If you’ve been reading the previous Collector Spotlight posts about Overwatch League trading card collectors, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of these collections focus on certain teams. With fragment cards, ink cards, and all of the player cards, it can be fulfilling to collect cards from your favorite team. Finishing achievements revolving around that favorite team is a great way to show support as well. For Chelsea H., collecting Dallas Fuel trading cards on Upper Deck e-Pack has been a journey that has taken her from a novice to a serious pro.
Chelsea is a sports fan who has been playing Overwatch since the beta. Watching the Overwatch League was the first time she got to see a competitive league for a video game she played. It was a perfect mix of the two interests. She enjoyed getting to watch and listen to the matches, as well as following all of the teams. At first, she wasn’t a big supporter of the Dallas Fuel, but the team slowly became her favorite as she is a Dallas native. Being able to support the local team was a big draw. Chelsea had previously been a collector of hockey cards on Upper Deck e-Pack, so when the announcement came out about the Overwatch League trading cards, she decided to give them a try.
“I like that I don’t have to worry about storing a bunch of cards,” Chelsea said about using Upper Deck e-Pack, since her cards can be safely stored through the site. Plus, she can choose which to send home instead of having a bunch of those base cards and doubles laying around. Being able to trade for the cards that she is after is a big plus, since the cards are easily traded online until she chooses to send them home. The trading comes in especially handy when trying to complete achievements, such as the Dallas Fuel Ink and Fragment booklets from the 2017-18 Overwatch League Inaugural Season set. These two rare achievement cards are also two of her favorite cards in her Dallas Fuel collection.
Being a part of the Overwatch League trading card community is something that has helped keep her involved and collecting. Together, they share their best pulls, completed achievements, Overwatch League news, and even exciting life events. Recently, everyone in the fan-made discord has been helping each other with completing achievements for the 2020 Overwatch League Series 2 set, which launched on Upper Deck e-Pack at the end of September.
It’s that helpful community that made completing the Soe Autograph achievement much easier than it could have been. The achievement features a card of Salome “Soe” Gschwind-Repp, and is autographed by the Upper Deck spokesperson and Overwatch League talent herself. To complete this achievement, she needed to collect the Epic parallel of the 150 base player cards and team checklists. Since each Epic parallel is made from combining three Rare parallels, and each Rare parallel is made from combining three base cards, this means a total of 1,350 cards. There have been a number of collectors in this community that have completed the achievement thanks to the effort put in by others. “Sometimes the trades may not be even, but everyone wants to help each other,” Chelsea says of finishing the achievement. It’s that kind of spirit that makes the community unique and a great thing to be a part of.
It’s wonderful seeing how the trading card community is able to show support for their teams through the cards and memorabilia during the off season and until live events return. While the Dallas Fuel were able to have a home stand event towards the end of the 2021 Overwatch League season, Chelsea hasn’t been able to attend a live event yet. Looking forward to the 2022 season, she’s hopeful to see the events return and experience a live Overwatch League match. Hopefully we’ll be able to see Chelsea and more of the amazing community members in the future as Upper Deck sets up at larger Overwatch League events.
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