Do you do a lot of traveling by plane in the U.S. and Canada? Or do you live in one of the cities with a participating airport or know someone who lives there? If so, you may be lucky enough to begin collecting cards from the North American Airport Collectors Series, a new project from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
Aviation enthusiasts are always looking for items to add to their collections—especially something with the logo of their favorite airport. ACI-NA came up with the idea to do a trading card series. This is a way to give collectors an economical collectible with a lot of educational information and unique stories about the individual airports. Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO of the organization, said “The North American Airport Collectors Series™ not only offers our member airports a fantastic way to showcase themselves to the traveling public, the cards also appeal to the kid in all of us. From the youngest passengers to lifelong aviation enthusiasts, the North American Airport Trading Card Series offers a fun new way for collectors to remember the airports that they visit, and inspire new journeys to complete their collections.”
Each airport produces their own cards, using local printers but all cards use the same design and say airporttradingcards.com. The project was unveiled at the 2014 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta. At the time 18 airports were part of the program. To find out the list of airports, go to airporttradingcards.com. More airports will be joining the program and will be given the opportunity to produce a second card in 2015. The cards can be found at information booths.
Aviation cards have long been a favorite among non-sport card collectors. To name a few of the most popular series there are Wings (Topps/1952), Planes (Topps/1957) and various series produced by Top Pilot beginning in 1989. So the next time you’re at the airport and find yourself with a four hour layover, here’s something to keep you occupied.