…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. ■
4 thoughts on “Puck Junk Podcast #14 – August 17, 2016”
I found some of my 1996 baseball ones after our chat. The Mark Grace card looks like he’s gone supernova. His entire body is practically covered by that foil print.
Hay I love this set .. what was the first year it was produced? And what does it cost for a full set ? Thanks in advance
Fleer Metal Universe was made in 1996-97. Not sure on what a whole set costs. Best bet is to check eBay and see.