Collectors Corner #50: Moving My Collection

In this episode of the Collectors Corner, Sal Barry discusses the difficulties of moving his sports memorabilia collection to a new home. Plus, the postponement of the Chicago Sports Spectacular, the cancellation of the Chicago Blackhawks Convention…and a pair of goalie skates that fetched top dollar at a recent auction. 

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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Collectors Corner #44: Recent Game-Worn Jersey Auctions

In this edition of Collectors Corner, Sal Barry and Ron Barr talk about three significant game-worn jerseys that recently sold at auction, plus Alexander Ovechkin signed memorabilia.

Collectors Corner airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here.  You can also listen to past episodes here.Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing the audio clip.

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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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Rookie Cards of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductees

Yesterday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2019. The Hall will honor six new members: Sergei Zubov, Guy Carboneau and Vaclav Nedomansky will be inducted in the players’ category. Haley Wickenheiser is the latest woman to be enshrined. NCAA coach Jerry York and longtime NHL GM Jim Rutherford join the Hall as builders. Except for York, all of these Hall of Fame inductees have had hockey cards issued during their career. Here is a look at each of their rookie cards, their pre-rookie cards (yes, there is such a thing), and the values for each one. 

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The 10 Biggest Hockey Stories of 2017-18

By Sal Barry, Kyle Scully, Blake Isaacs & Jim Howard

Before we fully turn our attention to the season that lies ahead, here is a look back at the biggest hockey stories of the 2017-18 season.

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A History of the Triple Gold Club

Pavel Datsyuk became the newest member of hockey’s Triple Gold Club on Sunday when the Olympic Athletes of Russia beat Germany 4-3 to win the Olympic gold medal. The Triple Gold Club is a list of hockey players who have won a Stanley Cup Championship, an IIHF World Championship gold medal and an Olympic gold medal. And with less than 30 members, it is probably the hardest “club” to get into. 

Think about it. Players on teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs cannot compete in the World Championships, since they take place at the same time. Sure, a player might win the Cup one year, and then be on a crummy NHL team the next year that misses the playoffs or gets eliminated in the first round, and go on to win a gold medal in the World Championships. 

But then there is the added challenge of winning a gold medal in the Olympics, which take place every four years didn’t include current NHLers this time around, and might not in the next one, either. 

Thus, being a member of the Triple Gold Cup is just as much about skill — being talented enough to make a team a champion, like Sidney Crosby does — as it is about good timing. 

Here is a rundown of every Triple Gold Club member and an explanation of how he got there. Continue reading “A History of the Triple Gold Club”

Rookie Cards of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team – Plus the Coaches

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February 22, 1980 was The Miracle on Ice, when the United States Olympic ice hockey team upset the heavily-favored Soviet Union’s team by a score of 4-3. Of the 20 players on that team, 13 went on to play in the NHL. But sooner or later, they all appeared on hockey cards. Here is the earliest card of every “Miracle on Ice” player.  Continue reading “Rookie Cards of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team – Plus the Coaches”

The Near-Miracle on Ice: An Oral History of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Defenseman Moe Mantha and goaltender Ray Leblanc in the game against Sweden at the 1992 Winter Olympics. [Photo courtesy of USA Hockey]
Expectations were not very high for the United States Men’s Ice Hockey Team during the 1992 Winter Olympics, but for a two-week span, the group of college players and minor leaguers captured the hearts and minds of Americans watching back home.

After the U.S. rocked the hockey world at the 1980 Olympics with its “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviet Union and subsequent gold medal victory, Americans hoped for a repeat. It wouldn’t happen that decade, though, as the U.S. finished 7th out of 12 teams in 1984 and again in 1988.

While the U.S. team may have been projected to be a doormat at the 1992 Olympics, the team proved the world wrong. Led by goaltender Ray Leblanc, an unlikely hero between the pipes, the ’92 team was the U.S.’s “Near-Miracle on Ice” – a team that was unstoppable in its first six games, only to be halted by the tournament’s eventual champion.

Part I – The Long Road to Méribel

Narrowing down the 1992 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to 23 players was a six-month process. [Photo courtesy of USA Hockey]
The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team was a bricolage of college standouts and minor pro players, with a few NHLers mixed in. Building the team was an ongoing process that started in the summer of 1991 and went until a few weeks before the Olympics started in February of 1992.

Bret Hedican | #24 | Defense
I had a really good junior year at St. Cloud State University. I was on spring break, of all things, and I got a call from my parents. They said USA Hockey called, and that they wanted me to represent the Americans in Russia for a tournament called the Pravda Cup. I was blown away. I never – not once – had been asked to represent the United States in any national tournament. I had four of the best games of my life. I gave everything I had, because I knew it was my chance of a lifetime. The coaches were Dave Peterson and Dean Blais, and they asked me to try out for the National Team. I left college my senior year to make the National Team, in hopes to make the Olympic Team.

David Emma | #10 | Forward
After I won the Hobey [Baker Award, as the NCAA’s best player], I went right to the tryouts.

Shawn McEachern | #15 | Forward
We had tryouts in the summertime. That’s the way it worked with the Olympic teams back then. You went to tryouts for the National Team, and then you played for the National Team. And then you’d play a season against some NHL teams and some college and minor league teams. And then, just before the Olympics, they cut it down. We traveled around for about six months with the National Team.

Keith Tkachuk | #17 | Forward
This was before I was a professional. Because I was so young, 19 years old, I wasn’t expecting to make the team. I guess I had a good tryout. I was already enrolled to go back to school that fall, but luckily, I made it, and kept on making it, and got to go play in the Olympics.

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Review: 1993-94 Topps Team USA

After the modest, fourth-place finish of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, and an increasing nostalgia for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” Topps issued cards of players from the 1994 U.S. National Team. Most of these players went on to play for Team USA at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and quite a few went on to have successful careers in the NHL afterward. 

At a glance:
– 1993-94 Topps Team USA inserts
– 23 cards
– Size: 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Download checklist

Team USA insert cards were found one in every 12 packs of 1993-94 Premier Series Two. If I remember correctly, Series Two came out around February of 1994, the same month the Olympics were taking place, so the timing was right. The set consists of 23 cards. Some of the more notable players in the set are Brian Rolston, Brad Marchant and Peter Laviolette. 

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