories. Thanks, Dad.

Chris Barr, Panini America NHL Brand Manager
My dad was the one who introduced me to hockey, and as we moved around the world while he was serving in the Air Force, he made sure we always had a satellite installed to catch the Flyers games and Hockey Night in Canada. He also contributed to countless trips to the local card shops so I could get more hockey cards. Thanks for everything, Dad.

Tim Trout, Panini America NHL Band Manager
My favorite memory was the arrival of a complete set that my dad had ordered. He was still at work, and they arrived in number order, as you would expect, but to a 7-year-old, they needed to be dumped out on the floor and sorted by team. My dad arrived home to find 26 piles of cards and a 7-year-old explaining that the cards weren’t in order — because the Cubs cards weren’t first in the box.

Now I get the opportunity to watch my 2-year-old son dump a box of cards on the floor and he just points out players wearing a Cubs hat, like his, and not too much sorting. But that time will come, and I can’t wait.

Ben Ecklar, Panini America Director of Product Development
I went on business trip with my dad and we would drop by the local Safeway to buy packs of baseball cards; we completed three or four sets that week. That’s how I got started. My kids are still young, starting to show interest and they love opening packs and looking for autographed cards.

Tracy Hackler, Panini America Hobby Marketing Manager
When I was much younger, my dad worked at a printing facility that produced those magical lenticular cards that usually wound up as prizes tucked snugly into the bottom of 7-Eleven Slurpee cups. Much to the delight of my older brother Tim and I, Dad would often bring large quantities of those cards home for us, a fringe benefit that kick started a lifelong love of collecting — and built an unbreakable bond — that my brother and I share to this day.

All these years later, Tim and I are fathers of our own — two boys apiece — who’ve spent so much quality time instilling the same memories and relationships that will no doubt have them fondly remembering forever all those times when Dad brought cards home to them.


Congratulations to our Father’s Day Blog Winners! Some great, heart-felt Father’s Day stories. It was tough to choose our winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.

The following winners please send us an email to with your name, info, address, etc. so that we can send your prize.  Please put “Father’s Day Blog Winner” in the subject line.


Victor Pimentel

Bruce Sims

Nick Tumbokon

Seth M. Murphy

109 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Druga permalink
    June 14, 2012 5:02 pm

    My most memorable moment with my kids was when i took my 3 daughters!! Yes, three daughters to there first Baseball Game our team the Pittsburgh Pirates vs the Dodgers. I thought it would be rough, but it wasn’t!! My oldest Ashley got to meet some of the LA Dodgers!!! Took some photos and had a blast!! Even though I never had a son to share these moments with, my girls were just as memorable, And I will charish all of those memories forever!!

  2. June 14, 2012 5:24 pm

    I was born and raised in Maui and was always a huge fan of football and I remember always buying packs of football cards and collecting players that I knew from watching games on TV. The other unknown players often ended up in the spokes of my BMX. That is until I went to my first probowl on Oahu. This was the first time I could actually meet the players and collect autographs but I didn’t bring any cards not knowing what to expect. But, this was the start of my ever growing collection.

    I am now a dad with two wonderful boys. They are still to young to appreciate collecting but, I look forward to the day I can break packs with them. To me that is the wonderful thing about card collecting. You make new wonderful memories one pack at a time. Thanks for everything Panini and Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there!


  3. Nick Gauder permalink
    June 14, 2012 5:54 pm

    My Dad never collected cards and never really took me to cardshops or cardshows but im so happy im able to involve my 2 daughters in this great hobby. They started opening packs with me when they were both just 4 and 6 and we havent stopped since. They are like their Dad and only get really excited when they pull an auto or mem card but mostly the autos. They know so much about sports like who the big rookies are each year and what team they play for and even know what the jersey numbers are of all the big players, and thats all because of sports cards (and a little SportsCenter)LOL. Every Saturday we go to our local cardshop and we buy 2 or 3 or maybe 4 boxes and then we go out and so our usual Saturday night fun night like a movie or putt putt and after we are done with all that we go upstairs and open our boxes together. Every big pull comes with a great memory with my kids that i will never forget and hopefully they wont either. My daughters are my world and having them in my life, well, everyday is Fathers Day to me. Im sure this Fathers Day we will create some more great memories as we open some boxes and Fathers Day Packs thanks to all you guys at Panini! Happy Fathers Day to all you guys at Panini.

