Hockey Headlines for April 1, 2013

Here are today’s top headlines in the world of hockey card collecting.

New variants of Flames Red Rooster cards discovered

hull2Four previously unheard-of variations from the 1987-88 Calgary Flames “Red Rooster” set were discovered last week at a card shop in Calgary. ┬áThe set, given away at Red Rooster grocery stores during the 1987-88 season, contains 30 cards, including known variations of Lanny McDonald, Joe Nieuwendyk and Hakan Loob.

Now, it appears that variations of cards for Shane Churla, Gary Suter, Ric Nattress and Brett Hull were also produced but pulled last-minute before the giveaway. While both the normal and rare variant cards use the same photographs, the variants offer different “safety tips” under the player’s name.

Below are the original cards (left) and the long-lost variants:

churlasuternattresshullAt press time, a representative from Red Rooster Food Stores declined to comment.

Panini to release set dedicated to stay-at-home defensemen


Following up their popular “All Goalies” set from two years ago, Panini America announced the release of a new set of just stay-at-home defnesemen called “Home Boys.”

“Now collectors can get their hands on the tried-and-true, blue chip players who do their job day-in and day-out without any thanks or applause,” reads a press release from the company.

“You can find all of your favorite shot-blocking, low-risk, twelve-to-sixteen minute a night guys in one great set, such as Ladislav Smid, Nicklas Hjalmarsson and Hal Gill. ” The set will also feature some of the most legendary “homies,” including Bob Murray, Brad Marsh and Harold Snepsts.

For $19.95, collectors can purchase the complete boxed set, which includes 5 bonus “chipped tooth” variant cards.

In other news…
Happy April Fools Day!

Further reading:
Hockey Headlines for April 1, 2012
Hockey Headlines for April 1, 2011


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

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