Airport trading cards

New airport trading cards. Collect them all.

37 new cards are now out in circulation as part of the North American Airport Collectors Series.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) issued its third trading card in the series, which now includes trading cards from more than 80 airports.

The airport trading card series launched in 2014 and this fall 37 new cards were added.

Most airports hand these out for free (while supplies last…) at their information booths and at in-terminal events, so don’t be shy about asking the volunteers on duty if the new cards available.

As airport souvenirs go, these cant be beat.

Airport Trading Cards: Season 2

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In September 2014, airports in the United States and Canada introduced a line of collectible airport trading cards featuring iconic terminal images on one side and geographic information, facts, figures and historical information on the back.

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MCO trading card back

There are now more than 60 airports with their own trading cards and this week Lambert-St. Louis International, one of the project’s launch airports, helped kick off the second year of the program by introducing a new version of its card.

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The trading cards are free for the asking and many airports have a stash of them at information booths inside the terminals.

The website for the North American Airport Trading Cards series has images of the cards in the series and a map showing where those airports are located.

Here’s a current list of participating airports:

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (Illinois)
Airlake Airport (Minnesota)
Allegheny County Airport (Pennsylvania)
Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Minnesota)
Asheville Regional Airport (North Carolina)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Texas)
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (Louisiana)
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Toronto)
Bolton Field Airport (Ohio)
Boston Logan International Airport (Massachusetts)
Calgary International Airport (Calgary)
Cecil Airport (Florida)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (North Carolina)
Chicago Midway (Illinois)
Chicago O’Hare (Illinois)
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Ohio)
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (Ohio)
Crystal Airport (Minnesota)
Dane County Regional Airport (Wisconsin)
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (Detroit)
Edmonton International Airport (Alberta)
El Paso International Airport (Texas)
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (New York)
Fairbanks International Airport (Alaska)
Flying Cloud Airport (Minnesota)
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (Florida)
Fort McMurray International Airport (Alberta)
General Mitchell International Airport (Wisconsin)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Texas)
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (South Carolina)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia)
Indianapolis International Airport (Indiana)
Jacksonville International Airport (Florida)
John Wayne Airport (California)
Kelowna International Airport (British Columbia)
Lake Elmo Airport (Minnesota)
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Missouri)
Long Beach Airport (California)
Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (New Hampshire)
Mineta San José International Airport (California)
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Minnesota)
Nashville International Airport (Tennessee)
Orlando International Airport (Florida)
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (Ontario)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Arizona)
Piedmont Triad International Airport (North Carolina)
Pittsburgh International Airport (Pennsylvania)
Port Columbus International Airport (Ohio)
Prince George International Airport (British Columbia)
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (North Carolina)
Regina International Airport (Saskatchewan)
Rickenbacker International Airport (Ohio)
St. Paul Downtown Airport (Minnesota)
Salt Lake City International Airport (Utah)
San Antonio International Airport (Texas)
San Diego International Airport (California)
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (Florida)
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (Georgia)
Southwest Florida International Airport (Florida)
Stinson Municipal Airport (Texas)
Tampa International Airport (Florida)
Toronto Pearson International Airport (Ontario)
William P. Hobby Airport (Texas)
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (Manitoba)

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New airport trading cards: Orlando & John Wayne

Orlando International Airport (MCO) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) have joined the list of airports with their own trading cards.

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All this week, which is National Travel and Tourism Week, JWA’s Customer Relations Assistants and “red coat” Ambassadors are handing out the new trading cards in the Riley Terminal.  After that, the cards will be available at the Information Booths in all three baggage claim areas.

In Orlando, the cards are available at all third-level information booths.

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MCO trading card back

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Airport trading cards: collect them all

MKE Trading Card Front

Baseball teams have them, some police forces have them and the TSA’s K-9 unit has them.

Now more than 20 North American airports have trading cards too.

Unveiled earlier this month, each card has the look and feel of a traditional baseball card. But instead of portraying a rookie player at bat, the cards in the North American Airport Collectors Series feature an iconic image of an airport on the front and geographic information, fun factoids and historical tidbits about the airport on the back.

The card for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, for example, tells passengers about MKE’s free ping pong table and “recombobulation areas.” The card for Pittsburgh International Airport lays claims to being the first large U.S. airport to offer free wireless.

The idea for airport trading cards started at Lambert-St. Louis International, where “like a lot of other airports, we get calls from collectors all over the world asking for anything with the airport code on it,” said STL spokesman Jeff Lea.

Lambert’s trading card has iconic pictures of the airport’s two terminals on the front and, on the back, historical information, including STL’s connection to Charles Lindbergh.

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“The cards are inexpensive to produce in bulk, so airports can hand them out for free at information booths and other places” said Lea. “It’s an old way to tell a new story and we know people will hold onto that one piece of cardboard longer than if you gave them a brochure or a pen.”

More importantly, the trading cards remind collectors, aviation enthusiasts and passengers that local airports are part of the larger aviation network, said Kevin Burke, President and CEO of ACI-NA, the trade group for airports in the United States and Canada.

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“Airports don’t get the attention they deserve and trading cards are one way to illustrate the importance of an airport in a community, especially the airport’s economic contribution,” said Burke, who plans to hand out airport trading cards, perhaps instead of briefing papers, when visiting elected officials in Washington, D.C.

Here are some of the other cards in the series.

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(My story about airport trading cards first appeared as part of my At the Airport column on USA TODAY.)