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Hosted by Sal Barry and Tim Parish, the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast focuses on hockey cards, collectibles and culture.
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Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss upcoming hockey releases, such as 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series, plus the 2021-22 O-Pee-Chee, MVP, Upper Deck Series One and Topps Sticker sets. They also talk about this weekend's upcoming Sport Card Expo Virtual Edition and the hockey autograph guests at this summer's National Sports Collectors Convention. It's 90 minutes of hockey goodness!  Show Notes, Links, and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/06/17/podcast-95/
Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for a trading card company and make decisions that influence the product that end up in collectors' hands? This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk with Gregg Kohn, Vice President of Product Development at Leaf Trading Cards, and a former executive with Upper Deck. Gregg talks about working on current sets like Lumber Kings and Pearl Hockey, and reveals many new details about the upcoming Pro Set Memories Hockey card set. Show Notes, Links, and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/06/10/podcast-94/
Thirty years ago was the “Hockey Card Explosion,” when hockey cards skyrocketed in popularity as several new companies entered the market during the 1990-91 season. In the third part of this special podcast series, Sal Barry and Tim Parish take a long look at the 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey set, which was the most-valuable and arguably the most-popular set from that season. Show Notes, Links, and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/06/04/podcast-93/
This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the upcoming Pro Set Memories Hockey card set by Leaf Trading Cards. As fans of Pro Set cards from the 1990s, the guys have quite a bit to say about these new Pro Set cards, which will consist of autographs and serial-numbered buybacks. They also talk about the upcoming Sport Card Expo "Virtual Edition" and recent hockey card releases. It's 85 minutes of pure hockey goodness. Show Notes, Links, and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/05/26/podcast-92/
Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about Target's decision to stop selling sports trading cards in its retail stores. Is the end of retail flipping? And does the hobby need retail packs, anyway? The guys also discuss NFTs, new hockey card releases and Tim FINALLY getting his order from COMC six months later. It's 80 minutes of hockey goodness. Show Notes and Links: https://puckjunk.com/2021/05/20/podcast-91/
Thirty years ago was the “Hockey Card Explosion,” when hockey cards skyrocketed in popularity as several new companies entered the market. In the second part of this podcast series, Sal Barry and Tim Parish examine the often-overlooked 1990-91 Topps and O-Pee-Chee sets, including the insert sets and box bottom cards. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/04/28/podcast-90/
Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the biggest deals to go down during the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, including Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, Jeff Carter and Anthony Mantha. Plus, they discuss COMC problems and The Mighty Ducks: Game Breaker series on Disney+. Show Notes and Links: https://puckjunk.com/2021/04/15/podcast-89/ ‎
Thirty years ago was the "Hockey Card Explosion," when hockey cards skyrocketed in popularity as several new companies entered the market. In this multipart podcast series, Sal Barry and Tim Parish will take a look back at a different set from the 1990-91 season. First up, it is the 1990-91 Bowman Hockey set, which was quite possibly the worst set released that year -- from its dark and uninspired photos, to the questionable player selection, to the "fancy stats" on the back that no one asked for.  Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/04/08/podcast-88/
In the latest Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers series that debuted on Disney+ last week, as well as their thoughts on The Mighty Ducks films from the 1990s. They also take a long, in-depth look at the current state of the hockey card collecting hobby -- including the new breed of hockey card collectors that have sprouted up in the past six months. Plus, the Matthew Tkachuk NFT, referee Tim Peel getting fired and the new NHL Draft Lottery rules. Show Notes and Links:  https://puckjunk.com/2021/03/31/podcast-87/
Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 7-Year television deal between the NHL and ESPN, why this is great for hockey, and what the NHL needs to do to market itself better -- or at least how it could make strides in the right direction. Plus, updates about new hockey cards by Upper Deck, President's Choice Trading Cards and Topps. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/03/16/podcast-86/
