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


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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Details from the Philadelphia Flyers Gear Sale

image_1520On August 29th the Philadelphia Flyers held an equipment sale in conjunction with a merchandise sale at Wells Fargo Arena. The Phillies and 76ers also had their merchandise at the sale. The sale opened at 9am for Season Ticket holders and at 10am for the general public and lasted until 3pm.

The equipment sale was hosted near the entrance of the arena. Meigray was in attendance and the items you could find at the sale included jerseys, sticks, pants, socks, skates, pants, gloves, helmets, pads, blockers, goal pucks, and laundry bags. These were only from the Flyers and no Phantoms gear from their Philadelphia , Adirondack or Leigh Valley days had been available.

The selection was limited and much seemed to be left over from the Meigray Expo. Jerseys were at 25% off the 13-14 season (same as Meigray Summer Sale), Sticks varied in price, Pants $40, Socks for $10 for most players with Giroux and Voracek being $25, Skates varying in price, Gloves at $80 and pads and blockers varying in the 400-500 dollar range.

Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Sale


Items for sale include new and used: sticks, game jerseys, practice jerseys, gloves, helmets, skates, pants and goalie equipment.

Items from players including Crosby, Lemieux, Malkin, Fleury, Letang, Perron, Hornqvist, Jagr, Kunitz, Dupuis, Recchi, Roberts and many more. Jerseys starting at just $50 and sticks starting at only $25!

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex located at:
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

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Vancouver Canucks Equipment Sale July 10th

1415_TS_4830.01_TSYES_CDCLandingPageImage_967x367Event Details

  1. When: July 10th, 2015
  2. Time: 11am – 7pm
  3. Where: In the Bowl at Rogers Arena – Enter @ Gate 3

This is your only chance to get official Canucks equipment and apparel at blowout prices. Don’t miss this annual sale where you can pick up your favourite player’s skates, pads, pants and more at amazing prices as well as Canucks apparel at up to 70% off!

Discounts and Specials:

  • All apparel up to 70% off – Includes brands like Touch, G111, Old Time Hockey, CCM, Lancaster and Under Armour
  • Game Used Equipment specials
  • Game Worn Jersey specials
  • Memorabilia specials throughout the day
  • Apparel and equipment giveaways

Review: Rockford Ice Hogs Equipment Sale

The Rockford IceHogs held a garage sale on Saturday, June 27 in which the team sold game worn jerseys from the 2014-15 season in addition to game used sticks, a small assortment of gloves and helmets and leftover merchandise and in-game promotions. I woke-up at 5:30 AM that morning to make the 2-hour drive from my place in Chicago so that I could join fellow collector, Chris Jerina, and his wife, Michelle, at the front of the line. Sure enough, when I arrived they were already camped out by doors making me the third person waiting to get into the BMO Center.

Although I have been collecting on and off for nearly a couple of decades, this was actually the first equipment sale that I had ever attended. In going to the sale, like many other collectors, I had a specific agenda. Even though I grew-up being a Blackhawks fan and there were sure to IceHogs jerseys of guys from the most recent Stanley Cup winning team such as Scott Darling and Teuvo Teravainen, the main focus of my collection is my alma mater, Western Michigan University, and I really wanted to get a jersey of former Bronco captain Dane Walters.

With the sale officially beginning at 11:00 AM and us getting there at 8:00, we had three hours to spend waiting. As I know many other collectors would agree, as meaningful as the jerseys in our collections are, the best part about this hobby are the interactions with other collectors and the friendships that develop as a result. Both Chris and Michelle are great, down-to-earth people and as a result, the time we spent waiting really flew by. We discussed various aspects of the hobby in addition to topics outside of the world of jersey collecting. As the line began to grow in size and as the time to enter neared, we began to discuss our strategy for when the doors opened. Since there were three of us and Rockford wore three styles of jerseys, home, away and alternate, we decided it would be best if we each went for a rack and pulled any player that any us were looking for, which was any #19 Walters jerseys for me and any #21 Teravainen and #33 Darling jerseys for Chris and Michelle.

Next Week’s Equipment Sales: Rockford and South Carolina

OinkOutfittersi1213DAOn Saturday, June 27th there will be an ECHL and an AHL equipment sale.

In Rockford, IL, the Rockford Ice Hogs will be hosting an equipment sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center.  This sale will have both new and used jerseys, helmets, sticks and gloves.  Check it out here.

In North Charleston, SC the South Carolina Stingrays will also be having their equipment sale from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.  This sale will have sticks, helmets, gloves, pants and even 2015 Kelly Cup Finals exclusive items.  Read more here.


Wrap Up of the 2015 Red Wing Equipment Sale



This year, the Detroit Red Wings had some pretty interesting items.  On the day before the sale, the jersey pricing list was distributed to season ticket holders, however an equipment list was not distributed.  The Hockeytown Authentics twitter and facebook pages uploaded sneak peaks of equipment throughout the days leading up to the event.

Many of the jerseys that did not see many games were not on the list and most likely will be recycled for the following year, such as playoff jerseys and players like Ferraro, Pulkinnen, McCollum, etc.  Last year, many players playoff jerseys were not made available and recycled to this year as well.

There were some interesting points regarding pricing/availability this year: