Beginner’s Guide

When you are just starting out in the hobby, you may noticed that the terminology throughout the hobby might places references on items in manners that you are unfamiliar.  In this guide, we will try to break down various parts of the collecting hobby for you to make it easy to understand and communicate with your fellow collector.  This guide may reference some terms you are not familiar with.  Please check our glossary if you need help!

Jersey Types

Authentic:  An authentic jersey is a jersey of the same manufacturer and model as the team uses on the ice.  Letters/Namebars will be stitched on, fight straps will be in place, and elbows will be stitched.  These jerseys are not stitched by the team, but by the manufacturer for sale.

Event Worn:  An event worn jersey is a jersey that was prepared for a player to wear for a specific occasion, but not used for a game.  These jerseys CAN include replicas.

Game Issued:  A game issued jersey is a jersey that was prepared for a player by the team, but never worn.  Reasons could be that the jersey was prepared before a player got traded, injured, retired, or sent to a farm team.

Game Worn:  A game worn jersey is a jersey that was prepared for a player and worn by said player in an league game.

Replica:  A replica jersey is any type of fan jersey that does not fit in the Authentic category.  You will see numerous manufacturers in the replica industry.  Any manufacturer’s jersey that is not made by the league’s manufacturer is automatically a replica.  The league’s manufacturer may also produce replicas, which would be off-model jerseys.

There is still some room for interpretation for each collector.  Some collectors will describe warm-up jerseys and practice jerseys as game worn because they were worn by the player on game day in preparation for the game.  Other collectors describe these as event worn because these jerseys were not actually worn in the game itself.

Purchasing Advice

When considering the purchase of a jersey, it is always recommended to do your own research.  Authentication of game worn jerseys has gotten easier with modern jerseys as teams have begun to tag their jerseys and some even track them.  Older jerseys can be difficult to authenticate.

While researching a jersey, it is important to do your research on the correct tagging on the jersey for the era, the model of the jersey, nameplate style, stitching and logos.  You can cross reference your research with pictures from game action as well as trusted sale records of similar jerseys.

If you are unsure about a jersey, ask someone, unless you are willing to take the risk of loss.

Payments and Deals

  • For 3rd party deals, always assume that the buyer is responsible for the shipping costs of an item unless otherwise explicitly stated.  For example, a seller may ask for “$300 shipped” which would absolve the purchaser of shipping costs.
  • Items indicated with prices as “shipped” should be assumed that the shipped price only applies to shipping within the sellers current country.
  • Sending money as a gift via PayPal means that there is no recourse for a deal gone bad and your money will not be recoverable.  This method should only be used among good friends.
  • Due to the nature of the hobby where each jersey is unique, it is a very fluid market.  In this instance, it is widely expected to list a price with your item for sale.  If you are asking for trades on an item, you will want to narrow the scope of what you are looking for in trade.
  • Avoid pushy sellers.  A good seller will not rush you, will supply references and additional pictures upon request.  A pushy seller can be an indication of a red flag.
  • A good buyer will not submit an offer they cannot follow through out.  Do not obtain a poor buyer reputation.
  • If a buyer is no longer interested in a jersey they are inquiring about, they should indicate this to the seller.  If a potential buyer ends communication without closure, this can be considered “tire kicking”.