Game Worn Radio: Barry Meisel and the Las Vegas Golden Knights Game Worn Program

This week we had the pleasure of having Barry Meisel of The Meigray Group to talk about the Las Vegas Golden Knights game worn jersey program and a little bit about the practices and insights Barry had to offer on the hobby as a whole.

We asked the tough questions we did not expect to get answered but Barry wouldnt get tripped up.  He was not afraid to answer any question that came his way.

Finally, we were able to announce an upcoming grab bag joint venture by The Classic Stuff and gamewornhockey.net.  We will have more information on this offering and how you can reserve your entry in the next coming days.

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2016-17 Syracuse Crunch Auction

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The 2016-17 Syracuse Crunch game worn auction is currently active.  Now is your chance on bidding on jerseys worn during the regular season and Calder Cup playoffs.

The blue jerseys were worn at home through the 3rd round of the playoffs.  These will not have the Calder Cup patch.

The white jerseys were worn for away games through the 3rd round of the playoffs and then once more for game 2 of the Calder Cup finals.  This means that many of the white jerseys will contain the Calder Cup patch.  Some jerseys, even though prepared with the patch may not have been worn for the finals game 2.  In order to check if a specific jersey was worn in game 2, check the game summary.

Of the Calder Cup finals blue game 4 & 5, and Calder Cup finals white game 6, some were gifted and some were retained by the players.  For your best shot at the player of your choice for a 2016-17 Crunch game worn jersey, you will want to make sure you bid in the auction.

Collector Interview: Jay Ruggiero

Today we had the opportunity to meet up with Jay Ruggiero at his home to do a collector interview which we recorded.  It was great to see Jay again after the Chicago expo.  Below are a few pictures of his man cave and jersey collection.  If you would like to reach out to Jay, he can be accessed on his facebook.

Experiencing the 2017 Meigray Expo by Harrison Lee

19983695_10154869410417984_3632561366783779666_oGame-worn hockey jersey conventions are the equivalent of a bonfire party for collectors. Though our hobby is niche, we travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles, to huddle around museum-worthy displays that span the proud generations of hockey. Few gatherings of game-worn collectors are as heralded as the annual MeiGray Expo. This hallowed event pulls together the many unique factions of the game-worn community under one roof, including legendary Gretzky collectors like Shawn Chaulk and proud members of the NHL community like Phil Pritchard, caretaker of the Stanley Cup (and a bunch of other stuff).

This year, the MeiGray Expo featured two players from the New York Riveters, a team from the recently-founded National Women’s Hockey League. Rivs players Courtney Burke and Rebecca Russo took the time to address the crowd and discuss the many aspects of playing in a brand-new women’s hockey league. They also toured the show floor and seemed to have a fantastic time getting to know the collectors, stopping for selfies with fans and signing numerous autographs. It was a great way to showcase the continued growth of hockey in nontraditional markets and minority player groups.

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The MeiGray Expo also featured a keynote address from NHL Hall of Famer Adam Oates, who touched on the challenges of coaching NHL teams and his experiences as a star forward. Naturally, many of the collectors had to take selfies with Adam, holding some of his game-worn jerseys. The line for Adam’s autograph was, as expected, quite long! Everyone wanted to take advantage of the free autograph ticket MeiGray provided to every expo participant.

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On the exhibit side of things, one could find every manner of team on display, including a wonderful Winnipeg Jets display that featured a Patrik Laine Heritage Classic-style game-worn and some amazing Philadelphia Flyers exhibits from fellow collectors. No matter your taste in era, whether vintage or modern, the MeiGray collectors’ tables and special jersey exhibits had something to offer for everyone.

Of course, the expo isn’t complete without the ever-popular MeiGray grab bag, and this year was no different. Participants got to draft a jersey of their choosing based on a randomly-chosen draft order. The first-overall pick selected a Tyler Seguin away set while the second-overall pick (that’s me!) went with an Anze Kopitar set. Third-overall walked away with a nicely-worn Evgeny Kuznetsov Caps set. If you like young star power, this year’s grab bag draft was not wanting at the top of the jersey pool.

The most important part of the MeiGray Expo, however, is meeting friends old and new. As this was my first time at this gathering, I had the chance to put faces to names and talk to collectors I’d never normally see. Their enthusiasm and passion for the hobby was clear, whether it was their carefully-curated tables or the way they talked about their love for collecting and preserving history. The crucial aspect of this hobby is connection and community. Few events can help to build these bridges like the MeiGray Expo does year-in and year-out. I look forward to becoming a regular over the many expos to come.

 

MeiGray Expo Shows Hobby is Alive and Well

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The 2017 MeiGray Expo was this weekend and it showed the hobby is doing great!  

In additional to the collectors that attend yearly, there were a number of new-to-the-expo collectors, even though they may have been veterans in the hobby.  There appeared to be a good number of newer collectors in attendance as well.

In addition to the speaker, Adam Oates, other notable attendees included Rebecca Russo and Courtney Burke from the New York Riveters of the WNHL.  Also in attendance were the Conn Smythe, Vezina, Hart Memorial, and Norris Memorial trophies.

Collectors were able to see some of the new Adidas jerseys of the Las Vegas Golden Knights and a large array of historical, vintage and modern jerseys from players of all calibers.

For pictures of the event, check out the Album on MeiGray’s facebook page.