Puck Junk Podcast: July 4, 2020

1996-97 Black Diamond Hockey Cards

In the newest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give their long-overdue recap of the Virtual Expo. Then they talk about the NHL Draft Lottery and the NHL’s rumored “hub cities. Finally, they take a look back at the 1996-97 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey card set, which was the first hockey set to utilize short-printed cards as part of the main set. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Tim Parish’s Instagram account @TheRealDFG66
Sal Barry’s Instagram account @PuckJunk
1996-97 Black Diamond checklist (Trading Card DB)
1996-97 Black Diamond card images

#160 – Joe Thornton RC

#103 – Patrick Marleau RC

#88 – Peter Schaefer RC
Shown here for being very BAPish

Wayne Gretzky Promo Card, courtesy of Trading Card DB.

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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 “Puck Junk Podcast: July 4, 2020”

  1. Score’s collation was legendarily terrible. I sympathize with that Beckett forum poster. I recently opened a box of 1991-92 Score Canadian, which is only a 330 card set. With 36 packs of 15 cards, I thought I’d have a decent chance of getting them all – it wasn’t even close! I may have maxed out at 5 copies of any individual card, but there were an awful lot of zeroes.

    I’m replying to this as I listen to the podcast, so you may mention it later, but 1992-93 Bowman had SPs inside its base set – the foil all-stars. They weren’t extreme SPs like Black Diamond, but I’d say they qualify.

    1. Mike, thank you for your comment and yes — 1992-93 Bowman *did* have short prints! I have that set and even I forgot about it. (Plus, some of the foil short prints were printed in even lesser quantities. Oy!) I’ll be sure to mention that in the next podcast.

  2. I don’t want to spoil the fun, but 1995-96 Topps Finest is probably the first hockey product that integrated hard to find cards in the base set.

    It’s a 191-card set broke down into three rarity subsets : 111 bronze (6:1), 54 silver (1:4), and 26 gold (1:24). Most players who have a gold card are also found as either bronze or silver. Oddly enough, the checklist is a gold card, so if you’re lucky and you pull a gold refractor (1:288) it could be that one (LOL).

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