  4. June 14, 2012 6:02 pm

    all i can say is that if it was not for card collectin my son and i would not have a relationship,,he brought home a pack of cards and we both started to look at them and we were like this is fun,,ever since we do r weekend pack rip..and that has brought us so close cause he looks forward to doin this with me,,before this he was gettin into trouble with the school and other places but sincewe have been collectin together he has not gotten into trouble since..thank u card companies for bringin us closer together..even if i was not to win,,i dont care i have my son back..thank u..

  5. June 14, 2012 6:11 pm

    Sadly, my dad wasn’t into sports and never really did much with my sports card habit. But one day, when I have children, I will introduce them to sports cards, or even My Little Pony cards or something like that that’s popular if it’s a girl. Cards will be involved somehow. Just hope it’s a boy one day!

  6. Mike permalink
    June 14, 2012 6:39 pm

    My first card convention was at the Local high school gym when I was 11 years old. My father took me to score some packs and browse some of the tables. I remember pulling a 1991 O Pee Chee Premiere Nolan Ryan “7 career no hitters”. I was stoked because the card paid for the cost of all my packs. As we stepped out, I noticed huge chunks of ash raining from the sky. This was the day of the infamous Oakland Hills Firestorm of 1991. While this is just and hobby and is meant to be fun and entertaining, the cards are just material items. 25 people lost their lives in those fires and I cant imagine the families of the 3800 homes which were also destroyed. It made me thankful for everything I have and not to take your everyday life and possessions for granted.

  7. Ernest Hebert permalink
    June 14, 2012 7:57 pm

    I can remember it was quite a few years back my son was six years old 12 years ago(I am a huge hockey nut and been playing hockey for many years even to date)….well I decided to pass a little hockey on to my son and took him to his first old timers hockey game at the Verdun Auditorium where else can you go to see stars like Gilbert Perrault ,Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur ,Steve Shutt,to name a few all in the same day….well to make a long story short it was intermission time and I went to take my son to get a few dogs and a drink the next thing I know my son is calling me telling me come here dad and he starts running I run after him naturally what happened next surprised the heck out of me he stops in front of this man and he goes I know you you are the greatest player to ever play the game and he took off his hat and asked him could you please sign my hat the man said with a surprised look gladly with a chuckle …..I was shocked because my son being just 6 years old recognized from hockey stories that my dad and myself had told him none other than “The Rocket”Maurice Richard I am sure I don’t have to tell anyone what type of icon he was being from Montreal….that was my sons first autograph a moment that I will cherish for ever and it was the start to his collecting days still to date we compare our hits whenever we pull something great….I still have a picture in my bucket of his hat he had signed hopefully I do this right and you can all view it…..

  8. June 14, 2012 7:57 pm

    My dad didn’t collect but on occasion, he’d let me tag along on one of his trips for his errands and let me do some trading at the card shop. He’d always tell me to make enough money to pay for lunch.

