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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Blake’s Takes: A Good Problem to Have

The NHL playoffs are in full swing and we saw the second round begin late last week. This week, I look at one of the NHL’s good problems, some interesting contract decisions and a name you need to know for the rest of the playoffs.

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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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Blake’s Takes: The Mighty Have Fallen

This week, I take a look at the fall of both top-seeded teams.. I also highlight Steve Yzerman’s return to Hockey Town and some key playoff roster moves.

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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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The NHL’s 5 Most-Shocking First Round Playoff Upsets Since 1967

This past Tuesday saw perhaps the most-stunning upset in NHL playoff history. The Tampa Bay Lightning, who won 62 games in the 2018-19 regular season, were swept decisively by the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets, who outscored them 19-8 in the process. 

Regular season success provides no guarantee for the postseason; as factors such as solid goaltending and special teams can power an underdog past the favorite in a seven-game series. Since the award was introduced in 1986, seven President’s Trophy winners have lost in the first round. Tampa Bay,  however, becomes the first recipient to be swept in their opening series. Here are the top five most shocking first round playoff upsets, since the expansion era began in 1967.

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The 1990’s Weirdest Hockey Cards

Hockey cards have changed significantly since their inception and even more so since the “modern era of collecting” which began in 1990. Despite all of these changes, not every set issued was a hit from a collector’s standpoint. In that vein, there have been a ton of flat-out weird cards produced, especially towards the end of that decade.  These cards were believed by overzealous manufacturers to be exactly what collectors wanted, only to receive a not-so-wanted reception. With that I would like to share with you some of the weirdest and most unique cards that I have come across from the 1990s:

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Blake’s Takes: Tampa is in Trouble

In this week’s edition of Blake’s Takes, I give my two cents on the impact of the Nikita Kucherov suspension and look forward at a potential playoff matchup. I also show some love to an unloved team and predict another award.

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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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