By David Yarger
Co-Host The Chase
Happy Monday, everybody. It’s been a crazy start to the week, but we kicked the week off with another edition of The Chase. Today, we welcomed Naim Cardinal of Indigenous Rookie Cards to the broadcast.
If you didn’t know, Cardinal has a huge collection of every Indigenous NHL player’s rookie cards. Not only does Cardinal just collect these players, he also does research and learns the backgrounds of each player and then supplements his cards with a biography on his website.
The work Cardinal has done, he said, has taken hundreds of hours to compile – from finding the players, to find their rookie cards, researching the players and much more.
Cardinal himself is also of indigenous descent, which makes the collection even more wholesome for him.
As far as how the collection came about, Cardinal said it actually started after he grew bored of just ripping packs and looking for rookies. After discovering some NHL players of indigenous descent, he began to dive even further into the initiative starting in 2014.
From then on, the collection has taken Cardinal on an incredible journey where he has even met some of the players in his collection.
“I just wanted to do something that was more focused and meaningful, and I was kind of just sitting at my computer and I was going through some of the players that played in the NHL and while looking at guys like Jonathan Cheechoo and Carey Price I just thought what if I put together a collection of all of these players rookie cards. I think that would be cool and it would be something that’s meaningful to me, because I’m an Indigenous person,” Cardinal said.
He added that the older vintage cards he has in the collection are near and dear to him, because of how challenging it was to not only get the cards but get information about the player.
Just recently, Cardinal’s collection was actually on display at the NHL Hockey History Mobile Museum, which he said was amazing to see his own collection there for others to see.
Cardinal added that he’s received messages from plenty of people in the hobby looking to help him in his collecting journey. He said the generosity of others has been amazing to see and gives him good feelings inside.
Also, to see the whole interview head to the YouTube replay of the episode.
Also on The Chase
Following our interview with Cardinal, we opened a box of 2022 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Baseball. You get five autos per hobby box, but we were lucky enough to get an extra auto, giving us six for the break.
The autos are some of the up-and-coming players that were recently drafted and making their way up through the minor leagues. While we didn’t get a Jackson Holliday or Elijah Green auto, we did get autos of Michael Knorr, Silas Ardoin (green out of 23), CJ Rodriguez (Signing Sessions insert), Gabriel Hughes (blue out of 99), Daylen Lile and Estiven Machado (Signing Sessions).
On top of all the autos, we pulled a Jorel Ortega tiger-stripe out of 99.
To win these cards, comment on the YouTube replay who you think will be the MLB Rookie of The Year this upcoming season. A winner will be announced on Wednesday’s episode of The Chase.