It’s the end of the year as we know it — and I feel fine! As 2019 winds down to a close, I’d like to share Puck Junk’s most-read articles from 2019. So, even though Every 1990-91 Hockey Card Set Ranked had the most page views on this site in 2019, it was published three years ago and does not count for this list. But I do make exceptions and count articles published really late in 2018 as 2019 articles.
Remember, if you haven’t read any of these, then they’re new to you. So, take a look and see which gems you may have missed in 2019.
1. Interview: Tom DuBois, Blades of Steel box cover artist
Published on February 6, 2019
The man who created the box artwork for one of the greatest hockey video games ever made talks about how he got the commission to do the painting, who he modeled his players after, and more.
2. 10 Things You Should Know About Blades of Steel
Published on December 27, 2018
Coincidentally, the second-most read article on Puck Junk in 2019 also had to do with this classic video game. I’m counting this as a 2019 article because it was published five days before the end of the year.
3. Fender NHL Telecaster Electric Guitars
Published on November 8, 2019
Twenty years ago, guitar company Fender made a line of officially-licensed NHL guitars which cost more than some teams’ season ticket plans!
4. The Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2019
Published on December 20, 2019
Another year, another 10 woeful hockey cards have been enshrined into the Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame — from awful airbrushing, to pitiful photos, to just overall terrible ideas.
5. The 10 Best Hockey Cards from 1988-89
Published on April 4, 2019
A rundown of the best hockey cards issued during the 1988-89 season.
6. Road to the Cup Hockey ’94: An Unreleased Hockey Video Game
Published on March 28, 2019
Road to the Cup Hockey ’94 is a video game that never saw the light of day. In this article, the game’s two programmers talk about what could have been — and why this game never was.
7. The Best 2019-20 NHL Game-Night Giveaway Items
Published on October 2, 2019
A look at the best items given away at games during the 2019-20 season.
8. Rookie Cards of Every NHL Head Coach for the 2019-20 Season
Published on October 3, 2019
The first trading card for each and every NHL head coach from the start of the 2019-20 season.
9. Five Really-Lopsided NHL Trades
Published on February 25, 2019
Sometimes NHL general managers make trades that they soon regret. Here are the five really-lopsided — dare we say the worst? — trades in NHL history.
10. The 1990’s Weirdest Hockey Cards
Published on April 17, 2019
There were many weird hockey card sets released in the 1990s, especially towards the end of that decade, such as CD-ROMs (remember those?), paper dolls and credit cards.
11. Possible Names for Seattle’s NHL Team
Published February 7, 2019
Potential names for the forthcoming Seattle NHL expansion team.
12. Review: 2018-19 Topps Skate Mobile App
Published on November 30, 2018
Everything you wanted to know about Topps Skate. This was published in late November 2018, so it is being counted as a 2019 article.
13. Why Buyback Autographs are the Best Rookie Cards to Collect
Published on December 4, 2018
The title says it all. Even though this was published at the end of 2018, it was still one of Puck Junk’s Top 10 Articles for 2018. In 2019, this article got enough reads to be within the Top 20.
14. Why the Ottawa Senators Should Move to Quebec City
Published on April 5, 2019
An argument as to why the NHL should get rid of the Senators and bring back the Nordiques.
15. Re-Imagining the 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Published on June 24, 2019
If you could go back in time and re-do the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, who would you take first overall? Second? Twentieth?
16. Collecting Rare Hockey Autographs
Published January 15, 2019
Everything you should know about chasing autographs from the game’s all-time greats.
17. I Used FaceApp on Some Hockey Cards
Published on July 30, 2019
Take some hockey cards, apply FaceApp and hilarity ensues!
18. Best of the Worst: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey
Published on December 4, 2019
The worst hockey card photos from 2019-20 Upper Deck Series One.
19. No Stanley For Old Men: 2019 Edition
Published on April 8, 2019
The oldest NHL players in the 2019 playoffs who have never won a Stanley Cup Championship.
20. 1992-93 Score Eric Lindros Press Conference Promo Card
Published on June 7, 2019
The Eric Lindros trading card that most collectors forgot about — or didn’t even know existed in the first place.
Thank you to everyone who reads this website, and here’s looking to 2020!■
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