Behind the Jersey: Yale University National Champions 2013

by Chuck Eckels

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The Yale University Bulldogs decided many years ago that the emphasis of their University would be on academics and not athletics. Ivy League schools offer no athletic scholarships unlike other Division One Schools. This is a recruiting nightmare for any Yale coach. It is no different for former Yale goalie and Yale hockey coach Keith Allain.

While the no scholarship is no longer the burden it once was there are still very high academic standards a student must have to gain admission to the university. The final hurdle is competing with Harvard. Given a choice of Yale or Harvard, most recruits will pick Harvard. Recruiting is an issue for all Ivy League coaches. Unable to recruit the 6′ 5″ Eric Lindros types, Yale opted for the smaller guys with speed. This move paid off. The 2011 squad had 28 victories, was ranked number in the hockey polls but unfortunately the season ended much too soon.

Red Wings Equipment Sale 2017: Pay for Patchwork

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The Setup
This year at the Detroit Red Wings sale, season ticket holders were able to enter at 10am and the general public entered at 11am with phone orders starting at 2pm.  In order to enter early, season ticket holders had to rsvp through a link in their email using ONLY the account holders name and only that person would be allowed in. (If you pay for 4 seats, you still only have one entry, the account holder).  In line, season ticket holder IDs would be matched against the RSVP list and then wrist banded.

One large change to the sale this year was the limitation of one current year jersey per person.  If you wanted another after paying, you would have to leave the store and get back in the general public line, this included season ticket holders.  If you caught our discussion on our Game Worn Radio facebook stream, I anticipated that this would allow me to arrive later in the day than usual.

The Timing
I showed up shortly after 8am and ended up being about 8th in line for the general public.  There were about 5 season ticket holders there.  Of the 12 people there, I was already familiar with 8 of them as we have all talked about the sale prior and we generally knew what everyone else wanted.  It seemed the perfect time to arrive.

2016-17 Syracuse Crunch Thirds Auction Underway

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The Syracuse Crunch jersey auction for the 2016-17 Thirds is underway.  The auction ends Monday, May 15th at 9pm.  This is a great opportunity to build your collection of current and future Tampa Bay Lightning players.

To view the entire auction, head to http://www.syracusecrunch.com/auctions/ and make sure you keep hitting the “Load More” button.  You can view the items as a list or grid format.  Place your bids today and dont miss out!

Game Worn Radio: Team Sales Wrapping Up a Season

This is the time of year that is both the best and worst time of the hobby.  Teams have their equipment sales and jersey auctions.  Its a great time because the jerseys and equipment we have seen the players use all year finally become available.  Many collectors begin to sell items from their collections in order to finance new sales and the reports and accounts of new purchases.  Mail days a plenty.

Unfortunately this time also brings out a more competitive side to the hobby and pits collectors against other collectors.  Some collectors begin to dislike practices exercised by other collectors and sometimes collectors can feel disrespected by others actions, even if that is not the intent.  

I find it is important to understand at this time that in addition to collecting, and those we see throughout the hobby have many other things going on in their lives that we do not know about.  Every person interprets a situation differently and thats OK.  What is not OK is making assumptions about truth when you do not have all the facts.

2017 Team Sale Dates

cutIts that time of the year when teams start having their equipment sales.  As we stumble across team sale info or it is submitted to us, we will keep you updated on the dates to be aware of.

Colorado Avalanche – May 5th
There will be an assortment of equipment on hand, including game-issued sticks, gloves, skates and much more.
Visit Altitude Authentics between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday to view the full selection of available equipment and clearance merchandise.

University of Michigan – May 6.
The University of Michigan ice hockey program’s annual garage sale will now take place on Saturday, May 6, at Yost Ice Arena. Doors open at 8 a.m. The date was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 15. Practice jerseys, new and used Nike apparel, sticks, skates and other hockey equipment will be available for purchase.” Game helmets were already sold.

Missouri Mavericks – May 6th
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Rockford Ice Hogs – May 13
The Rockford IceHogs announced they are hosting their annual offseason Garage Sale and Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held on the arena floor at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Fans can get their hands on many unique IceHogs items at this year’s Garage Sale, including practice and game-worn jerseys, hockey sticks and other player-used equipment. Many items are priced below $10 for the event, and select merchandise from the IceHogs’ 2016-17 season will also be dramatically marked down on Saturday in preparation for next year’s incoming inventory.

Detroit Red Wings – May 13
DETROIT RED WINGS ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SALE SATURDAY, MAY 13 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM HOCKEYTOWN AUTHENTICS 1845 E. BIG BEAVER RD., TROY, MI 48083
Season ticket holder early access: One RSVP per account I.D. required at check-in Offer limited to one 2016-17 regular season jersey per person

Calgary Flames – May 27th
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A Lesson Learned in the Proper Handling of Jerseys

After the Winter Classic, it has been reported that the St Louis Blues jerseys were placed in a bag, unwashed until sold by Fanatics.  There were two sets of jerseys being handled by Fanatics, 1st period and 2nd period.  

Auctioned first was the first period jerseys.  The listing was created and started prior to the game being played.  A stock photo was used in the listing and never updated.

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It is unknown how long it took the jerseys to arrive to fanatics, but there have been reports that the jerseys were shipped without being washed.  Unfortunately, it does not appear that Fanatics took proper care with the jerseys upon receiving them by washing and hanging them.  That resulted in the following:

As you can see, mold has started to take place.  The original owner of the jersey returned it to Fanatics who then sold the jersey as-is.  The new owner received the jersey and washed it to neutralize the mold, unfortunately the damage has already been done and the jersey has been permanently stained.

Looking at the 2nd period jersey listings, it appears that these jerseys were also left in bags and taken out to be photographed.  Its hard to identify mold, but it does not appear that any additional care was taken for these jerseys, such as a simple wash and hang.img-2117009-f

Let this be a nice note for anyone receiving jerseys from the “Off the back” events.  Once you receive the jersey, machine cold wash, hang dry, and store properly.

 

Game Worn Radio: Recent and Upcoming Auctions, SCF Jerseys

This week, the panel discussed some of the recently closed auctions and some of the upcoming auction offerings.  We also discussed Stanley Cup Finals patched jerseys and some of the quirks that come with patching jerseys.

We also had a bit of a teaser regarding the possibility of future expo planning.

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Shipping Advice and Etiquette

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Jersey transactions are happening less in person, and more often than not, involve a shipping service.  Shipping creates an additional cost to the transaction and there are many ways to ship.  When dealing with transactions and shipping, it is good practice to adhere to the following concepts regarding shipping etiquette.

Liability Cost
First and foremost, when negotiating a sale, it is important to indicate which party will cover shipping.  

As a buyer, if the price is not indicated as “includes shipping”, it is best to anticipate that the seller will most likely expect you to cover shipping costs.  In this scenario, you can advise the seller how you would like your item shipped and if you desire insurance.  When you pay for shipping, the shipping expense is at your discretion.  You could be cheap and request that it is shipped in a bag without insurance, standard shipping practice (listed below), or a custom requested shipping method the seller feels comfortable with.

As a seller, it is helpful to advise in your listing who will cover shipping.  If you elect to cover shipping, remember we are in a global market, so address the locations you are willing to cover.  While covering the shipping charges, the burden of insurance will be placed on you.  You can elect to forego insurance, but if you do, missing shipments, damage, etc will become your burden.

Shipping Standards
When shipping, smaller packages and bags or padded envelopes are less expensive to ship, however, damage comes at a higher risk.  Opened packages, tearing and exposure to elements are the risks potentially faced.

 At a minimum, your standard shipping method should be in a box large enough to fold the jersey and have it lay flat which can also include documentation.  The medium flat-rate USPS boxes or 14″x11″x3″ are satisfactory.  Though not required, it is recommended to wrap the jersey in a bag.  Ziploc or garbage would work.  This helps protect it from the rare event in which weather elements reach your package.  Include the LOA in a binder sleeve, laid flat at the bottom.  NEVER fold your LOAs to ship them.

Tape your edges and corners well.  Nobody wants to receive a partially open box.

Even you can be a good shipper if you follow these guidelines:

  • Be explicit when it comes to who is responsible for shipping.
  • Always ship in a box unless that comfortably fits the folded jersey unless otherwise negotiated.
  • If you are the one paying for shipping, insurance liability is on you.
  • Be generous with the tape.  Most boxes have 2 sets of flaps which will protect your items when opened.

Got other shipping tips?  Let us know!