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  1. Really appreciate this guide you put together. Some thoughts on my process (which I should have documented with before photos, but just wanted to get to work!) I'm working on a stained and autographed minor league HiLi white Ice Sheen jersey from the early 90s. The only thing I could compare that material to is a tarp, but it looked cool as hell on the ice at the time. I'd say the autographs, and stains, are at least 25 years old. - The Amodex works, but takes a lot of time as you said. The first autograph I worked on actually came all the way out after scrubbing in the Amodex using a toothbrush. I tried "digging in" with a fingernail as was advised, but I found the toothbrush to be a lot more effective. Other autographs on the jersey have been a lot tougher, which is where the Clorox bleach pen is helping. - You really need to do both sides of the jersey for maximum removal. - Where the Amodex really makes a difference is removing non-Sharpie stains. I was able to brush old stains right out, and see it work in real time. - I had acetone and goof-off available for use, but never went to either product. - I can really only work a few hours at a time on this removal project, so I did, and then did an Oxiclean wash and air dry. The part of the jersey I worked on is not completely clean yet, but it is definitely in better shape. The Oxiclean brought a lot of life back to the jersey by itself. Another pass of the Amodex and bleach pen on the first part I worked on should totally remove those autographs. Then I'll start the process again on the other autographs. I have no idea how this project will ultimately turn out, but I went from having an autograph and stain-ruined jersey, to one that is on its way to a second life. I'm not sure how much easier this is on ultrafil or air-knit, but it's slowly working so far on an off-the-wall material. It's going to be a long haul, but I feel confident of the initial pass enough to keep at it.
  2. If I'm not mistaken, one thing that I believe has been cleaned up recently is NHL Network blackouts. I'm living in the midwest and watching the Capitals - being the Cup champions, many of their games are optioned on open nights to NHL Network. Keep in mind that those aren't fully-produced, network-specific telecasts - they're just pulling RSN telecasts of one of the two teams. In past seasons, any RSN game picked up by NHL Network was considered a national telecast, and therefore blacked out. Which would be a pain in the Arse - if NHL Network started "flexing" games to their channel, you were s*** out of luck on watching it on GameCenter. And my streaming cable package doesn't have NHL Network as an option, so then you're just screwed. This runs against what MLB.tv does - any MLB Network, FOX/FS1, or midweek ESPN game is available on the app, via the local RSN feed. Only Sunday Night Baseball in the U.S. on ESPN was blacked out, since it's an exclusive window, league-wide. Postseason was blacked out too, but those games are pretty widely available. But on this year's schedule, I've noticed that NHL Network games have been available to me in GameCenter via the local RSN feed. So that's a plus. I know HNIC games in the U.S. are typically NHL Network games - I'm not sure if those are blacked out, however. It's a must-have for me, and has improved dramatically since the MLBAM takeover.
  3. My recent experience with three modern era Caps jerseys (one Edge 2.0 and two adidas MIC) was 10 weeks from when I shipped, to when I was invoiced. Sent them the first week of July, and back in my hands right at the start of training camp, which is what I was hoping for. I also had the residue from a stripped jersey cleaned by them. No patch applications. Nameplates were the correct material on each one. Shipping was insanely quick (though it helps to live within a hundred miles of Rockford) - I was invoiced on a Saturday, paid on Sunday, and had the jerseys on Tuesday. Solid experience, but obviously not a complicated order.
  4. Apologies in advance for not taking photos from my experience, but I stripped an MIC GI adidas Capitals red jersey (originally customized by EPS, of course), and was left with more glue residue than I could handle on my own. The sleeve numbers came off mostly clean, but there was glue in spots. I removed most of it. The back of the jersey, once stripped, was completely covered with glue residue. Using the acetone methods detailed in this forum, I was able to remove about half of it by myself - but it was a difficult, time-consuming process. A lot of time individually flaking off glue with my fingernails. It seemed more difficult, at least to me, than air knit was. The custom job I'm getting should cover up most of the residue, but it was problematic. On the home jersey, I wanted to lose the NHL 100 patch to apply a proper SCF patch, but that was impossible. The NHL 100 patch on the home jersey was completely glued down. On the road jersey I bought it wasn't, but I'm still asking EPS to remove it in case there is residue around the stitching that I can't detect. Maybe as the season went on, the custom work changed, or maybe the jersey I got was more problematic than others. Hard to say - each customizer and custom job is different.
