Puck Junk Podcast #76: Dec. 9, 2020

The Million Dollar Gretzky Rookie
plus 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

After a three-week hiatus, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are back with a new episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. This time, they talk about the release of 2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards — and some of the production problems that have plagued the set. The guys also discuss the PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card that will become the most-valuable hockey card of all-time. Plus, new and upcoming releases, “COMC Jail,” and more.

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey Checklist (Cardboard Connection)
President’s Choice Trading Cards (website)
Upper Deck E-Pack (website)
Why – and How – Hockey Cards Have Made a Comeback (The Score)
PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky OPC Rooke Auction (Heritage Auctions)

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Best of the Worst: 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Greetings, my fellow hockey fans who aren’t watching hockey! While we are trying to socially distance and wash our hands like NBC Sports washed it’s hands of several problematic co-hosts, Upper Deck dropped a lump of coal in our turkey before yelling, “Happy St. Paddy’s Day!” and throwing beaded necklaces at us. And who can blame them since we don’t know what day it is, let alone what holiday. But that’s no lump of coal: it’s a box of Upper Deck’s Series 1!  If it was coal, it would have said “Panini.”

Before jumping to the goods, I was worried that I wouldn’t find enough cards to make fun of in a post, and this has been the case for the past few boxes of Upper Deck’s flagship hockey set. Honestly, the first half of the packs that I exhumed not only lacked of comical merriment fuel, but frankly, they lacked anything awesome or inspiring. The cards were boring. Dull. Safe. But thankfully, the later half of the box got things back on track! 

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Titillating Sports: 2020-21 Upper Deck MVP & Doc Emrick Retires

Sal Barry was a guest on “Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle” and talked about the new MVP Hockey Cards by Upper Deck. Sal and Rick also talked about the retirement of legendary hockey broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick and Joe Thornton signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

You can learn more about Rick Tittle here and listen to full episodes of his show here. Special thanks to Sports Byline USA for providing this audio clip.

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Puck Junk Podcast #71: Oct. 22, 2020

2020-21 MVP Hockey Cards

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about hockey announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick retiring and the new 2020-21 Upper Deck MVP Hockey cards. Plus, more details about the Virtual Expo 2.0. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Tim’s column on what Mike Emrick has meant for hockey (Puck Junk)
Virtual Expo 2.0 (show website
Andre Dawson State Farm Insurance commercial (YouTube
Penguins and Flyers “Reverse Retro” Jerseys (Icethetics)
The Penguins’ jerseys also featured a diagonal “PITTSBURGH” wordmark on home and road jerseys during the 1967-68 season, and again from 1992-93 to 1996-97 on road jerseys. 
The Joey Logano hockey card (Puck Junk)
President’s Choice Trading Cards Captains Row (link)
That time Evgeni Malkin  appeared twice in the same set (Puck Junk)
Joe Thornton’s 1995-96 junior league hockey card (Puck Junk)
2020-21 MVP Hockey checklist (Trading Card DB)

2020-21 MVP Hockey card images:

2020-21 MVP Hockey #106 – Alex Ovechkin

2020-21 MVP Hockey #106 – Alex Ovechkin (back)

2020-21 MVP Hockey #23 – Brock Nelson

2020-21 MVP Hockey #76 – Jamie Benn

2020-21 MVP Hockey #125 – Patrick Marleau
Even though Marleau was a Penguins player when this set came out, he is pictured with the Sharks. Coincidentally, Marleau signed with the Sharks after this card came out. 

2020-21 MVP Hockey #219 – Steven Stamkos (short print)

2020-21 MVP Hockey #230 – Gage Quinney (RC, short print)

2020-21 MVP Hockey #221 – Michael DiPietro (RC, short print)

2020-21 MVP Hockey – Puzzle Back Variants

2020-21 MVP Hockey #161 – Sebastian Aho Silver Scripts Parallel

2020-21 MVP Hockey #8 – Nick Foligno Super Script Parallel (16/25)

2020-21 MVP Hockey Retro Parallel #74 – Matthew Tkachuk

2020-21 MVP Hockey Colors and Contour #66 – Liam Foudy (160/250) 

2020-21 MVP Hockey Mirror Mirror insert #MM-9 – Brad Marchand

2020-21 MVP Hockey Net Crashers inserts #NC-2 – Nathan MacKinnon

2020-21 MVP Hockey High Speed inserts #HS-1 – Connor McDavid

2020-21 MVP Hockey – Unopened Hobby Box 

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Video: 2019-20 Upper Deck Ice Two-Box Break & Review

Sal Barry and Tim Parish break two boxes and then review 2019-20 Upper Deck Ice hockey cards in the latest Puck Junk Video. 

Ice was released out earlier this summer, with boxes selling in the $100-$120 range. Each box has five packs and each pack has five cards. There are 50 base cards and 100 rookie cards in the set, with some RCs being signed and limited to just 99 copies each. 

Who got the bigger hits? Who gave Ice a better score? All these questions and more are answered in the video. Watch it, then leave a comment and let us know what you think about 2019-20 Upper Deck Ice hockey cards. 

