2024 National Hockey Card Day is This Saturday

Get Free Hockey Cards from Your Local Card Shop.

Considering how hard it has been to buy almost any recent hockey card products, the idea of actually getting some 2024 hockey cards in 2024 – for free, no less! – is exciting! 

This Saturday – April 13 – is National Hockey Card Day in the U.S., in Canada, and in even some other countries around the world. Fans who visit a participating card shop can get a free, exclusive pack of National Hockey Card Day 2024 cards, made by Upper Deck. Continue reading “2024 National Hockey Card Day is This Saturday”

High-End Connor Bedard Cards Are Finally Here

2023-24 SP Game Used Gives Us First Bedard RPAs.

Last week, the 2023-24 SP Game Used Hockey set hit hobby shops and shipped from online retailers.

While several Connor Bedard autographed cards were issued in Upper Deck Series Two, this year’s SP Game Used set has his first truly high-end rookie cards, such as rookie patch autographs (RPAs), and autographed letter mark cards. 

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Puck Junk Podcast: Triple Crown Line Interview

Episode #185: April 4, 2024

Sal Barry interviews the Los Angeles Kings’ famed “Triple Crown Line” – Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, and Charlie Simmer. The three talk about how their line was formed and some of their best memories of playing together. It’s 15 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links
Marcel Dionne career stats at HockeyDB
Dave Taylor career stats at HockeyDB
Charlie Simmer career stats at HockeyDB
Special thanks to the Sport Card Expo for recording the interview. 

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Puck Junk Podcast: Hobby Terms We Hate

Episode #184: March 29, 2024

From “white whale” to “Holy Grail”, “net to me” and “nasty,” we discuss some of the most-hated terms in the sport card collecting hobby. Plus, the sheer number of graded Connor Bedard Young Guns cards, college hockey cards, and more. It’s 108 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links
Sport Card Expo Toronto (link)
Sport Card Expo Edmonton (link)
OnIt Athlete College Hockey Cards (link)

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Puck Junk Podcast: The Spring 2024 Chicago Sports Spectacular

Plus: Is Card Cleaning Wrong? 
Episode #183: March 22, 2024

In this episode, Sal, Tim, and Clemente talk about the Spring 2024 Chicago Sports Spectacular – and how nearly everyone was looking for Connor Bedard’s Young Guns rookie card. They also discuss if “card cleaning” is right or wrong, the new Parkhurst Champions set, and the upcoming PWHL sets. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links
2022-23 Parkhurst Champions Checklist (Trading Card DB)
Is Cleaning Cards a Dirty Business? (Puck Junk)
Connor Bedard’s Young Guns Prices Do Not COMP-ute! (Puck Junk)
The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card (Puck Junk)
Finally, here’s that awesome card that Clemente found (and Sal bought)…

It’s…beautiful

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The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card

When You Start at the Top, There’s Only One Way to Go.

This past weekend, I set up at the Chicago Sports Spectacular to sell hockey cards and t-shirts. The Spectacular is a twice-annual, three-day show with around 400 vendors and dozens of autograph guests. The show draws a large crowd, and many in the crowd were wearing Blackhawks jerseys with Connor Bedard’s name and number 98 on the back. 

The March Chicago Sports Spectacular was the first major Chicago-area show since Bedard’s Young Guns card was released in 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 on March 6 – and as you probably have guessed, everyone was talking about him.

At least half of the people who stopped by my booth asked if I had any Bedard cards, though many of them were looking specifically for his Young Guns card. And some even offered to sell me a Bedard Young Guns card, usually asking around $500 to $600. I could have bought that card ten times over.

But I didn’t. Continue reading “The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card”

Checklists are NOT Dead!

A few weeks back, I opined that checklist cards in this day and age are pretty much useless and should be discontinued. I put a poll out on X/Twitter asking collectors if they like checklist cards.

As you can see from the poll results above, 50.7% of respondents still like checklists, while 49.3% do not like checklists.

There are two takeaways here:

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Puck Junk Podcast: Connor Bedard Young Guns Mania!

Episode #182: March 8, 2024

In Episode #182 of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal, Tim, and Clemente talk about the Connor Bedard Young Guns rookie card that finally came out with the launch of 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey this week. They discuss some of the insane prices Bedard’s Young Guns card, plus the variants and the inserts, have sold for so far – and how and why this card is setting the hockey card market on fire. It’s 78 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links
The March 2024 Chicago Sports Spectacular Website (link)
Clemente’s Article about Connor Bedard (Sports Collectors Digest)
Connor Bedard Mania is Upon Us (Puck Junk)
Zero Game Goalies: Daniel Altschuller (Puck Junk)
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Connor Bedard Mania is Upon Us!

Is Bedard’s Young Guns the Most-Wanted Hockey Card Ever?

I’ve never seen anything like this.

In my 35+ years of collecting hockey cards, I have never seen so much hype over one brand-new hockey card.

I was collecting cards in 1990 when Eric Lindros was being called “The Next One,” and everyone was hoarding his 1990-91 Score rookie cards. 

I remember the hype over Sidney Crosby and how tough it was to find 2005-06 hockey cards that were not marked up to (then) ridiculous prices – because there might be a Crosby rookie card inside. 

More recently, I recall the anticipation for Connor McDavid’s Young Guns card, which was fetching $275 right out of the gate when 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 launched in November 2015.

But none of that matches the anticipation, the hype, the fervor, caused by Connor Bedard’s Young Guns rookie card – a card that technically comes out today with the launch of 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey, but has already found its way on eBay a few days ago.

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2023-24 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards

Plus: The $3.72M 1979-80 OPC Hockey Case
Episode #181: March 1, 2024

In Episode 181 of the Puck Junk Podcast, the guys talk in-depth about the 2023-24 O-Pee-Chee Hockey card set – and how the demand for Connor Bedard rookie cards have driven prices for that set. They also discuss the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey card case that sold for $3.72M, the 30th anniversary of “The Forsberg Goal” and more. It’s 1 hour and 55 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Links
1979-80 OPC Case Sells for $3.72M at Auction (Sports Collectors Daily)
The Fake Wayne Gretzky Indianapolis Racers Card (Puck Junk)
Peter Forsberg’s Goal from the 1994 Winter Olympics (YouTube)
2023-24 Upper Deck Star Rookies Checklist (Trading Card DB)
Clemente’s article about European card shows (Sports Collectors Digest)
2023-24 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Checklist (Trading Card DB)
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