Puck Junk Podcast #85: March 11, 2021

Is Alexis Lafreniere Living Up to the Hobby Hype? 

Is New York Rangers rookie and first-overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere living up to his hobby hype? That is the big topic for this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss all things Alexis, plus the PSA price increases, new card releases and the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention. The guys also discuss Keith Yandle, Brent Seabrook, Darryl Sutter, Walter Gretzky and Mark Pavelich. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Keith Yandle plays 1000th game (NHL.com)
Walter Gretzky, Father of Wayne Gretzky, Passes Away (ESPN)
Mark Pavelich, Member of “Miracle on Ice”, Found Dead (ESPN)
Barry Beck Blasts Rangers, John Davidson on Facebook (Facebook)
Brent Seabrook Announces Retirement After 15 Seasons (NHL.com)
Calgary Flames Re-Hire Darryl Sutter as Coach (Yahoo)
Upper Deck e-Pack Commercial (iSpot.tv)
Topps Now NHL Sticker Archive (Topps)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Vintage PaperCuts (President’s Choice)
2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Box Set Review (Puck Junk)
41st National Sports Collectors Convention Announcement (Facebook)
2020-21 Parkhurst Hockey Info and Checklist (Beckett)
PSA Raises Prices, Suspends Crossover Service (Sports Collectors Daily)
Woman arrested for Fake Alexis Lafrenière cards (Montreal Gazette
2020-21 Alexis Lafreniere Collection Boxed Set (Cardboard Connection)
Upper Deck Alexis Lafreniere Memorabilia Collection (Upper Deck Store)

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

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Titillating Sports: Is Patrick Kane the Greatest U.S. Hockey Player?

Sal Barry was a guest on Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle to talk about Patrick Kane’s 400th career goal, and if he will become the greatest U.S.-born hockey player of all time. Plus, they discuss the Luka Doncic rookie card that sold for $4.6 million dollars and the fake Alexis Lafreniere cards sold on eBay.

You can learn more about Rick Tittle here and listen to full episodes of his show here. Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing this audio clip.

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Puck Junk Podcast #84: March 3, 2021

Interview: Billy Celio of Upper Deck

What goes into creating a set of hockey cards — from concept to design to everything in between? Billy Celio, the Senior Product Manager for Upper Deck, joins Sal and Tim to discuss how a set of hockey cards is created. Billy also gives details about the new 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series and 2020-21 Skybox Metal Universe sets. Plus, he talks about the inspiration behind the Portraits, Dazzlers and Puzzle Back insert sets. It’s one full hour of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Info about 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series (Cardboard Connection)

Billy Celio poses with the Hart Trophy, Stanley Cup and Norris Trophy.

2020-21 MVP Patrick Marleau – no one is sure why Marleau is pictured with the Sharks, even though he was with the Penguins when it was released. (Listen to Episode #71 for a review of 2020-21 Upper Deck MVP.)

 Preview image of the upcoming 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series: 

Kirill Kaprizov 2005-06 Upper Deck tribute set.

Dylan Cozens HoloGrFX  tribute set. Note that “Sabres” is misspelled. 

Tim Stutzle UD3 Tribute set.

The photo that was used on the Hughes’ Brothers “Sibling Sensations” card (right) was a riff on the Step Brothers movie poster (left).

1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe Curtis Joseph card – hands down, the best Metal Universe card ever made. (Listen to Episode #14 for a review of 1996-97 Fleer Metal Universe.)

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Puck Junk Podcast #83: Feb. 25, 2021

New Hockey Cards for February 2021. 
Plus, Upper Deck Extended Series! 

After a three-week hiatus, Sal and Tim are back to talk hockey cards! This time, they discuss the latest releases from Upper Deck, Leaf, Topps and President’s Choice Trading Cards. Plus, a look ahead at the upcoming Upper Deck Extended Series — and how “Event-Used” jersey cards could be better! It’s two hours of hockey goodness.

Show Notes and Links: 
Sal’s “Hockey Card” from his youth hockey clinic. (Puck Junk)
Sal talked about writing the text on the back of “Bloodlines” cards, but he really meant the “Sibling Sensations” set from 2019. (Upper Deck Blog)
Adam Pardy knocked into audience at a Blackhawks game. (The Real DFG)
President’s Choice Game-Used Number cards. (PCTC)
President’s Choice Game-Used Rocket Richard Trophy Cards. (PCTC)
President’s Choice Game-Used Vintage Memorabilia cards. (PCTC)
Topps Now Hockey Sticker print runs. (Topps)
Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Champions 6-card set (Upper Deck Blog)
Review of the 2013 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Set (Puck Junk)
Dragon Ball Z: “It’s over 9000!” (YouTube)
2020-21 Upper Deck Rookie Box Set (Cardboard Connection)
Michigan J. Frog, a.k.a. “The Singing Frog” (YouTube)
2020-21 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns Checklist (Upper Deck Blog)
Upper Deck addresses Game Dated Moments problems (Upper Deck E-Pack)
2021 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey Checklist & Info (Beckett)
2021 Pro Set Football Trevor Lawrence rookie card (Leaf Trading Cards)
Ways to Improve Upper Deck Series 1 & 2 (Puck Junk)
Upper Deck Answers My Burning Questions (Puck Junk)
2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Info (Beckett)

Jeremy Roenick “Fight Strap” card by President’s Choice Trading Cards

Here are some of the 2021 Leaf In The Game Used cards:

2020-21 The Cup John Marino rookie card with the “wrong” patch on it:

A Dino Ciccarelli North Stars card with a Red Wings swatch. Just awful! 

