Clemente’s Corner: Collecting Hockey Autographs Through-the-Mail

How the Pandemic Turned Me Into a TTM Nut

It was two years ago that the pandemic forced all of us to stay home. Like many of you, I used much of my downtime to do things around the house. It also forced me to organize my card collection.

I can’t say it’s quite as organized as I would like it to be. It was during that process, however, that I refocused some of my hobby energy. I didn’t know what to do with the many junk wax base cards that I had amassed over the decades. Some I gave to charity. Others were given away to trick-or-treaters. Even with that, I had tons left over.

That’s when I discovered TTM – short for Through-the-Mail – autograph collecting. My kids and I decided why not mail cards to former NHL players to see if we could get them back signed. In doing some research online, I realized that there was an entire community out there who have been doing the same thing for years – and with much success. I watched YouTube videos and read blogs where collectors bragged about their returns. I was hooked.

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Puck Junk Podcast: Defenseman Retirement Special

Episode #130 – September 30, 2022

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the four NHL defensemen who retired recently: Duncan Keith, Zdeno Chara, P.K. Subban, and Keith Yandle — including career accomplishments, who of the four will make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and their best hockey cards to collect. It’s 87 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links
Duncan Keith career statistics (Hockey Reference)
Keith Yandle career statistics (Hockey Reference)
Zdeno Chara career statistics (Hockey Reference)
P.K. Subban career statistics (Hockey Reference)
P.K. Subban announces his retirement (Twitter)

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2022 Stanley Cup Final Recap & Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Episode #122: June 30, 2022

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2022 Stanley Cup Final and how the Colorado Avalanche knocked out two-time defending champs Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus, they have a long discussion about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Daniel Afredsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Riikka Sallinen, and Herb Carnegie. And Sal talks about the most-recent Sports Card Spectacular memorabilia show in Chicago. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes & Links:
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (HHOF Website)
Puck Culture: Five Todd McFarlane-Hockey Crossovers (The Hockey News)
Puck Junk Podcast #112: RC…or Not RC? That is the Question (Puck Junk)

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Puck Junk Podcast: 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series

Plus: Remembering Tony Esposito
Episode #98: August 20, 2021

Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey card set; what’s great about it, and what missed the mark? They also pay tribute to Blackhawks goaltending legend Tony Esposito, who passed away last week. Plus, Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange’s retirement, the Dave Parker “hockey” baseball card, upcoming releases, and more. It’s an hour forty-five  of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
Goodbye and Thank You, Tony Esposito (Puck Junk)
My Quest to Own a Tony-O Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
Ted Lindsay: Remembering a Legend (Puck Junk)
Why Dave Parker wore a goalie mask (Puck Junk)
Sal’s 3 Box Breaks of 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended (first, second, third)

The Topps Project70 Dave Parker card with him wearing a goalie mask: 

Some images from 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey: 

Zdeno Chara (base card)

Braden Holtby (base card)

Connor McDavid – All-Star Game (base card)

Alex Pietrangelo (“Plain Clothes” photo variant)

Bobby Ryan (French parallel variant)

Arthur Kaliyev (Young Guns rookie card)

Mika Zibanejad (2005-06 Tribute insert)

Auston Matthews (Ovation insert)

Mathew Barzal (SPX Finite insert – Spectrum parallel)

Bowen Byram (Rookie Class SE insert)

Ryan O’Reilly (UD3 insert)

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Goodbye and Thank You, Tony Esposito

Chicago Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78. Like practically every other hockey fan, I had no idea that he was ill. And like the rest of the hockey world, I was shocked, surprised, and saddened by the loss of the man known as Tony-O.

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The Voice of Hockey Calls it a Career

Legendary NHL Broadcaster “Doc” Emrick Retires

Since 2005, when NBC acquired the rights to NHL broadcasting in the United States, there has been one consummate voice featured behind the microphone, serving up his eloquent and sometimes frantically excitable play-by-play for the feature games every week. On Monday, that voice decided to sign off for the last time. Mike “Doc” Emrick announced that after more than 50 years in the broadcasting business, he was retiring.

As the story goes, the first time Doc ever got the opportunity to cover a game in the NHL, he did so under the guise that he wasn’t getting paid anything…except a press credential. Continue reading “The Voice of Hockey Calls it a Career”

Puck Junk Podcast: June 25, 2020

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Sal Barry and guest co-host Blake Isaacs talk about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland. Plus, they discuss who was snubbed by the Hall this year, and who might make it in 2021. 

Show Notes, Images and Links:
Ken Holland biography (Wikipedia)
Jarome Iginla career stats (HockeyDB)
Marian Hossa career stats (HockeyDB)
Kevin Lowe career stats (HockeyDB)
Doug Wilson career stats (HockeyDB)
Kim St-Pierre biography (Wikipedia)

Finally, here’s that Kevin Lowe hockey card that has Gretzky’s stats on it:

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Book Review – Chris Chelios: Made in America

Chris Chelios is the greatest American-born defenseman to play in the NHL. He may be the greatest American to ever play hockey at any position. Chelios spent 26 seasons in the NHL, breaking in with the Montreal Canadians at age 22 in 1984, winning numerous accolades along the way, and finally retiring at age 48 in 2010.

Also, Chris Chelios is my favorite hockey player of all-time. So, I am not sure why it took me this long to review “Chris Chelios: Made in America,” penned by Chelios and former USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen in 2014. Nor can I guarantee that this will be a totally unbiased review of his book.

Regardless of how you feel about Chelios — hockey fans either loved him or hated him for his physical, almost reckless style of play — his book is an enjoyable memoir of his storied career.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 21, 2019

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees: Guy Carboneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser,Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York. (Click here to see their rookie cards.) The guys also discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs firing head coach Mike Babcock, and Don Cherry’s new “Grapevine” podcast.

This episode clocks in at a whopping 1 hour and 42 minutes of hockey goodness, so get comfy before you click that play button.

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Collecting Rare Hockey Autographs

If you have read any of my previous stories on Puck Junk, you may already know that I am not one to collect, or suggest that you collect, the same way that most people do. Whether you prefer completing sets, buying inexpensive RC’s, high end RC’s, specific teams, specific players, or memorabilia cards, you should consider collecting certified autographed cards. Over the years since certified autographs were first produced, they have changed quite a bit and now include many unique multiple autographed versions and even dual autographed rookie cards.

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