Review: 2014 NOVA Game Worn Jersey Expo

These five superstars made a surprise visit to the expo. YES, they are all real! Gretzky times 2 :0 !!!! Messier, Bossy, and some guy called Gordie Howe...

These five superstars made a surprise visit to the expo. YES, they are all real! Gretzky times 2 :0 !!!! Messier, Bossy, and some guy called Gordie Howe…

2014-03-15 -NOVA EXPO EXPERIENCE & PICTURES by Matt Megonnell

For those who have never ventured to Northern Virginia Expo (or as it will be called from here forward “NOVA”) you are missing a great expo. The expo is held annually by Francis W Rady and is a smaller expo filled with people who all know each other by name and really appreciate what the other has brought.

This year’s expo shifted to a different venue (albeit across the street) at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott in Sterling, VA. Francis W Rady’s goal is for everyone to have a good time and he donates all the money he earns to a different charity each year that we’re told about at the door. I am going to try to post info on what was there via photos and explanations, but to truly get the vibe of what the expo is like, you need to go next year.

Typically the theme for the collectors who showcase their collections is a Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears, and Team USA jerseys. Although over jerseys show-up, you just never know what you will see. The jerseys are great, but the people who come are what makes the event awesome.

*More pictures after the jump*

These five superstars made a surprise visit to the expo. YES, they are all real! Gretzky times 2 :0 !!!! Messier, Bossy, and some guy called Gordie Howe...

These five superstars made a surprise visit to the expo. YES, they are all real! Gretzky times 2 :0 !!!! Messier, Bossy, and some guy called Gordie Howe…

Jeff Thompson's great collection of high-end Caps. He has a ton of photomatches to these as well.

Jeff Thompson’s great collection of high-end Caps. He has a ton of photomatches to these as well.

MeiGray's continued presentation. Patrick Kane's Outdoor game jersey, Sidney Crosby's outdoor game jersey, Redskin's Football jersey and a Photomatched Ovechkin.

MeiGray’s continued presentation. Patrick Kane’s Outdoor game jersey, Sidney Crosby’s outdoor game jersey, Redskin’s Football jersey and a Photomatched Ovechkin.

MeiGray's presentation. Team USA Carlson, that other Karlsson from Ottawa's Heritage night, Mike Modano Night Jersey, and a Vancouver Canucks Heritage classic. I believe both the Ottawa and Vancouver had felt crests and numbers, but I cannot remember.

MeiGray’s presentation. Team USA Carlson, that other Karlsson from Ottawa’s Heritage night, Mike Modano Night Jersey, and a Vancouver Canucks Heritage classic. I believe both the Ottawa and Vancouver had felt crests and numbers, but I cannot remember.

This jersey was awesome. A Colgate University game worn jersey from the 30's that the owner had photo referenced after years of looking.

This jersey was awesome. A Colgate University game worn jersey from the 30’s that the owner had photo referenced after years of looking.

Tremendous wear on an 80's Caps jersey. I of course, offer a "thumbs up" to great wear. Check out that arm... That arm's more beat than Micheal Vick's dogs.

Tremendous wear on an 80’s Caps jersey. I of course, offer a “thumbs up” to great wear. Check out that arm… That arm’s more beat than Micheal Vick’s dogs.

The Don Sweeney Collection. A collection of 58 yes FIFTY EIGHT Don Sweeney jerseys, a pair of skates, gloves, helmet, stick, and even pants.

The Don Sweeney Collection. A collection of 58 yes FIFTY EIGHT Don Sweeney jerseys, a pair of skates, gloves, helmet, stick, and even pants.

A Close up of the Don Sweeney Collection. 58 jerseys and counting of you guessed it... Don Sweeney.

A Close up of the Don Sweeney Collection. 58 jerseys and counting of you guessed it… Don Sweeney.

Zach Parise 2014 Sochi Games jersey up for auction with MeiGray

Zach Parise 2014 Sochi Games jersey up for auction with MeiGray

A Wisconsin Brian Elliot Mask!!! Great mask that is photomatched... It came in with one collector and out with another!!!

A Wisconsin Brian Elliot Mask!!! Great mask that is photomatched… It came in with one collector and out with another!!!

My good pal Chuck has some great stuff and went with a neat international theme, but still Caps related... He always makes the Expo a great time! Thanks for bringing all this Chuck. I appreciate it!

My good pal Chuck has some great stuff and went with a neat international theme, but still Caps related… He always makes the Expo a great time! Thanks for bringing all this Chuck. I appreciate it!

Scott Carl Silvers Great collection featuring Caps and Islanders gems. In addition, Scott has some FANTASITC goalie masks.

Scott Carl Silvers Great collection featuring Caps and Islanders gems. In addition, Scott has some FANTASITC goalie masks.

My new good friend Dave Fischer brought this Rockin' Robins jersey. The crest alone... awesome! Thanks for bringin' Dave.

My new good friend Dave Fischer brought this Rockin’ Robins jersey. The crest alone… awesome! Thanks for bringin’ Dave.

Lucky Luc and a guy named Oates showed up as part of Derek's great collection. Oh and both were photomathed!

Lucky Luc and a guy named Oates showed up as part of Derek’s great collection. Oh and both were photomathed!

The Rest of the Ranges stuff Marty brought. I saw the brothers Maloney, Amonte, Leetch, Kiso, and some other gems that Rangers fans would truly appreciate.

The Rest of the Ranges stuff Marty brought. I saw the brothers Maloney, Amonte, Leetch, Kiso, and some other gems that Rangers fans would truly appreciate.

Marty Kramer knows three things: Boston University jerseys, New York Rangers, and how to make a trade. Here is a small grouping of his BU stuff and a few Rangers put in for good measure. Since I did not bring my BU stuff (save for one), Marty picked up the slack and made me smile with some real cool gems from their storied 1995 NCAA Championship season, and some hard to find styles/years.

Marty Kramer knows three things: Boston University jerseys, New York Rangers, and how to make a trade. Here is a small grouping of his BU stuff and a few Rangers put in for good measure. Since I did not bring my BU stuff (save for one), Marty picked up the slack and made me smile with some real cool gems from their storied 1995 NCAA Championship season, and some hard to find styles/years.

Derek's great collection of Rod Langway jerseys. Derek always puts together a great collection of jerseys and although they are always different, they always feature that Langway guy. Great stuff Derek. That left jersey is a Kolzig jersey and his goalie mask. AWESOME STUFF to see, touch, and hear about. The stories make these expos what they are.

Derek’s great collection of Rod Langway jerseys. Derek always puts together a great collection of jerseys and although they are always different, they always feature that Langway guy. Great stuff Derek. That left jersey is a Kolzig jersey and his goalie mask. AWESOME STUFF to see, touch, and hear about. The stories make these expos what they are.

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