Beware of the “New” NHL Auctions

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NHL Auctions was once an auction resource where collectors could confidently bid on items from various teams throughout the year.  For special event jerseys, such as the Stadium Series and Winter Classic, we have seen Meigray hosting auctions as well (back when they were the handlers of the jerseys).

Now, Fanatics has taken over the NHL Auctions in conjunction with a deal they made with the NHL and we are advising that you be very careful with this resource.  In the most recent turn of events, we have seen items listed as “Game Issue” or “Player Issue” changed to “Game Worn”.

As you can see in our auction tracker, we have Matt Benning and Anton Slepyshev listed as GI.  That is because at the time we collected the information, they were.  Other collectors have noticed that these listings, which originally had no bids, we changed from GI to Game Worn while the auction was running and begun to acquire bids.

Take note of the box score from the game, and you will see that Benning and Slepyshev are not on the list of players played.  You can also compare the descriptions between the Mark Fayne that is still listed as Game Issue (for now) and the ones that have been changed to worn.  How can a player wear a jersey in the first period of a game he did not dress for?  While keeping in mind that these jerseys are being advertised to fans who do not necessarily know better, this action can be seen as predatory.  Please proceed with caution.

Update 11/1/16: The auctions have been set back to their original listings.  It is unknown if bidders were able to retract their bids after the newest change.

One Day Left in Steiner Auctions

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There is only one day left to bid on this round of Steiner Auctions.  In addition to the Martin Brodeur Collection, they also have the Mike Keenan Collection which includes awards, trophies, vehicles and other personal items belonging to Mike Keenan.

Some may ask why there are so many Mike Keenan items available, with such a broad range.  Each item in the Mike Keenan collection is accompanied by this message:

Mike’s daughter, Gayla, was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma in 2011 at the age of 32. Ocular Melanoma is a rare cancer that affects about 2,000 people each year in the U.S. While treatments to eradicate the cancer from the eye are extremely effective, no treatments to prevent the cancer from spreading to other organs have been shown effective over the long term. Over 50% of ocular melanoma patients will eventually succumb to the disease. Please support Mike and his daughter in their fight to find treatments and an ultimate cure for this rare disease. A portion of the proceeds from this lot will be donated to CUREOM, a part of the Melanoma Research Foundation that funds research on ocular melanoma. Please visit their website here (www.cureom.com) to learn more.

Good luck bidding!

Mastering Search Skills

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by Chuck Eckels

Searching for jerseys in obscure places is half the fun of collecting. There are so many different ways to acquire jerseys for a collector. The most obvious avenues are dealers, auctions, other collectors, and eBay. There are other avenues as well. I tried using the search engine www.zabasearch.com to contact former players. I used www.411.ca for Canada. I also paid to use a search engine for a month. I found that these retired players fell into two categories. (The ones I could find.) There were those players that treated their careers as they did their first wife. They wanted nothing to do with it. The had no jerseys from their playing days. Then there were players that held on to their pro careers long afterwards like their current wife. They had many of their jerseys from their playing days but they had no desire to sell them regardless of price. I would send letters and then follow up with a phone call. I stopped doing this because the experience was similar to selling Amway door to door. I didn’t like it. I didn’t get a jersey out of it either. Maybe I should have been more persistent? The good news was I was able to locate a couple of players I knew 40 years ago. (Yes, I’m an old fart.)

Another way I would look for jerseys is by doing a Google image search and then follow the trail. Most of the trails led to a dead end but I was able to obtain a highly coveted shirt this way. It was fun to search even if it ended up going nowhere. It is so much easier to ask digitally then it is on the phone. The final way to search for jerseys led to the jersey I have listed below. I found it on eBay.

Steiner Auction Spotlight: Mike Keenan’s Stanley Cup Trophy

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Steiner Auctions currently has Mike Keenan’s 1993-94 Stanley Cup Award.  Upon winning the Stanley Cup, the staff and players receive their own Stanley Cup Trophy with the staff and player names etched on them.  It stands about 12″ tall.  This trophy is from Mike Keenan’s personal collection and was awarded to him as the coach of the 1993-94 New York Rangers.

There are many great players on the trophy from the last time the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup.  These names include: Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Kevin Lowe, Adam Graves, Steve Larmer, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Greg Gilbert, Mike Hartman, Glenn Healy, Mike Hudson, A. Karpovtsev, Joe Kocur, Alexei Kovalev, Nick Kypreos, Doug Lidster, Stephane Matteau, Craig McTavish, Sergei Nemchinov, Brian Noonan, Eddie Olczyk, Mike Richter, Esa Tikkanen, Jay Wells, and Sergei Zubov.

Its not often that these awards become available, and most of the time its from other staffers such as trainers.  Player and coach awards seldom make their way into the public realm.

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