2022-23 Upper Deck MVP Box Break

Upper Deck MVP is usually the first new hockey card set to hit the shelves, and this year was no exception. The 2022-23 MVP Hockey set was released in early September, roughly one month before the season started. MVP is relatively-affordable and easy enough to put together, usually weighing in at 200 base cards and 50 short prints.

A hobby box of 2022-23 MVP costs around $60. Each box has 20 eight-card packs for a total of 160 cards. Although I reviewed this set in an episode of the Puck Junk Podcast last month, I thought you might like to see what is inside a hobby box of MVP.

So, as Mr. Owl once said, “Let’s find out!” 

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Puck Junk Podcast: 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey

Part 5 of the ’90-91 Retrospective Series 
Episode #132 – October 18, 2022

Sal Barry and Tim Parish continue their ’90-91 Retrospective Series with an in-depth look at the 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey card set. What made the set so significant back then, the best cards from that set, the controversy over the French-language versions — and why every serious hockey card collector needs to own the 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey set. It’s 70 minutes of hockey goodness. 

Images, Show Notes and Links
We refer to the book “Card Sharks” a lot in this episode. If you want to read it — and every card collector should — then you can get he Kindle version for just $10 at Amazon

Mario Gosselin

More about the Mario Gosselin card here.

1990-91 Upper Deck

More information about the 1990 Upper Deck Prototype Cards here

1990-91 Upper Deck Sheets - Campbell Conference (close up)

More information about the “lost” Chris Chelios cards here.

Here are a few more great cards from 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey.

The “Canada’s Captains” card that pictures Eric Lindros. 

Ed Belfour “Star Rookies” RC

Sergei Fedorov “Young Guns” RC

Pavel Bure “Young Guns” RC

Frank J. Zamboni RC

Mike Modano RC

Jaromir Jagr “Draft Picks” RC

Jeremy Roenick RC

1990-91 Upper Deck card #448 - Bob Probert

Bob Probert 

How’s the weather up there, Mario? 

Even the photo on the back of Lemieux’s card is awesome! 

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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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2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey Hobby Box Break #1

Don’t call it Series Three! The 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey card set was released in August of 2022, and adds another 250 cards to Upper Deck’s Series One/Two set. Extended Series has 200 base cards and 50 Young Guns rookie cards; technically 198 base cards, two base checklists, 49 Young Guns, and one Young Guns checklist. This makes Upper Deck’s flagship set a whopping 750 cards over three series. 

Admittedly, there was less fervor over the release of Extended Series as there was for Series One and Series Two; perhaps because it doesn’t have the big-name rookies like Series One (Cole Caufield, Trevor Zegras) or Series Two (Moritz Seider, Mason McTavish) had. 

However, what it does have is a plethora of interesting, retro insert cards; some styled to look like cards from the mid-2000s, and others that have designs inspired by late 1990s hockey cards. 

2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series is currently selling for around $100 for a hobby box. Each hobby box has 24 packs, and each pack has eight cards. Let’s take a look at what is inside a box of Extended Series. 

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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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Puck Junk Podcast: 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey

Episode #128 – September 15, 2022

After a bye week, the Puck Junk Podcast is back! This time, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the new 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series Hockey cards, including who are the best rookies in the set and if there is such a thing as too many inserts. Plus, if a tree falls on Tim’s house, does it make a sound? It’s one hour of (mostly) hockey goodness.

Show Notes and Links
Review: 2021-22 Seattle Kraken Box Set (Puck Junk)
Review: 2017-18 Upper Deck Vegas Golden Knights Boxed Set (Puck Junk)
Puck Junk Podcast: Hockey Sets We Want to See Return (Puck Junk)
Goldin video where a kid talks about investing in cards (Twitter)
Tim’s Tweet with commentary about above video (Twitter)

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2021-22 Upper Deck Series Two Hobby Box Break

Upper Deck Series Two usually comes out in March or April — just in time for the Spring Sport Card and Memorabilia Expo. However, with all of the delays and production problems, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 Upper Deck Series Two set did not see its release until mid June of 2022 — right as the Stanley Cup Final was underway. Late or not, Series Two is always a hotly-anticipated hockey card set, as it features cards of many rookies who made their debut earlier that season. 

Originally a hobby box of Series Two was selling for around $100, but has since settled to about $90 per box. Each box has 24 packs, and each pack has eight cards. Let’s see what’s inside a hobby box of 2021-22 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey. 

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Puck Junk Podcast: The Mount Rushmore of Hockey Cards

Plus: The NHL ’23 Video Game Cover
Episode #127 – September 2, 2022

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss and debate what four trading cards are THE most important, most significant, most iconic pieces of cardboard to depict a hockey player. Or rather, what four cards should be on the “Mount Rushmore of Hockey Cards.” Sure, you have to have the Wayne Gretzky rookie card up there. But what would the other three be? Plus, the guys talk about the upcoming NHL ’23 video game and how it will feature two cover athletes — including, for the first time, a woman hockey player. It’s one hour and 25 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes & Links:
I Was a Teenage Card Show Promoter (Sports Collectors Digest
Five Examples of the EA Sports NHL Cover Curse (The Hockey News)
1952 Mantle Sets Record at $12.6 Million (Sports Collectors Daily)
Zegras, Nurse Grace NHL 23 cover (ESPN

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2020-21 SP Authentic Hockey Box Break

SP Authentic is perhaps best known for its popular Future Watch autographed rookie cards — and its sparse, mostly-white base card design. Like many of Upper Deck’s other hockey cards from 2020-21, SP Authentic also had a very late release. In fact, SP Authentic was not released until June 29, 2022 — three days after the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals concluded. 

Fortunately, though, SP Authentic was not cancelled like other sets for the shortened 2020-21 season. And that’s a good thing, because personally, I’ve always liked SP Authentic’s clean base card design and  on-card autographs. And the Future Watch autographed rookie cards may be second in popularity only to Upper Deck Young Guns when it comes to hockey rookie cards among collectors. 

However, SP Authentic is more expensive now, costing around $300 for an 18-pack box. Each pack has five cards, and each box guarantees two autographed cards. 

I recently got a box of 2020-21 SP Authentic. Let’s see what cards were inside. 

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