The Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has delayed everything, from “pausing” the 2019-20 NHL season, to postponing the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. It has even delayed the induction of new members into the Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame. But the wait is finally over.

A Wayne Gretzky rookie card recently sold at auction for $1.29 million dollars. Meanwhile, the 10 cards on this list would only cost you $5 combined. Yet, they are all priceless in each of their own, awful ways.

So here they are, the Puck Junk Bad Hockey Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2020. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #77: Dec. 15, 2020

The NHL’s Game Plan for 2021
plus the $1.29M Gretzky RC

Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the NHL’s plans for the upcoming 2021 NHL season, including rumored start dates and division realignment. Then they talk about the recent sale of the O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card that sold for $1.29 million at auction — and speculate over what could be the next hockey card to sell for $1 million.

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
Potential NHL divisions for the 2021 season (NBC Sports)
NHL, NHLPA working toward Jan. 13 start (NBC Sports)
Gretzky rookie card sells for record $1.29 million at auction (NHL.com)
Comparison of the Bobby Orr RC vs. the “USA Test Issue” (Trading Card DB)
Link to rate and review the Puck Junk Podcast (Apple Podcasts)
Finally, Gordie Howe’s “appearance” on The Simpsons

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers Box Break #4

After opening my first three boxes of 2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers, I wondered if I made a mistake — either buying too many or too few boxes. At the rate I was going, it didn’t seem like four boxes was going to get me 400 unique stickers towards the 666-sticker set. On the other hand, maybe I was just wasting my money, and should have stuck with three boxes like I did the previous year. 

But what’s done is done. I bought four boxes, so of course I’m going to open all four boxes. Hopefully, my luck would change with the final box. 

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2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers Box Break #3

Another day, another box break of 2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers. Before opening my third box, I had 263 stickers  (198 regular stickers and 65 foil stickers) out of 666 total stickers needed to complete the set. Hopefully, this box helps more than the measly 24 stickers that the last box provided me. Continue reading “2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers Box Break #3”

2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers Box Break #2

The 2020-21 Topps Hockey Sticker Collection is not for the timid. At $1.00 per five-sticker pack — or $1.39 for those in Canada — it is going to easily cost over $100 to put the 666-sticker set together. It will take you 134 packs to build a set, and that’s assuming that you don’t get any doubles. However, getting doubles seems to be the name of the game when putting together this year’s Topps Hockey Sticker set. 

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2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers Box Break #1

I enjoyed the 2019-20 Topps Hockey Sticker Collection enough that I decided to collect the 2020-21 set. What really pushed me to collect this year’s set, though, was that certain stickers were designed to look like old Topps hockey cards. Nostalgia is a powerful drug — powerful enough for me to purchase four boxes of 2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers. Over the next few days, I will post about what stickers I got, including how many were duplicates and how close it brought me to completing the 666-sticker set. 

Yes, you read that right. There are 666 stickers in the set. 666 is also the Number of the Beast (according to Iron Maiden), and this sticker set is truly a BEAST to complete. 

About 2020-21 Topps Hockey Stickers 

2020-21 Topps Hockey Sticker packs contain five stickers — four regular stickers and one shiny foil sticker — and cost $1 in the U.S. and $1.39 in Canada. A full box has 50 packs for a total of 250 stickers. Packs are made of foil and are “crimped” at the top and bottom like a pack of Topps cards. This is unlike Panini sticker packs, which were two pieces of paper glued together. And unlike Panini stickers of years past, Topps Hockey stickers are affixed to cardboard backings (instead of paper), making them more “card like.” To house the collection, Topps also issued an 80-page album, which costs $2 in the U.S. and $2.79 in Canada. 

Since I knew I was going to try to complete this set from the get-go, I decided to buy four 50-pack boxes, all from the same retailer. Here are the results of my first box. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #76: Dec. 9, 2020

The Million Dollar Gretzky Rookie
plus 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

After a three-week hiatus, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are back with a new episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. This time, they talk about the release of 2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards — and some of the production problems that have plagued the set. The guys also discuss the PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card that will become the most-valuable hockey card of all-time. Plus, new and upcoming releases, “COMC Jail,” and more.

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Checklist (Cardboard Connection)
President’s Choice Trading Cards (website)
Upper Deck E-Pack (website)
Why – and How – Hockey Cards Have Made a Comeback (The Score)
PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky OPC Rooke Auction (Heritage Auctions)

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #75: Nov. 20, 2020

Reverse Retro Jerseys, Part 3

Sal Barry, Tim Parish, Jim Howard and Blake Isaacs conclude their talk about the new NHL Reverse Retro jerseys. In part three of this three-part podcast, they look at the new jerseys for the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. 

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
Pictures of all Reverse Retro Jerseys (Instagram)
Pictures and Information about the Reverse Retro Jerseys (NHL.com)

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #74: Nov. 19, 2020

Reverse Retro Jerseys, Part 2

Sal Barry, Tim Parish, Jim Howard and Blake Isaacs continue their discussion of the new NHL Reverse Retro Jerseys. In part two of this three-part podcast, they talk about the jerseys for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders and New York Rangers.

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Pictures of all Reverse Retro Jerseys (Instagram)
Pictures and Information about the Reverse Retro Jerseys (NHL.com)

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Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG.
Follow Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard on Instagram @FlyingV2112.
Follow Blake Isaacs on Twitter @bisaacs1995.

Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #73: Nov. 18, 2020

Reverse Retro Jerseys, Part 1

Sal Barry, Tim Parish, Jim Howard and Blake Isaacs talk about the new NHL Reverse Retro Jerseys. In part one of this three-part podcast, they discuss jerseys of the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes (a.k.a. Hartford Whalers), Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche (a.k.a. Quebec Nordiques), Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars.

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Pictures of all Reverse Retro Jerseys (Instagram)
Pictures and Information about the Reverse Retro Jerseys (NHL.com)

Follow Sal Barry on Twitter @PuckJunk.
Follow Tim Parish on Twitter @TheRealDFG.
Follow Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard on Instagram @FlyingV2112.
Follow Blake Isaacs on Twitter @bisaacs1995.

Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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