My Pre-RC Article in Beckett Hockey #246

beckett_februaryCheck out the February 2013 issue of Beckett Hockey (#246), which has a 3-page article written by yours truly. It is entitled Stars in the Making, and discusses “Pre-Rookie Cards”–that is, cards that are issued before an NHL player’s career.

In it, I speak with three experts on the subject: Dan May of Center Ice Collectibles, Ralph Slate of The Internet Hockey Database, and Dr. Brian Price of In The Game Trading Cards. Each offer a unique perspective about the cards made before a player becomes famous.

This is my first article for Beckett Hockey since February 2009–exactly 4 years ago–when I wrote about the history of fighting in the NHL. It is pretty cool to contribute to, and see my name in, a magazine I grew up reading.

If you happen to pick up the latest issue of Beckett Hockey and read the article, please let me know what you think.

I will also have an article in the March 2013 issue.


Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

3 thoughts on “My Pre-RC Article in Beckett Hockey #246”

  1. Congrats Sal! Certainly is a huge accomplishment and an indication of where you stand in the card community. I had to ask – how did you end up contributing??? Did they call you up and ask if you wanted to send in an article?

  2. Hey Sal,

    Saw the article a few weeks ago and was surprised you didn’t mention it on here….now you did 🙂

    Great article, I certainly enjoy it whenever the Beckett actually puts real articles in their magazine. I actually almost enjoyed yours as much as the 10-11 Imperial Tobacco Cards article they had two years ago. Well done!

    1. Thanks. It took me a while to get my hands on an issue, as my two favorite card shops don’t carry Beckett magazines anymore.

      You might like my next article too, which should be hitting newsstands now.

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