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Marc Gratton was kind enough to share his experience with us:
The 11th annual MeiGray Expo was held at the Raritan Community College on July 19th. For a $30 entry fee, you had the opportunity to view incredible collections from fellow collectors, meet Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube, see an awesome Wayne Gretzky jersey display from the Hockey Hall of Fame and get a free blank pro jersey. One of the biggest changes this year (although probably not planned) was there were no ‘dealers’ at the show.
MeiGray president Barry Meisel had some 1994 NY Rangers memorabilia for sale (as per the posts prior to the Expo) and collector Jason Seidl had purchased a “dealer” table, but I didn’t see/know what was for sale nor I didn’t see any price lists. The lack of dealers meant more collector tables and displays from the MeiGray group.
While it’s always fun to see the returning collector tables and their massive collections of Caps, Devils, Flyers, Bruins, Rangers, Red Wings, Phantoms, Team USA and Goalie jerseys, it was also entertaining to check out new faces with their interesting collections. The ‘trade table’ also had some action throughout the day.
The Gretzky display was impressive with Wayne’s Brantford jersey, the infamous “Burger King” and the mis-spelled “Gretkzy” which I remembered seeing on display at the Hall of Fame a few years ago. One display that was a fan favorite was the “Fabrics of the Game” exhibit which showed most of the jersey types by fabric from the antique wool ones to the Edge 2.0 and Nike Swift jerseys from today. Adding the Euro styles (like Tackla 80s, 90s, windstopper, etc.) would make this exhibit complete.
This years’ guest, Craig Berube was very interesting and didn’t shy off answering tough questions. After the grab bag box opening pow-wow at 1pm, the show started to die down a bit as some people either went for lunch or headed to MeiGray to stand in line for the summer sale. By 3pm, most of the people had left and the collector tables were packing their shirts for the sale or ride trip home.
At the warehouse, collectors were scavenging their wanted jerseys, looking through the aisles of shirts (some stacked 8 feet in the air), sifting through the ‘clearance’ sections and waiting in line to pay for their new acquisitions. As usual, the MeiGray crew welcomes you at the show and warehouse with opening arms, and I always like that Barry is on the floor, greeting and thanking collectors that have made the trip (9-hour drive for me) to join in the fun. But the most important part of the Expo, is to meet and talk to fellow collectors, young and old, rookies and veterans, about the hobby we love. Every year, I see ‘old’ friends and make new ones for the years to come. If you’ve never been to an Expo, you should try to head on for the 12th edition in 2015.
The collection of Gretzky game worn jerseys.