Puck Junk Podcast #116: April 21, 2022

Remembering Mike Bossy.
Plus: The NHLPA Internal Investigation.

In the newest Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the career of the late Mike Bossy, including his numerous career accomplishments, and some of his most-notable hockey cards. They also discuss the NHLPA’s internal investigation on its mishandling of the Kyle Beach Case, the retirement of Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley, a look back at Wayne Gretzky’s last game, and new hockey cards. 

Click to enlarge graphic to see Tim and Sal’s favorite Mike Bossy cards.

Show Notes and Links:
Career in Cards: Mike Bossy (Puck Junk)
The NHLPA Report Regarding Union’s Response to Kyle Beach (PDF
Why Blackhawks Loaned Kyle Beach to a Team in Sweden (Third Man In)
Pat Foley’s Legendary “Bannerman!” Call (Video)
NHL Network Opens Upper Deck Hockey Cards (Video)
Marshawn Lynch Drives the Seattle Kraken Zamboni (Video)
Wayne Gretzky Final Game Last Moments (Video)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #115: April 14, 2022

New Hockey Cards for 2022. 
Plus: The Mega Box Experiment. 

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about some of the new hockey cards coming out in April and May 2022. Plus, Sal’s “Mega Box Experiment,” the secret behind Doug Gilmour’s 1992-93 Pinnacle Sidelines card, Ryan Getzlaf calls it a career, and more. It’s 94 minutes of hockey goodness.

Show Notes and Links:
Habs fan not thrown out, kid’s dat caught in a lie (Maple Leafs Insider)
Ryan Getzlaf’s career statistics (HockeyDB)
Police Hunt Clues in Theft of Gretzky Collection (Sports Collectors Daily)
AMPIR Seattle Kraken trading card set (AMPIR.cards)
Pittsburgh Game-Worn Hockey Jersey and Equipment Expo (Facebook)
1992-93 Pinnacle #233: Doug Gilmour Sidelines card (Puck Junk)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #114: April 7, 2022

2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Cards. 
Plus: Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry, and Keith Yandle.  

In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card set — from the exciting new Young Guns rookie cards to production problems to the numerous insert sets. They also talk about the end of Keith Yandle’s “iron man” streak, Troy Terry vs. Jay Beagle, and Trevor Zegras’ latest “Michigan” goal. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes and Links:
Troy Terry’s black eye from his “fight” with Jay Beagle (Twitter)
Dale Hunter’s hit on Pierre Turgeon in the 1993 Playoffs (YouTube)
WWF Wresting Character “The Goon” (YouTube)
Keith Yandle’s Consecutive Games Played Streak Ends (NBC Sports)
Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo (Website)
A 10-Year Old Drake on the NHL Awards Show in 1997 (YouTube)
Interview with Billy Celio of Upper Deck (Puck Junk)
Pictures and Details about 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One (Puck Junk)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hobby Box Break

The one set that I look forward to is Upper Deck’s flagship release — a.k.a. Upper Deck Series One, Upper Deck Series Two, and for the first time last year, Upper Deck Extended Series. This season, I had to look forward a bit longer, as production delays pushed Upper Deck Series One’s release date from November 2021 to March 2022. 

But it’s March and I finally got my hands on a hobby box. Like last year, a hobby box of Upper Deck Series One has 24 packs. Each pack has eight cards. Let’s take a look and see what was inside my box of 2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Hockey. 

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2020-21 Upper Deck AHL Box Break #2

I have been a fan and collector of minor league hockey cards ever since I bought a ProCards Saginaw Hawks team set in 1989. I enjoy cards of future NHL players, as well as “borderline” players who are sometimes called up to the parent club but never got their own hockey card.

Needless to say, minor league hockey cards have evolved a lot over the past 30+ years. They no longer use dark photos and have plain, black-and-white card backs. Upper Deck’s 2020-21 American Hockey League card set is every bit as good in quality as its other hockey card sets, with crisp, color photography, glossy coating, and silver foil. At first glance, you might mistake these for Upper Deck Series One, save for the fact that they picture AHL players instead of NHL players. 

