Puck Junk Podcast: October 15, 2019

2019-20 Artifacts Hockey Cards

In today’s episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and Tim discuss the new 2019-20 Artifacts Hockey set. Tim also talks about his failed attempt to buy the new Score Hockey cards. Plus, Sal speaks with Tony Siriani, a product manager for Upper Deck who works on the annual Artifacts set.

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Collectors Corner #31 – Custom Cards & Counterfeit Cards


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Homemade cards is the topic of this episode of Collectors Corner — from custom cards, to counterfeit cards, to hand-made art cards. We also talk about Panini America’s lawsuit against a custom card maker.

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.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.
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Puck Junk Podcast: October 8, 2019

Hockey Card Sets We Want to See Return

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In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and Tim talk about hockey card sets that they want to see return. Plus, talk about the new Topps NOW stickers and Leaf Superlative sets for 2019-20, as well as some hockey memorabilia items that went for crazy prices on eBay. This podcast is 1 hour and 18 minutes long because we love talking about hockey cards.

Hopefully, you like listening to us talking about hockey cards, too. If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a comment and let us know.

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Collectors Corner #30 – Auction News and the End of Panini Hockey Stickers

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In the 30th episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about some notable recent sports auctions, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens suing over the sale of some of his memorabilia items, and Panini losing its license to make NHL hockey stickers.

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.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Rookie Cards of Every NHL Head Coach for the 2019-20 Season

Some NHL head coaches had long careers in the NHL, instantly giving them credibility to the players that they mentor. Other NHL head coaches got nowhere near an NHL rink during their playing days, but worked hard and finally ended up in “The Show” behind the bench.

Regardless of their path, it is always fun to see what an NHL head coach looked like during their playing days. So, for a third year in a row, I’ve dug up a rookie card for each and every NHL head coach. For you non-collectors out there, a “rookie card” is usually understood to mean a player’s first card in a mainstream set, like Topps, O-Pee-Chee or Upper Deck, among others.

However, because many NHL head coaches never actually played in the NHL — or if they did, it was only for just a few games — they never got an official rookie card. In their cases, I decided to share those coaches’ earliest-known trading card — even if it was from a minor league or junior league team.

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The Best 2019-20 NHL Game-Night Giveaway Items

Today is the start of the 2019-20 NHL season — and with that, a bevy of new game-night promotional items will be given away to ticket-buying fans in most cities.

Many of these giveaways sound pretty fun. For example, the Philadelphia Flyers will give away a Gritty Chia Pet, which seems so obvious that I’m mad that I didn’t think of it first. The Chicago Blackhawks will give out Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome salt and pepper shakers, while the Red Wings are giving out nesting dolls. The San Jose Sharks are giving away a badass 3-D sculpture of their secondary logo (shown above).

Surprisingly, only nine teams are giving away bobblehead figures. Perhaps last year’s Joe Thornton bobblehead that was missing a chunk of its beard made most other teams’ marking and PR people realize that they could never, ever top that — so why even try? That didn’t stop some teams from trying, though. The Blackhawks and Nashville Predators are each giving away six bobbleheads over the course of the season. The New Jersey Devils will give out a bobblehead of P.K. Subbam as “The Subbinator,” while the Anaheim Ducks will give away a John Gibson “bobble legs” figure.

Here is a list of the coolest giveaway items from each NHL team. I’ve skipped the mundane stuff like t-shirts and hats instead focusing on items that are collectible or kitschy.

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Puck Junk Podcast: September 30, 2019

2019-20 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Cards

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DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK! OK, maybe you can call it a comeback. It’s the long-awaited return of the Puck Junk Podcast, with your hosts Sal Barry and Tim Parish. In this episode, Sal and Tim talk about the 2019-20 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Card Set, the end of Panini Hockey Stickers, the upcoming Topps Hockey Sticker Set, and more. Play time is 1 hour 5 minutes, so get comfy before pressing that play button.

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Collectors Corner #29 – The Early 1990s PVC Scare


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In this episode of Collectors Corner,  Ron Barr and I talk about the “PVC Scare” of the early 1990s. Collectible supplies that contained PVC — polyvinyl chloride — was found to damage coins, and many feared that nine-pocket pages containing PVC in the plastic would damage sports cards. So, what were the long-term effects of PVC on trading 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.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Introducing the Puck Junk Online Shop

Today, after several months of inspired and feverish work, I would like to finally announce the launch of the Puck Junk Shop, an online store for this site. I’m excited that everything  came together to make this happen.

Currently, the Puck Junk Shop is selling hockey t-shirts that feature original designs that my girlfriend and I created. Hopefully, the Shop will soon expand to sell other hockey-related merchandise.

Do you collect hockey cards? Do you play hockey in a recreational league? Do you  love all things hockey? Then check out the Shop, which has six different hockey t-shirts — in multiple colors — with more creations in the works.

The Puck Junk Shop is currently taking pre-orders, with shirts expected to ship the first week of the hockey season. Place an order between now and October 1 and save 10% off your first order with coupon code SHOPLAUNCH at checkout.

Even if you don’t buy anything, please help spread the word about the new online Shop, and consider signing up for the mailing list. This is something that I’ve dreamed about doing for a long time, and every share, like, retweet and repost will help. Also, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about the designs — or what hockey shirt designs you’d like to see. Wish us luck, and thank you for your support!

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Collectors Corner #28 – Sports Video Games


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Last week Thursday was National Video Game Day, so Ron Barr and I talked about sports video games, from Tennis for Two and Pong, to Double Dribble and NHL ’94, all the way to current games like Madden 20.

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.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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