  9. Tung Le permalink
    June 14, 2012 8:31 pm

    The first time I opened any packs of sports cards was when I was about 6 or 7 when my dad got me a handful of football ‘rack packs’. I wasn’t too familiar with football at the time, basketball was my favorite sport, but when I started opening those packs and pulling players like Emmitt Smith cards, my dad was like thats a great player to pull. He got me excited, and every card after that, I would ask my dad about each player. He’d sit down at the kitchen table telling me about all the players and team, at that point, I peaked some interest in football. The next time we went to the gas station (which was the only place that carried sports cards at the time), he saw me glaring at basketball cards and knew. So with as little money we had at the time, he bought me several packs, and I pulled our hometown hero Shaq. Ever since then, I was hooked. The best moment as an older adult who still collects was probably three years ago, I turned 24 on my birthday, my girlfriend bought a box of basketball cards. I didn’t open those cards that day (which is rare since I’m too anxious to hold on to open cards), but I waited til my next day off to visit my mom & dad, where I wanted to see if my dad wanted to open the box with me. He of course was excited to, and since he hasn’t touched any new age cards with memorabilia or autographs, he was in for a surprise. About 5 packs in, my dad pulled an autograph card, and not just any autograph card, but he pulled an on-card Kobe Bryant jersey auto, and he knew who exactly that was, and man was he in shock. That became my first Kobe auto, and one card I could never trade or sell because of the moment. Every now and then, my dad asks if I have opened anything new, which is always exciting to talk about.

    Happy Father’s day to all collectors out there!

  10. James M permalink
    June 14, 2012 8:34 pm

    Me and my dad use to bust boxes back in the day all the time. Some of the best times we had were busting and completing the ’94-’95 Score Hockey set. Heck, we even went up to Canada just to be able to collect the ’93-’94 Panini Hockey sticker sets since we couldn’t find them down here in the US! :) Still have a wrapper from back then, but can’t remember where I put the sticker set. :( Have to look around for it sometime soon. Anyways, we still both occasionally bust some boxes when we have the chance. Busted some of the ’11-’12 Score hockey. Still have to finish checking all the cards to see if we have a complete set after busting 3 boxes.

    Happy Fathers Day to all the dad’s out there! Thanks again Panini for being an awesome company for giving people a chance to win some packs so that they will be able to share them with their dad and/or their kids.

  11. Jim Policastro permalink
    June 14, 2012 9:51 pm

    Well me and my dad always collected sports cards together, i remember plenty of shows and hobby show trips. Looking for Shaq RC, and anything Yankees. Know that he’s not around, i keep the passion for collecting alive with my 4 year old daughter, she is really good at finding me hotpacks in boxes and loves your Disney Princess Sticker Books. Im actually a dealer at little local North East PA Shows, heres a pic of us getting ready to go to one of the shows.[IMG][/IMG]Thank for making some great products, i’m never disappointed in any product i get from you guys, and its nice to think you care about all of us dads out there who collect. Thanks and Happy Fathers Day to all of you guys at Panini, keep up the good work.

  12. Jon permalink
    June 14, 2012 10:13 pm

    They are some super nice cards Tracy.. and Panini of course. When I think of my father and collecting, it always make me think of my first and favorite memories. My whole family was always into Sports, and Im mean really into them! My older brother got me hooked to the 89 Donruss baseball cards and introduced me into one of my favorite players to collect, even as of late. Well, anyways my dad always worked long hours and even most weekends. He always promised me that we’d get to a show and I could show him my hobby and how much I really loved it. It wasnt fathers day but it was the weekend before my birthday. I was woaken up early that saturday morning by my pops. “Well come are you gonna get up”. Naturally I got rite up, just happy he was home. He said you ready to check out that card show you been telling me about. Man, I cant tell you guys how excited I was. A day with my best friend, and too top it I get to show him what now it my life long hobby. So sure enough we headed to this show, it wasnt nothing like one of these major show’s now a days. Just a small show with maybe 20 stands or so. That day, I had the best day ever and he ended up buying not one but 2 Barry Bonds 1987 Donruss cards. One because it was my favorite card, and he wanted to have one of his own. I thought that was really special and will charish them memories forever. Of course I still have the card and even though its nothing crazy in value. I can always look at it and just reminsce on a great great first couple years of collecting. Now a days, I try to get the little one into the hobby and he is still a bit young, only being 5. He def loves to look at my collection with me, and talk about whats on that card and how cool they really are. Well, thanks for bringing up fathers day stuff Tracy, once again Im reminded of how much my dad means and Im glad I got to show him something I love. Thanks Panini for sticking together all the years, if it wasnt for you guys. I might not have got to share that great time with my pops.