Last week, I opened a box of 2020-21 AHL cards; you can read about that here, as that break gives more details about the set. Let’s see if this box is better, worse, or about the same as my first break. 

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2020-21 Upper Deck AHL Box Break

2021-22 has been a strange year for hockey card collectors. This season, there were still cards from the 2020-21 season coming out in the middle of the 2021-22 season. One such set is 2020-21 Upper Deck AHL, which features cards of future NHL prospects, as well as star players from the second-best hockey league in the world. 

2020-21 Upper Deck AHL hockey cards costs around $50 for a 12-pack box. Each pack has 10 cards. Each box promises six “Star Rookie” cards, an autographed card, a numbered parallel, and an additional chase card. 

I recently opened a box of 2020-21 Upper Deck AHL. Here is what I got. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #113: March 4, 2022

2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards. 
Plus: Hockey’s Reaction to Russia. 

In Episode #113 of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the new 2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Hockey card set, including talk about all the different variants and Easter eggs. Other topics include the hockey world’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Blackhawks new General Manager, the Stadium Series, and National Hockey Card Day. 

Show Notes and Links:
How to Remove Tape from Trading Card Top Loaders (Puck Junk)
Fat Guy Hockey Video Game T-Shirt Now Available (Puck Junk Shop)
Chicago Sports Spectacular March 18-20, 2022 (Show Website)
IIHF Puts Sanctions on Russia and Belarus (IIHF.com)
NHL Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine (NHL.com)
Blackhawks Hire Interim GM Kyle Davidson to be Next GM (ESPN)
National Hockey Card Day Trade Group (Facebook)
April Fool’s Day O-Pee-Chee Cards (Puck Junk)
2021-22 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Checklist and Images (Cardboard Connection)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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2021-22 MVP Hockey Box Break

Hockey cards for the 2021-22 season finally started hitting store shelves at the end of 2021. First up was 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey, the company’s “lower-end” card set that isn’t too expensive to buy or too difficult to complete. It also doesn’t have any rookies from the 2021-22 season; the 30 rookie cards are of players who made their debut in the abbreviated 2021 season. A box of MVP has 20 packs with eight cards per pack. The current online price of MVP is around $50 for a hobby box. I recently got a hobby box. Here is what I found inside. 

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Puck Junk Podcast #111: Feb. 9, 2022

The Blackhawks’ Latest Scandal
Plus: 2022 All-Star Weekend Recap
and the Hobby vs. Retail Debate

Sal Barry and Tim Parish recap the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend: what was great about it and what could have been better. Then, they talk about the latest Chicago Blackhawks scandal. Actually, make that two scandals: Rocky Wirtz’s tirade against media members, and sexual harassment allegations against the athletic trainer of their minor league team. Finally, they end with a fun debate about if it is better to buy hobby boxes or retail boxes of trading cards. 

Show Notes and Links:
New “Fat Guy Hockey Video Game T-Shirt” on Pre-Order (Puck Junk Shop)
Interview: Randy Walker, Rob Lowe’s Hockey Double (Puck Junk)
Rocky Wirtz embarrasses himself and the Blackhawks (YouTube)
Blackhawks fire minor league athletic trainer for sexual harassment (ESPN)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast #110: Feb. 3, 2022

2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey
Plus PHF Mascot Goal E. Tender!

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk all about the new 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Hockey card set — the good, the bad, and the Gritty! Plus, a look at the PHF’s new mascot, Goal E. Tender, the upcoming NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and the next batch of Young Guns rookie cards. It’s 1 hour and 52 minutes (!) of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links:
PHF Introduces Official Mascot Goal E. Tender (PHF)
The Wyatt Russell Hockey Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
2021-22 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns Checklist (Upper Deck)
2021-22 Upper Deck MVP Checklist & Images (Cardboard Connection)

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Podcast opening and closing music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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