By Jason Doc Noyes
This was my 3rd Blues equipment sale and it seems to get bigger and crazier every year. When the sale was announced initially, it said there would be limits on certain things but didn’t say what. I guessed helmets and gloves, as those are the biggest things people fight over.
A few days before the sale the Blues put out one helmet and one pair of gloves per person. Season ticket holders would get in at 11 and everyone else 12 pm.
I checked in with a few friends who were going. One was getting a hotel the night before and planned on getting there at about 5am. I planned on arriving at 7am.. I have an hour and a half drive so as I decided to leave I checked Facebook and saw posts of a few people in line. Some got there at 10pm the day before, others at midnight.
Due to some technical issues this episode joins the guys already in discussion. They were talking about the differences adn events that happened in the early days of collecting and how even though some collectors view those days as the ‘glory days’, today’s era may be the best.
This topic will be discussed again in a future show so everyone can hear some stories regarding the previous years.
The show moving forward discusses how technology has assisted collectors in becoming more educated and making research easier which can consider recent years as the best years in the hobby.
Since Bobby cannot join on Mondays, we are considering a new time to start the show.
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Among the collegiate markets, when a team has a garage sale, its not uncommon for one or a few people to buy up everything of a specific amount of items in order to resell them later. At the Michigan State University garage sale, they announced their strategy to combat this:
This lead to a series of staged discounts until all the big ticket items sold.
What do you think of this strategy?
Within the past year or two, there as been a huge increase in the demand for goal scored pucks, which naturally have increased prices. Items that once were looked at as more of a novelty and took time to sell now have waiting lists.
This year, we have seen an explosion of demand for goal scored pucks with prices ranging from $50 to $1,000 per puck. There are dedicated groups to goal scored pucks and they continuously pop up on game worn jersey groups.
MeiGray has been auctioning them off consistently from their teams and special events can be found on NHL Auctions. Some teams are not as easy to get. It might take knowing an email address and emailing as soon as the goal happens. Others might require physical presence at a store.
Not all teams engage in marketing and selling goal scored pucks but some teams throughout other leagues have begun to participate, such as the AHL and ECHL. In previous years, many of these offerings were limited to special events such as all-star games.
What has been the driving force behind the popularity? Is it the small size, easy for displaying? Are people more interested in buying them as others display their top end goal scorers? Its the increase in availability a by-product of the demand or is it a driving force that creates awareness? How long will this trend last?
We love when we see collectors getting involved in their community and taking up great causes. Last year, Stephen Brooks participated in the Great Lakes Summer Classic Hockey Game to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (wish.org) in which they were able to raise enough money to grant 2 wishes.
This year’s Great Lakes Summer Classic Hockey Game is July 29th and Stephen is participating again. If you are in the area, you can attend the game for $5. You can also add your donation directly to the game by contacting Amy Cole or you can contact Stephen to combine your donation with his.