Puck Junk Podcast: Interview with Billy Celio of Upper Deck

Episode #84: March 3, 2021

What goes into creating a set of hockey cards — from concept to design to everything in between? Billy Celio, the Senior Product Manager for Upper Deck, joins Sal and Tim to discuss how a set of hockey cards is created. Billy also gives details about the new 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series and 2020-21 Skybox Metal Universe sets. Plus, he talks about the inspiration behind the Portraits, Dazzlers and Puzzle Back insert sets. It’s one full hour of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Info about 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series (Cardboard Connection)

Billy Celio poses with the Hart Trophy, Stanley Cup and Norris Trophy.

2020-21 MVP Patrick Marleau – no one is sure why Marleau is pictured with the Sharks, even though he was with the Penguins when it was released. (Listen to Episode #71 for a review of 2020-21 Upper Deck MVP.)

 Preview image of the upcoming 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series: 

Kirill Kaprizov 2005-06 Upper Deck tribute set.

Dylan Cozens HoloGrFX  tribute set. Note that “Sabres” is misspelled. 

Tim Stutzle UD3 Tribute set.

The photo that was used on the Hughes’ Brothers “Sibling Sensations” card (right) was a riff on the Step Brothers movie poster (left).

1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe Curtis Joseph card – hands down, the best Metal Universe card ever made. (Listen to Episode #14 for a review of 1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe.)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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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

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