2016 Syracuse Crunch Game Worn Jersey Auction

Crunch The Syracuse Crunch 2015-16 Game Worn Jersey Auction is now LIVE!

You will notice the auction website is different than in years past.  If you cannot login with your previously existing account, you may need to perform a password recovery, which is very easy to do!

The new auction site is mobile friendly.  By swiping left on your mobile device, you will see a new navigation panel.  The new auction site also allows you to switch between a grid view and a list view, making navigation much easier. In order to place a bid, you will need a credit card associated with your account, which will be charged if you are a winning bidder at the end of the auction.

You have 24 days to figure out which items you would like and place your bids!  Good Luck!

Game Worn Radio: Minor League Collecting

Last night we had a great show with Dan, Doc, Tom, Bobby and Marco to talk minor league jersey collecting.  The challenges to collecting them, the success and wide varieties, even why those teams programs may not be very good.

Near the end of the show topic changed to Doc’s secret stash to hunt for good deals: Goodwill.  There were a number of unknown auctions by Goodwill of some great jerseys. We were recording during a thunderstorm in Ohio.

Right around the 37:18 mark you can catch a thunderous boom that shook the entire house.

Next time is another Open Mic night.  Anyone is encouraged to call and talk about any Game Worn topic they would like.

Displaying Your Full Gear Sets

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With the Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series sets getting delivered, there has been a number of questions regarding the best way to display a full set of gear.  One of our great collectors, Phil Watstein, took some time out of his day to show and create a guide on his experience with finding the right display on the cheap.

Equipment required:
1. Bookcase
2. Power drill
3. Cup Hooks
4. Wood screws; 1-inch x8

Optional Equipment:
1. Velcro; for Nameplate
2. Hook (3M or screw); for knit hat

Assembly:
1. Assemble top and bottom half of bookcase per instructions
2. Omit step with the middle shelf
3. Drill holes in top half sides to fit lock-screws
4. Connect bottom and top halves directly using lock-screws
5. Nail backing to bookcase
6. Place unused middle shelf evenly between top and bottom halves on the backside of bookcase for extra support
7. Drill 4 holes on each side of support shelf
8. Attach support shelf to backside of bookcase using wood screws
9. Screw cup hook into bottom of one adjustable shelf
10. Place adjustable shelves at desired heights
11. Attach Velcro to back of nameplate and affix to top adjustable shelf
12. Attach hook on inside of one side of bookcase, below top shelf, to hang knit hat

Special Events and Special Circumstances

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When it comes to special event jerseys in the NHL, collectors generally have a good idea of what happens with the jerseys.  Three jerseys are worn, one per period, with one jersey going to the player, one to the team and one to the NHL.  What is not always known are the special circumstances involving some of the jerseys.

This year, many collectors noticed that from various teams, a number of players were not available through the auctions on the NHL website.  This can be because the NHL has other requirements to its partners, and those jersey may fulfill those requirements.  Additionally, we have seen some of the team sets sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This creates a very interesting case in regards to availability.  Collectors anticipate 2 jerseys of each player to be available for each event.  When one source of the jersey comes up empty, there is usually a backup option.  This can also get more interesting when teams sell packages, such as jerseys included with the rest of the gear.  Some collectors end up opting for the auctions instead of the team set to avoid their lack of interest in the gear, however, when the player they would like is not available on the auctions, they are limited to however the team sells the jersey.

What Factors Play into Auction Prices?

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Historically, we have seen some of the Chicago Blackhawks special event jerseys hit the highest prices at auction.  This year, something was different.  If you compare this years Stadium Series prices with last year’s Winter Classic prices you will see a trend.

Last year, there wasn’t a jersey that could be had under $1,000.  This year, there were a number of jerseys at sub $1,000 prices.  What could the difference be?  Is it the event?  Winter Classic vs Stadium Series?  Having a special event jersey every year?  Maybe the make up of the team or the team’s performance in the game?  Potentially the style of the jersey?

What are your thoughts?