  5. Confirmation on both Caps items here: - I had a 1995-00 Caps jersey done by EPS (which was of course, not the customizer at the time) done a few years back - like capsjerseys.com describes, they did both my numbers and name in full kiss-cut. White home jersey, so black on the bottom, then bronze, then white. I didn't have to specify this for them - they just did it. - I also have MIC adidas home and away jerseys for this season, done by EPS (stripped from MeiGray). It is layered names on a bar, with kiss-cut numerals, as it was on Reebok home and away jerseys in years' past. Sorry I don't have a photo hosting service set up right now, otherwise I'd post pics.
  6. I know there's already been a lot written about the Adizero jersey, but I still felt the need to kick in some up-close experience. If your team doesn't have a new style that you have to have, please don't buy this jersey. It is truly a piece of crap. Attended a Capitals game at Capital One Arena tonight. Had two additional missions to enjoying my 24 oz beers: check out the Adizero jersey, and scan the crowd to see who was wearing them. With the bias that the Caps are not wearing a new style (except for the adjusted front shoulder blue trim - which I'm really pleased with), I observed that most people still wear Reebok replicas to games. The Adizeros are creeping in, and some fans are also sporting the Fanatics jerseys, but the Reebok Premiers still rule the day. A good piece of news is that there seem, anecdotally, to be fewer counterfeits out there. That is good, at least in this market. My brother, who likes jerseys, and understands that I only buy the made in Canada product (I was wearing a MeiGray blank issued Caps third jersey from 16-17 that popped up on eBay), was disinterested in the Adizero product, but liked the Fanatics product for the softness and fit. Meanwhile, I checked out the Adizero. Terrible. The weight was actually not bad when I picked it up, but the fit and material was a turnoff. I wear a 54 Edge 2.0 (I'm 6-0, 165, 76-inch wingspan) and learned that the size 50 Adizero would be the only thing that fits me. The body is long (moreso than wide) and the sleeves are like an Edge 1.0, if not longer. I would need a size 50, which I know are not easy to find (especially if I want that elusive Caps white Adizero, which only Lids has in a few sizes). The material is abysmal. Body is like the Reebok Premier, but with the mesh shaped somewhat like the on-ice MIC Adizero. Shoulder yoke with the dimples looks cheap. You can see the quality of the on-ice product from far away or on TV, but the material on the Indo Adizero doesn't even try to match. Dimples are distinctive and deep on the MIC jersey - Adizeros are shallow and just look like a knockoff. Colors are OK, but not as bold as the on-ice product. They'll fade like every other Reebok Premier. Fight strap is so far down the back side. When looking at the limited number of fans wearing them (which again, beats wearing a counterfeit), I noticed the pulls and snags, already. Especially on the dimpled shoulders. No one had a pro customization on their Adizero, but they don't care. Which is fine, as long as they aren't fake. A tiny handful of folks wore fake Adizeros. Not enough to move the needle, or close to Reebok totals. The bottom line is that I had been toying with getting the Adizero product for some time, but seeing them in action tonight was all I needed. I'll be waiting for the MeiGray game issueds this summer.
  7. Can't thank you enough for your work there, Jersey Mike. Was hoping to stop by Kettler when I travel there in September to check the Adizero jerseys for myself - now I won't even bother. What garbage. How were they able to get the jump on everyone else on stocking these? I haven't seen anything on their Twitter account about them.
  8. It should be noted that the small adidas Adizero button that will appear on the retail "authentics"is present on both the Flyers and Devils jerseys in that picture.
