Puck Junk Podcast: February 21, 2020

Collecting the “Miracle on Ice” Hockey Team

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” when the U.S. Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics en route to winning the gold medal. Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about collecting the “Miracle on Ice” hockey players. They also discuss National Hockey Card Day 2020, the 2020 Stadium Series and the Daniel Carcillo-Paul Bissonnette Twitter feud. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness. Scroll down for show notes, links and images.

Show Notes and Links:
NHL, Air Force Academy Statement on Stadium Series game (Fox 31 Denver)
Paul Bissonnette accuses Daniel Carcillo of racist behavior (Sporting News)
National Hockey Card Day – Trade Group (Facebook)
Clip of “American Dad” episode with “Miracle on Ice” Team (YouTube)
History’s Greatest Olympians Trading Card Set (Sports Collectors Digest)
Every Rookie Card of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team (Puck Junk)
1980 Kellogg’s Olympic Stick’r Trading Cards (Puck Junk)
Herb Brooks Rookie Card (Puck Junk)
Career in Cards: Mark Johnson (Puck Junk)
Here are some of the cards that we talk about in the podcast:

1980-81 O-Pee-Chee #9 - Ken Morrow
1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Ken Morrow RC with Team USA logo
1980-81 Topps Jim Craig RC with Team USA logo
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Jim Craig (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Black Rings version)
1983 History’s Greatest Olympians Mike Eruzione RC (Star In Motion version)
1983-84 M&Ms Olympic Heroes Mike Eruzione
1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Herb Brooks RC
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice John Harrington
1994-95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice Jim Craig
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Christoff (unsigned version)
2004-05 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures Miracle Men Steve Janaszak (unsigned version)
2010-11 In the Game Decades 1980s Steve Christoff autograph

Finally, here’s a picture of Bill Ranford on the set of “Miracle” after sustaining a concussion when a stunt went wrong.

[Photo Credit: Disney]
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Puck Junk Podcast: January 27, 2020

2020 NHL All-Star Game Recap, plus a retrospective of Champ’s hockey cards.

In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give their recap of the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend, from the Skills Competition and Elite Women’s 3-on-3 Game on Friday, to the All-Star Game on Saturday. Plus, a retrospective of Champ’s hockey cards. This podcast weighs in at 1 hour and 37 minutes, so go get yourself a sandwich before you hit that play button, and thanks for listening!

Show Notes and Links:
McDonald’s commercial with Wayne Gretzky and Mats Sundin (YouTube)
And as long as we’re on the topic, here’s the McDonalds commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird (YouTube)
That CCM commercial with Alex Ovechkin’s head in a locker (YouTube)
The entire 2020 NHL All-Star Game (NHL via YouTube)
Don’t have time for that? Here are just the highlights (NHL via YouTube)
Upper Deck Game Dated Moment cards for Week 16 (Upper Deck)
For more images of Champ’s Hockey cards, check out these box breaks:
2008-09 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #1 (Puck Junk)
2008-09 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #2 (Puck Junk)
2009-10 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #1 (Puck Junk)
2009-10 Champ’s Hockey Box Break #2 (Puck Junk)
2015-16 Champ’s Hockey Box Break (Puck Junk)

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Do You Know What You’re Missing On E-Pack?

Do you know that feeling you get when all you want to do is open some packs? But it’s late in the day, or there are no card stores nearby. How would you like to open packs, boxes or even cases of hockey cards no matter where you are, no matter what time of day it is, while also being able to chat and trade with fellow hockey collectors?

With the evolution of online shopping and e-commerce over the past few years, it was only a matter of time until the sports card industry caught on to the “buy stuff in my pajamas” concept. Upper Deck’s e-PACK sports and entertainment platform provides collectors the ability to do just that and even more.

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Every 1993-94 Hockey Card Set Ranked

The 1993-94 season was my favorite year to collect hockey cards. Everything about that season was just so right for me. I was living with my Grandmother and going to a local junior college, so my cost of living was low. I was working full-time at a card and comic book shop, so I could buy new cards at a deep discount. I had just gotten my drivers licence, so I could drive around Chicago to other card shops or local shows to find the last few inserts I needed for a given set. Plus, I was still promoting a monthly neighborhood show, so a lot of times people would bring me cards that I needed. My situation in life made collecting easy for me that year.