  13. Gabriel permalink
    June 14, 2012 10:42 pm

    Collecting as a kid, my dad would take me to Triple Play, our local card shop and to card conventions downtown. He didn’t understand collecting but always supported my hobby. My son was born last Fathers Day so no gift could top that. I first took him to the card shop the day that the 2012 Hoops came out to get a pack. My son’s first card was Jeremy Lin’s first card in a Knicks uniform. Great way to start collecting with my son.

  14. Dustin Abernathy permalink
    June 14, 2012 10:45 pm

    My dad got me into collecting when I was around 6 even though he didn’t collect and I have been doing it ever since. I have my wife hooked and have started 2 small collections for our daughters. My fondest memories are when my dad would read a player ‘s name off a card and I would tell him the team, position, and number of the player. We would do this at dinner in resturants and when we where invited places with friends. NEVER WILL FORGET MY FATHER AND AWESOME CARDBOARD TIMES, LOVE YOU POPS!

  15. June 15, 2012 12:50 am

    Since I started collecting cards later in life I never got the chance to bust any boxes with my Dad (rip and Happy Fathers Day to the Greatest Dad I could of had)!!! He would of been into it though and would of enjoyed knowing that I was having a good time with it. I have gotten my 6y/o daughter into collecting cards and whenever we go into a Target she is the one I have grab a box off the shelf or a couple of loose packs out of the bin. We have fun going to sporting events to get my cards signed by the players on the cards and she likes to meet and talk with them when possible (it is surprising how many NBA and MLB players are so nice and friendly to little girls). Great times and memories spent with my daughter and Panini has been a big part of it all. Thanks and Happy Fathers Day to ALL!!

  16. June 15, 2012 2:09 am

    This thread is full of so much WIN. Awesome to see everyone sharing their experiences where normally they might not have.

    While growing up I lived with my mother and my step dad was an ass so never got anything really as a kid (Might explain my collecting as an adult). One holidays I remember going to my dads place (other end of the country) and after a hike up to the newsagent I had my first ever pack of trading cards that we sat down and opened together Being into motorsport it was 1993 “Hi Tech” Indy car cards I still have them kicking around here somewhere. It was not until 2010 at the ripe old age of 25 I discovered the wonderful masterpiece that is Panini Studio. Now i’m just biding my time waiting for my son to be old enough to start ripping into packs.

  17. June 15, 2012 6:11 am

    My Dad was never really into collecting (we never found anything in common) and he rarely bought me things. I’m 28 and he’s bought me two gifts to date, a Chicago Bulls jacket, which 15 years later is still too large for me (although very comfy lounging around in) and a box of 92/93 Basketball.
    The memory of busting that box is a special memory for me, it was one of the funnest things I ever did with Dad, a rare moment shared with him and it started a collecting habit that continues today.

    Now I have an 18 month old daughter and one of the funnest things for me is giving her empty packs during box breaks and watching her enjoy the sound they make crumpled in her little fingers. I hope one day she might share my interest in the hobby and I can share similar memories with her in future.

  18. Paul B. permalink
    June 15, 2012 7:53 am

    Back in 1999, I had to get surgery done to remove a piece of skin from my back which the doctors said could be cancerous. When I woke up from the anesthesia, my Dad had bought me 4 packs of hockey cards. There was no denying that we are both avid hockey fans so he bought me those packs to try and cheer me up and to save his then 12 year-old son the boredom of reading Good Housekeeping or People magazine. I pulled a Teemu Selanne insert card which we both talked about for days afterward. That led to us discovering eBay and eventually putting the set together with one another. My Dad and I talk on the phone every Sunday afternoon to discuss the previous week and more often than not, one of the topics that usually comes up is our latest pulls and pickups of the week. Little did either of us know that that Selanne card would lead to a great bonding experience 12 years later and for many to come!

  19. Rich Prusha permalink
    June 15, 2012 9:44 am

    I am Scott Prusha’s (Panini America) Dad. When Scott was growing up we opened packs by the tons. Scott and his sister opened packs and sorted cards on a regular schedule. Now that my kids are all grown up I have found myself opening packs with my grandkids (Scott’s little girls). My daughter calls it a “Right of Passage”. Scott have a happy father’s day.