Is New York Rangers rookie and first-overall draft pick Alexis Lafreniere living up to his hobby hype? That is the big topic for this week's episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss all things Alexis, plus the PSA price increases, new card releases and the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention. The guys also discuss Keith Yandle, Brent Seabrook, Darryl Sutter, Walter Gretzky and Mark Pavelich. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/03/11/podcast-85/
What goes into creating a set of hockey cards -- from concept to design to everything in between? Billy Celio, the Senior Product Manager for Upper Deck, joins Sal and Tim to discuss how a set of hockey cards is created. Billy also gives details about the new 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series and 2020-21 Skybox Metal Universe sets. Plus, he talks about the inspiration behind the Portraits, Dazzlers and Puzzle Back insert sets. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2021/03/03/podcast-84/
After a three-week hiatus, Sal and Tim are back to talk hockey cards! This time, they discuss the latest releases from Upper Deck, Leaf, Topps and President's Choice Trading Cards. Plus, a look ahead at the upcoming Upper Deck Extended Series -- and how "Event-Used" jersey cards could be better! It's two hours of hockey goodness. Show Notes and Links: https://puckjunk.com/2021/02/25/podcast-83/
In this episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the recent price increases from the U.S. Post Office and PayPal issuing tax forms to "small-time" eBay sellers -- and how these impact the hobby. Plus, they discuss new hockey card releases, Sal's birthday presents and the BVG 10 Bobby Orr rookie card (which, unfortunately, was NOT one of Sal's birthday presents). Episode #82 is 1 hour and 56 minutes of pure hockey goodness! Show Notes and Links: https://puckjunk.com/2021/02/04/podcast-82/
In the first Puck Junk Podcast of 2021, Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about new hockey card sets from Upper Deck, Topps and President's Choice Trading Cards. Plus, a discussion about the recent World Junior Championships and if Upper Deck should make an annual WJC card set. Show Notes and Links: https://puckjunk.com/2021/01/21/podcast-81/
In this special episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry interviews Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, a.k.a. "The Golden Jet." Hull, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, talks about how he and Stan Mikita invented the curved hockey stick, his heated rivalries with John Ferguson and Bryan "Bugsy" Watson, playing advice he gave to his son Brett Hull and the time he suited up for the New York Rangers in 1959 to play in a European exhibition tour. This episode is 23 minutes long. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2020/12/29/podcast-80-bobby-hull/
In our second holiday-themed episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish share stories -- their own and those submitted by listeners -- about getting hockey-related items for Christmas. Karine Hains, Canadiens beat writer for HockeyBuzz.com, joins the guys to tell her tale of an awesome hockey gift she received in 1990. Sal and Tim also talk about the upcoming 2021 NHL season and the fake Alexis Lafreniere hockey cards being sold on eBay. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2020/12/23/podcast-79/
In this special episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are joined by Brian Slagel, the CEO of Metal Blade Records. Brian launched the careers of heavy metal bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, Fates Warning, GWAR and many more. He is also a longtime hockey fan who owns over 800 game-worn hockey jerseys. Brian talks about what it was like going to L.A. Kings games before and during the "Gretzky Era," tracking down-hard-to-find jerseys and how he gave Metallica their first big break. If you like hockey and metal, you're going to love this episode. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2020/12/17/podcast-78
Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the NHL's plans for the upcoming 2021 NHL season, including rumored start dates and division realignment. Then they talk about the recent sale of the O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card that sold for $1.29 million at auction -- and speculate over what could be the next hockey card to sell for $1 million. Show Notes, Links and Images:  https://puckjunk.com/2020/12/14/podcast-77/
After a three-week hiatus, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are back with a new episode of the Puck Junk Hockey Podcast. This time, they talk about the release of 2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards -- and some of the production problems that have plagued the set. The guys also discuss the PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card that will become the most-valuable hockey card of all-time. Plus, new and upcoming releases, "COMC Jail," and more. Show Notes, Links and Images: https://puckjunk.com/2020/12/09/podcast-76/
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