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Intro music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: July 4, 2020

1996-97 Black Diamond Hockey Cards

In the newest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give their long-overdue recap of the Virtual Expo. Then they talk about the NHL Draft Lottery and the NHL’s rumored “hub cities. Finally, they take a look back at the 1996-97 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey card set, which was the first hockey set to utilize short-printed cards as part of the main set. 

Show Notes, Links and Images:
Tim Parish’s Instagram account @TheRealDFG66
Sal Barry’s Instagram account @PuckJunk
1996-97 Black Diamond checklist (Trading Card DB)
1996-97 Black Diamond card images

#160 – Joe Thornton RC

#103 – Patrick Marleau RC

#88 – Peter Schaefer RC
Shown here for being very BAPish

Wayne Gretzky Promo Card, courtesy of Trading Card DB.

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Podcast music by Jim “Not the Goalie” Howard.

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Puck Junk Podcast: June 17, 2020

2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look back at the 2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey card set. It was one of the last sets to be released that season, but stands out as one of the best. Plus, they talk about new cards from Upper Deck and President’s Choice Trading Cards, and about this weekend’s Virtual Expo. It’s 80 minutes of hockey goodness! 

Show Notes, Links and Images: 
‘NHL’s Who Wore It Best?’: Nos. 10-1 (NHL.com)
Book Review: The Code (Puck Junk)
Ryan Reaves re-signs with Vegas (Twitter)
The Annual Puck Junk Awards from 2018 and 2019
Four Tips for Moving Your Collection (BCW Supplies Blog)
1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Series 1 Pack Break Video (YouTube)
Upper Deck Game Dated Moments for Week 36 (Upper Deck)
2019-20 Upper Deck Ice checklist (Cardboard Connection)
Book Review: Sean Avery’s autobiography (Puck Junk)
President’s Choice Trading Cards AutoMemo cards (President’s Choice)
President’s Choice Trading Cards DualMemo cards (President’s Choice
Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Virtual Expo (Puck Junk)
Register to Attend the Virtual Expo  (Sport Card Expo)

NOTE: The Puck Junk Podcast will broadcast live from the Virtual Expo on Saturday at 11 am ET. You can find the show at the Expo on the Main Stage. 

Images from 2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey:

#390 – Mario Lemieux

#561 – Martin Brodeur

#400- Joe Thornton

#500 – Mr. Hockey (Gordie Howe)

#657 – Sidney Crosby (RC)

#646 – Henrik Lundqvist (RC)

#669 – Alexander Ovechkin (RC)

#670 – Tomas Fleischmann (RC)
I scanned this one by mistake, thinking he was Alex Ovechkin 🙂

2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey hobby box top

2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey wrapper

2005-06 Parkhurst Hockey Review, with more images (Puck Junk)

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The Quest for Khabibulin

One collector. One mission. 24 cards.

Collector Daniel Gilchrist has collected everything and anything related to Nikolai Khabibulin for 25 years. He owns several game-used goalie sticks, a game-used jersey and game-used goalie pads once worn by “The Bulin Wall.” He also has dozens of autographs and thousands of cards of Khabibulin, who is — if you haven’t guessed it by now — Gilchrist’s favorite player.

Gilchrist set out on one of his biggest collecting goals in 2016 when he decided to track down all 24 Nikolai Khabibulin logo patch cards from the 2013-14 Upper Deck Edmonton Oilers Collection trading card set. Although the pieces of Oilers logo aren’t from a game-worn jersey, they are still a sight to be seen when assembled. Gilchrist recently talked with Puck Junk about what challenges there were in his quest to collect all 24 logo patch cards of his favorite player.

Sal Barry: How long have you been a hockey card collector?

Daniel Gilchrist: Since I was 14. My family moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton in 1988, a few days after Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Kings. My cousins sent me a care package when we moved, and it had a bunch of hockey cards in it, including a Brett Hull rookie card. That’s how I got started.

SB: How did Nikolai Khabibulin become your favorite player?

DC: It’s actually a pretty funny story. Continue reading “The Quest for Khabibulin”

2019-20 Allure Hockey Box Break #2

As a hockey card collector, I like chrome sets. I missed out on the whole Topps Chrome Hockey era in the early 2000s, and am envious whenever I see baseball card collectors get shiny sets like Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome each year. I liked some of Panini’s chrome cards, especially Prizm from 2013-14. I also like O-Pee-Chee Platinum cards by Upper Deck. So, I was intrigued by Upper Deck’s new Allure hockey set, which was all about the shiny, reflective cards.

I recently busted a box of 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure Hockey cards. It was only eight packs, so it didn’t take me too long. Here’s what I got:

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Box Break: 2019-20 SP Game Used Edition Hockey

Practically every card in a six-card box of 2019-20 SP Game Used Edition Hockey by Upper Deck is a hit. Each box is guaranteed to have one premium autograph or premium memorabilia card, plus three more memorabilia, autograph or “premium” hits per box. Clearly, the idea behind SP Game Used is to give collectors a shot at getting some awesome memorabilia cards.

Each box has one pack, which contains six cards, and costs around $100. That averages to about $17 or so per card and really puts the expectation that these will indeed be great memorabilia cards inside. Or, at least a cut or two above the standard “UD Game Jersey” cards found in Upper Deck Series one and Series Two.

Let’s see how my box stacked up.

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