  20. Brad permalink
    June 15, 2012 9:56 am

    I can’t share a story of my father and I collecting cards, for the simple fact that I grew up without one. I do, however, remember going to the card shop with my grandfather and he would buy me packs or rookie cards of Mark Grace, my favorite player as a kid. We would go once a month after I had saved up my allowance, which was usually never enough to buy more than 2 or 3 packs of cards. I was a kid, I had to buy candy too. So, when we would get to Steve’s Baseball Card’s in Bowling Green, Kentucky, I would look to see if he had any new Mark Grace cards in his display case. Sometimes he would have one I didn’t have, but more times than not, I wouldn’t have enough to pay for it. My grandfather would always make sure I got the one I wanted and always a couple more packs to open on the ride home. He may not have been my dad, but I learned a lot from him about how to be a man and how to show love to those that are important to you. I love you more than you will ever know Pa. Being a father of a 3 year old daughter now, I hope she eventually wants to collect cards with her old man, but right now it’s ballet classes and LaLa Loopsie. She likes to sit with me sometmes and look through daddy’s cards with him, but having the attention span of a 3 year old, she doesn’t last very long before she is off doing something else. I love having her in my lap, sharing that father daughter time with her. I’m sure she will eventually want to collect with daddy, because she always wants me to give her a card to play with. She loves it when I let her have a pile of base cards to play with. I usually end up having to go around the room picking them up, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s to being a dad. Happy Father’s Day to all us proud papa’s out there.

  21. chris ryker permalink
    June 15, 2012 11:32 am

    The best memory I have was a few years back when Prime Cuts was released for the 1st time in years. I was back home visiting my dad, and for old times sake we went to the local hobby card shop. The guy had 2 boxes/packs left but had them put aside. I asked if we could bust them, and the owner checked with his other store to see if he had more, and he did so he let us open 1 of them. THE BOX TOPPER WAS THE TY COBB 1/1 CUT AUTO! Signed in green ink!! I NEARLY FAINTED (i think i may have cussed)!! It was the coolest moment I have had in collecting! And I was soooo glad to share it with my dad!! Great contest thanks for having it!!

  22. June 15, 2012 2:28 pm

    My father was the one who introduced me to collecting as he was a big collector in the 80′s and 90′s but like most, I disappeared as I became a teen/young adult. When I found out I was having my own son, I thought, wouldn’t it be great to pass on a hobby I loved so much as a kid. My son is 18 months old now and my father has passed away, but this hobby and sports in general are creating a wonderful link from past-present-future in our bloodlines.

    My son Jackson is a very special person in my life, and much of that is because of the bond I know we will share over sports cards, the same way my father and I did so many years ago.

    Here are a couple pictures of Jackson, and myself

  23. Patrick B permalink
    June 15, 2012 5:11 pm

    My dad we have memories from sports weve played together and when he took me out to the little leagues. But one of the coolest times was when i pulles a miles austin 3 color patch auto #ed to 5, and him being a huge cowboys fan he jumped up right out of his chair and to give me a hug, and that is something special.

  24. Nick Tumbokon permalink
    June 15, 2012 9:21 pm

    My father wasn’t really into collecting cards, until i started to ask him if i can have him buy me packs of cards instead of giving me money. From then on, we started collecting cards together with his knowledge of some old greats and my knowledge of the super stars now, helped us form great one two punch. My fave moment of card collecting was when we went to a jays game and passed by a card machine. I asked him for a dollar so i can grab a pack of nba hoops cards. At first he was hesitate because he didn’t trust, we would get anything good but once we opened the pack and saw the cards we got, we couldn’t stop and wasted about another 50 dollars and about the first three innings of the game. That would be my fave moment and 1st moment of us collecting cards together.

    I would like to thank everyone and also Panini America for letting me share this moment with you guys and also for a chance of letting us win 1 of 5 packs.

