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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Puck Junk Podcast SPECIAL! The One In Which We Box Battle For Ice Supremacy



On a very special episode of Blossom, er, The Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I take it live on video and battle it out.  Not in a battle of wits (because clearly I would win), or a battle of jokes (I would win that too), or a battle for the Royal Palace of Eternia (Sal might have an edge).  No, we are battling with boxes of 2019-20 Upper Deck Ice!

We each have a box we have been saving for an epic pack war that only your wonderful hosts could provide for your listening, AND now viewing pleasure.  You can check out our Podcast mostly each week wherever you find free podcasts but this week, head over to our YouTube channel and feast your eyes on our opening, reveal, and discussion of 2019-20 Upper Deck Ice. 


Thursday, July 16, 2020

This week's Puck Junk Podcast: The One In Which We Foil The Bowman




On this week's Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I talk about the upcoming NHL restart.  We also discuss some of the latest NHL Award nominees and our predictions of who will take home the hardware for this bizarre season.  We also jump into a review and discussion of the sometimes forgotten 1992-93 Bowman hockey set.  We were set straight by a listener that pointed out the SPs in the base set of this years' Bowman that we forgot about in our last Podcast about the 96-97 Black Diamond set.  We don't forget this time, because, well that's our topic and if we forgot our actual topic, that would be dumb. 

Relive the magic of gold foil, SPs, and a mystery Lindros card.  Check us out wherever Podcasts are sold, for free. 


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Saturday, July 4, 2020

This Week's Puck Junk Podcast: The Black Diamond In The Rough



HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY IN AMERICA!!!

This week in absurdity, I mean, in this week's episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I revisit the first appearance of an annual release by Upper Deck.  That release is the 1996-97 Upper Deck Black Diamond set.  Building this set is/was a huge undertaking and we discuss the merits of throwing SPs into a base run of cards. 

We also chat about the Virtual Expo and the fun we had as well as some of the latest NHL news.  Check it out and leave a comment either on the episode, here, PuckJunk.com, or wherever you get your Podcasts.  Not sure where?  Try one of these links below.


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Friday, June 26, 2020

Puck Junk Podcast #63: The HHOF Class of 2020

On this week's Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and Blake discuss the Hockey Hall Of Fame Class for 2020 which will see Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland all take their spots.  Oh, yeah I said Blake.  I'm not on this week's show.  You know...life stuff.

At any rate, don't let that stop you.  It's a great show full of mystery and wonderment.  Check it out wherever Podcasts are sold, for free.


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Friday, June 19, 2020

The Puck Junk Podcast is Live At the Expo (Virtually, of course)



This Friday and Saturday, Canada's largest semi-annual sports card show is being held...Virtually! That's right, the Toronto Expo has become the Virtual Expo and Sal and I will be doing a live podcast from the Main Stage Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. This is the first-ever virtual sports card show, and we are excited to be a part of it.

Admission is free, but you have to register first by clicking on this link over here.

I believe we have a booth available to hop in, chat with us, interact, maybe even do a little trading? Sal will be selling all Puck Junk t-shirts at 25% off of their regular price too, so if you haven't picked one up, what are you waiting for?

To find out what else the Expo has to over, click here and you can check out everything going on.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Today in Penguins History (6/16/1990)



On this date in 1990, exactly 30 years ago, the Penguins selected future HOFer and hockey ironman, Jaromir Jagr in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.  Jagr was the fifth pick in the draft and became the first Czech player to be drafted without first defecting to North America.  As the Soviet structure was collapsing in Europe, the stranglehold on travel and relocation began to loosen.  Upon the encouragement of his native government, Jagr was actually able to be in attendance at the Draft in Vancouver and relocate to Pittsburgh without difficulty.


This was great for the Penguins as his presence on a line with Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis helped the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 90-91 and 91-92.  Jaromir went on to play 11 seasons with the Penguins and is considered one of the best Pittsburgh forwards of all time.  Just look at his team records...



  • Most single-season points by a right wing – 149
  • Most single-season assists by a right wing – 87
  • Most single-season assists by a European-born player – 87
  • Most single-season power-play goals by a European-born player – 20
  • Most single-season game-winning goals – 12
  • Most single-season shots on goal – 403
  • Most career points by a right wing – 1079
  • Most career points by a European-born player – 1079
  • Most career goals by a right wing – 439
  • Most career goals by a European-born player – 439
  • Most career assists by a right wing – 640
  • Most career assists by a European-born player – 640
  • Most career playoff game-winning goals – 78
  • Most career power-play goals by a right wing – 110
  • Most career power-play goals by a European-born player – 110


  • Most career shorthanded goals by a European-born player – 9
  • Most career overtime goals – 9
  • Most career game-tying goals – 10
  • Most career shots on goal by a right wing – 2911
  • Most career shots on goal by a European-born player – 2911
  • Most career playoff goals by a right wing – 65
  • Most career playoff goals by a European-born player – 65


  • Most career playoff points by a right wing – 147
  • Most career playoff points by a European-born player – 147
  • Most career playoff shorthanded goals by a right wing – 2 (tied with Ed Olczyk)
  • Most career playoff shorthanded goals by a European-born player – 2
  • Most career playoff game-winning goals – 14
  • Most career playoff overtime goals – 4
  • Most career playoff shots on goal – 461
  • Most career playoff power-play goals by a right wing – 19
  • Most career playoff power-play goals by a European-born player – 19

***from the Jaromir Jagr wikipedia page