This past Saturday, I went to the twice-yearly Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectors Convention. The show is held in March and November. Back in November, I purchased the one card I needed to complete my 1970-71 Topps Hockey Set. This time around, I had similar luck. Here’s some of the cards I picked up:
This 1969-70 Topps checklist is unmarked, and completes my set.
1969-70 Henri Richard – this was an upgrade, as the one I already have has a bad wax stain on the front. Now, my set is EX/NrMt overall.
I purchased this 1953-54 Parkhurst Leonard “Red” Kelly card for $10. I thought that seemed steep at first, since the card has three major creases. But then I remembered that this card is 55 years old! Suddenly, ten bucks didn’t seem like much for it.
That said, $15 for a 1951-52 Parkhurst Gus Bodnar card seemed like a pretty sweet deal, even though it is creased across the front.
I plan on getting this 1978-79 Topps Dale Tallon card signed at the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks convention in July.
Likewise, I will send this 1976-77 Topps card to Fred Stanfield to get autographed–I have had success with him in the past
Other highlights include:
The Onion makes fun of hockey every now and then. Last week, they published a photo of Penguins goalie Dany Sabourin…
Also worth a chuckle:
Chicago Blackhawks head coach and Hall of Famer Denis Savard will be signing autographs this upcoming Saturday, March 1, at the Kmart Super Center in Tinley Park (16300 Harlem Ave.) at 3 pm.
Hopefully, I will be able to attend this signing. I have an old photo of Savard, from the 1989-90 season, that I would love to get signed. The picture is 11″ x 14″, so it is too big to mail to him. I also have some cards I can (hopefully) get signed too.
UPDATE: I went to the signing, and have posted about it here.
Things just keep getting better and better for Chicago Blackhawks fans this year.
It’s as if the team wants people to like them.
A few days ago, the team announced that it will hold the first annual Blackhawks Convention, July 18-20, 2008. The convention will feature autograph sessions and photo opportunities with former players such as Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard. New players such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will be there too. ‘Hawks broadcaster Eddie Olczyk will be the Honorary Chairman of the convention.
The full story can be read on the Blackhawks website here.
A classmate of mine from Second City (where I take improv lessons) gave me a three-pack of Semi-Pro trading cards.
And no, I don’t mean AHL or IHL trading cards from yesteryear.
These trading cards are based on the new Will Ferrell movie coming out on February 29. In the film, Ferrell plays the player/owner/coach of a minor-league basketball team that *could* become eligible to join the NBA if he can turn the team around.
Although Semi-Pro is a basketball movie–and this is a hockey site–these cards are just too cool not to show off:
Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon
Woody Harrelson as Ed Monix
André Benjamin as Clarence “Coffee Black” Withers
Produced by Upper Deck, these cards resemble the old Topps basketball cards from the 1970s, as that is when the film takes place.
Also included with the cards was a big pink stick of sugar free chewing gum. Yum!
For those of you who don’t know, The Onion is the premier weekly satirical newspaper here in the U.S. of A.–sort of like Mad Magazine, but more sophisticated…and yet not pretentious. They poke fun at all things, like politics, current events and sports. Once in a while, they even dis’ on hockey, as evidenced by this photo:
The Onion also poked fun about the recent NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
McFarlane Toys recently announced the upcoming lineup of hockey figures that will comprise NHL Series 20:
– Daniel Briere (Philadelphia Flyers)
– Jarome Iginla 3 (Calgary Flames)
– Jonathan Cheechoo (San Jose Sharks)
– Nicklas Lindstrom 2 (Detroit Red Wings)
– Vesa Toskala (Toronto Maple Leafs)
– Daniel Sedin 2 (Vancouver Canucks)
You can read the full article on the McFarlane Toys website here.
Awesome! Today I got my 2007-2008 MVP Rookie Packs. If you redeemed your MVP redemption cards, then watch your mailbox–you should be getting your Rookie Packs soon.
I redeemed my redemption cards online on November 7. Two months later, I have these packs. There are 30 different rookie cards (numbered 351-380), and I have 12 packs (each contains 3 cards). It would be highly unlikely that I’d get all 30 cards that I need, and only 6 doubles. But if I get a lot of doubles, hopefully they will be of Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews.
OK, so this post is a few days late, but I would like to wish the ten or so people who visit this website a Happy New Year.
When my school where I teach at went on break in mid-December, I had lofty aspirations to update this site five times a week…at least for a few weeks. After all, how can I expect to develop a following if I update this site once a week or less?
But that goal was lofty indeed. Even though I was free of work-related responsibilities, I still had to contend with family, friends and the holidays.
So, Puck Junk has not been updated all that much over the past two week. But I did manage to go to three Blackhawks games in December. I don’t think I’ve been to three games in the past three years. Of course, my seats were far from the action, so I didn’t bother taking many photos. I did snap a few before one of the games…
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On January 19, 2008, every fan attending the Phoenix Coyotes game will receive an exclusive SportsPick figure of Bobby Hull in his Winnipeg Jets jersey. The figure will be of the miniature variety, standing about 3 inches tall.
Both Todd McFarlane (the owner of McFarlane Toys) and Bobby Hull will be in attendance at that game, and will sign autographs during the first intermission. According to the article on Spawn.com, only the first 75 people or so will get an autograph.
This particular game will be special for Hull, as the Coyotes play the Chicago Blackhawks that night. Hull spent 15 years playing for the ‘Hawks, followed by seven years with the Winnipeg Jets. In 1996, the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes, but still honor former Jets players.
More photos of the figure can be seen here.
I am interested in acquiring one of these figures. If anyone would like to trade one, please Contact me.