    Nick Tumbokon

  25. Rob B permalink
    June 15, 2012 10:52 pm

    I have 2 girls and people would think its hard to share my love of the hobby with them, but they love to break open boxes and sort sets with me. My youngest loves Kobe and was excited to see all your Kobe Authentic items at last years National…

  26. clay scott permalink
    June 15, 2012 11:14 pm

    My father and I never saw eye to eye very often when I was a kid growing up. For a matter of fact the only time I can remember ever getting along with my dad is when we were collecting sports cards. We had a huge collection of vintage 1950′s thru 1980′s. I went to college in 1994 and my parents got a divorce in 1996. When I came home my whole collection was gone. My dad had sold it all without saying anything to me. I was devastated. I still to this day wish I had everything I had back then. It would be great to share all of those cards with my son today. I have been trying to get a nice collection going for him again, but cards are much more expensive then they were back in the 80′s. I really wish we would get some more card shows going on around Nebraska. We used to go to card show’s almost every weekend during the summers. So collecting cards can bring a father and son closer, even when their relationship is strained.

  27. Brian Straessle permalink
    June 15, 2012 11:47 pm

    I remember my dad taking me to Kansas City to watch Bo Jackson play. Then he took me to Texas to watch the rangers and we got some of the players autographs and those were the days. I plan on doing the same with my kids so they can have the same memories as me

  28. Will permalink
    June 16, 2012 3:32 am

    I’ve never really had the opportunity or ability to buy packs/boxes whenever I wanted to so holidays were always when I got my special little treat. Growing up, coming from a broken family was rough at times but when i would get something I loved (cards) from both parents it seemed to make things easier. Nowadays it’s me raising the family. Things still stay the same with the inability to purchase what I want, when I want, but the holidays are different just the same. Birthdays, Christmas and most definitely Father’s Day. My old lady usually organizes it for each of the three kids to give me one box. With all of them, the kids included, knowing that it’s a passion that I’ve carried on since I was just a child and it’s the thing that they use to honor me on special occasions just as I was when I WAS a child, it brings a smile to my face that can only be replicated by very few things in life.

  29. Thomas Capps permalink
    June 16, 2012 6:12 am

    Mine wasn’t with dad but with my Grandpa.He always watched Cubs games on WGN Network and I was right next to him most of the time.He brought a box of 85 Topps to me for us to open together.Then and there he told me something that will stick with me forever.He said “It doesn’t matter how much a card is worth all that matters is what you think of the player and what he has done for the game.If his card is worth a bunch of money,and the guys a jerk,would the money be why you wanted that card?Then your not a collector.”I stll live by that to this day.It works in life too if you think about it.

  30. Patrick McManaman permalink
    June 16, 2012 7:20 am

    I have both my 6 year old son and 11 year old daughter collecting now. It’s so amazing to see there face light up when they open that pack and see the cards that they get. They love when I get out all my old cards from back in the day and see how cards have changed so much over the years. The wife doesn’t really get it yet, but thats why it’s a fathers and kids hobby. Now I have my fingers crosses that they have some cards for dad on fathers day. Pray for me. :)

  31. bruce sims permalink
    June 16, 2012 11:21 am

    I will never forget the first NFL game i was able to take my son to see. I am a huge Bengals fan and since the military puts me all over the globe and never around Ohio, i have to settle for an away game when i can afford it and am lucky enough to be near a stadium they are visiting.

    Anyway, I was stationed in Mississippi durring the 2006 season and the Bengals came to New Orleans. I had to go-and my son was five so it was time for him to get a taste of the LIVE GAME experience. I was able to save up enough to buy 2 tickets for the first row right behind the Bengals bench. Not only were these the best seats i have ever had at a big leage game but i ended up sitting right next to chris henry’s (ex Bengals Wr – R.I.P.) high school QB. So when the Defense was on the field chris would come over and chat for a minute or two. I told him that this was my sons first game, and chris asked if he could hold my son while i take a picture so my son would never forget his first game. Now i was in shock because most of the Athletes would rather not be bothered but he was all about having fans and giving Bengals fans their money worth. I would attach the picture but when he passed, i took my #15 jersey with his nickname “SLIM” that i bought after that game and had a plaque made with the photo and two of his rookie cards.

