Top 5 articles of 2012

I’m a bit behind in doing the “start of the year stuff,” like posting 2012 retrospectives or goals for 2013. I was sick for the first few weeks of the new year, then got caught up in teaching the new semester. But I finally got around to checking out my site stats for 2012. Here are the top 5 articles on Puck Junk for 2012:

Check Out My Cards logo1. Review: Check Out My Cards Purchase
I ordered some hockey cards from Check Out My Cards back in November 2012, and wrote a review of the ordering process–from using the redesigned COMC website, to the shipping and handling of the cards.

2. Lost Cards: 1999-00 Upper Deck Century Legends Ken Dryden
In June, I ran a 5-part series called “The Lost Cards,” ending about a Ken Dryden card that was planned but never produced. The article features the “card” that was made in its place–a few of them leaking out and sold on eBay. It also speculates why Dryden was not in the set featuring the best-ever NHL players.

1988-89 ProCards AHL/IHL - Ed Belfour3. Review: 1988-89 ProCards AHL/IHL
In 1988, an expansive minor league hockey card set was released, featuring both AHL and IHL teams. Many future NHLers would appear in this set, like Ed Belfour, Tony Twist, Mark Recchi and Jeff Hackett.

1990-91 Pro Set Kari Takko - A card that never was4. Lost Cards: 1990-91 Pro Set Kari Takko
A card of Minnesota North Stars goaltender Kari Takko was featured in ads and on packaging for 1990-91 Pro Set Series Two, but was mysteriously absent when the set came out. This was my first entry in the “Lost Cards” series.

2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Case5. 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Case Break
Well, I guess it it isn’t every day that someone opens a whole case of cards. That probably explains why it was the 5th-most popular article of 2012, despite it being written towards the end of the year.

Sean William Scott as Doug Glatt in GoonHonorable Mention – Movie Review: Goon
I loved the movie Goon (“It is beach ball…”), and I am pretty proud of the write-up I did about it. If it had only 6 more views, my review of this awesome hockey film would have surpassed the (relatively boring) case break article mentioned above.

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OK, enough about 2012. Time to start focusing on 2013.

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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