The 15 Best Hockey Cards from 1989-90

Hockey card collecting was on a precipice during the 1989-90 season. It hadn’t yet taken the plunge into the abyss of overproduction, inflated prices and rookie cards of practically anyone who got within 10 feet of an NHL uniform — succinctly known as the “Junk Wax Era.”  Hockey cards were rapidly becoming more and more popular, accelerated by the trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. 

Yet, only two companies issued mainstream sets that season. The 198-card Topps set was sold in the U.S. and its near-identical, though slightly larger, cousin O-Pee-Chee sold a 330-card set in Canada. 

But if you dig a little deeper, you will find that there were many other cards issued that year that stray from the beaten path — from team-issue cards to minor and junior league trading card sets, to cards printed on the side of food boxes. 

Here is a look at the 15 best hockey cards from the 1989-90 season. Keep in mind that most of these cards aren’t particularly valuable, with most ranging from $2 to $5 each — and even that might be pushing it. Anyone with a love of hockey cards and hockey history should consider having these in their cardboard collection. 

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Collectors Corner #41: Upper Deck Sues Panini America

In Episode #41 of the Collectors Corner, Sal Barry and Ron Barr talk about the Upper Deck vs. Panini lawsuit. They also discuss the effect that Kobe Bryant’s death has had on his memorabilia, and the new Topps XFL football trading cards.

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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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Puck Junk Podcast: February 14, 2020

1989-90 Panini Hockey Stickers

In the latest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look back 30 years ago at the 1989-90 Panini Hockey Sticker set. They also talk about the upcoming National Hockey Card Day, NBC firing Jeremy Roenick and more. Run time for this episode is a super-sized 107 minutes. Scroll down for show notes, links and images of the Panini set.

Show Notes and Links: 
Jay Bouwmeester collapses at Blues’ bench (YouTube)
Jeremy Roenick’s video apology (Twitter)
National Hockey Card Day website (Upper Deck)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
That time Bailey sent Sal some hockey cards in the mail (Puck Junk)
2019-20 Panini Select Hockey Cards (Panini America)
Review: 1988-89 Panini Hockey Sticker set (Puck Junk)
Ed Belfour Originally Wore  Number 1 (Puck Junk)
Sal Finding 1989-90 Panini NHL Stickers at the Wisconsin Dells (Puck Junk)
Some images from the 1989-90 Panini NHL Sticker set:

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Collectors Corner #40 – Panini Select Hockey & Topps Million Card Rip Party

In this episode of the Collectors Corner, Sal Barry and Ron Barr talk about 2019-20 Panini Select Hockey cards, the Topps Baseball Million Card Rip Party, and more. Runtime is 15 minutes.

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Review: Panini Missing Sticker Service

If you ever collected a Panini sticker set than you’d probably understand the frustration of getting close to completing a set but falling a few stickers short. With an apparent ever- expanding checklist each season and introduction of more foil stickers created plenty of headaches for set builders.

The usual choices for set completion would include binge buying packs, which would prove to be a costly endeavor and leave you with plenty of extras, trying to find a trading partner via websites such as laststicker.com or a similar site.

Maybe the easiest solution for completing a set was right at our fingertips at Panini’s Online Store.

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Collectors Corner #39 – Fake Rings & Fake Cards

In the first Collectors Corner for 2020, Sal Barry and Ron Barr talk about counterfeit championship rings, an Olympic document that sold for over $8 million, the latest in Panini’s lawsuit against fake card makers, and the new Panini Blockchain cards.

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: October 15, 2019

2019-20 Artifacts Hockey Cards

In today’s episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and Tim discuss the new 2019-20 Artifacts Hockey set. Tim also talks about his failed attempt to buy the new Score Hockey cards. Plus, Sal speaks with Tony Siriani, a product manager for Upper Deck who works on the annual Artifacts set.

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Collectors Corner #31 – Custom Cards & Counterfeit Cards


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Homemade cards is the topic of this episode of Collectors Corner — from custom cards, to counterfeit cards, to hand-made art cards. We also talk about Panini America’s lawsuit against a custom card maker.

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Collectors Corner #30 – Auction News and the End of Panini Hockey Stickers

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In the 30th episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about some notable recent sports auctions, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens suing over the sale of some of his memorabilia items, and Panini losing its license to make NHL hockey stickers.

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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