    Well thats my most memorable sports experience so far. My son doesnt really remember it as well as i do and now he’s a Panthers fan some how, so that peice will stay with me until i am gone. Hope every one enjoys my story and can have a similar experience with their father or son. (If you are curious, the Bengals won 31-16)

    • June 17, 2012 7:51 pm


      Great story! Congrats you are one of our Father’s Day winners. Please email us at with your address, info, etc so that we can send your prize!

      • bruce sims permalink
        June 18, 2012 1:55 pm

        Wow thanks! Even though i am currently deployed, it should be a great day when they arrive. It will be the first time i get to watch my son open cards on skype. (Might make me jealous though, lol) I will open plenty when i get home for Christmas!

  32. Patrick Pichon permalink
    June 16, 2012 2:41 pm

    I know that I have a little girl and cant wait til she is old enough to start opening packs. Right now I just let her pick them out the box for me, but just that alone brings a huge smile to my face!

  33. June 16, 2012 4:40 pm

    Well what can i say but i never knew my father and so my uncle was my father figure to me, he taught me to fish and how to grow up and be the best man i can be. That was until he died of a heart attack back in 1999 i took in all that he taught me and will never let him knowing he is watching over me. I moved over here from Australia in 2004 for work and in 2009 met this wonderful woman with a boy who is now 5 years old. We married in 2010 and now have a son together who is nearly 2 and these two great boys i am going to teach what my uncle taught me how to be great boys and grow up to be wonderful men. My 5 year old stepsons dad is a total bust in his life. He doesnt have nothing to do in his life, doesnt pay child support or buy clothes or nothing but spend his money on himself or his own trucks. We have just had his dads visitation taken away due to his father being caught on to catch a predetor and well that just shows what father his dad is. That hurt me just seeing that this young man will never have that relationship between his dad and himself. I do everything with this boy collect cards, fishing going to sporting events and well lately have involved him into playing baseball and he loves it. This boy will never miss out on anything because i never did. Even though through blood this boy really isnt mine i treat him like he is. I try to be the best dad i can be but i know deep down that i am not perfect and sometimes cant afford what i would love to get them but i go without to give them what they need. I know that they will be both be great boys and men.

  34. steve millet permalink
    June 16, 2012 8:57 pm

    I’ve taken my 13 year old daughter to the card shop with me since she was a baby & we’ve both developed a great friendship with the owner who has literally watched my kids grow up collecting with dad.

  35. Matt C permalink
    June 16, 2012 11:37 pm

    My favorite memories are going to the Cubs home openers with my father in winter gear with temps close to freezing and a chance of snow. The concession had plenty of beer but easily ran out of hot chocolate and coffee. One of us would wait three inning to get a warm drink and by the time they finally made it just say it was like eating chocolate bars. Just say we now know better and what for the warmer temps. That wait is a bit more bearable than waiting for a World Seiries Championship.

  36. June 16, 2012 11:38 pm

    My Dad took my brother and I to the Anaheim convention in 1991 I believe. It was nuts! Line wrapped around the convention center 3 times and fire marshalls were regulating who could get in. We waited 3 hours. My Dad treated us to Sandy Koufax autos and I got my very first Jackie Robinson card at that show.

