Collectors Corner #2 – February 15, 2019

Each week, I co-host a segment on Sports Byline USA called “Collectors Corner,” where longtime sports talk radio personality Ron Barr and I discuss the world of sports cards and memorabilia collecting. 

In the second installment of “Collectors Corner,” we talk about photo matching sports memorabilia to prove its authenticity.

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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Collectors Corner #1 – February 8, 2019

Last week was the debut of a new weekly segment called “Collectors Corner,” which will air Friday nights on the Sports Byline USA radio show. Each week, host Ron Barr and I will talk about the world of sports trading cards and collectibles. 

In the first installment, Ron and I discussed the state of the sports trading card industry and collecting game programs as an alternate to sports cards. 

Run time is 11 minutes long. 

“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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Slapshot Radio Show – Jan. 28, 2019

Last week, I was a guest on a new radio show called Slapshot, hosted by Dave Baldin, who is an avid hockey card collector. Dave and I talked about why I started PuckJunk.com, overproduced hockey cards from the 1990s and being a Blackhawks fan during the team’s “dark days.” Plus, a fun story about Dale Tallon. 

Run time is 28 minutes — perfect for listening to on your lunch break. 

Special Thanks to Dave Baldin and 4680Q Niagara Online Radio for providing the clip. You can listen to more episodes of Slapshot here. 

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Sports Byline USA: The NHL ’94 Video Game & Sports Trading Cards


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Last week, I was a guest on the radio talk show Sports Byline USA, hosted by Ron Barr. Those of you who played the video game NHL ’94 or some of the other early games by EA Sports will of course remember Barr, who was literally “in the game,” introducing the teams and players. 

Barr and I talked about NHL ’94 and the game’s enduring popularity 25 years later, the NHL94.com website and the “Pixelated Heroes” documentary. We then talk about the sports memorabilia industry and some of the gimmicks that trading card companies use today to stimulate sales. 

Run time is EXACTLY 15 minutes, so grab a beverage, click play and enjoy! 

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

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“Hockey Today” July 20, 2018


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This past Friday, I was a guest on “Hockey Today” with Mick Kern on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio. We talked about who collects hockey cards these days and why, my custom cards of Scott Foster,  collecting Tim Horton’s cards and my favorite hockey card sets of the 2017-18 season. 

Running time is just over 13 minutes, so press play and enjoy. 

Special thanks to Mick Kern and SiriusXM NHL Radio Network for the audio clip. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #25 – August 3, 2017

…with Sal Barry & Tim Parish

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal & Tim discuss the 38th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, which was held in Chicago from July 26 to July 30, 2017. We talk about autographs, redemption programs, vintage hockey cards — even baseball cards! — and more. 

Podcast #25 is 50 minutes and 15 seconds. I counted. Twice. 

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Podcast intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard. 

Puck Junk Podcast #24 – May 12, 2017

…with Sal Barry & Tim Parish

It’s been two weeks, so get ready for a super-sized podcast. In this episode, Sal and Tim talk about the second round of the 2017 NHL playoffs, including the Penguins-Capitals series, Upper Deck’s new Bounty program with SP Authentic, and Goon: Last of the Enforcers finally getting a U.S. release date. Other topics discussed include Grandeur Hockey Coins, and Sal’s long-unfulfilled wish for a Youngblood sequel.

Podcast #24 is 1 hour and 23 minutes of hockey goodness. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #23 – April 25, 2017

…with Sal Barry & Tim Parish


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Sal & Tim talk about the craziness that was the first round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs, playing daily fantasy playoff hockey on the Topps Skate mobile app, building sets on the cheap with Upper Deck E-Pack, Dennis Wideman gettin’ sued and more. 

Podcast #23 is an hour long, so grab a tall one, kick back and hit play.

