2016-17 Syracuse Crunch Thirds Auction Underway


The Syracuse Crunch jersey auction for the 2016-17 Thirds is underway.  The auction ends Monday, May 15th at 9pm.  This is a great opportunity to build your collection of current and future Tampa Bay Lightning players.

To view the entire auction, head to http://www.syracusecrunch.com/auctions/ and make sure you keep hitting the “Load More” button.  You can view the items as a list or grid format.  Place your bids today and dont miss out!

Game Worn Radio: Team Sales Wrapping Up a Season

This is the time of year that is both the best and worst time of the hobby.  Teams have their equipment sales and jersey auctions.  Its a great time because the jerseys and equipment we have seen the players use all year finally become available.  Many collectors begin to sell items from their collections in order to finance new sales and the reports and accounts of new purchases.  Mail days a plenty.

Unfortunately this time also brings out a more competitive side to the hobby and pits collectors against other collectors.  Some collectors begin to dislike practices exercised by other collectors and sometimes collectors can feel disrespected by others actions, even if that is not the intent.  

I find it is important to understand at this time that in addition to collecting, and those we see throughout the hobby have many other things going on in their lives that we do not know about.  Every person interprets a situation differently and thats OK.  What is not OK is making assumptions about truth when you do not have all the facts.

2017 Team Sale Dates

cutIts that time of the year when teams start having their equipment sales.  As we stumble across team sale info or it is submitted to us, we will keep you updated on the dates to be aware of.

Colorado Avalanche – May 5th
There will be an assortment of equipment on hand, including game-issued sticks, gloves, skates and much more.
Visit Altitude Authentics between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday to view the full selection of available equipment and clearance merchandise.

University of Michigan – May 6.
The University of Michigan ice hockey program’s annual garage sale will now take place on Saturday, May 6, at Yost Ice Arena. Doors open at 8 a.m. The date was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 15. Practice jerseys, new and used Nike apparel, sticks, skates and other hockey equipment will be available for purchase.” Game helmets were already sold.

Missouri Mavericks – May 6th

Rockford Ice Hogs – May 13
The Rockford IceHogs announced they are hosting their annual offseason Garage Sale and Select-A-Seat event on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held on the arena floor at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Fans can get their hands on many unique IceHogs items at this year’s Garage Sale, including practice and game-worn jerseys, hockey sticks and other player-used equipment. Many items are priced below $10 for the event, and select merchandise from the IceHogs’ 2016-17 season will also be dramatically marked down on Saturday in preparation for next year’s incoming inventory.

Detroit Red Wings – May 13
Season ticket holder early access: One RSVP per account I.D. required at check-in Offer limited to one 2016-17 regular season jersey per person

Calgary Flames – May 27th


A Lesson Learned in the Proper Handling of Jerseys

After the Winter Classic, it has been reported that the St Louis Blues jerseys were placed in a bag, unwashed until sold by Fanatics.  There were two sets of jerseys being handled by Fanatics, 1st period and 2nd period.  

Auctioned first was the first period jerseys.  The listing was created and started prior to the game being played.  A stock photo was used in the listing and never updated.


It is unknown how long it took the jerseys to arrive to fanatics, but there have been reports that the jerseys were shipped without being washed.  Unfortunately, it does not appear that Fanatics took proper care with the jerseys upon receiving them by washing and hanging them.  That resulted in the following:

As you can see, mold has started to take place.  The original owner of the jersey returned it to Fanatics who then sold the jersey as-is.  The new owner received the jersey and washed it to neutralize the mold, unfortunately the damage has already been done and the jersey has been permanently stained.

Looking at the 2nd period jersey listings, it appears that these jerseys were also left in bags and taken out to be photographed.  Its hard to identify mold, but it does not appear that any additional care was taken for these jerseys, such as a simple wash and hang.img-2117009-f

Let this be a nice note for anyone receiving jerseys from the “Off the back” events.  Once you receive the jersey, machine cold wash, hang dry, and store properly.


Game Worn Radio: Recent and Upcoming Auctions, SCF Jerseys

This week, the panel discussed some of the recently closed auctions and some of the upcoming auction offerings.  We also discussed Stanley Cup Finals patched jerseys and some of the quirks that come with patching jerseys.

We also had a bit of a teaser regarding the possibility of future expo planning.

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