Puck Junk Podcast: Fall 2023 Sport Card Expo & Chicago Sports Spectacular Recap

Episode #170: November 27, 2023

Sal Barry, Tim Parish, and Clemente Lisi talk all about the two big card shows that took place in November: the Fall 2023 Sport Card Expo in Toronto and the Fall 2023 Chicago Sports Spectacular. The guys discuss what they saw at the shows, what they bought, the autograph guests, and more. Plus, is there such a thing as “The Bedard Bump”? It’s 112 minutes of hockey goodness!

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2023-24 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Cards

Episode #169: November 3, 2023

In this SWAGNIFICIENT new episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey card set. The guys also discuss Frozen Frenzy, the NHL waffling on pride tape, a record-setting sales of a Topps Now sticker (you know which one), and more. It’s 117 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes, Links, & Images
Two New NHL Documentaries (NHL.com)
Sport Card Expo Toronto Website
2023-24 Upper Deck Series 1 Checklist (Trading Card DB)
Finally, here’s that Alexandre Daigle hockey card advertisement from 1993:

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2022-23 Black Diamond Hockey Cards

Plus: The Return of Topps Now Stickers
Episode #168: October 18, 2023

In Episode #168 of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2022-23 Black Diamond Hockey Card set. Other topics include the return of Topps Now Hockey Stickers and Game Dated Moments for 2023-24, Ebay’s revised policy for trading card listings, and how Tim organizes his Pittsburgh Penguins hockey card collection. It’s 83 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links & Images:
The first six Topps Now Hockey Stickers (Topps)
Info on Game Dated Moments (Upper Deck)
Revised Policy on Ebay Trading Card Listings (Ebay)
Ebay Trading Card Conditions Explained (Ebay)
Connor McDavid “Gold Label Edition” SportsPicks Figure (McFarlane Toys)
A few Images of 2022-23 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Cards:

2022-23 Black Diamond base card
2022-23 Black Diamond Rookie Gems
2022-23 Black Diamond – Exquisite Collection Rookie Card
2022-23 Black Diamond – Team Logo Jumbos Autograph
2022-23 Black Diamond – Diamond Might insert card
2022-23 Black Diamond – Relics jersey card

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Puck Junk Podcast: Our Biggest Questions About the 2023-24 Season

Episode #167: October 6, 2023

In the latest episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Clemente Lisi ask their biggest questions of the 2023-24 season: how well will Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard play – and can his 1/1 rookie card hit six figures? Can the Golden Knights repeat as Champions? What will the Lightning do without Andrei Vasilevskiy? Plus, they talk about the upcoming ODR Hockey Heroes video game. It’s 90 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes & Links:
“Blog” was actually the Word of the Year in 2004 (Wikipedia)
ODR Hockey Heroes game trailer (YouTube
ODR Hockey Heroes Kickstarter Campaign (Kickstarter)
Download and play demo of ODR Hockey Heroes (Steam)
NHLPA/Upper Deck Rookie Showcase (Sports Collectors Digest)

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey Cards

Plus: The Return of NHL SportsPicks
Episode #166: September 29, 2023

In Episode #166, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the new 2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey card set, including what’s great about it, what could be better, and strategies for completing a set. They also discuss the new NHL SportsPicks figures by McFarlane Toys, Brad Marchand being named team captain of the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Mike Babcock getting fired for doing Mike Babcock things, and more! It’s 100 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
Todd McFarlane Interview (Puck Junk)
The National Picks Chicago as Site for 2026 (Twitter)
Panini Stickers Feature on 60 Minutes (YouTube)
A few images from 2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe Hockey:

2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe base card
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe base card (back)
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe short-printed rookie card
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe – 2013 Retro 
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe – 1998-99 Retro
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe – Aspects 
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe – Premium Prospects
2022-23 Skybox Metal Universe – All-Starring

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2021-22 Credentials & Stature Hockey Cards

Episode #165: September 15, 2023

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about TWO sets of recently-released hockey cards: 2021-22 Credentials and 2021-22 Stature. Other topics include 2022-23 Parkhurst hockey cards on e-Pack, the Upper Deck Rookie Showcase, and an auction for a Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card that exceeded $100k. It’s 79 minutes of hockey goodness! 

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Sport Card Expo Toronto Fall 2023 Guests (website)
Upper Deck NHLPA Rookie Photo Shoot (Sports Collectors Digest)
Sal’s story on how he got a Tuukka Rask rookie card (Puck Junk)

2021-22 Stature base card
2021-22 Stature rookie card
2021-22 Stature autographed card
2021-22 Credentials base card
2021-22 Credentials rookie card
2021-22 Credentials autographed card

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2023-24 MVP Hockey Cards

Episode #164: September 7, 2023

In this episode, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the 2023-24 MVP Hockey card set, which is the first set for the new season. The guys take a look at the design, the inserts, the rookies – and the ridiculous amounts of cash money that the Connor Bedard redemption cards are selling for. Plus, they discuss the new Professional Women’s Hockey League, the NHL’s announced future participation in international tournaments, and the change in CEO at Leaf Trading Cards. It’s 76 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
2023-24 MVP Hockey Card Checklist (Trading Card DB)
Sal mentioned a goalie named David Altshuller – his name is actually Daniel Altshuller (oops!). Here’s the article about how Daniel Altshuller played zero games yet was pictured on over 80 hockey cards (Puck Junk)

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Puck Junk Podcast: 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Cards

Part 6 of the ’90-91 Retrospective Series 
Episode #163: August 31, 2023

Sal Barry and Tim Parish continue their ’90-91 Retrospective Series with a long conversation about the 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey card set, including the set’s colorful design, most-sought-after error cards, the legendary Stanley Cup Hologram, and the set’s enduring legacy. Plus, if there was a Pro Set Drinking Game, what would the rules be? It’s 103 minutes of nostalgic hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
1990-91 Pro Set Brett Hull Promo Card (Puck Junk)
1990-91 Pro Set Stanley Cup Hologram (Puck Junk)
Remembering the 1990 Chicago Hockey Show (Puck Junk)
Custom Helmut Balderis Card (Puck Junk)
That Rene Bourque Card that Sal Has Been Hoarding (Puck Junk)
1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Checklist (Trading Card DB)
List of 1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Errors (Trading Card DB)
Every 1990-91 Hockey Card Set Ranked (Puck Junk)

Past 1990-91 Retrospective Podcasts:

    1. Part 1 – 1990-91 Bowman Hockey Cards
    2. Part 2 – 1990-91 Topps & O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards
    3. Part 3 – 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey Cards
    4. Part 4 – 1990-91 Score Hockey Cards
    5. Part 5 – 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Cards

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2022-23 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Cards

Episode #162: August 24, 2023

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the 2022-23 Upper Deck Synergy hockey card set, including the design, the inserts…and why the parallels should really be the base set. It’s 71 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Connor McDavid  Plays in Beer League Hockey Game (Toronto Star)
NHL Ref O’Rourke Biking from California to Chicago for Charity (NHL.com)
Tim’s Take: Is Fanatics a Monopoly? (Puck Junk)
Tim’s Take: Fanatics Strikes Back (Puck Junk)
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Puck Junk Podcast: 2021-22 Upper Deck ICE Hockey Cards

Episode #161: August 18, 2023

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2021-22 Upper Deck ICE Hockey Card set, which came out after the 2022-23 season, despite being a 2021-22 product – and it even has cards for 2020-21. There is a lot going on with ICE, and the guys critique the base set design, the parallels, and the inserts. Plus, they talk about some upcoming releases. It’s 57 minutes of hockey goodness! 

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