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Did You Know You Can Collect Aircraft Trading Cards on Delta?

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If you’re an aviation buff, you’ll find this really interesting. For the last 20 or so years, Delta Air Lines has offered trading cards for its aircraft fleet. You can collect all the different cards for a fun way to remember all of the planes that Delta flies.

Here’s what you need to know.

Delta Trading Cards

You might think that trading cards are a thing of the past, and for the most part, they are. Who collects baseball cards anymore? However, Delta Air Lines has been in the trading card game for quite a while, and no one really knew about it until now.

A recent video posted by Delta highlights these cards. Subsequently, more videos have popped up, like this one posted to TikTok showing a passenger asking the pilot for a card. These videos have since gone viral, with many travelers asking their pilots for cards, too.

There’s 1 card for every aircraft type, so the end goal would be to collect all 62 different cards. The trading cards are for the fleet types only, not for a specific employee or pilot. That said, not all pilots know about this trading card program or even carry these cards with them, so the chances you may encounter a pilot with them on your next trip may be hit or miss.

Delta Air Lines plane in flight
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Trading cards might be a popular thing for aviation geeks to collect, and just like a child may earn a pair of kid’s wings onboard, this trading card concept encourages them to keep flying until they’ve earned all the different card types, which could take quite a while!

If you want to get your hands on these cards without flying, head to eBay, where there’s a listing with all 62 different trading cards in a complete set — although it will set you back $3,000!

Bottom Line:

Delta Air Lines has a trading card for each of its aircraft types. While these have been around for the better part of 2 decades, they have recently become popular after a couple of viral TikTok videos.

Final Thoughts

On your next flight, see if the Captain or First Officer has any trading cards for the plane you’re flying. It’s a cool way to remember your trip and encourage you to collect all the cards and fly each aircraft type.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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