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National Trading Card Day

It's time to trade, collect, and show off your favorite cards because it's National Trading Card Day! Don't miss out on the fun.
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Get ready to dig out your old Pokemon, sports, and other collectible trading cards because February 24 is National Trading Card Day! This holiday celebrates the love for collecting and trading various types of cards, from baseball to Magic: The Gathering. Did you know that trading card games have been around since the 19th century? They were originally used as educational tools before becoming popular as a form of entertainment. So whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting out, this day is the perfect excuse to indulge in some nostalgia and add some new cards to your collection.

History of National Trading Card Day

National Trading Card Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Trading Card Beginnings</div><div class='timeline-text'>Trading cards initially emerged in the 1800s. These early cards were included in product packages as a form of advertising, often with an educational angle.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1930s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Golden Age of Baseball Cards</div><div class='timeline-text'>American tobacco companies began to include baseball cards in cigarette packs, giving birth to the vast phenomenon of sports trading card collecting.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Modern Baseball Cards</div><div class='timeline-text'>Topps Chewing Gum company started selling baseball trading cards with a piece of gum, replacing the tobacco products as the primary means of distributing cards.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Magic: The Gathering Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Wizards of the Coast releases the first modern collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering, adding complexity and strategy to trading card culture.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pokemon Trading Card Game</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pokemon Company partnered with Wizards of the Coast to create a trading card game based on the popular "Pocket Monsters" franchise, boosting global interest in trading cards.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Online Trading Cards</div><div class='timeline-text'>The popularity of digital collectibles and online versions of traditional trading card games began to rise, introducing a new generation to the world of trading cards.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Trading Card Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own trading cards</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and have a trading card making party! Use your imagination to come up with unique designs and characters for your cards. This is a great way to celebrate National Trading Card Day while also unleashing your creativity.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a trading card convention</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Search for local conventions or events dedicated to trading cards and attend one with your friends. You'll have the chance to meet other collectors, buy rare cards, and participate in fun activities centered around trading cards.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a trading card game night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends who enjoy playing trading card games and have a game night! Choose from popular games like Magic: The Gathering or Pokémon and spend the evening battling it out with your favorite decks.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a trading card collection</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you've never collected trading cards before, National Trading Card Day is the perfect time to start! Pick a theme or series that interests you and begin collecting. You can even make it a goal to collect a complete set.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a display for your trading cards</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show off your trading card collection by creating a display for them! Get creative with frames, shadow boxes, or even a scrapbook. This is a great way to celebrate National Trading Card Day while also showcasing your collection.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Trading Card Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a celebration of nostalgia</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For many, collecting and trading trading cards was a big part of their childhood. National Trading Card Day allows us to relive those memories and appreciate the value that these cards hold in our hearts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's an opportunity to connect with others</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Trading cards have always been a way for people to connect with each other over shared interests. On National Trading Card Day, you can trade and discuss your favorite cards with fellow collectors and maybe even make new friends in the process!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes a fun and engaging hobby</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Collecting and trading trading cards is not only entertaining, but it also requires strategy, critical thinking, and organization skills. National Trading Card Day celebrates this unique hobby and encourages people to continue enjoying it and potentially discover new aspects of it.</p></div></div>

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When is National Trading Card Day?

National Trading Card Day is celebrated on February 24 every year. In 2024 National Trading Card Day will occur on a Saturday.

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