This is the first article in the “Hall or Fame” / “Hall of Shame” series where Gameworn.us will feature stories highlighting the best and the worst experiences in game worn collecting.
Sourced by a series of collector submissions: On March 26, 2015, the following jersey was offered on a Facebook group. Screen Image.
Not game worn (except by me) but a truly unique Giacomin jersey that I had made up in Cosby’s in 1973 or 1974, before licensing agreements. $500.
In June, the exact same jersey (photomatched to a loose thread) appeared at auction as a gameworn jersey at GreyFlannel:
Early 1970s Eddie Giacomin New York Rangers Game-Used Home Durene Jersey (Rare)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, Giacomin was one of the greatest Ranger goaltenders leading the league in shutouts in 1967, 1968 and 1971 and sharing the Vezina Trophy in 1971 as well. On the inner rear left tail is the “GERRY cosby” distributor’s tag with flag tag size “48”. Diagonally across the front reads “RANGERS”. Across the back is the player name “GIACOMIN”. Adjacent below and on each sleeve is the goalie number “1”. All lettering and numbering is done in blue on red tackle twill. The jersey is properly tagged, was presented to us as game-used and in our opinion shows appropriate use.
The greyflannel auction closed on June 24, 2015 and the final price for the jersey was $8567. Multiple collectors have contacted greyflannel to inform them of the issues with this non game-worn jersey. GreyFlannel has not responded to any inquiries.
Update: About a week after attempting to contact Grey Flannel, a handful of collectors were notified that this auction was finally removed from the listings.