On last nights show, with gift giving right around the corner, we discussed the various places where collectors can purchase game worn jerseys (in the hopes that our friends and family are listening of course). We covered the standard places, teams, distributors, auctions and even expanded to some lesser known possibilities.
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Its no surprise to anyone that I collect Luke Glendening jerseys, but what many may not know or understand is WHY do I collect his jerseys. In this new series we will start writing at GameWorn.us, we will feature the stories behind WHY collectors that collect specific players choose to collect in that manner. I will start with my story.
I’ve been in Toledo all my life. I have always loved hockey but never played until I was 26. In Toledo, we had the Storm, then hockey went away for a while before it came back as the Toledo Walleye. I didn’t start collecting hockey jerseys until the summer of 2011, which was just in time to get my feet wet for the 2012-13 season when I would be able to witness the first player that severely peaked my interest.
Its easy to want to collect the big name players, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Shanahan, etc. Every once in a while you get to see something different. Something unique.
Luke Glendening began playing in Toledo in 2012-13. He scored 14 goals with 7 assists in the 27 games he played with the team, so he was definitely making an impact. Most games, he was easily identifiable as the hardest working player on the ice. His backstory revealed even more.
Continuing from the previous auction at Steiner, their currently active auction that closes on Dec 11th includes more Brodeur and Keenan items.
We get to see more gloves, pads, skates, sticks, pants and even personal items from one of the best goalies ever in the NHL.
Keeping up with the amazing goalie theme, one amazing piece they have comes with a meet and greet from the owner of the item. Henrik Lundqvist’s rookie year practice mask. Owned by Lundqvist himself, the winner of the auction will not only get the mask he wore for practices during his rookie year, which he placed a camera inside to review and learn, but they will also receive the item, personally from Lundqvist.
This link will take you directly to the game worn hockey items. Other notable lots to view are items for the Lundqvist foundation and awards.
Tagging is great on jerseys, but it can be very important to actually cross reference the numbers on the tag to make sure it describes the appropriate jersey.
Here, we have an item that was listed on eBay described as a game worn Jonathan Toews jersey, no LOA. Joe was able to cross-reference the number in the tag on this jersey to an Andrew Brunette from 2011-12. The consensus here is that the jersey either had the numbers and name changed or the tag was removed from the original jersey and applied to an authentic.
Either way, while you are out there, always check the tags, especially if the price is too good to be true.
As you will see from a collector who writes in to report some of his findings, attention to detail is everything. When buying, inspect the item you receive against the information given by the seller. Knowing the smallest details could be the difference between a good buy and a bad buy.
Many of us in the hobby have at one time or another bought a jersey from an auction house. Some in the hobby regularly purchase jerseys from the various auction houses. When we buy a jersey from an auction house we expect them to honestly represent the jersey and provide accurate details. Unfortunately this is not always the case and sometimes there are issues with a listing and they can usually be fixed by a simple email or phone call to the auction house.
The December 2014 auction from gameworn.net showcased a large consignment of international jerseys. Among them was a 2003-04 road CSKA Moscow jersey worn by Nikolai Pronin in auction lot #634. The jersey sold by gameworn.net is in the photos below.
The images below are what was shipped to satisfy this closing lot.