As for the cards themselves, the 1993-94 season was the last year before hockey card collecting got out of hand. Packs were still affordable, with most between $1 and $3. (The 1994 NHL Lockout would change that, but that’s a story for another time.) There were really no short prints, other than the odd insert, so sets were fairly easy to complete. There were some great insert sets, but not so many different insert sets like it is today, where you can buy a box of cards and get 40 different inserts across 10 different insert sets. There were five different card companies competing with each other, so they had to try hard to do better than one another.

For example, Topps finally got with the program and printed its flagship set on quality card stock, with gloss coating and full-color backs. The company also issued the set in two series, so it could include rookies and traded players in their new uniforms later on that season.

Unfortunately, there were some casualties. Pro Set had gone bankrupt in 1992-93, and while it tried to issue a set for the 1993-94 season, its license was revoked by the NHL. The NHL also mandated that companies could only issue two sets per season, so Topps had to jettison its unpopular Bowman Hockey set, while O-Pee-Chee stopped making its own smaller, premium “Premier” set, as the “Premier” name would be used by both Topps and O-Pee-Chee that year for their large, two-series card sets.

One addition to this year’s ranking is how each company included Alexander Daigle in their sets. Daigle was selected first-overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Pinnacle Brands — which made the Score and Pinnacle hockey card sets — had worked out a deal with Daigle, so that only they could picture him in a Senators uniform until he played in an NHL game. The other companies could not use a “Draft Day” photo, nor could they use photo manipulation to put his head on a different Senators player’s body. Thus, they had to get a little creative in how to picture that season’s hottest rookie in their hockey card sets that year.

As I have done with the 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93 sets, here is my retrospective and ranking of every hockey card set issued in 1993-94.

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 18, 2019

Redemption Cards & 2019-20 Parkhurst

Are redemption cards as awful as everyone says they are? Or are they a necessary evil? This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish weigh the pros and cons of companies using redemption cards in hockey card products. They also talk about the new 2019-20 Parkhurst Hockey set and more. It’s 59 minutes of hockey goodness!

Show Notes and Links:
Skokie Park District Website
2019-20 Parkhurst Hockey Info & Checklist
The full story on Sal’s redemption saga with Panini America
How Upper Deck fulfilled Sal’s missing redemption card
2019-20 Prizm Hockey Info & Checklist

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Best of the Worst: 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Hello again, my friends. I hope we’re all thankful and fat from Thanksgiving leftovers (or not, if you’re from outside the United States), but let’s dive into Upper Deck’s latest givings and see where their photographers dropped the ball before New Years!

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Puck Junk Podcast: December 3, 2019

1999-2000 Hockey Card Retrospective

This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a look 20 years into the past and discuss the 1999-2000 season in hockey cards — from Topps, to Upper Deck to Pacific — and why that season is unlike any other when it comes to hockey cards.

What’s your favorite set from the 1999-2000 season? What trading card set, feature or gimmick would you like to see make a comeback? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 27, 2019

The Akim Aliu & Bill Peters Conflict

In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the Akim Aliu and Bill Peters conflict. They also talk about Mike Babcock’s firing, Robert Bortuzzo’s suspension, noteworthy recent eBay auctions, and a rundown of the new hockey card releases this week. Today’s podcast is just under 1 hour and 15 minutes long, so kick back and give it a listen.

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Puck Junk Podcast: November 13, 2019

The Don Cherry Controversy

In the latest episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a deep dive into the Don Cherry Controversy. Was Don out of line? Did the public overreact? Or was it a combination of the two? Plus, a recap of Upper Deck Singles Day, as well as an update on the new hockey cards that came out this week.

What do you think about what Don Cherry said? Do you think firing him was the right move by CBC? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Collectors Corner #34 – Mystery, Alaska & eBay’s Top Sellers

In this week’s episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about my latest article for The Hockey News, about the 1999 hockey movie “Mystery, Alaska.” We also chat about a new set of basketball cards spotlighting the old American Basketball Association, the top-selling sports teams and players on eBay, and this weekend’s Upper Deck Singles Day promotion.

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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