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Puck Junk Podcast #22 – April 18, 2017

…with Sal Barry & Tim Parish


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Sal & Tim (@theRealDFG) are back for a long-overdue, but always fun, edition of the Puck Junk Podcast. Topics in this podcast include: 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey, coaching change chaos (!!!), the upcoming expansion draft and Zach Werenski, the most badass rookie in the NHL this season.

Total time is 47 minutes, so get comfy and hit play! 

Puck Junk Podcast #21 – Jan. 24, 2017

…with Sal Barry & Tim Parish


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Perhaps the design was bad. Or maybe it had a stupid name. Or the idea behind it was just dumb. In this podcast, Tim (@therealdfg) and Sal talk about the the worst hockey card insert sets from the 1990s. 

Podcast #21 is 51 minutes of hockey card nostalgia. 

Here’s a list of every set we talk about, with links to card images. 

1992-93 Pinnacle – Team 2000 (pictures)
1992-93 Parkhurst – Cherry Picks (pictures)
1993-94 Leaf – Painted Warriors (pictures & info)
1993-94 Pinnacle – Nifty Fifty (pictures)
1993-94 Fleer Ultra – Premier Pivots (pictures)
1993-94 Fleer Ultra – Speed Merchants (pictures)
1994-95 Be A Player (pictures) – no it isn’t an insert set. We know.
1994-95 Leaf – Crease Patrol (pictures)
1994-95 Leaf – Fire On Ice (pictures)
1994-95 OPC Premier – Special Effects (pictures)
1994-95 Parkhurst – You Crash the Game (pictures)
1994-95 Pinnacle – Boomers (pictures)
1994-95 Score – Check It (pictures)
1994-95 Stadium Club – Dynasty and Destiny (pictures)
1994-95 Topps Premier – The Go-to-Guy (pictures)
1995-96 Donruss – Igniters (pictures)
1995-96 Skybox Emotion – Ntense Power (pictures)
1995-96 Pinnacle – Roaring Twenties (pictures)
1995-96 Score – Border Battles (pictures)
1996-97 Be A Player – Biscuit In the Basket (pictures)
1996-97 Fleer NHL Picks-  Jagged Edge (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf – Leather and Laces (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf – Shut Down (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf – Sweaters Away (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf Limited – Bash the Boards (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf Limited – Stubble (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf Preferred – Masked Marauders (pictures)
1996-97 Leaf Preferred – Vanity Plates (pictures)
1996-97 Topps Picks – Ice D (pictures)
1996-97 Fleer Ultra – Mr. Momentum (pictures)
1997-98 Donruss Elite – Back to the Future (pictures)
1997-98 Donruss Priority (pictures) – lots of dumb inserts in this set.
1997-98 Pacific Crown Collection – Card Supials (pictures)
1997-98 Pinnacle Inside – Stand Up Guys (pictures)
1997-98 Score – Net Worth (pictures)
1997-98 Upper Deck – Sixth Sense (pictures)
1997-98 Upper Deck  – Smooth Grooves (pictures)
1998-99 Pacific Omega – Planet Ice (pictures)
1998-99 Pacific Revolution – Chalk Talk (pictures)
1999-00 PacificCrown Royale – Century 21 (pictures)
1999-00 Pacific Dynagon Ice – Checkmates (pictures)
1999-00 Pacific Revolution – Ornaments (pictures)

Note: We also talked about these four sets…

1995-96 Skybox Impact – Ice Quake (pictures)
1995-96 Pinnacle Summit – Mad Hatters (pictures)
1995-96 Fleer Ultra – Crease Crashers (pictures)
1995-96 Edge Ice – Livin’ Large (pictures)

…but due to a recording glitch, we lost the part of the podcast where we discussed them. Stupid Skype! But you know we just loved making fun of talking about Ice Quake — which sounds like a member of the X-Men — and Livin’ Large, yo. 

So, what insert sets from the 1990s did you dislike back then, or even today, because of the idea, design or name? Leave a comment and let us know. 

Podcast intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.