Dear reader this is the first installment of the Hockey Collectors Corner. If you find this presentation is helpful please send verbal flowers and if not send verbal bricks. Sincerely the Berenson Geezer.
How to Build an Historically Correct Blues Jersey.
For the first 20 years of the Blues the proper uniform consisted of civilian clothing. Since that time the team Jersey has become far more common. This has resulted in few older Jerseys being for sale or available as hand me downs. The fix for this situation is to buy a game worn Jersey or construct a Jersey from available parts.
The gameworn route is is time consuming and can be expensive. The dealers in Gameworn Jerseys include GamewornJerseys.com, meigraygroup.com, NHLGameworn.com, Byronshockeyland, The Detroit Hockey Co., HockeyGamers.com, The Spirit of the Game, The Hockey Gallery, West Coast Hockey Jersey Exchange, Pats Pro Jerseys, Drop the Gloves, J&J Distributing, The Neutral Zone and Net Collectibles. If time and money are not big concerns then this is the was to go. Many Gameworn Jerseys are sold off after vthe death of the player concerned. Prices can go anywhere from a Christian Backman Gameworn for $400 to a Henri Richard for $17,900 . A gameworn Jersey from the early years of the Blues will bring $1000 to $3000 depending on the Player. A Red Berenson practice jersey recently sold for $1700.
If the game worn route is to rich for your blood then you can construct a Jersey for $50 to 150$. The trick is to know where to find the partsand how to assemble them. The first step is to get a closeup photo of your hero wearing the Jersey you want to recreate. Next go to The Hockey Jersey Database at NHLUniforms.com.This data base will give you the exact configuration of the Jersey in question. Please note that nameplates appeared on Blues home Jerseys in the 1974-1975 season and on road Jerseys in 1977-1978. As to finding the Jersey you need the first place to look is Ebay. With persistance the Jersey you want will appear and at a great price. If possible get a Jersey with a Bluenote crest because the NHL will no longer authorize Crests to be sold separately (dont ask why I am not a Lawyer). If time is not on your side check the Amazon.com Marketplace and Ebay sellers Stadiumstyle1, hockey-jerseys-direct.com, OldJerseys.com, UltimaHockey Shop or RetroSportsDreams (RetroSportsDreams has a beautiful 1953 replica St. Louis Flyers replica Jersey for you Super Geezers like me).If you are forced to buy a totally blank Jersey then Bluenote Crests are available on Ebay sellers Thugmins, Orion31, ejunbo and Vintage Classics. Have fun and reply below or I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org