Pro Women’s Hockey Cards Are Here

The First 8 PWHL Cards Now Available via ePack

As the Professional Women’s Hockey League was winding down its inaugural season, Upper Deck released the first-ever physical trading cards for the PWHL. While Upper Deck did release eight digital trading cards of PWHL players back in March, these new cards are actual, legit trading cards that will be printed and shipped to collectors. Continue reading “Pro Women’s Hockey Cards Are Here”

Puck Junk Podcast: 2022-23 Parkhurst Champions Hockey Cards

Plus: Are Sports Cards Investments?
Episode #189: May 17, 2024

In this episode, Sal, Tim and Clemente talk about the 2022-23 Parkhurst Champions Hockey Card set by Upper Deck – including what they like about this “retro-esque” release, and what is frustrating about collecting it. Plus, a discussion asking if sports cards can be considered “investments?” It’s 93 minutes of hockey goodness! 

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Discussion asking if sports cards are investments (X/Twitter)
2022-23 Parkhurst Champions Hockey Checklist (Trading Card DB)

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Video: 2021-22 Ultimate Collection Hockey Box Break

Sal Barry opens a box of 2021-22 Ultimate Collection Hockey by Upper Deck. A box is guaranteed to have an autograph and a memorabilia card. 

Are you collecting the 2021-22 Ultimate Collection set – or chasing any of the hits from it? Leave a comment and let us know! 

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Should Upper Deck Change Its Redemption Policy?

Topps Changed Its Policy. Will UD Follow Suit?

Late last month, the Topps Trading Card Company announced that all redemption cards will now be valid for 10 years from the date of issue. This extends back to include redemption cards that were issued in 2021-22 products.

Normally, a redemption card – a little cardboard “I.O.U.” that promises the collector a premium card – would expire after two years or so. This would take the luster off of buying sealed products that were more than two years old. Sure, you might get a rookie card of a player that is now a superstar…or you might get an expired redemption card for an autograph of that same rookie that was now worthless. 

What this move does for Topps is increase desirability in both old and new card products. We all dislike getting redemption cards – but it is nice to know that if we buy a product from 2021 in 2024 that the redemption card is still worth something.

Of course, Topps does not make hockey cards, but Upper Deck does. So, will Upper Deck keep up with its main rival and also extend the window of its own redemption cards?

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Puck Junk Podcast: Ebay Buys Goldin Auctions

Plus: 2023-24 Tim Horton’s Greatest Duos
Episode #186: April 19, 2024

In this episode, we discuss eBay’s acquisition of Goldin Auctions and what it means for the card collecting hobby. We also talk about the lack of hockey cards at Target and other major retail stores, the upcoming FanaticsFest sports convention, the new Tim Horton’s Greatest Duos set, crazy auction prices for Connor Bedard’s SP Game Used cards, and more. It’s 85 minutes of hockey goodness! 

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2024 National Hockey Card Day is This Saturday

Get Free Hockey Cards from Your Local Card Shop.

Considering how hard it has been to buy almost any recent hockey card products, the idea of actually getting some 2024 hockey cards in 2024 – for free, no less! – is exciting! 

This Saturday – April 13 – is National Hockey Card Day in the U.S., in Canada, and in even some other countries around the world. Fans who visit a participating card shop can get a free, exclusive pack of National Hockey Card Day 2024 cards, made by Upper Deck. Continue reading “2024 National Hockey Card Day is This Saturday”

Clemente’s Corner: Rookies You Should Collect Besides Connor Bedard

Say the word “rookie” and the name Connor Bedard instantly comes to mind. It’s a reflex. None of us can help.

While the Chicago Blackhawks center may very well be on his way to taking the Calder Trophy, there are other rookies – even sleeper ones – that may be worth gobbling up now given that the majority of people are so laser-focused on acquiring Bedard.

Players like Luke Hughes of the New Jersey Devils and Leo Carlsson of the Anaheim Ducks have lived up to the preseason hype, although both have been overshadowed by Bedard mania. Both Hughes and Carlsson remain in the mix – although they are longshots – to capture the Calder.

Instead, here are five NHL rookies from this season (not named Bedard) who remain under the radar and worth chasing:   

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Puck Junk Podcast: The Spring 2024 Chicago Sports Spectacular

Plus: Is Card Cleaning Wrong? 
Episode #183: March 22, 2024

In this episode, Sal, Tim, and Clemente talk about the Spring 2024 Chicago Sports Spectacular – and how nearly everyone was looking for Connor Bedard’s Young Guns rookie card. They also discuss if “card cleaning” is right or wrong, the new Parkhurst Champions set, and the upcoming PWHL sets. It’s TWO HOURS of hockey goodness. 

Show Notes and Links
2022-23 Parkhurst Champions Checklist (Trading Card DB)
Is Cleaning Cards a Dirty Business? (Puck Junk)
Connor Bedard’s Young Guns Prices Do Not COMP-ute! (Puck Junk)
The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card (Puck Junk)
Finally, here’s that awesome card that Clemente found (and Sal bought)…

It’s…beautiful

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The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card

When You Start at the Top, There’s Only One Way to Go.

This past weekend, I set up at the Chicago Sports Spectacular to sell hockey cards and t-shirts. The Spectacular is a twice-annual, three-day show with around 400 vendors and dozens of autograph guests. The show draws a large crowd, and many in the crowd were wearing Blackhawks jerseys with Connor Bedard’s name and number 98 on the back. 

The March Chicago Sports Spectacular was the first major Chicago-area show since Bedard’s Young Guns card was released in 2023-24 Upper Deck Series 2 on March 6 – and as you probably have guessed, everyone was talking about him.

At least half of the people who stopped by my booth asked if I had any Bedard cards, though many of them were looking specifically for his Young Guns card. And some even offered to sell me a Bedard Young Guns card, usually asking around $500 to $600. I could have bought that card ten times over.

But I didn’t. Continue reading “The Decline in Value of the Connor Bedard Young Guns Card”