How to Get a David Ayres Rookie Card

The whole sports world has been abuzz about David Ayres, the 42-year old emergency backup goaltender who manned the pipes when both Carolina Hurricanes goaltenders went down with injuries in a February 22 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ayers, who works for the Toronto Marlies AHL team as a facilities manager and Zamboni driver, was on hand for the Maple Leafs should either team need an emergency goalie. He played in nearly half of that game and stopped eight out of 10 shots that he faced, recording the win in the Hurricanes’ 6-3 victory. He is the first EBUG to be credited with a win in an NHL contest.

Of course, whenever an EBUG makes an appearance, the question is if he will be featured on a hockey card. And the answer is yes — Ayres will be featured on two hockey cards this year. One you can purchase between now and the morning of Friday, March 6, as a part of Upper Deck’s “Game Dated Moments” set. The other Ayres card will come out in May, but will be much tougher to get.

So, if you’d like to own a David Ayres rookie card right now, but don’t understand how Upper Deck E-Pack works, never bought hockey cards online before, or haven’t bought trading cards since they came packaged with gum, then read on.

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Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle: Peter DeBoer and Super Bowl Swag

January 21, 2020

Last month, Sal Barry was a guest on Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle. They talked about the San Jose Sharks firing of Peter DeBoer, and his subsequent hiring by the Vegas Golden Knights. They also discuss the infamous Billy Ripken error baseball card and why buying or wearing a “Conference Champions” t-shirt is lame.

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: February 28, 2020

EBUG Sensation David Ayres, Plus YOUR Questions!

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about Emergency Backup Goalie sensation David Ayres, who played for the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday and was the first EBUG to record a win. Plus, it’s the debut of the Puck Junk Listener Mailbag! And we might have overdone it with the mailbag questions this week, as this episode is now 1 hour and 54 minutes long. But that’s OK, because it’s awesome. Don’t believe us? Well, click that “Play” button and find out!

Show Notes and Links:
Poll: “Your Hockey Team’s So Bad…” (Twitter)
Dave Ayres, 42, EBUG gets win in NHL debut (CNN)
The first time Sal saw Slap Shot (Puck Junk)
Upper Deck’s 2019 Sibling Sensations Hockey Set (Upper Deck)
Trading Card Database (link)
Last Sticker (link)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
Puddy: “Gotta support the team.” (YouTube)
2015-16 Panini Anthology Hockey Box Break (Puck Junk)
2015-16 Upper Deck Full Force Hockey Box Break (Puck Junk)
The Inside Story on the Eric Semborski Hockey Card (Puck Junk)
Tom Fenton to Get an ITG Hockey Card (Puck Junk)
Here’s that awesome custom Tom Fenton hockey card Sal made:

Sal’s attempt to remove gum that was stuck to a hockey card (YouTube)
Sal eats 24-year old O-Pee-Chee gum and lives to regret it (YouTube)
1987-88 O-Pee-Chee Bill Ranford rookie card with gum stuck to it:

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Blake’s Takes: Another Emergency Goalie!

Happy Monday and welcome back to my takes. The NHL was buzzing this weekend with big stories and exciting plays. I’ll obviously write about Hurricanes instant superstar, David Ayres, and Ovechkin finally reaching another milestone. You’ll want to read all five takes for a few other fun stories I highlighted this week.

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Puck Junk Podcast: February 21, 2020

Collecting the “Miracle on Ice” Hockey Team

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” when the U.S. Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics en route to winning the gold medal. Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about collecting the “Miracle on Ice” hockey players. They also discuss National Hockey Card Day 2020, the 2020 Stadium Series and the Daniel Carcillo-Paul Bissonnette Twitter feud. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness. Scroll down for show notes, links and images.

Show Notes and Links:
NHL, Air Force Academy Statement on Stadium Series game (Fox 31 Denver)
Paul Bissonnette accuses Daniel Carcillo of racist behavior (Sporting News)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
Clip of “American Dad” episode with “Miracle on Ice” Team (YouTube)
History’s Greatest Olympians Trading Card Set (Sports Collectors Digest)
Every Rookie Card of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team (Puck Junk)
1980 Kellogg’s Olympic Stick’r Trading Cards (Puck Junk)
Herb Brooks Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
Career in Cards: Mark Johnson (Puck Junk)
Here are some of the cards that we talk about in the podcast:

1980-81 O-Pee-Chee #9 - Ken Morrow
1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Ken Morrow RC with Team USA logo
1980-81 Topps Jim Craig RC with Team USA logo
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Jim Craig (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Star In Motion version)
1983-84 M&Ms Olympic Heroes Mike Eruzione
1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Herb Brooks RC
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice John Harrington
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice Jim Craig
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Christoff (unsigned version)
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Janaszak (unsigned version)
2010-11 In the Game Decades 1980s Steve Christoff autograph

Finally, here’s a picture of Bill Ranford on the set of “Miracle” after sustaining a concussion when a stunt went wrong.

[Photo Credit: Disney]
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Blake’s Takes: The Trade Deadline Approaches

Last week we saw a few major trades in the NHL. I’ll dive deep into those and why I think all teams involved actually made smart decisions. I’ve scoured the internet for a few other takes I think everyone will enjoy, too!

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Blake’s Takes: Players Needing Attention

This was a weird week in the NHL. The most notable story was an odd scandal involving the league’s least-valuable team. That doesn’t mean there aren’t takes to be made. I’ll check in on players around the league that are flying under the radar that deserve your attention.

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Puck Junk Podcast: February 7, 2020

1985-86 Topps & O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a long look back at the 1985-86 Topps and O-Pee-Chee Hockey Card sets. They also talk about some new releases, including 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure. This podcast weighs in at 90 minutes, so get ready for an extra-large helping of hockey goodness!

Show Notes and Links:
2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey Checklist (Beckett)
Mike Mondano making “Modano Face” (image)
That rare Zdeno Chara Day with the Cup card (image)
Some images from the 1985-86 O-Pee-Chee set:

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Podcast intro and ending music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Blake’s Takes: The Battle of Alberta Strikes Again

Last week was really all about the Battle of Alberta. The Flames and Oilers faced off twice and neither game was a disappointment. This week’s column is better suited to be a review of a boxing match than a hockey column. I’ll dive into all the punches thrown and gloves dropped up in Western Canada as well as share my thoughts on one of my new favorite hockey-related beverages. Happy Monday!

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Blake’s Takes: Looking Past the All-Star Break

Seeing that all eyes were on the All-Star Game last week, there wasn’t much other news in the world of hockey. So I wanted to focus my column this week on a few players that deserve your attention. I’ll also make my case for why the league needs to change their All-Star Game format to something much more interesting. Happy reading!

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