EDMONTON, AB - Last summer, New Brunswick teenager Recchi Robichaud counted roughly 192 Connor McDavid hockey cards in his collection - an unbelievable amount even for some of the most dedicated and driven hockey card hobbyists.
But as No. 97 was filling the net nightly during his incredible, 105-point 2020-21 campaign, Robichaud was filling his binders. The McDavid superfan managed to go from 192 cards of the Oilers Captain to an incredible 480 in just over a year.
Robichaud's endless quest for McDavid cards was coupled with the connectedness of social media to increase his total to around 500. The Baie-Sainte-Anne product does not plan on stopping there.
"The thing that really changed from 192 to 480 in just over a year was the daily work I put into the collection," Robichaud told EdmontonOilers.com. "From tons of people reaching out to me and me reaching out to people, I really put a lot of effort and time into it. I wish younger me knew the power of social media and that if you use it right, you can truly achieve anything."
Like a National Hockey League general manager, Robichaud was wheeling and dealing this past season, using the digital market to cull rare McDavid cards for his never-ending stockpile rather than outright purchasing them. No location is too far for a transaction, as Robichaud has arranged deals with collectors all over the globe including Sweden.
A year ago, Robichaud's favourite McDavid collectible was his 2016-17 Upper-Deck Premier game-worn jersey card. With the influx of capital, however, he has a new prized possession in the deck.
"It's a 2018-19 Tim Hortons Base card that was autographed by Connor himself that I received back in the mail from the Edmonton Oilers," Robichaud said.
The supercollector finds nothing more exhilarating than opening a pack of cards to reveal a limited edition piece, which is how he seized one of his many cherished McDavid rookie cards.
"The best Connor card I've ever pulled from a pack is his 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Retro Rookie card (R97)," the Oilers fan said. "I was just eight years old when I pulled that card and still have it with me to this day. When I saw the card in my hand I was screaming and freaking out in excitement at what I just pulled. People were walking by and wondering why I was screaming. The whole drive home and for the next entire week, I was still in shock at the card."
The only thing that could topple the feeling of uncovering a hidden gem from a pack for Robichaud is watching McDavid in person and having the superstar acknowledge his amazing collection.
"Something I've always dreamed of since I was a kid is that someday Connor would reach out to me," Robichaud said. "I'd also love to go to an Oilers game and get to see him play in person. It would truly be amazing to see him in person fly down the ice and score a goal."