Puck Junk Podcast #16 – August 31, 2016

…with Sal Barry and Jim Howard.

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Sal Barry and guest host Jim Howard revisit the 1990s with the 1996-97 Pinnacle Mint set, which was a set of hockey cards and hockey coins. Yes, coins.

Here are a few pictures of the various cards and coins found in this set.



1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Bronze card (front and back)\


28_Jim_Carey_Silver1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Bronze card and Silver card



1996-97 Pinnacle Mint card with hole (front and back)


22_Chris_Chelios_back1996-97 Pinnacle Mint card with coin inserted (front and back)


1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Mats Sundin bronze coin


1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Jaromir Jagr bronze coin


1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Pavel Bure bronze coin



Milton Berle and Pavel Bure coin


rules1996-97 Pinnacle Mint checklist and sweepstakes rules


1996-97 Pinnacle Mint sweepstakes rules card (large)

Total Time: 33:30

Theme music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

Did you collect Pinnacle Mint back in the day? Or are you collecting it now? Did you unearth one of the elusive gold coins? Do you like or dislike this set? Leave a comment and let us know. ■

Puck Junk Podcast #14 – August 17, 2016

…with Sal Barry and Tim Parish.

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Twenty years ago, one of the most over-the-top hockey card sets was unleashed on unsuspecting collectors. Of course, we are talking about the Fleer Metal Universe set from 1996-97, which superimposed hockey players into weird cosmic settings.

Ever want to see Theoren Fleury on an alien planet with giant flowers, Felix Potvin catching an exploding puck, Dave Manson at the nucleus of an atom or Steve Yzerman with a frickin’ laser on his head?

If you said “Yes!” to any of those, well then, this is the set for you.

Podcast #14 is 36 minutes long and features rockin’ new intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

Here are some of the cards that we talk about.


Curtis Joseph fighting off a swarm of flying eyeballs.


Dave Manson at the nucleus of an atom (or about to go nuclear!).


Steve Yzerman after being assimilated by the Borg.


Theoren Fleury skating through a flower garden on an alien planet.


Doug Weight being attacked by metal claws! Extreme!


Sandis Ozolinsh impersonating the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAH!


Roman Vopat emerging from a Stargate.


Felix Potvin catching an exploding hand grenade.

Two more cards that we don’t talk about, but are still fun to look at.


Bryan Berard hated his “fish sticks” Islanders jersey so much that he set it on fire. Unfortunately, he forgot to take it off first.


Steve Rucchin shattering a metal wall with a bruising body check. This may be the most “1990s” card ever made because it features a player who was only in the NHL because the league expanded like crazy, wearing a third jersey, on a shiny metallic trading card.

We want to know! Did you ever collect the 1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe Hockey set? What do you think about it? Leave a comment below. 

1996-97 Donruss Elite Eric Lindros & Mario Lemieux uncirculated autograph

lindros_lemieuxThe shiny card you see here is from the 1996-97 Donruss Elite Hart to Hart insert set. I purchased it from a dealer recently. However, there is good reason to believe that this card may have “escaped” from the Donruss facility in 1997 and was never circulated in packs. Continue reading “1996-97 Donruss Elite Eric Lindros & Mario Lemieux uncirculated autograph”