A 1999-2000 HoloGrFX card. HoloGrFX will return this year. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #82: Feb. 4, 2021

Postage and PayPal Problems

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the recent price increases from the U.S. Post Office and PayPal issuing tax forms to “small-time” eBay sellers — and how these impact the hobby. Plus, they discuss new hockey card releases, Sal’s birthday presents and the BVG 10 Bobby Orr rookie card (which, unfortunately, was NOT one of Sal’s birthday presents). Episode #82 is 1 hour and 56 minutes of pure hockey goodness!

Show Notes and Links: 
Rangers Put Tony DeAngelo on Waivers (NBC Sports)
2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 is now on ePack (link)
Topps Now Hockey Stickers currently for sale (link)
Topps Now Hockey Stickers Archive (link)
2020-21 Artifacts Hockey checklist (Cardboard Connection)
President’s Choice Game-Used Lace ‘Em Up Cards (link)
President’s Choice All-Star Six Booklets (Facebook)
BVG 10 Bobby Orr rookie card auction (Heritage Auctions)
Follow our buddy Drew Wright on Twitter (@Dr3wskiii)
USPS postage rate increases explained (Stamps.com)
Pirate Ship shipping service (link)
Last Sticker website for trading stickers (link)
Trading Card Exchange (link)
Tim’s cards for sale on Trading Card Exchange (link)
How does PayPal report my sales to the IRS? (PayPal)
Finally, here is video of Tim opening his ePack:

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Puck Junk Podcast #81: January 21, 2021

New Hockey Cards for 2021

In the first Puck Junk Podcast of 2021, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about new hockey card sets from Upper Deck, Topps and President’s Choice Trading Cards. Plus, a discussion about the recent World Junior Championships and if Upper Deck should make an annual WJC card set. 

Show Notes and Links:
2020-21 Upper Deck Synergy Checklist (Cardboard Connection)
2020-21 Upper Deck Artifacts Checklist (Cardboard Connection)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Jumbo Memorabilia (PCTC website)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Laundry Tag (PCTC website)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Vezina Collection (Facebook)
Topps Now Hockey Stickers (Topps website)

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

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TTM Cast: Collecting Hockey Cards & Autographs

Sal Barry was a guest on the TTM Podcast with Jeff Baker and Sean McElroy. He talked about collecting hockey cards and hockey autographs. Skip to the 50-minute mark to hear Sal’s interview on the show. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #80: Dec. 29, 2020

Bobby Hull Interview

In this special episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry interviews Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, a.k.a. “The Golden Jet.” Hull, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, talks about how he and Stan Mikita invented the curved hockey stick, his heated rivalries with John Ferguson and Bryan “Bugsy” Watson, playing advice he gave to his son Brett Hull and the time he suited up for the New York Rangers in 1959 to play in a European exhibition tour. This episode is 23 minutes long. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Bobby Hull career statistics (HockeyDB)
Bobby Hull official website (link)
The famous photo of Bobby Hull with a bloody nose:

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.
Interlude music “Here Come the Hawks” performed by Frank Pelico (YouTube)
Special thanks to the Sport Card Expo for providing the audio for this podcast. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #79: Dec. 23, 2020

Hockey for the Holidays

In our second holiday-themed episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish share stories — their own and those submitted by listeners — about getting hockey-related items for Christmas. Karine Hains, Canadiens beat writer for HockeyBuzz.com, joins the guys to tell her tale of an awesome hockey gift she received in 1990. Sal and Tim also talk about the upcoming 2021 NHL season and the fake Alexis Lafreniere hockey cards being sold on eBay. 

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. Scroll down for pictures of some of these great hockey presents. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Karine Hains’ Montreal Canadiens blog (HockeyBuzz.com)
Karine Hains on Twitter (@KarineGHG)
2021 World Junior Championships (website)
President’s Choice Trading Cards (website)
Quebec Police Investigating Fake Lafreniere Cards (Sports Collectors Daily)
Heroes of the Crease Goaltending Museum & Memorabilia (website)
Puck Junk Facebook Group (Facebook)
Listen to the full New York Islanders Christmas Album (Puck Junk
More info about this podcast episode’s cover image (Puck Junk
Here is last year’s hockey/holiday themed podcast (Puck Junk)

The fake Alexis Lafreniere Quebec Pee-Wee Tournament hockey card.

Some of the gifts that our listeners have gotten over the years:

The Wayne Gretzky table hockey game.

Many years after Aaron Nelson got the Gretzky Table Hockey Game for Christmas, he started a table hockey club at the school he teaches at. 

Nick Wiseman received this Ducks photo signed by the entire team. 

Glenn S., who plays goalie, got this awesome-looking goalie lamp. 

Tyler Tenneson received a puck signed by Mats Zuccarello (top left corner) from his wife as a present one Christmas. 

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Podcast intro & ending music for this episode is from the New York Islanders Christmas Album, entitled “Home for the Holidays” and released in 1979.

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Titillating Sports: The Million Dollar Gretzky Rookie & the 2021 NHL Season

Sal Barry was a guest on “Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle” earlier this week to discuss the Wayne Gretzky rookie card that sold for $1.29 million at auction recently. They also talked about if Alexis Lafreniere rookie cards will make a worthwhile investment and the NHL’s plans to play in 2021. 

You can learn more about Rick Tittle here and listen to full episodes of his show here. Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing this audio clip.

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