Road to the Cup Hockey ’94: An Unreleased Hockey Video Game

A look at NHL ’94‘s long-lost cousin

Puck Junk photo illustration.

Hockey video games were far and few between in the 1980s, but that changed in the early 1990s. From 1990 to 1992, hockey games released for home video game consoles included Wayne Gretzky Hockey, Mario Lemieux Hockey, TV Sports Hockey, Hit the Ice, NHL Hockey and NHLPA Hockey ’93. By the fall of 1993, four more hockey video games came out: Pro Sport Hockey, Brett Hull Hockey, NHL Stanley Cup, and most notably, NHL ’94

A fifth hockey video game was supposed to be released in fall of 1993, but it didn’t make the cut. Entitled Road to the Cup Hockey ’94, the game was going to feature an elaborate artificial intelligence system, full season mode and playoff brackets — and it might have even challenged NHL ’94 as history’s best hockey video game from the classic gaming era. 

Up until this point, very little was known about Road to the Cup Hockey ’94. But not anymore. Continue reading “Road to the Cup Hockey ’94: An Unreleased Hockey Video Game”

Collectors Corner #6 – March 22, 2019

March 2019 Chicago Sports Spectacular

On March 15, 16 and 17, I attended the twice-annual Chicago Sports Spectacular, which is generally considered the second-largest sports memorabilia show after The National. Ron Barr and I discuss about what the show was like and my quest to find a $5 box of Pro Set cards. We also talk about a record-setting NBA Championship ring and why high-end autograph collecting is not a worthwhile investment.

“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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National Hockey Card Day Has Become a Family Tradition for Many

“Daddy! It’s National Hockey Card Day!” exclaimed Tom Poray’s two young daughters on the morning of February 23. Such youthful exuberance would normally be reserved for a holiday like Christmas or Halloween. Yet since 2009 in Canada and 2012 in the United States, Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day has slowly and steadily transformed into an event that families look forward to each year.

Throughout the day, anyone who visited a participating card shop in Canada or the U.S. was given a free, five-card pack of hockey cards. Like every year, the Canadian and American sets differ, and each set has 16 cards. Cards 1-15 were available in the free foil packs, while the last card was given to a customer if they made a $10 purchase. This year, the bonus cards were of John Tavares in the Canadian set and Alexander Ovechkin in the American set.

Fans in both countries could also hope to pull an insert or autographed card. Some big box stores, such as Toys R Us in Canada and Dick’s Sporting Goods in several eastern U.S. states, also gave away perforated, nine-card sheets of hockey cards.

Poray, who is from Guelph, Ontario, looks forward to National Hockey Card Day each year, as do his two daughters, ages 7 and 5. This year, he took them to four different shops so that they could get enough packs to each build a set.

“To me, this is phenomenal,” he said. “This isn’t something that I’m pushing on my girls. It’s nice to see that level of enthusiasm not directed at a video game or a screen.”

Read the full article at Sports Collectors Digest

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Collectors Corner #5 – March 15, 2019

The Evolution of Sport Card Shows

In episode five of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the evolution of sports memorabilia shows, Michael Jordan trading cards in Hanes underwear, Magic Johnson’s exclusive deal with Press Pass, and the record-setting sales of two graded rookie cards. Eleven minutes well spent. 

 “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

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #4 – March 8, 2019

In the fourth episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about collecting sports autographs through the mail (TTM). For those who are unfamiliar with TTM, it is when you write to a player — usually at his team’s address if a current player, or his home address if he is retired — and send a fan letter and some items asking to be autographed. We discuss how to get started, some do’s and don’ts, and more. 

This clip is just 11 minutes — short enough to listen to on your next break. 

“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

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #3 – March 1, 2019

After a week off (due to the passing of my beloved basset hound Gomez), Collectors Corner was back.

In the third episode, Ron Barr and I talk about graded cards, and grading companies like PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). We also discuss the Michael Jordan Fleer Metal Universe card that sold for over $350,000 at auction, the PSA 9 Bobby Orr “Test Issue” rookie card that sold for over $200,000. and National Hockey Card Day. 

Run time is 11 minutes. 

“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

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Romo + Modano = Romodano

2009 Upper Deck Heroes #488: 
Hometown Heroes Tony Romo / Mike Modano

I had no idea that this card existed. It features an illustration of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano. If the two of them combined into a giant super monster, it would be called ROMODANO, play two sports, make $30 million per year…and breathe fire! 

Finding unknown gems like this is the reason why I love rummaging through quarter boxes at card shows. Although honestly, this could have been from a dollar box — and it was a dollar well-spent. 

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Get Canucks Hockey Cards at Subway

Free 14-Card Set at Subway Restaurants in BC

If you like hockey cards, live in British Columbia and enjoy eating sandwiches, then you’ll definitely want to eat at your local Subway restaurant a bit more often over the next few weeks. 

Starting on February 25 at some locations, and March 4 at the rest, participating Subway sandwich shops will be giving away packs of exclusive Vancouver Canucks cards made by Upper Deck. The promotion runs until March 29, 2019. 

Purchase a “Canucks Meal Deal,” which is a sub/chips/drink combo, and get a free pack of Canucks hockey cards. 

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A Closer Look at 10 Hockey Card Blunders

In the 100-plus years that companies have made hockey cards, countless mistakes have been made – from spelling a player’s name wrong, to getting a stat incorrect, to picturing the wrong guy. But every now and then, a card company gaffed so egregiously that you wonder if anyone was even paying attention. Here are the ten biggest hockey card blunders. Read the full article at Sports Collectors Digest.

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Review: 2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Collection

Not long after being drafted second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2015, Jack Eichel signed an exclusive deal with Leaf Trading Cards. As a part of that deal, only Leaf products could include cards autographed by Eichel. In late 2016, Leaf released the “Jack Eichel Collection,” a 30-card boxed set that showcases the Sabres’ young superstar. The big draw to the set is that it includes a hockey card autographed by Eichel. Unfortunately, that’s really the only upside to this otherwise mundane set. 

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