Help A Collector and Win A Sterling Lot

1 10 2009

Rian Fike has always had the talent to create art. Being a lifelong hockey fan living in South Florida during the Panthers’ best years, Rian loved Upper Deck’s challenge of drawing your own card for an upcoming hockey release.

When Rian submitted his artwork to Upper Deck, he’d never imagined being selected among the winners. As it turns out, Upper Deck loved his piece and threw it into their 1999-’00 M.V.P release as a short print. Along with winning the contest, they also sent him 60 copies of the card for his personal collection.

Well, it’s been a decade and Rian is now a Miami-Dade school teacher and avid comic book fan/collector. That huge lot of his card Upper Deck sent is all gone, thanks to being way too generous and handing them out to friends and family all over the world. Rian is dying to get his hands on a card and Wax Heaven is going to try to help.

If you can find at least five copies of the card from any resource, you can pick a total of 5 cards from my recent Bowman Sterling break. Before writing this blog, Rian was able to find two copies on Sportsbuy for less than two quarters so as you can see, it’s not the price that’s holding him back.

I sent Upper Deck a message asking if they knew the print run. They have yet to make a comment. What we do know is that the ‘You Draw the Card’ inserts were seeded just once in every 144 packs of M.V.P. Hockey.  It’s a pretty tough pull, even by today’s standards.

You can check out Rian’s Marvel Superstars Trading Cards blog HERE.

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20 responses

1 10 2009
VOTC

Gee. Thanks for the impossible contest. :(

1 10 2009
thehamiltonian

I pulled that card back in the day. It is probably still under my bed at my parents place.

1 10 2009
BigFan

I just read the interesting story on the back of the card and my brain melted. At the time (1999-2000), Rian was in the “15 and up age group”…yet he became interested in hockey in 1971. Am I reading that incorrectly?

1 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Also – I have about 8 copies incoming.

1 10 2009
VOTC

@ thehamiltonian – you suck :) JK

1 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Hey – Josh Hamilton cards are easier to find than Stu Barnes….. ;)

1 10 2009
fullbodytransplant

BigFan, those dates are correct. I am old.

1 10 2009
1 10 2009
Michael

A tough contest, but a very nice reward. Unfortunately for me, I have never so much as opened a pack of hockey cards. Best of luck to Rian, very generous giveaway of you Mario!

1 10 2009
fullbodytransplant

By the time I got there, the Beckett store only had 8 left. They are now mine!

2 10 2009
johnlaf

Beckett Marketplace has 16 copies available from .25 to $1… not sure if he just wants to get them all himself and cut out the middle man, but by the looks of the previous comments I am too late… but I will gladly take the Stephen Mcgee off of your hands… Pretty Please!

2 10 2009
fullbodytransplant

This screenname is me, Rian Fike. I ended up buying the remaining 10 copies from that site, even though it still says 16.

Thanks Mario, I gotta say it was a good day.

2 10 2009
BigFan

Oh – I gotcha Rian. I didn’t factor in the “and up” part. I was trying to make you to be age 15 in the 1999-2000. Either way, way cool accomplishment and it is great you were able to locate more of the cards!

2 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Where do I send these bad boys when they show up?

2 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Also – Rian I have 8 or 9 incoming. I hope they help you out.

2 10 2009
Mario A.

I’ll have him contact you. Thanks.

Once you work it out with him, let me know what 3…. no, 5 cards you’d like.

3 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Thanks – it was kind of fun to go on a treasure hunt for another collector.

3 10 2009
toriihunter

So he can take the relics and autos? wow I should have gotten in on this, but I misread and thought you got 5 regular base bowman cards and im just like… whatever

13 10 2009
thehamiltonian

Can you get him to shoot me an email, please?

I’ve got a stack (8) of these here for him.

13 10 2009
Mario A.

When you get a chance, let me know what 7 cards you chose from the break.

Send me an email. Thanks!

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