Game Worn Radio: World Hockey Jerseys and Nick Viris

We had Nick Viris of Game Worn Hockey jerseys call in from Greece at 4am his time to talk about some o the things that happened in the old days of hockey jersey collecting with stories about equipment managers selling and pocketing cash.

We also discussed some of the issues people are seeing while working with world hockey jerseys and explored the difference and the tolerance required when working with people of different cultures.

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Nick Viris on Game Worn Radio 11/21

On November 21st, Nick Viris has asked to be a guest on the show.  Nick Viris runs World Hockey Jerseys that you may have seen on eBay on the account whj_canada.

Nick is planning to talk about his experiences he had working with hockey as an assistant trainer with Team Canada in the 90’s and collecting back then, where things were peddled by trainers and equipment staff out the back door, and some other good stories of back then.

Additionally, I am sure there will be some write in questions and discussion regarding the World Hockey Jerseys and sales.

If you would like to submit any questions to Nick or talk about the show, join us on the Game Worn Radio Facebook Group.

Muskegon, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids Proxy Bidders

As many of you know, many teams have auctions for specialty jerseys right after their games.  In order to place a bid, you must be present.  In order to compensate for this, Gameworn.us teams up with collectors from the local area to help others who cannot make it to the game place their bid.  Using our escrow system, bidders and buyers can feel safe knowing that they will get their item or not get stuck paying for someone elses bid.

For only $15 per game, you can place your maximum bid deposit with Gameworn.us and once the results are in, you will either have your maximum bid returned or you will get your jersey and whatever amount remains from your bid.

Our upcoming games with a proxy bidder are:

11/11/17 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Military Night

11/25/17 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Fury Night

2/10/18 – Kalamazoo K-Wings Grateful Dead Jersey Night

3/2/18 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Dr. Seuss Night

3/31/18 – Muskegon Lumberjacks Fight Cancer Night

4/7/18 – Kalamazoo K-Wings The specialty Affiliate Jersey Night

4/14/18 – Grand Rapids Griffins Season Finale

If you would like to arrange for proxy bidding, please use our contact form.

Game Worn Radio: Helping a Fellow Collector, Team Program Changes

Earlier in the day, a fellow collector listed a jersey for sale in order to raise money for his son’s headstone. The community saw this and created a GoFundMe campaign in order to help this collector with the costs instead of selling the jersey. The community kicked the campaign’s ass and the goal was beat very quickly.

The campaign creator was on the show to tell us about the conversation he had with the collector.

After discussing the campaign, we talked about a few other things going on in the hobby and among various teams.

Sneak Peak: Northeast Hockey Expo Review

As we work on our latest article for the 2017 Northeast Hockey Expo, we thought we would give you a little sneak peak.

In previous years, we have been asked not to cover the Northeast Hockey Expo.  It is generally a gathering reserved for collectors by invitation in Boston that focuses on collectors that contain a collegiate hockey focus.

Coming soon, we will have some great additional information regarding this annual exclusive event.

Jamie Rivers on the Hunt for Jerseys

CaptureJamie Rivers, former NHLer is on the hunt for a couple of his previous game worn jerseys:

This could be a tall order considering he played one game in the Coyotes jersey and 19 in the Panthers jersey. If you have seen them or know where they are, feel free to reach out to Jamie on Twitter and let us know how it goes.

Matching Wear to the Moment

One of the most pain staking tasks some of our collectors engage in is tracking down specific artifacts of wear down to the specific event they happened.  For fight damage, such as the pictures above, this can be extremely easy.  However, for some of the most robust collectors out there, those marks can be tracked down to a specific shot on a goalie jersey or a slash on a player jersey.

For these more intricate artifacts of wear, collectors can go through hours of game footage to track down the specific moment.  Unfortunately, pictures do not always tell the tale.  

Why would someone do this?  After many hours of research, the collector can find great talking points and history behind the jersey.  Maybe that mark was made by a player who took a penalty that lost a game due to the power play goal?  Maybe the goal tender made an amazing save off a star player and it left a mark.  

Its not always about the jersey itself, or knowing a jersey was worn in a specific game, but showing a specific moment that has been frozen in time by the marks made on a jersey can paint a larger picture.

Panthers to Fanatics, Blues to Direct

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That face you make when your team signs up with fanatics to sell their game worn equipment and jerseys.

Based on messages left by representatives within each organization, it has been identified that the St Louis Blues will begin to offer their game worn jerseys and equipment direct through a couple different mediums.

The Florida Panthers will now be represented by Fanatics who have acquired some of the previous year jerseys and equipment as well.

This comes as a relief to the St Louis Blues collectors who have voiced their displeasure about their interactions with fanatics.  We have yet to see how fanatics will be handling their new team moving forward.  Will they continue the same tactics they developed with the Blues?  We will know soon enough.