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!

2017 Game Worn Hockey Expo Chicago Review

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There is far too much to say about the 2017 Game Worn Hockey Expo held in Chicago.  To get a good audio glimpse, check out our episode of Game Worn Radio.  To assist with your viewing pleasure, please check out the pictures below.  We have pictures of not only the expo, but the other events from the weekend as well.

Lastly we recorded some ramblings from our Friday night gathering.  Our original intent was to edit it for content, but due to time and effort, here it is, raw.  This will also be loaded to our iTunes Podcast.

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Game Worn Radio: Chicago Expo Review

This week we were joined by Francis, Dan, Tom and Jason who attended the expo and Matt and Marco who did not.  We talked a bit about the things we saw and our experiences at the expo and the importance behind attending these shows.

Words can’t describe attending an event like this, but we did our best and we hope we convey the message appropriately.

Later this week, we will publish our recording from the pre-expo gathering that happened in Pete’s hotel room.

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Last Call for Expo Raffle Tickets

Online raffle ticket sales end on Saturday April 8th at 10am CST in order to give us plenty of time to check entries and make tickets for the draw.

To purchase tickets, use the paypal checkout system located in this article: 2017 Game Worn Expo Raffle which also contains a list of most of the prizes that will be available.  There may be some last minute additions.

Dont risk forgetting and missing out.  Purchase today!

Note:  Those attending the expo will have the ability to purchase tickets for both the open raffle and the drop-cup raffle up to 30 minutes before the draw.  At the expo, we will be accepting cash, credit, and paypal transfers.

Tips for Traveling with Jerseys

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With the 2017 Game Worn Hockey Jersey Expo this weekend in Chicago, many collectors are seeking advice on how to most successfully and easily pack your things for a trip.  Strategies can vary depending on travel method and the items you are carrying.  The most difficult method of travel is by air which is what we will focus on.

Challenges

Be familiar with your airlines baggage policies.

Weight:
Many airlines charge you by the bag for each checked piece of luggage you have (unless you are a frequent traveler).  These checked bags have weight restrictions or additional costs beyond 50 lbs.  You are also usually allowed 1 carry-on item and 1 personal item.

Your carry-on bags are not weighed, so plan your carry-on luggage carefully.  Research the maximum size roller bag allowed on your airline and bring one that size or smaller.  Your personal item can be something like a briefcase or bookbag.  Lets stretch the term book bag and envision a duffel bag or large camping size book bag.

Risk:
Since we are not weight restricted on these carry-on items, we want to pack as much as we can in these bags, starting with our highest dollar first.  If we keep our most expensive or most attached items in our carry-on, they will be with us at all times.  This will alleviate stress if a bag routing issue occurs.  Also, keep in mind, checked bags are picked up on luggage carousels with nobody checking tags.

Your less important items can be purchased on destination.  Clothing, hygienics, chargers and other personal items can be replaced.  Your jerseys cannot.  Your checked baggage can be reserved for these items and more, less valuable items or jerseys such as pucks, strategically packed gear and jerseys.

Space:
Since we will be packing most of our items in our carry-on bags that are not weight restricted, we need to maximize every inch of space those bags allow.  When packing, the thing that takes up the most space is air.  Yes, air.  Our objective is to take air out of the equation.

Enter the vacuum cleaner and large freezer ziploc bags.  Fold your jerseys you will be packing in your carry-ons in a way that they will sit flat inside the freezer bag.  A square or rectangular shape is best as pictured below.  Place your jersey in the bag and zip it up half way.  Put your most narrow attachment on the hose of your vacuum and place just the nozzle in the bag.  Turn on the vacuum.  As the air is sucked from the bag, your jersey will compress.  Make sure to keep a hand on the jersey and nozzle to avoid sucking the jersey into the nozzle.  Try to keep the jersey at the bottom of the bag, farthest from the nozzle.  When no more air can be sucked from the bag, zip the rest of the bag up while removing the nozzle.

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You should now have the smallest package possible to place inside your carry-on luggage.  Pack your roller bag first, then your book bag, starting with your most expensive jersey and working down to the least.  Anything left, place in your checked bag.

Checked Bags:
Gear takes up a lot of space but does not weigh much.  You can utilize the space in gear to pack other things.  Stuff a T-shirt in a helmet.  Put your socks in the gloves.  Once you have tried to utilize the space in the gear you are bringing, its time to tetis the crap out of this bag.

Many bags have internal holding straps.  Utilize these.  Dont worry about the bulge.  Once you have packed your items, we will take care of the bulge with baggage straps.  Wrap your bag in 2 clip release baggage straps.  Once at the top 1/4 and one at the bottom 1/4.  Not only with this keep the bulge in check, it can help deter TSA from opening your back to inspect your items and ruining your packing job and it gives the baggage handlers something else to hold on to when moving your page, thus preventing risk of damage.

You are now ready to travel with your jerseys.  Good luck!

2017 Game Worn Expo Chicago Updates: Food & Drink

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Previous versions of our Everything You Need To Know About The 2017 Game Worn Expo Chicago article indicated that there will be a cash bar available.  While this is still true, from 11am – 2pm, our 21 and older guests will be able to order domestic drafts, house wines, and wells and mixers at the open bar after receiving wrist bands at the door, included with your entry to the event. (Please plan accordingly and make arrangements for driving such as negotiating a DD, Uber, or Taxi)

Lunch will be served near 11:30am as a BBQ buffet including baby back ribs, sliced brisket, salad, baked beans and cole slaw.

We still have a few more tricks up our sleeve so stay tuned.