Puck Junk Podcast: Patrick Roy Returns to the NHL

Plus: The Upcoming NHL All-Star Game
Episode #176: January 27, 2024

In the new Puck Junk Podcast, Sal, Tim, and Clemente talk about Patrick Roy’s return to the NHL as the new head coach of the New York Islanders. They also discuss the new format for the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, if you can go to a card show without buying anything, if Fanatics will eventually make hockey cards, and more. It’s 115 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Links
The card where Topps airbrushed the Upper Deck Logo (Puck Junk)
Review: 2003-04 Topps C55 Hockey (Puck Junk)
Video: Patrick Roy vs. Bruce Boudreau (YouTube)
Video: Patrick Roy vs. Mike Vernon Goalie Fight (YouTube)
Video: Patrick Roy vs. Chris Osgood Goalie Fight (YouTube)
Video: Ron Hextall vs. Alain Chevrier Goalie Fight (YouTube)
1987 Canada Cup Game 3: An Oral History (The Hockey News)

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns

Episode #175: January 19, 2024

This week, the guys talk all about the upcoming 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns rookie cards, discuss how much Connor Bedard’s Young Guns rookie card will sell for at launch, and which other rookies will be worth adding to your collection. Plus, the new 2024 NHL All-Star jerseys inflicted on us by Justin Bieber. It’s one hour of hockey goodness. 

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The Russian Penguins: An Oral History (The Hockey News)
2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 Young Guns Checklist (Puck Junk Newsletter)
2024 NHL All-Star Jerseys Designed by Bieber’s Fashion Label (NHL.com)
And here’s that wacky Leafs jersey designed by Bieber (NHL.com)

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Review: 2023-24 Boston Bruins Centennial Box Set

100 Years, 100 Boston Bruins Greats

The Boston Bruins turns 100 years old this season. The team was founded in 1924 and was the first National Hockey League team to play in the United States. Upper Deck recently released a boxed set commemorating 100 of the best players to wear the black and gold – and sometimes brown and gold – for Boston. 

Costing around $50, the Bruins Centennial Box Set contains the entire 100-card set. You also get four parallel cards and one insert card, while some sets may also have a card autographed by a famous Bruins player. 

Here is a closer look at the set’s design, player selection – and if it is worth buying.

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Box Break: 2023 Team Canada Juniors Hockey Cards

The 2023 Team Canada Juniors set was released in November of 2023. The set features Canadian players who played in the 2023 Under-20 World Junior Championship and the 2023 Under-18 World Junior Championship, as well as women who play on the Canadian Women’s National Team. 

2023 Team Canada Juniors hockey cards cost around $230 for a 15-pack hobby box. Each pack has six cards. The box – which pictures Connor Bedard on it – claims that you can get “at least 4 hits per box!” Bedard also happens to be the main reason why a box of 2023 Team Canada Juniors is rather pricey; it is possible to get an autographed card of Bedard, who was drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2023. Bedard also has two cards in the base set, one card in the  short-printed “Program of Excellence” subset, several insert cards – plus the plethora of parallels those cards have. 

In other words, if you are looking for cards of Connor Bedard, this is a good box to break. 

Besides autographed cards, other hits you can get in a box of these cards includes a jersey card or a high-end insert card printed on plexiglass. 

I recently opened a hobby box of 2023 Team Canada Juniors. Here is what was inside. 

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Puck Junk Podcast: The Corey Perry Fiasco

Plus: The Problem with ESPN+
Episode #171: December 8, 2023

Sal Barry, Tim Parish, and Clemente Lisi talk about a bunch of topics – including the Corey Perry fiasco, the problem with ESPN+, Patrick Kane signing with the Red Wings, Tristan Jarry’s goalie goal, Black Friday purchases, and more. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness!

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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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