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Footy card swap meet at the MCG offers kids a chance to find that elusive card

Toni Hetherington, August 16, 2017 6:53PM Herald Sun

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George, Henry, Richmond's Brandon Ellis and Lochie with their cards. Picture: Jason Edwards media_cameraGeorge, Henry, Richmond's Brandon Ellis and Lochie with their cards. Picture: Jason Edwards

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IF YOU’VE been hunting high and low for that final footy card to complete your 2017 set, this is your lucky weekend.

The MCG is hosting a footy card swap meet on Sunday ahead of the match between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Footy card fever has been sweeping schools across Australia this year as kids collect and swap key players in their official AFL Collector sets from Select Australia.

The collections include a variety of cards for base sets, rookies, A-graders, Platinum standups and Brownlow predictor* cards among others.

Footy card fan Antonio Ilic, 8, of Yarraville in Melbourne, said it was fun to take the footy cards to school each Friday and swap them with his mates.

A card swap in action. Picture: Jake Nowakowski media_cameraA card swap in action. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

“Swapping is good because you can trade and see other players you don’t have. Some footy cards are very rare,” he said.

Antonio said his favourite card was the power card for Cats superstar Patrick Dangerfield. “I love him because in games he scores goals.”

This Sunday’s swap, which welcomes all kids aged 15 and under, will kick off at 11.30am at the National Sports Museum housed within the MCG and will finish at 1pm.

Kids under 15 will get into the museum free and adults can enter for $12.

All participants receive a free pack of trading cards and there are 100 free kids meal and hot drink vouchers to be given away.

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

The Card Swap will be a very big event with a lot of people.

Imagine that you are in charge.

Think up and write a set of rules and a step-by-step guide for the card swap.

Your rules and guide will make sure that people can easily and safely take part in the swap and that everyone gets a fair chance to get cards that they need.

Extension:

Footy cards, animal cards, dinosaur cards, movie character cards — you have probably seen or collected other types of collector cards.

Choose a topic that you are interested in. Your topic should not already be on collector cards.

Look at unusual topics.

Design four cards for this collection.
Design an advertising poster encouraging people to collect your cards.

Time: allow 50 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Personal and Social Capability, Visual Design

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