Tommy Dickerson, an 11-year-old collector from Tacoma, Wash., was excited last weekend to spend yet another Saturday night playing Pack Wars at Northwest Sports Cards, his favorite hobby shop located in the Tacoma suburb of University Place. What Dickerson didn’t know, however, was that this particular Saturday night would turn out to be, in his words, “the best night of my life.”
The first thing Dickerson and the other collectors noticed when they entered Northwest Sports Cards last Saturday was Panini America signage decorating the shop, free Panini America T-shirts, plenty of Panini America prizes on display and a video crew chronicling the event. Other than that, it was a typical pack wars night with about 50 collectors ready to rip packs for prizes. But with thoughts of wrapper-ripping filling his head, Dickerson didn’t think anything of the fact that his mom, dad, grandfather and cousin also were in attendance on this night.
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