Hockey Cards, Collectibles and Culture!
From physical artifacts like trading cards, action figures, and game-used sticks, to culture like books, movies, video games and memes, Puck Junk celebrates all things hockey.
Sal Barry // Editor and Webmaster // Twitter: @PuckJunk
I started Puck Junk because I didn’t think anyone would give me an opportunity to write. I knew how to design and code websites, but I was always secretly a wannabe journalist. That changed in 2007, when launched this website, first as a means to talk about my hockey card collection, but later to write more about hockey’s cultural aspects, like movies and video games. Eventually, I got a degree in journalism and started interviewing current and former players, growing Puck Junk beyond just another “sports card blog.” I hope you find it both fun and informative.
In addition to running this site, I work as a contributing writer for The Hockey News, Sports Collectors Digest and Beckett Hockey. I also co-host a weekly podcast called the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, which you can find here on this very website.
If you have a question, would like to trade cards with me or want a chance to write for Puck Junk, please feel free to contact me via email: sjb AT puckjunk DOT com. Or, hit me up on Twitter @PuckJunk
Jim Howard // Senior Writer
On a cold morning in February 1978, the hockey world would experience a shift. Not from the recent tie between the Detroit Red Wings and the Atlanta Flames, nor the complete drubbing of of Cleveland Barons by the Buffalo Sabres; instead, Jim Howard was born into this world! Fast forward to 2014, and Sal gave this inexperienced, fledgling writer a shot with a story about the dimple-faced hockey Bieber, a misplaced city and the writer’s desire to see a mistake corrected. This would be the first shot across the bow in the war between Jim and Panini America!
When he’s not sitting in the nosebleeds of PNC Arena, cheering on his Carolina Hurricanes or tearing open packs of cards, Jim can be found putting miles on his bicycle, pounding out riffs on one of his guitars, or digging in the dirt as a field geologist to pay for season tickets to the Canes and buy more cards.
Tim Parish // Writer-At-Large // Twitter: @TheRealDFG
Tim is a hockey nut and music aficionado who, despite a busy life, somehow still finds time for collecting. He’s been a sports card collector for over three decades and his collecting habits have evolved many times over the years. Tim has collected all the major sports, but has always come back to hockey and hockey card collecting. It’s a lifelong hobby, so he’s in no hurry and not going anywhere anytime soon.
Highly opinionated and never wrong, Tim’s world view of hockey is as keen as any talking head or insider on a major sports network; the only thing missing are the “unnamed sources.” Sarcasm is also his strong suit. You can find Tim and his warped ramblings on Twitter @TheRealDFG.
Clemente Lisi // Writer-At-Large // Twitter: @ClementeLisi
Clemente Lisi is a lifelong New York Rangers fan who first started collecting trading cards in 1986. He collects both vintage and modern with a focus on rookie cards. When he’s not talking or watching hockey, Clemente is focused on soccer and baseball. It gives him something to do and talk about in the summer.
In addition to contributing to this site, he writes about the hobby for Sports Collectors Digest and makes regular appearances on the TTMCast podcast. He also likes to TTM athletes, something he started doing in 2020. He can often be spotted at a variety of card shows, especially on the East Coast, looking for cheap cards to collect and hobby trends to write about. You can follow him on Twitter @ClementeLisi.
Joshua Courter // @josh_courter
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Kyle Scully // Twitter @socal_scully
Travis Shaw // Twitter: @officialtshaw31
Rob Joncas // Twitter: @RobJoncas
Larry Berman // Twitter @PaigesFall
David Schauer // Twitter: @David_Schauer