Collector Interview: Brett Marciasini

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When we put the word out on our Facebook page, Brett was one of the first people to let us know he would be willing to let us interview him. I have not had as much interaction with Brett as I have with some other collectors so interviews like this are really good to learn about collectors you may not be as familiar with!

GameWorn: What do you do for a living?
Brett Marciasini: I’m a Director for a diagnostic medical supply company, mostly doing HR and international sales.

GW: What is your favorite beer?
BM: Believe it or not, I’m 35 years old and have never tasted a beer. I don’t drink any alcohol. If I did, based on the answer to the next question, I would probably be a lush every April.

GW: What is your favorite team?
BM: St. Louis Blues

GW: Who is your favorite player?
BM: Currently, Kevin Shattenkirk. He was traded to the Blues while we are at the hospital welcoming my son into the world, I think that is one of the main reasons I have really wanted to collect him, I’ve also always liked the #22. My All-Time favorite is still Al MacInnis.

GW: When and how did you get started collecting?
BM: Started with football and baseball autographs about 10 years ago before moving into game used bats and football cleats. Everything really spiraled out of control from there. I started collecting game used Blues items about 3 years ago.

GW: What makes up the bulk of your collection?
BM: My collection is made of game used stuff from my favorite teams, the Blues, Green Bay Packers, and Texas Rangers. As far as hockey goes I mainly collect a handful of Blues players and goal scored pucks by Blues players. I’m really trying to get a Blues goal on every teams logo puck. I currently have 49 goal pucks.That is my biggest conquest at the moment. You can see it all on my website www.collectingthenote.com.

GW: If money was no issue, what is the one jersey you would want?
BM: While a MacInnis or Hull is actually achievable, if money was no issue, it would be a Gretzky Blues jersey. Never have heard of one being in the hobby.

GW: What is your favorite jersey in your collection?
BM: This is a tie. My first Blues jersey was a an a bsolutely hammered TJ Oshie jersey that was worn during his NHL debut and the games he scored his first two goals in. It’s cool to own a jersey that should probably be hanging in the player’s house. This jersey would be tied with my three Shattenkirk jerseys from the Sochi Olympics, my Shat-Trick as I call them.

GW: What is your favorite thing about the hobby?
BM: My favorite thing is the friendships I’ve made with other collectors. There are a handful of guys I’ve never even met in person that I would consider as really good friends. I’d trust them with anything and would welcome them into my home. They are always willing to help since I live so far away from my favorite teams. The second greatest thing is when you put in tons of research looking at photos and you find that one stick mark or scratch that is a perfect photo match to the item in your collection. It’s truly an awesome feeling that only a game used collector would understand.

GW: Do you go to or have you gone to any Expos/Shows?
BM: I went to the first Bay Area expo a couple years back in San Jose. It was really cool seeing some great jerseys and meeting a couple of the guys I have traded with. I hope to see more hockey related events in the area. Outside of the relatively small (when scaled to the population) group of diehard Sharks fans, Northern California is kind of a black hole for hockey.

GW: What would you like to see for the future of the hobby?
BM: For me, I’d like to see more equipment available from the Blues. Living in California its nearly impossible to get a crack at helmets, skates, and gloves unless they end up on an auction (where they go for crazy money). As it stands now, getting lucky or overpaying are the main options.
I would also like to see all teams offering goal scored pucks for sale. There were quite a few new teams that added a program this past year and I was able to get some really good pucks. I hope some more jump on the bandwagon this season.

GW: What are your hobbies outside of collecting?
BM: Outside of my family, my biggest passions are big game hunting, fishing, and attending sporting event s, especially Packers and Blues games.