Friday, May 8, 2009
Welcome to my new blog. My plan is to feature a different jersey from my collection each day. Perhaps each weekday. We'll just have to see how it goes. I've got a pretty large supply of jerseys to feature, so I plan on it being an ongoing proposition. I'll do my best to keep track of the ones I have talked about and, while some jerseys may look similar, you won't be seeing the same jersey twice. So, stay tuned and hopefully you'll see some things you find interesting and some stuff you've never seen before and learn a bit of history along the way.
A few things before we begin. Nothing you see is for sale. Please don't ask. If you are looking for a place to buy something similar - ebay is the answer. Yes, ebay is drowning in fake jerseys these days, but that's where the vast majority of mine have come from.
Aside from the many online retailers, you might also try the following forums that have active For Sale and Items Wanted sections.
JerseyCentral.org - Discussion of jerseys from all sports with an emphasis on authentics
IceJerseys.com forums - Discussion of hockey jerseys only
Also, I fully admit most of my jerseys are replicas and you will surely find that some will have a certain degree of historical inaccuracies, mainly in what brand was worn in what year with what patch. I'm a bit lax in the hardcore accuracy department. For example, if the Red Wings wore Nike in 1998, I'm just as likely to have used a Starter jersey since the striping and cut of the jersey is exactly the same.
On the other hand, I do my best to keep everything other than brand as close to the original as possible. I won't put a patch on a Rangers v-neck collar when it belongs on one with a tie-neck collar.
In other words, I worry about the correct style of the jersey, but don't let the brand get in the way of my fun.