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  1. Here are some ads with prices from a 1999 Hockey News. I may have older issues or actual catalogs in storage elsewhere, and the prices would be even lower for early-mid 1990s.. http://imgur.com/a/isnuq ProPlayer from $129, CCM from $119 http://imgur.com/a/Q253c Team Canada Bauer Pro for $99.99 http://imgur.com/a/u0fni CCM Pro from $116 http://imgur.com/a/v2YoR CCM Warehouse Sale from $54.00 (Isles Fisherman!) http://imgur.com/a/tjUEx Bauer IHL Pro Sale from $54.00
  2. I wish I kept all those old catalogs. But I recall that in the early-mid 1990s, places like Dante Cozzi sold the higher quality airknit replicas for about 45 dollars. Maybe a little more at other places. The cheaper "ultrafil" replicas went for about 30 dollars. Pro-weight jerseys with little detail (NJ Devils, Mtl. Canadiens) went for something like 80-90 dollars. More detailed jerseys (w/ extra lettering or patches, such as NY Rangers) went for about $125. Customization was extra. The biggest difference between the airknit replicas and proweights then was the double elbows/shoulders and fight straps. All else was pretty much identical. Replica quality has gone downhill since while price has gone up inversely proportional.
  3. Wow. The NHL has never looked so good as it did in 1991-92. Congrats on amassing this set.
  4. Bootleg Gordie Howe jersey
  5. They did go into the differences. I don't remember, at this point, if it was in the text or the video, but they mentioned the feel of the crests ("bubbly" vs. flat), the frayed stitching. Also, the lack of a Reebok logo on the jersey, and lack of a hologram on the tag. Also the quality of the hologram (legit will fade from "NHL" to "LNH").
  6. I don't support counterfeiting - and I don't own any fake jerseys - but I don't begrudge the casual fan who has gotten one, knowingly or not (I imagine unknowingly, more often than not), and I am someone who cares about jersey quality. It wasn't that long ago that CCM airknit replicas went for 45 dollars - heck I think Dante Cozzi even sold them for 30-35 dollars. The jerseys had embroidered crests and patches - really the only difference between those replicas and the pro-weights was the lack of fight straps, and no double shoulders/elbows. Now, the quality of replicas has gone down considerably and the price has doubled. I don't recall that big of a bootleg market in the 1990s, outside of generic jerseys usually meant for rec league hockey that you might get customized at a local athletic store, but even that required effort on the part of the buyer. Even then, pro weights went for 85-125 dollars, maybe a little more in the late 1990s/early 2000s, and now, 300 dollars? That's insane. Of course the bootleg industry is huge now.
  7. Thanks for the informative reply. That make sense I suppose with the more detailed jersey elements/custom orders. Switching out the felt numbers for tackle twill though shouldn't be cost prohibitive.Anyhow, I will add that my customer service experiences with EFF have been very positive and they are more responsive to queries than most companies might be. Sounds like it was a fun adventure for you though, all that research, and finally seeing the project through in an actual jersey! -Rob
  8. Congratulations! Those are great jerseys. If you don't mind (as an EFF customer too), why did EFF insist on producing inaccurate jerseys? To purposely foil anyone who might try to pass the jersey off as vintage or even game-worn? Or because of some perceived value of what a "nostalgia" jersey should look like?
  9. Well, as Uni-Watch pointed out, ads on NBA jerseys have been "inevitable" for a few years now, but haven't become reality yet. The NHL also knows this won't go over easily, but they say this stuff now just to break the ice. I'm betting on the Wawa Flyers anyway
  10. Not quite in the same vein but reminds me of a story my dad tells: He taught at a college in the early-mid 1990s when hockey jerseys became popular with the rapper set. He saw one kid wearing a Pens jersey and asked "How's Lemieux doing this year?" Reply: "Who?"
  11. Awesome Finland jersey! That the one that was on ebay recently? I meant to bid, totally forgot =P It's a beauty.
  12. These look like "fan jerseys" not what pros should wear on ice. http://www.tsn.ca/bardown/Story.aspx?Introducing%2bHockey%2bCanada%27s%2bnew%2bjerseys&id=455739 Meh.
  13. Even if he was legit, the quality of those shirts look poor to me. They look like 35 dollar specials, or maybe something you'd get out of a thrift store. Not worth 200 bucks.
  14. Here is a reply in a more recent column, to the comments he has received: <<<Apparently, far too many fans care what one egghead editor ironically considers cool. For the few that caught the irony in the No. 1 hockey fan faux pas, a tip of the hat to you. For those that took the silliness much too seriously (“it’s not about fashion, it’s about coolness.” Really? That wasn’t a drop-dead giveaway?), feel free to lay the lack of clarity on the editor. As the saying goes, “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is still king,” and he should have put it in braille.>>> I think he's just having a little fun, and even if he really believes it, he's got a right to run his opinion and to back it up in debate. But no, I don't agree with most his his recent "jersey faux pas." I also gave up on The Hockey News as a whole several years ago. Around the time they went from reporting actual news to running "sound bite" articles. And they're not even very good at that. The New York Times, for example, has run more more informative and in-depth pieces on hockey matters in recent years.
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