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.
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?
This year at the Detroit Red Wings sale, season ticket holders were able to enter at 10am and the general public entered at 11am with phone orders starting at 2pm. In order to enter early, season ticket holders had to rsvp through a link in their email using ONLY the account holders name and only that person would be allowed in. (If you pay for 4 seats, you still only have one entry, the account holder). In line, season ticket holder IDs would be matched against the RSVP list and then wrist banded.
One large change to the sale this year was the limitation of one current year jersey per person. If you wanted another after paying, you would have to leave the store and get back in the general public line, this included season ticket holders. If you caught our discussion on our Game Worn Radio facebook stream, I anticipated that this would allow me to arrive later in the day than usual.
I showed up shortly after 8am and ended up being about 8th in line for the general public. There were about 5 season ticket holders there. Of the 12 people there, I was already familiar with 8 of them as we have all talked about the sale prior and we generally knew what everyone else wanted. It seemed the perfect time to arrive.
Its 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
DETROIT RED WINGS ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SALE SATURDAY, MAY 13 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM HOCKEYTOWN AUTHENTICS 1845 E. BIG BEAVER RD., TROY, MI 48083
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
Similar to what we have seen in the past with Toronto and what we see in Chicago, the Carolina Hurricanes are having their equipment sale during their Summerfest, which has an entire list of events from July 6th – July 9th.
The equipment sale details:
The Hurricanes will host an equipment sale on Saturday, July 9 at PNC Arena in the Arena Club Restaurant. The event will begin with an exclusive presale at 8 a.m. for 2016-17 Canes Season Ticket Members and will open to the general public at 9:15 a.m.
The sale includes used and non-used sticks, skates, hockey pants, pads, goalie gear and more. Most of the equipment has been used by past and present Canes players (not autographed), and there will be a few hundred items for sale (while supplies last). Equipment is bought as is, prices are non-negotiable, no bulk purchases (select items will have a purchase limit) and all sales are final. Cash and credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa) will be accepted.
- Gloves: $30-$50 (used), $90 (new)
- Goalie gear: $100-$1,400 (includes separates and complete sets)
- Jerseys (former player): $50-$200 (max: four per person)
- Player pants: $40-$100
- Helmets: $80 (new)
- Sticks: $80 used, $120 new (max: six per person)
- Skates: $200-$400
For more on the event, check out the original article here.
On June 24th and 25th, the Toronto Marlies will be having a combined sale with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center.
There will be tons and tons of things for sale this year. The only items of notability that will not be available are Toronto Maple Leafs 15-16 jerseys.
Here is a sneak peak of a small portion of the equipment shipped in by the Marlies for the sale.
As we get more information, we will update this article.
This year at the Detroit Red Wing sale, entry was handled quite differently than it has been in previous years. This year, anyone in line at midnight on Saturday morning would receive a numbered wristband and at that point, able to leave and return at 9am to restructure the line in number order as the doors open at 10am.
As we were waiting in line to receive our wristbands, I decided it would be entertaining to try to live tweet and even sometimes video stream what was happening in line at the sale. I haven’t watched the videos, and won’t because I am sure they are embarrassing as I had no idea what I was doing or what I could talk about. I was more or less asked to do it by fellow collector Paul Rank, had nothing better to do, so we gave it a shot.
Throughout the tweeting, if anyone cracked a joke or said something funny, it was sent out to the twittersphere. The best material coming from Stephen who you may have remembered from last year’s sale article. Yes, we are now pretty good friends, and here are some of the highlights:
And guess who’s girlfriend came to visit us while we waited in line. Thats right, Stephen’s girlfriend. Did she hear about our comic relief? You bet she did:
We are live at Hockeytown Authentics getting ready for the Detroit Red Wings sale.
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