Red Wings Equipment Sale 2017: Pay for Patchwork

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The Setup
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.

The Timing
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.

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
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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
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Carolina Hurricanes Combine Sale into Event

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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.

General Pricing:

  • 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.

Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs Equipment Sale 2016

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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.

#RedWingsSale2016: Jokes, Deception, Live Reporting

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.

The Jokes

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:

Teams, Stop Trying to Create a Fancy Sales Method. Please.

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When it comes to team sales, some teams really have it down well.  The Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford Ice Hogs.  They announce the date of the sale.  Prep all the equipment and jerseys.  Put everything on the floor.  Open the doors.

Some teams are trying to be too fancy which creates negative results.  Its easy to accept getting beat out on something that you really wanted when someone else beats you to the punch, but the right place, right time and chance factors can really leave a nasty taste in the mouth.

Selling jerseys to people from a list of people who have requested jerseys throughout the season is probably not the best way to do it.  It only raises questions, especially when you have a sudo sales method for the rest of the jerseys already.  How does one get on the list?  When should I get on the list?  Who is the point of contact?  Have you made it widely known that this is how you are “preselling” jerseys?

If you take these backdoor style presales and upon the completion of the sale to that person have to ask them not to wear the jerseys for a while so others do not get mad, you are probably doing something wrong.

Lets not even talk raffles.

Team Sale Season is Here

11845101Its time once again for team sales to begin.  Including equipment and jerseys, sales will start to be announced.  We will be monitoring any submissions for information regarding the release of team sale schedules.

Our most recent submission is the annual University of Michigan equipment sale along side the silent jersey auction.  
This sale will take place on Saturday, April 16, at the Indoor Track Building. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Bidding for jerseys will end Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Winners will be contacted no later than Friday, April 15, and jerseys will shipped on or before May 1.
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