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Stop reading anything Morten posts. They're all "Grails". It's irritating.

Pretty much this. He is not alone though and I see many other collectors use it very loosely and it has pretty much lost all meaning.

In my book a grail must be:

1) Somewhat hard to find

2) Have some unique quality about it that means something to you or others

3) Must have at least some value to it.

A grail is not something that:

1) Is easy to find from a dealer who has many similar shirts or is constantly on ebay

2) You get in one day, post about how excited you are to have it and then only for you to sell it within a couple of weeks and/or months

3) Costs about the same as a customized replica from NHL shop.

There are 4 jerseys that I would consider grails for me:

1) Elias 2000 SCF red gamer used in game 6 - High probability Elias owns this so I doubt I will ever own or even see this

2) Mike Peluso Devils game worn jersey - Finding and of his stuff is pretty hard and I was lucky enough to get a 94-95 red set 1 gamer of his late last year but with a restored nameplate. Good enough for me so Mission Accomplished.

3) Andy Greene First NHL game jersey - Never seen this surface and never have seen any from his first year (2006-07 though NHL considers 07-08 his rookie year as he didn't play many games in 06-07).

4) John MacLean Devils game worn jersey - His gamers are known amongst Devils collectors to be one of, if not he hardest player to get. I only know of 2 collectors who have at least 1 of his gamers and you would basically have to saw it off of their hands to get it. Doubt I will ever get one.

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My 'Grails' would be Bob Probert gamers - have a Hawks, still need a Wings -

A lady I work with has a Probert Red Wings gamer. Bob threw it over the glass to her husband after a fight many moons ago. I've offered to buy it on many occasions but she's shot me down every single time.

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Pretty much this. He is not alone though and I see many other collectors use it very loosely and it has pretty much lost all meaning.

In my book a grail must be:

1) Somewhat hard to find

2) Have some unique quality about it that means something to you or others

3) Must have at least some value to it.

A grail is not something that:

1) Is easy to find from a dealer who has many similar shirts or is constantly on ebay

2) You get in one day, post about how excited you are to have it and then only for you to sell it within a couple of weeks and/or months

3) Costs about the same as a customized replica from NHL shop.

I guess that's true. If you consider the genesis of the phrase "grail", you certainly can't just go to MeiGray and buy one. By that logic, my Brodeur gamer isn't necessarily a "grail" because you can find a billion of them, you just have to have the ability to pay for them.

So I will readjust my grail expectations. I guess at this point a size 56 CCM Ultrafil vintage red/green Devils authentic fits the bill, as I have never seen one for sale, I don't have one and they are no longer making them, and it has some value. Maybe not rare gamer value, but as authentic go.

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Got one more piece of my TBTC set. It's a size 50 and not in perfect condition, but I'm very happy to have it. Lots of piling to be removed and a full strip job. I lucked out because the numbers weren't glued down. Should be an easy strip.

6 down and 2 to go...Rangers and Canadiens are left!

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A lady I work with has a Probert Red Wings gamer. Bob threw it over the glass to her husband after a fight many moons ago. I've offered to buy it on many occasions but she's shot me down every single time.

That's a gold mine she has there - his Wings jerseys appear every few years @ one auction house or another, but they're getting more and more crazy in cost - at some point the stars will align and I'll snag one. Very happy to have landed the one I do have -

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I got my order back from Keener this week. My first time using him, or anyone other than Great Plains (Flames jerseys), and I was incredibly happy with his work. A very exciting day!

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Keener made the kit for my white Liberty Gretzky jersey (Mike did the work), and it came out absolutely perfect. Those look beautiful. I even like the Ozzy!

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Thanks! I was very impressed with his work. It was actually reviews from folks on this board that sent me his way.

The Osgood was a last minute choice and I had a bit of buyers remorse after sending it off, but once I got it back, I was really happy with how it looked. Especially in person, that orange really pops out.

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Very nice haul! Always love a 2002-2004 Team Canada. Nice choice on Yzerman. All very nice jerseys...well done!

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Thanks! I was very impressed with his work. It was actually reviews from folks on this board that sent me his way.

The Osgood was a last minute choice and I had a bit of buyers remorse after sending it off, but once I got it back, I was really happy with how it looked. Especially in person, that orange really pops out.

Hard to tell from the pic, but is it an actual goalie-cut jersey?
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Great haul. Always liked those Dallas and Caps jerseys. I have that Oates as a replica.

And that Osgood? Freaking sweet. Let's hope Chris makes the HHoF soon.

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This arrived last weekend from The Dude Abides, great seller, sorry for the shoddy images, camera work isn't my forte

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Keener's work is great, they just did a nameplate for me and it was perfect.

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Sweet Barberpole Hawks! Still looking for one of those myself.

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This arrived last weekend from The Dude Abides, great seller, sorry for the shoddy images, camera work isn't my forte

Can never get enough of those 90's Leafs ultrafils. That customization though.

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First pickup in a while! Frank Corrado Game Worn Rookie Jersey with LOA from the Canucks. Set 2 White worn March 30 2013 - May 7th 2013. Fairly light wear on it, Few stick marks throughout and an unrepaired hole on the left sleeve.

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Sweet Barberpole Hawks! Still looking for one of those myself.

Thanks man. Been looking for a while too.

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This will sound positively ridiculous, but who is Keener and how do I get a hold of them for '12 Stars jersey since I can't get a hold of Blakes?

Also, do the Kings use nameplates? Or are they direct to the jersey? JB has a really nice Kopi throwback Gold/Purple and it looks like the letters are direct - just want to make sure it's proper.

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This will sound positively ridiculous, but who is Keener and how do I get a hold of them for '12 Stars jersey since I can't get a hold of Blakes?

Also, do the Kings use nameplates? Or are they direct to the jersey? JB has a really nice Kopi throwback Gold/Purple and it looks like the letters are direct - just want to make sure it's proper.

Keener Jerseys is in Winnipeg. I'm waiting on my first order to be returned, but from what I've seen of his work, he's the man.

His attention to detail is amazing and adding custom touches like a Gretzky double tag or a missing shield is no problem.

I think all will agree, a safe bet indeed.

Heres their email:

info@keenerjerseys.com

Heres their website:

http://keenerjerseys.com/

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Kings do not use nameplates. On the vintage gamers, both the top and bottom layers of each letter are individually sewn directly to the jersey, so there are 2 rows of stitching visible from the inside of the jersey, not just one. (If you're picky about that sort of thing.) JB's are probably not like that, but it still looks the same anyway from the outside.

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This will sound positively ridiculous, but who is Keener and how do I get a hold of them for '12 Stars jersey since I can't get a hold of Blakes?

Also, do the Kings use nameplates? Or are they direct to the jersey? JB has a really nice Kopi throwback Gold/Purple and it looks like the letters are direct - just want to make sure it's proper.

Have you actually tried calling Blakes? They're a bit of a mom and pop company and they've always responded when I've called. Their # is (972) 278-1183. Edited by thebiggoalie
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Kings do not use nameplates. On the vintage gamers, both the top and bottom layers of each letter are individually sewn directly to the jersey, so there are 2 rows of stitching visible from the inside of the jersey, not just one. (If you're picky about that sort of thing.) JB's are probably not like that, but it still looks the same anyway from the outside.

Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it. I'm not too upset as long as the work done is good - I am just excited to get my first Kings jersey! Also cool that JB had them. Are his customs decent?

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Have you actually tried calling Blakes? Their a bit of a mom and pop company and they've always responded when I've called. Their # is (972) 278-1183.

I have tried, but never can get a hold of them. I will try again today - thanks!

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