Puck Junk’s Top Podcasts of 2023

With 2023 now fully behind us, I wanted to take a look back at the Puck Junk Podcast and how it did last year. During 2023, we released 36 episodes of the Puck Junk Podcast. That was five more episodes than we released in 2022 (31 episodes), and 10 more episodes than we released 2021 (26 episodes). 

In 2023, our podcast had more listeners than ever, experiencing about a 25% growth over 2022.

As for our listeners, 55% of our listeners are from the United States and 38% are from Canada. No surprises there. But rounding out the top five countries that listened to the Puck Junk Podcast are Germany, Finland, and…Singapore? 

Yep. We also have listeners from Australia, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. 

If you are a recent subscriber to the Puck Junk Podcast, you may have missed out on some of our best episodes from 2023. Or maybe you are a longtime listener and one of these episodes flew under your radar. Either way, here are the five most-listened to episodes of the Puck Junk Podcast from 2023. 

1. 2023-24 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Cards
Episode #169: November 3, 2023
Hockey card collectors and hobby bros alike were absolutely buzzing about the release of 2023-24 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards – especially since a short-printed Draft Pick card of Connor Bedard surprised everyone. Other topics included the NHL Frozen Frenzy, pride tape, and the record-setting sale of a Topps Now sticker. 

2. 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Cards
Episode #141: January 27, 2023
The guys give their thoughts about the 2021-22 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey card set, the Vancouver Canucks disastrous firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau, the All-Star Reverse Retro jerseys, and the All-Star Game voting controversy. 

3. 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention Recap
Episode #159: August 5, 2023
Sal Barry, Tim Parish, and Clemente Lisi give their extended recap of the 2023 National Sports Collectors Convention – including what they saw, what they bought, the HEAT, and more. 

4. Interview with Paul Zickler of Upper Deck
Episode #149: April 6, 2023
Paul Zickler, the Senior Sports Brand Manager at Upper Deck, talks about the big changes to Upper Deck hockey cards starting with Series One, as well as some of the new and upcoming sets. 

5. Does Changing Teams Affect Player Collecting?
Episode #140: January 20, 2023
Do hockey card collectors still chase after cards of a player they like after he has been traded or leaves as a free agent — or do they dump his cards first chance they get? Plus, a look at some upcoming hockey card sets, including the 2023 Upper Deck First Peoples Rookie Cards.

Thanks for your support of the Puck Junk Podcast in 2023 – and be on the lookout of our first podcast episode of 2024 coming out soon.

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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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