  9. If you're willing to wait until sometime in May, and make the trip up to Milwaukee from northern Illinois, the Ads have a garage sale every year at the Bradley Center in downtown. Usually a two-day event, on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Pro stock equipment is usually picked over very quickly, but game worn and authentic jerseys are typically untouched. Authentic jerseys usually run about $200, gamers more. No guarantees that they'll have old style stuff this year, but it's certainly a possibility. The team may even have a good idea of inventory right around that time. There were many authentics left over when I bought mine. Just keep an eye out - unless they go deep in the playoffs, it's usually late May, early June. If you want a past-style gamer, they're here: https://squareup.com/market/mkeadmirals
  10. Just contributing to the knowledge here: I bought a Milwaukee Admirals blank Edge 2.0 from their team garage sale last year. It was a size 52, so clearly not being worn by any players. It was from the Reebok wordmark era, not a CCM one from last year. The fight strap had double-layered tackle twill applied to it, and had all of the same paper tagging as a retail edge 2.0. AHL authentic neck tagging as well. It was every bit as "heavy" as an NHL 2.0. Interestingly, I recently bought a wordmark Capitals home Edge 2.0 off eBay, and it came with the double-layered fight strap. This jersey had the Center Ice neck tags and standard retail paper tagging. so definitely not a team issue. Born-on date was April 2013. Perhaps more of the double-layered fight straps make it into the market than we think.
  11. On first glance, the WC replica seems like it's nicer - airknit material, and crest sewn down. I had a 2011 Caps WC replica that I eventually traded up for a 1.0 authentic a year after the fact. They're not bad - but I think the Canadian-made 550s are way nicer. The WC replicas are Indonesian made, and reportedly churned out in a hurry. I was considering getting a Caps version from this year when they were deeply discounted by Modells in the DC metro area - my brother went into the store to check them out. He ended up getting one, but said they were in pretty poor shape. Lot of loose threads, snags, and in some cases the pre-customized numbers were starting to come off. The Modells manager told him that they were looking to get rid of a lot of the stock, in part, because the quality was suspect. The manager said that the league is so rushed on special designs like this one, that they don't often get a quality product. After he shared that story - I've decided just to hold out for the chance at a 2.0 authentic.
  12. I second that. Non hockey story - once sold a game-issued NFL jersey on eBay that was essentially untouched from the time I bought it some years prior. Was made during the Reebok era of NFL jerseys where most gamers were made by the Ripon factory in Berlin, Wisconsin. Each jersey had a "Made in Berlin, WI" indicator tag on the inside, along the side panel. This jersey was no exception, but clearly was shipped from the factory with that tag sewn against the spandex side panel, instead of standing straight out.The buyer that bought my jersey filed a claim against me for selling a jersey that was "not as described" because that tag was sewn against the side panel. EBay upheld the claim and while the buyer was friendly enough about it, still fully believed I was selling snake oil. I had to return the handsome profit made and take the shirt back. On re-sale, I ended up taking a bath on the jersey. Pretty much lost my interest in non-NHL collecting and eBay after that.
  13. Wonder which one is going to be the go-to - JC members have populated both. Obviously, the group will gravitate towards one. Sad to see JC go under...
  14. Coming from someone who doesn't live in a portion of the US with college hockey, but who works in college athletics, I'd say it's not easy to get college jerseys. Players, unless they're seniors and have no eligibility, can't sell them - it's an NCAA rules violation (think AJ Green, former Georgia WR). Of course, there could be backdoor dealings, but a lot of schools won't put the jerseys in the hands of the players, in order to avoid these compliance issues. Coaches don't typically deal with the jerseys - if the teams have managers or operations directors, those are the folks that deal with uniforms, equipment, etc. But they aren't typically in a position to sell. Getting in touch with athletic fund-raising and development personnel is one way to go - the school can stand to benefit from the sale or auction of jerseys, and those funds can become departmental donations. Larger schools with apparel/equipment deals (some department-wide, some hockey specific) are where you are likely to be able to collect from - they have more flexibility to sell/auction used products. Obviously, special event jerseys are almost universally auctioned off at the collegiate level to raise funds. Many auctions are on the school's websites. Smaller D-I schools and other levels typically have to recycle, and if the schools are public, they have to give the used equipment to a college "surplus" - that's where the items are eventually and publically auctioned off, and you can sometimes find jerseys. Many schools sell their used equipment this way. The institution, not the athletic department, handles surplus. Again, I don't know much about the college hockey landscape, but those are some of my best guesses.
  15. Big ups to FHG on a great transaction - right on top of things, great communicator and a quick ship. Would definitely do business with again. Plus gotta love the retro Caps jersey!
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