Snap Shots: Crosby Joins 500-Goal Club

Happy Monday and welcome to Snap Shots. This week, we will look at two NHL milestones that were reached, a recap of hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and the long-awaited return of one of the league’s star players. 

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2021-22 MVP Hockey Box Break

Hockey cards for the 2021-22 season finally started hitting store shelves at the end of 2021. First up was 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey, the company’s “lower-end” card set that isn’t too expensive to buy or too difficult to complete. It also doesn’t have any rookies from the 2021-22 season; the 30 rookie cards are of players who made their debut in the abbreviated 2021 season. A box of MVP has 20 packs with eight cards per pack. The current online price of MVP is around $50 for a hobby box. I recently got a hobby box. Here is what I found inside. 

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Snap Shots: Brad Marchand Becomes Most-Suspended Player in NHL History

Happy Valentines Day, beloved readers! The NHL was back to business as usual last week. Coaches were hired. Coaches were fired. There was a retirement, a suspension, and an announcement of a — shall we say unorthodox — arrangement between a team and an arena. It’s all covered in this week’s Snap Shots

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Ticket Stubs: The Hobby’s Hottest Collectible

How the pandemic and professional grading have made ticket stub collecting more popular than ever.

While trading cards may always be number one among sports memorabilia enthusiasts, ticket stub collecting has gradually heated up over the past two years. It has done so for two reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic and grading companies have both made collecting physical ticket stubs more popular than ever. However, digital ticketing may erode some of that enthusiasm – but maybe not for long.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first caused shutdowns and “shelter at home” orders in March 2020, many people started at-home hobbies. Some discovered, or rediscovered, sports card collecting, causing cards to surge in popularity and price over the past two years. Then, ticket stubs experienced its own uptick in interest.

“The pandemic got more people to look at their ticket stubs and see if they could sell them on eBay,” said Paul White, who has collected ticket stubs for 30 years. “People wanted to see if their ticket stubs are worth something, and to some people, they are. I’ve actually found more ticket stubs on eBay since the pandemic, which has been a benefit.” Read the rest of the story at the BCW Supplies Blog. 

An Interactive Look at the Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey All-Time Records

The Men’s Ice Hockey tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympics just started. Do you need a crash course on some Olympic hockey records to impress your friends? Or maybe you just need a refresher since the last Olympics. Then take a look at these interactive charts, which give a snapshot of the most-important records in the Men’s Ice Hockey Olympic tournaments over the past 102 years. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #111: Feb. 9, 2022

The Blackhawks’ Latest Scandal
Plus: 2022 All-Star Weekend Recap
and the Hobby vs. Retail Debate

Sal Barry and Tim Parish recap the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend: what was great about it and what could have been better. Then, they talk about the latest Chicago Blackhawks scandal. Actually, make that two scandals: Rocky Wirtz’s tirade against media members, and sexual harassment allegations against the athletic trainer of their minor league team. Finally, they end with a fun debate about if it is better to buy hobby boxes or retail boxes of trading cards. 

Show Notes and Links:
New “Fat Guy Hockey Video Game T-Shirt” on Pre-Order (Puck Junk Shop)
Interview: Randy Walker, Rob Lowe’s Hockey Double (Puck Junk)
Rocky Wirtz embarrasses himself and the Blackhawks (YouTube)
Blackhawks fire minor league athletic trainer for sexual harassment (ESPN)

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

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Snap Shots: Rocky Wirtz Berates Media

The NHL went on its All-Star break in the middle of last week, but that doesn’t mean there was any shortage of hockey news. Today, we’ll take a look at Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and his epic rant against the media, a recap of the All-Star Game and Skills Competition, the start of the Winter Olympics…and even more bad news for the Blackhawks. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #110: Feb. 3, 2022

2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey
Plus PHF Mascot Goal E. Tender!

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the new 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey card set — the good, the bad, and the Gritty! Plus, a look at the PHF’s new mascot, Goal E. Tender, the upcoming NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and the next batch of Young Guns rookie cards. It’s 1 hour and 52 minutes (!) of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links:
PHF Introduces Official Mascot Goal E. Tender (PHF)
The Wyatt Russell Hockey Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns Checklist (Upper Deck)
2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Checklist & Images (Cardboard Connection)

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

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Video: 2020-21 Pro Set Memories Hockey Box Break

Sal Barry breaks a box of 2020-21 Pro Set Memories Hockey. Released in August of 2020, a box of 2020-21 Pro Set Memories Hockey has two autographed cards of hockey legends and two “buybacks” of old Pro Set Hockey cards from the 1990s. A box currently costs around $150. 

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Snap Shots: Keith Yandle Sets Iron Man Record

This week, a record was broken, a legend was honored, and a mascot made their debut. Plus, the Sabres ran out of goalies! It’s all in this edition of Snap Shots

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