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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Latest Puck Junk Podcast - State of the Hobby Address (sort of)


It came out a while back but I forgot to post it. This is the latest #PuckJunkPodcast with Sal & I chatting about all sorts of hockey hobby related issues. This is our first (at least I think), State of the Hockey Hobby address. With all the focus on sports cards lately, attention has been turned to the once forgotten "4th sport" of hockey. From the $1.2M Gretzky rookie, to the digital card explosion, and what I would deem only as EXTREME PROSPECTING, we cover many of the issues those of us in the hockey hobby community have been experiencing.

We also chat about the new Mighty Ducks series on Disney+, if you are into that sort of thing (and why wouldn't you be because you like hockey, right?).


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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Hockey History As Told By Cardboard - Ken Wregget


On March 28th 1992, Ken Wregget, who had only just joined the Pittsburgh Penguins a month earlier in February, posted his 100th career win.  In a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Wregget faced 31 shots, allowing goals from Brian Skrudland, Mathieu Schneider, and Sylvain Turgeon.  Penguins Rick Tocchet had 3 points including a goal and 2 assists.

Ken has said his two biggest hockey thrills were winning the Cup with the Penguins in 1992 and also beating the Penguins in the 1989 playoffs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

I Can't Believe It's Not Cardboard - Highlighting Other Personal Collectibles (Dany Heatley Bust)

There was a time back in 2011-2012 that I was trying to make up for lost time. I hadn't collected a lot in the early 2000s and my collection severely lacked in that time frame. While purchasing newer product that year, I would also try to track down some different items from the first 3-4 years of the century to add to my collection. One such trip down that path took me to the 2002-03 Upper Deck Classic Portraits set.  I did a write-up on this set and the box that opened quite a while ago.  You can check that out here if you are so inclined.  

While I'm not going to get into the particulars here, I will mention the significance of this set being that Upper Deck basically stopped production on this after a lackluster pre-order from hobby dealers.  This made boxes themselves fairly rare, for lack of a better word. While the set is made up of 100 base cards and 38 rookies, it's the subject of today's feature that garners all the attention. That's right. We are talking about the Upper Deck Mini-Bust Collection. 




With an extensive checklist that features 17 different players in home, away and alternate sweaters, these collectible marvels also featured autographed versions, real marble versions, and ones made of glass.  The mini-bust I was able to procure from my box back then was an autograph version of Dany Heatley (home jersey).  

For those not familiar, the busts are a waist-up representation of the player perched atop a small marble column, which in turn is resting on a display slab. Since mine is the autograph version, you can see that the front plate of the display has a sticker autograph of the Atlanta Thrasher's legend.  





The side of the marble column features the Upper Deck logo, which also appears to be a sticker or at least some type of decal.  The back goes into further detail of the player's jersey with number and name. 









On the bottom of the statue, there is an Upper Deck seal which explains..."You have received a bust personally autographed by Dany Heatley. This label was signed and sent to Upper Deck directly from Dany Heatley, then permanently affixed to the bust. This certificate expressly warrants the authenticity of the depicted athlete's signature."





You can see by mine, it's been loved a bit. Heatley's stick blade was snapped at some point. I don't remember if I did that or if it came that way, probably the later.  Also, the permanent label on the front is kind of peeling up on the corner. You'll also notice some scratching to the back of the jersey and a few spots of chipped paint. But, with all that said, it's a piece that I have out on display and show proudly along with my other collectibles.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Latest Puck Junk Podcast: The One In Which Barry Melrose Rises From The Ashes


In the latest Puck Junk Podcast, Sal and I chat about the brand spanking new 7-year TV broadcasting deal the NHL made with ESPN.  We talk about our thoughts, if it's great for hockey and growth of the game, and some suggestions on how ESPN can help market as well as what the NHL can do to.  We also give you an update on a few of the latest hockey cards by Upper Deck, President’s Choice Trading Cards and Topps. 

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I Can't Believe It's Not Cardboard - Highlighting Other Personal Collectibles (Foodland Coupons)


These may look like your average, every day run of the mill 1991-92 Topps hockey cards. But...They're not! 

During the 1991-92 hockey season, Topps partnered with the Foodland grocery store chain in the Pittsburgh area to produce and distribute a sticker set. For four weeks, Topps created a 3-sticker sheet for a total of 12 stickers, that were distributed by the stores. The stickers were attached vertically in a strip and have dotted lines to cut them out. Finding them intact is a pretty difficult feat in my experience and even getting these was difficult because they don't come around too often.  

The reason??  There are two. First, they were simply used as coupons by our moms (or dads, I'm not discriminating). Secondly, the stickers were stuck on our books, binders, lockers, folders, drawers, sticker albums, bikes, helmets, etc. What good is a sticker if you can't stick it, right? When you do find them, it's difficult to get them in a decent condition. Since they had to be cut, many of the tops are off center with only the bottom card of each sheet generally having at least three of the four edges in decent shape (Murphy, Samuelsson, Stevens, Pietrangelo). You'd think the tops would be ok too but each sheet had a tab at the top that also had to be cut. 


If you look at the stickers, they look just like the regular Topps cards however the backs have a coupon for items that include such sundries as olives, dog food, coffee, and peanut butter.  I have no information whether these were eligible for DOUBLING but, nonetheless, saving 50 cents on Kraft Mayonnaise in 1991 seems like a steal.  

Since the backs are the coupons themselves, none of the stickers are numbered and there are no stats. Generally you will find checklists listing them in order of release by week. The checklist looks like this.  

1  Bryan Trottier
2  Joe Mullen
3  Larry Murphy
4  Tom Barrasso
5  Ron Francis
6  Ulf Samuelsson
7  Jaromir Jagr
8  Mario Lemieux
9  Kevin Stevens
10  Mark Recchi
11  Paul Coffey
12  Frank Pietrangelo

This is one of the very few times I will get excited about stickers so relish it.  Also, if anyone has Trottier, Mullen, Murphy, Jagr, Lemieux, or Pietrangelo, I'd gladly take them off your hands. 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Latest Puck Junk Podcast: The One In Which We Say How We Lafeel About Lafreniere


We've hit the halfway mark of the 2020-21 NHL season and all the hobby community wants to know is, is the New York Rangers rookie and first-overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere living up to his initial hobby hype?  Sal and I dive into all things Alexis and figure out just exactly what his slow start means for his long term hobby impact.

Plus, we discuss some player milestones, recent hockey related events, the PSA price increases, some new card releases and the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention being held this year in Chicago.

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