  37. Victor Pimentel permalink
    June 17, 2012 12:59 am

    I was brought up collecting panini sticker books with my father, I couldn’t wait for fridays we would go to the local grociery store and my dad would buy me 20 packs of stickers and we would come home and fill up the books, My dad would give me the doubles and i would trade them with friends at school for ones i needed it was so much fun and I still have the sticker books my fondest memories of my father it always brought us together for hours of fun i will be a memory i will cherish the rest of my life. now I have passed on this collecting passion to my two young boys 6 and 10 years old they always pick my packs for me and they love opening packs and the even now who the good players and up and comers are they even have there own cards which I put in top loaders and booklets for them to show of to there cusins they are so proud of it and that is what makes me happiest of all, the even know to give daddy his Marty Broduer cards. Even today I went to my LCS to pick up some packs to get some Fathers Day packs saddly the had run out but I still bought a few packs I went to buy a pack of Titanum and my youngest was with me there were 4 packs left I took them out and asked him which one He said last one dady I took it and opened it and I got a Jimmy Hayes RC 39/39 jersey numbered and guess what my son did after I showed him the card he put his hand up and gave me a hi-five that made my Fathers day, thank you Panini for the everlating memeories.

  38. samb82 permalink
    June 17, 2012 8:05 am

    Without my dad, I would never be the collector I am today. My dad introduced me to the game of baseball, and took me to many Oakland A’s games including a few on father’s day. I still have fond memories of those games and even the trips on BART to get there. Its sonething I hope to share with my own kids one day!

  39. lou german permalink
    June 17, 2012 8:11 am

    my dad and i collected football cards when i was a kid. when he died i was 10 and my mom deciced that the football cards where not worth any thing and threw them away when we moved.when i got older i started collecting cards again and now im trying to get my children in to the hobby

  40. June 17, 2012 8:13 am

    I was fortunate to have two parents that nurtured my desire for collecting. After they split they definitely spent what time they could helping me find new hobbies to spend my time and express myself.
    My grandfather owned a small comic book store so that is what I collected first, but once I discovered baseball cards I was hooked! My mom and dad were able to spend time with me at card shows and they each had little collections going.
    Over the years my interests changed but when my daughter was born those partying ways went away and I was reunited with my childhood desire, baseball cards.
    My daughter is almost three, and she already wants “daddy’s cards.”. Its definitely fun and exciting to be able to share my childhood experience with her now.

  41. Ania permalink
    June 17, 2012 3:33 pm

    The time my dad and I flew a kite on a very very windy day out over the river as we lived nearby. The kite got so high up as the wind carried it so high we could see it no more and then my dad cut the string, was a memory I’ll have forever

  42. June 17, 2012 5:00 pm

    My 6-year old daughter hasn’t fully caught the collecting bug yet. She has had a blast filling up a couple of Panini sticker albums though. In spite of that, it has now become a tradition, at my daughter’s insisting, that we head to the yearly card show held on Father’s Day. We make the trip as a family and as I head off to the show, the rest of the family grabs a table at the hotel’s dining area for the Sunday brunch buffet. Once I’m done checking out the show, I’ll join them for some food. Once she gets older, I’m sure that she’ll be heading into the shows with me.

  43. Steve McCartney permalink
    June 17, 2012 6:26 pm

    I remember fondly Dad bringing those 1967 & 1968 Topps baseball and football packs home for me to open. We didn’t have much money, but between coaching my Little League Teams and those occasional packs of Topps, Dad and I formed a common sports love that continues today. I remember when we moved to Little Rock going to the Arkansas Travelers baseball games. The big star of the team at that time was Jose Cruz. Dad’s office was right next to the stadium and being a workaholic, he often couldn’t take me because of work. Other times, money for tickets was not available, but he stood in his office parking lot with me for hours and we would listen to the game and wait for foul balls, which I would chase down. I can still hear his laughter and encouraging, “Get it boy!” every time that ball would fly out of the stadium. Today, we bet two liter sodas on games and spend hours talking about the highlights and “what-ifs”. Dad, you’re my hero! Thanks fr all the memories, but more importantly, thank you for your love. I love you Chief!!

  44. June 17, 2012 7:59 pm

    Congratulations to our Father’s Day Blog Winners! Some great, heart-felt Father’s Day stories. It was tough to choose our winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.

    The following winners please send us an email to with your name, info, address, etc. so that we can send your prize. Please put “Father’s Day Blog Winner” in the subject line.


    Victor Pimentel

    Bruce Sims

    Nick Tumbokon

    Seth M. Murphy


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