Collectors Corner #13 – The 5 Stages of Sports Card Collecting


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In the lucky 13th episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the Five Stages of Sports Card Collecting. Where  does it all begin and end for sports card collectors — and what happens in between? 

Collectors Corner #12 – May 3, 2019

What Happens to My Collection When I Die?


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Many collectors don’t think about what will happen to their beloved treasures once they pass away — and might be surprised to learn where their collectibles end up. Ron Barr and I also discuss why sports memorabilia seems to retain its value more so than other types of collectibles. 

Collectors Corner #11 – April 26, 2019

The First Time I Bought Sports Cards


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In Episode 11 of Collectors Corner, I reminisce with Ron Barr about the first time I bought baseball cards as a kid — and why I stopped collecting years later. We also talk about the San Jose Sharks’ amazing comeback win over the Vega Golden Knights in Game 7 of their Round 1 Series.

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here

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Collectors Corner #10 – April 19, 2019

Buying Vintage Sports Card Packs


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In the latest and greatest episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about buying — and opening — vintage sports card packs with the hopes of pulling a big hit.

Of course, longtime readers of this site will remember when I did a vintage OPC pack break and pulled that Bill Ranford rookie card with the gum stuck to it. 

We talk about the trading card set for the short-lived Alliance of American Football, and why no one will probably want those cards.

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here

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Collectors Corner #9 – April 12, 2019

Case Breaks & Beckett Online Autograph Review


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Did you miss Collectors Corner last week? No worries, because you can listen to it here. Ron Barr and I talk about online case breaks, what makes them great, and not-so-great. We also discuss the new Beckett Online Autograph Review service, and how it is going to be a game-changer for the hobby. The episode is 10 minutes jam-packed with sports-collecting goodness. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here
 
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Zero-Game Goalies: Daniel Altshuller

Photo by Jamie Kellner
[Photo Credit: Jamie Kellner]

We’re starting a new, semi-regular feature on Puck Junk called “Zero-Game Goalies,” where we take a look at hockey goalies who got an NHL trading card, but never played in an NHL game. This phenomenon occurs when a goalie gets called up from the minors to be the backup goalie for an NHL team, but never sets foot on the ice during the game. Just being on the bench as a backup qualifies a goalie for inclusion in a set of NHL trading cards, so from time to time you come across a trading card of such a goalie and ask, “Who is this guy?” 

Today’s zero-game goalie is Daniel Altshuller, who was a backup for the Carolina Hurricanes. 

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Collectors Corner #8 – April 5, 2019

The 30th Anniversary of the 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Card Set

In Episode 8 of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I discuss the 1989 Upper Deck Baseball card set, and how it changed baseball cards forever when it made its debut 30 years ago. The clip is 10-minutes of reminiscing about the good old days of card collecting — when having photos on the back(!) of a trading card was unheard of. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here
 
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Every Blackhawks Third-Overall Pick

Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks placed third in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery. Picking third overall never gets a generational talent like Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby, who always go first overall. But picking third overall is still high enough to get a good — or even great — hockey player. 

Ever since the NHL instituted a draft in 1963, the Chicago Blackhawks have picked third-overall a total of five times. And in some years, the Blackhawks didn’t even have to play poorly to pick so high in the draft. Some of these third-overall draft picks fared better than others. Here is a look at how well the Blackhawks did with third place in the draft.

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No Stanley For Old Men: 2019 Edition

Time is Running Out for These Veteran NHL Players to Win the Stanley Cup

Even if the song “Fly Like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band was before your time, you still probably recall the first line of the song: 

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future…

Time gets away from us, and the next thing you know, the young first-round draft pick you cheered for is now a grizzled old veteran, vying for one last shot at winning a Stanley Cup. Such players, known as “Old Men Without a Cup,” are making perhaps their last attempt at winning a Stanley Cup Championship before calling it a career. 

Here is a look at the oldest player from every 2019 playoff-bound team who has not won a Stanley Cup Championship. In our hearts, we’d like to see all of them win, but in the end, only one will. Who on this list are you pulling for? 

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Every 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey Card Arena Giveaway

Get Free Upper Deck Cards at NHL Games

During the 2018-19 season, 17 different NHL teams, as well as three American Hockey League teams, will give away Upper Deck hockey cards. While these giveaway cards look similar to 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards, there are some differences that make these cards unique enough that they will appeal to player collectors, team collectors, or completest nuts like me. 

The Andrew Shaw card on the left is from 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One. The Andrew Shaw card on the right is from the Montreal Canadiens team set, which will be given away on December 15.

For example, the silver foil is removed and replaced with standard ink. So, all team logos are in full color instead of silver, while the silver “swirlies” at either side of the logo are replaced with a dominant color from the team’s uniform. The Upper Deck logo is also de-silvered, and printed in color. However, the most interesting change is that some of these cards use different photos than what was used on the standard 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card. 

The first arena giveaway will be at the Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, November 23. The promotion will visit seven other NHL teams — and possibly several others — plus two AHL teams. Here is information on every team that is giving away these unique hockey cards, and how to get them.  Continue reading “Every 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey Card Arena Giveaway”