Collectors Corner #15 – Bruins Stanley Cup Jerseys Pre-Sale & Beckett Plus


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In this episode, Ron Barr and I talk about the Boston Bruins pre-selling their Stanley Cup Finals jerseys for charity, the partnership between Fanatics and Kohl’s department stores, Beckett Publication’s new Beckett Plus subscription service and FOCO’s Game of Thrones / Major League Baseball mashup bobblehead figures.

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Video: SportsChannel 1989 Stanley Cup Championship Intro


This was the intro to Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, which aired in the United States on SportsChannel America. The next season, SportsChannel changed the intro animation, but thankfully retained the awesome theme music. Admit it — you at least thought of playing air guitar while watching the intro. 

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Collectors Corner #14 – Shoebox Treasures & Gordie Howe Charity Auction


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In this week’s episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the the Baseball Hall of Fame’s baseball card museum called Shoebox Treasures, PSA’s new baseball bat photo-matching service, and many of Gordie Howe’s personal items being sold at an upcoming auction.

“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

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

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[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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