Hockey Cards Master Class is a podcast series that provides an in-depth breakdown of the eras, sets, players and cards that have defined and shaped the hockey card collecting hobby. This series is brought to you by The Hockey Cards Gongshow and enlists some of the hobby's most knowledgeable, respected and revered experts. These Master Classes cover the gamut of pre-war, vintage, modern and ultra-modern hockey cards.
Ep. 1 - 1980's O-Pee-Chee Hockey with Eitan Shapiro aka "TheSportsCardCartel"
The last great era where O-Pee-Chee dominated the hockey card market and ushered in the "junk wax" years, these hockey sets featured legendary rookies like Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy. The Cartel weaves us through the decade and what made each year unique. Some designs have stood the test of time, while others remain undeniably 80's. This Master Class begins at (31:40) of the episode.
Ep. 4 - 90's Hockey Inserts with Frank Porco
90's Hockey inserts, collector and expert Frank Porco takes you through the beginning of modern sports cards design and technology that started in the mid-to-late 1990's. From the first pack pulled autos, refractors and game used materials, 90's hockey inserts represent not only some of the NHL's most legendary players, but some of the coolest cards.
Ep. 2 - The 1951-63 Parkhurst Run with Jeremy Lee
After a 10 year absence due to World War II, Parkhurst issues in the return of hockey cards with some of the games most iconic rookie cards from "Mr. Hockey" Gordie Howe to Maurice Richard. Jeremy Lee covers then entire Parkhurst run from 1951-1963 detailing the evolution in card designs, key rookies and the split between Canadian and U.S. players. Start listening to Jeremy's Parkhurst Master Class at (37:30) of the episode.
Ep. 5 - The Cup Part 2 with Mitch Gropman 2010/11 - 2015/16
The Cup expert Mitch Gropman is back continuing our journey through the releases of hockey's most premier product. Starting with the 2010/11 release year, Mitch guides us through notable rookies, product changes and the introduction of NHL legends into The Cup....culminating with the 2015/16 release feature Connor McDavid.
Ep. 3 - The Cup Part 1 2005/06 - 2009/10 with Mitch Gropman
The Cup expert and mega collector Mitch Gropman will take you through the first five editions of modern hockey's most valuable and important set starting with the iconic 2005 rookie class that includes Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, and running through the 2009/10 set year.
Ep. 6 - The Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card with Jeremy Lee
At first glance the 1979 Topps & O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie cards look almost identical, but they are not. Gretzky rookie expert Jeremy Lee details the differences, how to spot fakes, assess condition and gives insight into they both the Topps & O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie cards are the most iconic rookies in the hockey card hobby.