Puck Junk Podcast: The Upcoming Fall 2022 Sport Card Expo Toronto

Special Guest: Expo Promoter Mikey Singer
Episode #133 – October 31, 2022

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry is joined by Mikey Singer, promoter of the Sports Card Expo — which is THE ultimate hockey card show in North America. Mikey talks about all the cool activities planned for the upcoming Fall 2022 Sport Card Expo in Toronto, including autographs from former NHL stars, panel discussions with hobby experts, a hockey card trade night, and more. It’s 35 minutes of hockey goodness!  

Show Notes and Links:
Sport Card Expo website
Sport Card Expo Tickets page
Sport Card Expo Autograph Guests page 
Sport Card Expo Events page
Mikey Singer’s event promotions company MKEM website
The Strongville (OH) Vintage Sports Card Show website

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The Best 2022-23 NHL Game-Night Giveaway Items

It’s the start of the 2022-23 NHL season, where 32 teams play a slate of 82 regular-season games, with the hopes of winning enough to make the playoffs — or losing enough to get a high draft pick. But what better way to draw fans to a meaningless home game on a frigid Tuesday night in February than by giving them some novel trinket that they’ll soon sell on eBay — be it a bobblehead, poster, or the ever-popular magnetic schedule? 

Surprisingly, nearly half of  the teams — 14 out of 32 — are not giving anything away this year. These tended to be either Canadian teams  or U.S. teams in large markets like New York or Boston. 

Of the 18 teams that are having at least one giveaway, nine of them are giving out magnetic schedules. In fact, the Penguins are giving out magnetic schedules TWICE. 

Some of the better items that hockey fans can hope to get at a game this season include a Trevor Zegras action figure,  a Devils-themed Marvel comic book, and a Gritty hula dancer figurine.

Both the Ducks and the Coyotes are giving away something called a “Dad Hat.” If you are a father and know what that is, please let me know. 

The Kraken are giving away a league-high five bobblehead figures this year, while the Red Wings will give away four. The Blues are also giving away four bobbleheads, but all on the same night. I bet that will cause a few fights amongst the kiddos on the drive home. (“No fair! I got the Colton Parayko bobblehad! Why can’t I have the Brayden Schenn bobblehead? Mom!”

Below is a list of the best promotional items that NHL teams will be giving away to help draw fans to games over the season. 

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2022-23 MVP Hockey Cards

Plus: Buoy, the Kraken Mascot! 
Episode #131 – October 6, 2022

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the new 2022-23 Upper Deck MVP set — the first hockey cards for the 2022-23 season. They also discuss the Seattle Kraken’s new mascot, Buoy. Plus, a look back at the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the USSR, digitally-enhanced dasher boards, the St. Louis Blues Hall of Fame, and more! It’s 81 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links
Oh, ‘Buoy!’ Mascot Reveal! (NHL.com)
1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever (Simon & Schuster Canada)
NHL to Debut Digitally Enhanced Dasherboards (ESPN)
Introducing the St. Louis Blues Hall of Fame (NHL.com)
Fake Dallas Stars Patch Cards (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
1986 McDonald’s Football Cards (Sports Collectors Digest)
Sal’s Favorite Chris Chelios Jersey Card (Twitter)
Here are some images from 2022-23 MVP Hockey:

2022-23 MVP base card

Card backs do NOT have any statistics on them

Ice Battles parallel

Silver Scripts parallel

Short Printed Rookie Card

Domains insert

Encounters on Ice insert

Pinpoints insert (Silver)

Pinpoints insert (Gold)

20th Anniversary insert

20th Anniversary Colors and Contours insert 

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Clemente’s Corner: 5 Hockey Card Collecting Predictions for 2022-23

October, as far as the NHL is concerned, is all about beginnings. It’s the start of a new season. After a long summer, fans across North America are excited to watch their favorite teams once again.

For those of us who collect hockey cards and memorabilia, it’s the start of a new collecting season. We’re all eagerly anticipating Upper Deck Series 1 to come out, scouring the checklist to see which “Young Guns” cards to gobble up and what will the inserts look like this time.

This is also a time for me to take out the crystal ball and make some predictions for the next 12 months. These are largely based on experience and observation – no guarantees that I’ll be correct – but it is something to ponder as you enjoy the season.

Collectors have already gotten a chance to whet their appetites with Upper Deck MVP, which is both affordable and plentiful (at least at my local Target), if you’re looking for a fun rip before the puck officially drops on the 2022-23 season.  

Here are five things to watch for over the course of the season:

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Puck Junk Podcast: Upcoming Hockey Cards for 2022-23

Plus: How a Fanatics/Panini Merger Could Affect Hockey Cards
Episode #129 – September 22, 2022

Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss some of the upcoming hockey card releases for the 2022-23 season, including Upper Deck Series One and O-Pee-Chee. They also talk about the hockey cards that are still coming out for the 2021-22 season, and how a merger between Fanatics and Panini America could potentially affect hockey cards in the future. It’s 77 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links:
Sept. 24, 2022 LUDEX Card Show at the Skyline Room (Facebook)
Puck Junk Podcast: 2022 National Recap Episode (Puck Junk)
Trading Card Database and Sportlots Announce Partnership (Sportlots)
Puck Junk Podcast: How to Complete Your Card Sets Episode (Puck Junk)
Puck Junk Podcast: Is Alexis Lafreniere Living Up to the Hype? (Puck Junk)
2022-23 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns Checklist (Upper Deck Blog)
The Great Hockey Card Comeback (The Hockey News)
Brady Tkachuk autographs some upcoming hockey cards (Twitter)

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