On this week's Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I do a deep dive into the 1989-90 Panini Hockey Sticker Album. We also take a look at a few new releases, talk about the scary incident with Jay Boumeester and cover out thoughts on the upcoming #NHCD coming up on 2/15/2020.
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In this week’s episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal I discuss our take on the past weekend's festivities in St. Louis at All-Star Weekend. We also look back on a number of Upper Deck Champ's Hockey sets from 2008, 2009, and 2015.
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1991-92 was a year in hockey related cardboard that was right in the mix of what's known as the overproduction era (don't make me call it the "J" word). Card manufacturers were producing sets left and right, trying to satiate the need of the glut of collectors that had flooded the market over the previous few years. Pro Set was in the thick of it.
After having produced one of the most famous (infamous) hockey sets of the last 30 years in 1990-91, Pro Set came back with their sophomore hockey effort the following year. Although much less error-ridden, the 1991-92 Pro Set hockey set would not be their only foray into the on-fire hockey card market. They also offered up the newly resurrected Parkhurst brand in a two series release as well as the "super premium", and somewhat maligned, Pro Set Platinum card set.
But the venture they jumped into that I wanted to reflect on was not a full card release per se. In fact, it wasn't even marketed as a card product. I can't imagine what they were thinking at the time other than that they needed to capitalize on whatever outlets they could to make some cash for the fledgling company. Plus, since Topps stopped putting gum in their products, the proverbial door was opened for someone to combine sports cards with something edible. That's right. I'm talking about 1991-92 Pro Set PUCK.
On this week's Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I discuss the upcoming All-Star Game Weekend in St. Louis for the NHL. We cover the game, the rosters, the skills competition, the women's hockey participation, and other fun stuff we expect to see during this annual spectacle. I also weigh in on a couple issues that I missed while I was out.
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Pekka Rinne became the first NHL goalie to score a goalie goal since Mike Smith in 2013. The Preds faced off against the lowly Blackhawks Thursday night and skated to a 5-2 victory at the United Center. This wasn't one of those "last one to touch the puck" goals either. Pekka blasted this from below the goal line, conjuring his best Ron Hextall impersonation, and burying the puck 200 feet down the ice.
Goals by goalies are hard to come by as there have only been 15 examples between 12 goalies. Ron Hextall did it twice and Martin Brodeur did it three times. Will it be another six years before another? Who knows.
There was a time when Ilya Kovalchuk was a hockey card darling. That's not so much the case anymore. Fast forward about 18 years and his story doesn't seem to have turned out the way a superstar's should. In fact, since returning to the NHL, his 43 points in 81 games over the last two seasons wasn't even enough to sniff a King's lineup that sat very near the bottom of the Pacific (not the ocean). He hadn't played a game since Nov. 9th.
On Dec. 16th, after already receiving a $2.65 Million roster bonus, it was announced that he was put on "unconditional waivers" and had left Los Angeles. I wasn't sure what exactly a UW was but the move was done for the sole purpose of terminating his $18.75 million contract. The culmination of that is definitely not a celebrated exit for a three-time All Star, six-time 40+goal scorer, and once hockey card superstar.