The NHL has released the jersey styles for the 2017 NHL All-Star game. You can read the full article here.
With the playoff format, we have seen jerseys worn in half of one of the potential 2 games auctioned off on the NHL auctions previously ran by Meigray. This year with fanatics running the auctions, its tough to speculate if these jerseys will be sold or auctioned. As you can recall, with the world cup of hockey, some jerseys were sold, some were auctioned, then those that were unable to sell were auctioned.
This weekend we had an opportunity to connect with a collector in Switzerland for a collector interview over Skype and we live streamed it to facebook.
The interview begins around the 4:40 mark.
It appears that all teams will be wearing the centennial patch for the remainder of the year on their jerseys below the numbers on the right arm.
We have seen quite a bit in the hobby this past year, which gives us an opportunity to reflect and consider things we would like to see or do differently. From recent topics and discussions, we have a few recommendations on things to consider:
- Go out of your way to meet your fellow collector and make new friends in the hobby. More often than not, a relationship is more valuable than making a buck off of someone.
- Welcome new collectors in the hobby and be willing to spend some time showing them the ropes. New collectors do not arrive with knowledge and experience we do. If we take the time to educated the newcomers, we will begin to see conversations on par with what we expect.
- Consider weighing the difference between the items you want and the message you want to send. Many people were/are unhappy with a specific business entering the hobby, yet they still spend their money with that company. Unfortunately, this does not promote change.
- Get involved. Its easy to stick to the easy medium of facebook to poke in and out of the hobby, but when you get involved, the knowledge can be invaluable. Visit resource websites and engage with the hobby. Buying and selling passively on facebook does not contribute to the hobby.
- Go to an expo. Whether its the upcoming Expo in Chicago or other annual gatherings, it is a great opportunity to meet your fellow collector.
- Bury the hatchet. It is seldom that everyone sees eye to eye on a situation. Instead of holding a grudge over a disagreement, talk about it and see if common ground can be found. If there has been a misgiving, see if an apology or forgiveness can be found and attempt to understand each other and avoid repeating the past.
- Work together. There are far more people that deal in game worn jerseys that are not necessarily collectors than there are true collectors. Some try to take advantage, others just don’t know any better. If collectors work together, we can keep the wins in our community.
I am sure there will be more as we talk about this article, and we can build as we go, but these are just a few suggestions from some recent observations.
The location for the hotel rooms has been changed from The Drake to:
LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO – OAKBROOK CENTER
2100 Spring Road. Oak Brook, IL 60523, United States
This hotel is farther from the venue, however it has been selected for a number of competitive reasons. With an easier come/go policy with parking and rates alone, attendees will have more freedom and budget to seek out more entertainment while in Chicago.
To make transportation and parking even easier, a number of collectors are planning to be able to carpool with other collectors throughout the weekend’s events!
Those that have registered and requested to receive hotel info will be receiving emails this weekend to secure your room.