Puck Junk Podcast #116: April 21, 2022

Remembering Mike Bossy.
Plus: The NHLPA Internal Investigation.

In the newest Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the career of the late Mike Bossy, including his numerous career accomplishments, and some of his most-notable hockey cards. They also discuss the NHLPA’s internal investigation on its mishandling of the Kyle Beach Case, the retirement of Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley, a look back at Wayne Gretzky’s last game, and new hockey cards. 

Click to enlarge graphic to see Tim and Sal’s favorite Mike Bossy cards.

Show Notes and Links:
Career in Cards: Mike Bossy (Puck Junk)
The NHLPA Report Regarding Union’s Response to Kyle Beach (PDF
Why Blackhawks Loaned Kyle Beach to a Team in Sweden (Third Man In)
Pat Foley’s Legendary “Bannerman!” Call (Video)
NHL Network Opens Upper Deck Hockey Cards (Video)
Marshawn Lynch Drives the Seattle Kraken Zamboni (Video)
Wayne Gretzky Final Game Last Moments (Video)

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

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Snap Shots: Mike Bossy Passes Away

This week was a mix of highs and lows for the world of hockey. Legend Mike Bossy passed away, the NHLPA released its internal investigation into its handling of Kyle Beach, and a longtime play-by-play announcer made his final call. But a first-overall pick also made an impressive debut and women’s hockey might take a giant step forward next year. It’s all recapped in this week’s edition of Snap Shots

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Puck Junk Podcast #115: April 14, 2022

New Hockey Cards for 2022. 
Plus: The Mega Box Experiment. 

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about some of the new hockey cards coming out in April and May 2022. Plus, Sal’s “Mega Box Experiment,” the secret behind Doug Gilmour’s 1992-93 Pinnacle Sidelines card, Ryan Getzlaf calls it a career, and more. It’s 94 minutes of hockey goodness.

Show Notes and Links:
Habs fan not thrown out, kid’s dat caught in a lie (Maple Leafs Insider)
Ryan Getzlaf’s career statistics (HockeyDB)
Police Hunt Clues in Theft of Gretzky Collection (Sports Collectors Daily)
AMPIR Seattle Kraken trading card set (AMPIR.cards)
Pittsburgh Game-Worn Hockey Jersey and Equipment Expo (Facebook)
1992-93 Pinnacle #233: Doug Gilmour Sidelines card (Puck Junk)

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Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG & Instagram @therealdfg66.
Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Snap Shots: Auston Matthews Sets Maple Leafs’ Goals Record

I was so busy last weekend that I didn’t get to write my Snap Shots column for last week. So, this week’s edition has more “shots,” covering the last two weeks of notable hockey stories. But don’t worry — each “shot” is shorter and this will be a quick read. Promise! 

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Puck Junk Podcast #114: April 7, 2022

2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Cards. 
Plus: Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry, and Keith Yandle.  

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card set — from the exciting new Young Guns rookie cards to production problems to the numerous insert sets. They also talk about the end of Keith Yandle’s “iron man” streak, Troy Terry vs. Jay Beagle, and Trevor Zegras’ latest “Michigan” goal. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links:
Troy Terry’s black eye from his “fight” with Jay Beagle (Twitter)
Dale Hunter’s hit on Pierre Turgeon in the 1993 Playoffs (YouTube)
WWF Wresting Character “The Goon” (YouTube)
Keith Yandle’s Consecutive Games Played Streak Ends (NBC Sports)
Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo (Website)
A 10-Year Old Drake on the NHL Awards Show in 1997 (YouTube)
Interview with Billy Celio of Upper Deck (Puck Junk)
Pictures and Details about 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One (Puck Junk)

Follow Sal Barry on Twitter @PuckJunk & Instagram @PuckJunk
Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG & Instagram @therealdfg66.
Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hobby Box Break

The one set that I look forward to is Upper Deck’s flagship release — a.k.a. Upper Deck Series One, Upper Deck Series Two, and for the first time last year, Upper Deck Extended Series. This season, I had to look forward a bit longer, as production delays pushed Upper Deck Series One’s release date from November 2021 to March 2022. 

But it’s March and I finally got my hands on a hobby box. Like last year, a hobby box of Upper Deck Series One has 24 packs. Each pack has eight cards. Let’s take a look and see what was inside my box of 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey. 

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Snap Shots: No Trade for You!

Welcome to Snap Shots! This week, we look at a trade that was voided, another third jersey — would that make it a second third jersey or a fourth jersey — for the Maple Leafs, and a team that went from hero to zero in less than a year. 

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Snap Shots: Tons of Trades

Snap Shots is three days late, but better late than never, as they say. I had a busy weekend selling at a sports memorabilia convention, then other things got in the way. Such is life. But I still wanted to chip in my two cents about what went on around the NHL over the past seven — make that 10 — days. Two players skated in their 1,000th games, and set some interesting records in the process. Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal scoring record got a little closer to being broken, and, of course, there was the NHL trade deadline. 

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2020-21 Upper Deck AHL Box Break #2

I have been a fan and collector of minor league hockey cards ever since I bought a ProCards Saginaw Hawks team set in 1989. I enjoy cards of future NHL players, as well as “borderline” players who are sometimes called up to the parent club but never got their own hockey card.

Needless to say, minor league hockey cards have evolved a lot over the past 30+ years. They no longer use dark photos and have plain, black-and-white card backs. Upper Deck’s 2020-21 American Hockey League card set is every bit as good in quality as its other hockey card sets, with crisp, color photography, glossy coating, and silver foil. At first glance, you might mistake these for Upper Deck Series One, save for the fact that they picture AHL players instead of NHL players. 

Last week, I opened a box of 2020-21 AHL cards; you can read about that here, as that break gives more details about the set. Let’s see if this box is better, worse, or about the same as my first break. 

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Snap Shots: Nicklas Backstrom Scores 1,000th Point

I didn’t have as much time as usual to focus on this week’s edition of Snap Shots. So, here is a very quick rundown of the top five hockey stories over the past week. 

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