What Happens To The Jerseys Missing From Special Event Auctions?

s-l1600Naturally, they get destroyed.  Thanks to big money deals between the NHL and card companies like Upper Deck, if you were waiting to bid on your favorite players jersey at auction after the special event, such as the Stadium Series, if your player is one of the lucky 5 to be selected to fulfill “other commitments”, that jersey gets destroyed.

Taking a look at previous auctions for the Stadium Series last year, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit and Minnesota, the following players were omitted from the auctions:

Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Chicago Blackhawks

Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild
Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild
Ryan Carter, Minnesota Wild
Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Francois Beauchemin, Colorado Avalanche
Nick Holden, Colorado Avalanche
Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
Luke Glendening, Detroit Red Wings
Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings
Riley Sheahan, Detroit Red Wings

If you were not able to get them directly from the team or from the team’s specific auction, you will find them ending up in cards.

As if “things” in cards weren’t gimmicky enough, you’ll notice on Beckett’s checklist of the Upper Deck 2016-17 SP Game Used Series, “Connects fans to sport’s biggest moments”, because nothing says historical significance like shredding it.

Each year, it seems they find new ways to expand on the creativity to try to keep card collectors purchasing more expensive printed cardboard by pressing tiny pieces of shredded items into them to make the purchaser feel like they are receiving the graciousness of owning a piece of the game.

I know the feeling, I was once one of them.  I did not realize that you could actually purchase the entire, unshredded jersey.  Upon this revelation, the “game used” cards seemed more and more pointless as the gimmick wore thin and the years compiled and availability became more common.

Jerseys (even highlighting jersey tags, fight straps, patches), Pucks, Netting, Gloves, Skates, Pads, Banners.  Nothing is safe.  Nothing is off limits.  If it can be sliced thin, it will be.

If you find yourself wondering why the jersey of the player you want isn’t included in the auctions, check next year’s batch of cards.  Next up, shredding the Declaration of Independence, “Bringing Everyone Closer To Freedom”.