Game Worn Radio: Wives Takeover

This week the guys took a step back and let their wives take over.  This is the first time we have gotten the input from the collector’s significant other’s point of view on the hobby.

From their husbands collecting habits, to money, to their favorite teams and activities, these ladies put it out there to talk about everything game worn.

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16-17 Syracuse Crunch Availability Coming Soon

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The Syrcause Crunch made a great run into the Calder Cup playoffs taking on the Grand Rapid Griffins in the finals.  As some collectors may have seen, Syracuse Crunch Calder Finals Game 1 jerseys have already been listed for auction on eBay the the AHL.  

In an effort to keep you as informed as possible, these are the white and blue sets from the 2016-17 year.

Regular Season/Playoff White + Game 2 Calder Finals
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White Finals Game 6
Blue Finals Game 4 and 5
White Finals Game 1 (AHL)
Blue Finals Game 3 (AHL)

Ultimately, there will be 2 whites with the Calder Cup finals patch, 1 blue and 1 blue with Calder Cup finals patch made available by the Crunch.  While details are still being worked out with the release method, we will keep you informed as the decisions are being made.

Adidas Hockey Jersey Teasers Trend on Twitter

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In case you have been living under a rock the past couple days, Adidas has launched their social media campaign for the launch of their new jersey line for the NHL with the hashtag on twitter #FormTheFuture.

Unfortunately, even with all the shares, retweets, likes, etc, there hasnt been anything spectacular to report until this morning.  You will most likely be seeing these teasers until the announcement.  Every single team sharing the crest image is nothing you wouldnt already expect to see.

However, some teams have shown teasers this morning of the back branding logo which gives us a peak into some of the material going into the jerseys.

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Some collectors have been reminded of the Reebok Edge 1.0 issues, and seeing some of the material from the back photos became curious what that material in the photos are.  Luckily, in the same photos, you can also see more breathable material surrounding the logos.  

Once thing is certain, their campaign is pretty successful so far at creating hype leading up to the reveal.  It appears the official reveal is June 20th.

2017 St Louis Blues Equipment Sale

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By Jason Doc Noyes

This was my 3rd Blues equipment sale and it seems to get bigger and crazier every year.  When the sale was announced initially, it said there would be limits on certain things but didn’t say what.  I guessed helmets and gloves, as those are the biggest things people fight over.

A few days before the sale the Blues put out one helmet and one pair of gloves per person.  Season ticket holders would get in at 11 and everyone else 12 pm.

I checked in with a few friends who were going. One was getting a hotel the night before and planned on getting there at about 5am.  I planned on arriving at 7am..  I have an hour and a half drive so as I decided to leave I checked Facebook and saw posts of a few people in line.  Some got there at 10pm the day before, others at midnight.

Game Worn Radio: Technology in the Hobby

Due to some technical issues this episode joins the guys already in discussion.  They were talking about the differences adn events that happened in the early days of collecting and how even though some collectors view those days as the ‘glory days’, today’s era may be the best.

This topic will be discussed again in a future show so everyone can hear some stories regarding the previous years.

The show moving forward discusses how technology has assisted collectors in becoming more educated and making research easier which can consider recent years as the best years in the hobby.

Since Bobby cannot join on Mondays, we are considering a new time to start the show.

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MSU Garage Sale Pricing Plan

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This lead to a series of staged discounts until all the big ticket items sold.

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What do you think of this strategy?

Goal Scored Pucks Increasing Demand Increase Price

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Within the past year or two, there as been a huge increase in the demand for goal scored pucks, which naturally have increased prices.  Items that once were looked at as more of a novelty and took time to sell now have waiting lists.

This year, we have seen an explosion of demand for goal scored pucks with prices ranging from $50 to $1,000 per puck.  There are dedicated groups to goal scored pucks and they continuously pop up on game worn jersey groups.

MeiGray has been auctioning them off consistently from their teams and special events can be found on NHL Auctions.  Some teams are not as easy to get.  It might take knowing an email address and emailing as soon as the goal happens.  Others might require physical presence at a store.

Not all teams engage in marketing and selling goal scored pucks but some teams throughout other leagues have begun to participate, such as the AHL and ECHL.  In previous years, many of these offerings were limited to special events such as all-star games.

What has been the driving force behind the popularity?  Is it the small size, easy for displaying?  Are people more interested in buying them as others display their top end goal scorers?  Its the increase in availability a by-product of the demand or is it a driving force that creates awareness?  How long will this trend last?

Collectors for their Community: Make-A-Wish

We love when we see collectors getting involved in their community and taking up great causes.  Last year, Stephen Brooks participated in the Great Lakes Summer Classic Hockey Game to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (wish.org) in which they were able to raise enough money to grant 2 wishes.

This year’s Great Lakes Summer Classic Hockey Game is July 29th and Stephen is participating again.  If you are in the area, you can attend the game for $5.  You can also add your donation directly to the game by contacting Amy Cole or you can contact Stephen to combine your donation with his.