About this Website

Hockey Cards, Collectibles and Culture!

From physical artifacts like trading cards, action figures, and game-used sticks, to culture like books, movies, video games and memes, Puck Junk celebrates all things hockey. 

Sal Barry

Sal Barry // Editor and Webmaster // Twitter: @PuckJunk
I started Puck Junk because I didn’t think anyone would give me a chance to write. I knew how to design and code websites, but was always secretly a wannabe journalist. That changed in 2007, when I decided to launch this website, first as a means to talk about my hockey collection, but later to write about more of hockey’s cultural aspects. Eventually, I got a degree in journalism and even started interviewing current and former players, growing Puck Junk beyond just another “card blog.” I hope you find it both fun and informative.

In addition to running this site, I work as a freelance writer. I am a contributing writer for The Hockey News and Sports Collectors Digest. My work has also appeared in Beckett Hockey Magazine, as well as several sports publications that no longer exist. 

If you have a question, would like to trade cards with me or want a chance to write for Puck Junk, please feel free to contact me via email: sjb AT puckjunk DOT com


Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard

Jim Howard // Senior Writer
On a cold morning in February 1978, the hockey world would experience a shift. Not from the recent tie between the Red Wings and the Atlanta Flames, nor the complete drubbing of of Cleveland Barons by the Buffalo Sabres; instead, Jim Howard was born into this world! Fast forward to 2014, and Sal gave this inexperienced, fledgling writer a shot with a story about the dimple-faced hockey Bieber, a misplaced city and the writer’s desire to see a mistake corrected. This would be the first shot across the bow in the war between Jim and Panini America!

When he’s not sitting in the nosebleeds of PNC Arena, cheering on his Carolina Hurricanes or tearing open packs of cards, Jim can be found putting miles on his bicycle, pounding out riffs on one of his guitars, or digging in the dirt as a field geologist to pay for season tickets to the Canes and buy more cards.