How Do You Display Your Collection?

by Chuck EckelsIMG_0100

There are as many different ways to display your collection as there are collectors. The best way to display your collection is up to you. Living in a 3 bedroom town home with our daughter gone, my wife did not put up any opposition to me having a “hockey room”. There is a room in our house devoted to my passion for the game with a big screen TV.

I collect minor league vintage jerseys. I think it reminds me of my youth. ( I have changed directions so many times my friends have joked that I don’t collect jerseys,  I only rent them.) The way I like to display them is with a vintage pennant and a vintage piece of cardboard. I like the aesthetics of this method. The downside to this process is that it limits the number of shirts I can display or keep in my collection. If I can’t display it or look at it, there is no joy in having it. Toy collectors like to have the cardboard box the toy came in because most people threw the box away or the cardboard simply didn’t survive.  I feel the same way about vintage hockey cardboard and pennants.

I have included three jerseys in my limited collection. First up is a San Diego Gulls 72-73 dureen Jersey. The white WHL jerseys are difficult to find because most of the whites were given to the players. The road blue jerseys were offered to the public. Adding the WHL 25th patch and this style is not easy to find. The white WHL pennant is extremely easy to find. One could pick one up on eBay for $10. The John Adams litho was given out at Gulls games in 1974. Not many survived, so it’s difficult to find one. There’s a puck hitting the blocker in this litho. The artist had to draw the puck in the photo to cover the word Cooper he had written on the blocker because of copyright infringement. My favorite Gulls story from this era involves Bob Courcy. Bob was offered an NHL contract by the Flyers but he turned it down . He had a girlfriend in every WHL city and preferred that to skating for Philadelphia.

Time and Investigation Reveal Interesting Stories


A couple years ago, the Detroit Red Wings offered a series of Training Camp and Exhibition jerseys at their end of the year sale that had their nameplates removed.  Without knowing for sure, the team sold the jerseys without their standard LOA in an as-is environment.

After positively identifying some of these jerseys, collectors contacted the team to see if the removed nameplates were still around.  Unfortunately, they were not.  Where did they go?  After talking to a number of collectors, it was revealed that a couple years before the sale, there was a stash of nameplates from jerseys.  These would have had to have been training camp and exhibition name plates because regular season jerseys have letters stitched directly to the numbers.

Recently, a collector who also has a number of cards was able to identify that the missing nameplate for one of the jerseys ended up in cards.  It seems that at some point, the team took the pile of nameplates and send them to upper deck.  Now, the only question that remains is why the nameplates were removed in the first place.

Some collectors find enjoyment in trying to figure out the when’s and why’s of certain situations that jerseys or memorabilia end up in.  Often times, I find myself wondering which jerseys were the ones cut up into cards to know which have been removed from the hobby.  Only strong definitive investigative work can tell the tell.


PSA: Stop Using Gesture, Other Insecure Apps


Many of you may be familiar with the gesture website used by many teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, and more to bid on warm-up and game jerseys.


From a non-technical aspect, your data is NOT secure.  It has been revealed that other users can gain access to your account via URL.  Their security does not require authorization on devices, which means they are storing sensitive information in encrypted URLs and not a token system unique to the session on your device.

This is super insecure.  Using a link from another user to a current listing, we were able to view their account information by just clicking on the tab.  No additional login needed.

Also, be wary of other insecure apps floating across the hockey world.  It has been reported that the San Jose Sharks currently use a ticketing app that stores your password in PLAIN TEXT or unencrypted to support staff.

If you value your security, you will avoid these apps and do research on others that you use.


Sneak Peak: Northeast Hockey Expo Review

As we work on our latest article for the 2017 Northeast Hockey Expo, we thought we would give you a little sneak peak.

In previous years, we have been asked not to cover the Northeast Hockey Expo.  It is generally a gathering reserved for collectors by invitation in Boston that focuses on collectors that contain a collegiate hockey focus.

Coming soon, we will have some great additional information regarding this annual exclusive event.

Matching Wear to the Moment

One of the most pain staking tasks some of our collectors engage in is tracking down specific artifacts of wear down to the specific event they happened.  For fight damage, such as the pictures above, this can be extremely easy.  However, for some of the most robust collectors out there, those marks can be tracked down to a specific shot on a goalie jersey or a slash on a player jersey.

For these more intricate artifacts of wear, collectors can go through hours of game footage to track down the specific moment.  Unfortunately, pictures do not always tell the tale.  

Why would someone do this?  After many hours of research, the collector can find great talking points and history behind the jersey.  Maybe that mark was made by a player who took a penalty that lost a game due to the power play goal?  Maybe the goal tender made an amazing save off a star player and it left a mark.  

Its not always about the jersey itself, or knowing a jersey was worn in a specific game, but showing a specific moment that has been frozen in time by the marks made on a jersey can paint a larger picture.

Panthers to Fanatics, Blues to Direct


That face you make when your team signs up with fanatics to sell their game worn equipment and jerseys.

Based on messages left by representatives within each organization, it has been identified that the St Louis Blues will begin to offer their game worn jerseys and equipment direct through a couple different mediums.

The Florida Panthers will now be represented by Fanatics who have acquired some of the previous year jerseys and equipment as well.

This comes as a relief to the St Louis Blues collectors who have voiced their displeasure about their interactions with fanatics.  We have yet to see how fanatics will be handling their new team moving forward.  Will they continue the same tactics they developed with the Blues?  We will know soon enough.

Collectors Can Be Hidden Anywhere


Recently, we had to go for a consultation to a lawyers office.  Upon entering the office, the first thing I noticed was a framed original 6 puck set with pictures.  Its not common you see hockey memorabilia in a setting like that, so it was very refreshing.

Since it was a partnership office, you never know who the pieces on display in an office can belong to.  Upon entering our lawyers office, the first thing you see is a large autographed lithograph similar to the one pictured above in a very nice frame.  On the sides were the LOA and the pictures of the players signing the lithograph.

Sometimes these can be one-off purchases, but once we spotted the Henrik Zetterberg hat trick goal puck set in another frame.  Before beginning to conduct our business, we had to talk about the team and our collections.  It was a great ice breaker.  Come to find out, he had jerseys in his collection that would be the centerpiece of many.

Collectors can be found in the most unexpected places.

Game Worn Exhibits Around the League


While the above picture isn’t necessarily a game worn exhibit, it is definitely a sight to see for any hockey fan.

Teams from around the league often have their own game worn exhibits in their arena.  Some are permanent fixtures, while others are rotated like the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Some are even supplied and set up by collectors for special events.

Not long ago, the Red Wings asked fans for donations or loans for displays to be created in the new Little Caesars Arena.  What are some of your favorite exhibits displayed by teams?