So after a busy weekend here is my expo summary that I promised.
Last year I took nearly 50 jerseys with me and that was just way too much. This year I brought about 12-15 less and it largely paid off (more on that later). Based on how my table was last year, I actually mapped out exactly how my table would look and what jerseys would go where on an excel spreadsheet. It made packing a whole lot easier as I put everything I was going to put on the table in one large bag and the 5-8 jerseys I would keep in the bag to show individual collectors under the table. I even packed the rows of jerseys I planned together so it made setup much quicker than I did last year.
I got there at around 7:45-7:50 and finished setting up around 8:30ish. According to Stu from Meigray there were 3 more collector tables than last year. There were 2 sections with 9 tables each. In between the two sections was the swap table. Each section contained 3 rows of 3 tables each. I was in the section closer to the main door and I was in the middle row with the middle table right between Brilliant! And Hollywood Canon. For the free jerseys I got a red caps 56 and a white Stars (the old college-looking style jersey) in 56.
The expo was really busy last year and had a nice variety to it. Three tables including mine focused on NJ Devils and 1 table focused on Albany River Rats, so the team was well represented. Meigray brought their usual display along with a nice display of vintage and current Capitals. The expo in general had very much a Capitals flavor due to them being a Meigray team along with winning their first ever cup. From what it appeared, a vast majority of the free jerseys given out were indeed caps jerseys.
This year was also the first year my older brother, his son and my brother’s best friend actually came to the show. His son (my nephew) has shown recent interest in hockey jerseys so I recommended it to them and the allure of a free jersey was the thing that sealed the deal for them lol. They came in around 11 and we went around together to look at everything. They actually told me later that they enjoyed it more than they thought they would and loved seeing the history in the room and really dug the HHOF display as well as Joric’s vintage jersey table. They left right before Mike Rupp spoke but my brother texted me later saying my nephew is already asking him to go to next year’s expo and that he loves his free jerseys (they got a Caps and through some trades got a white Bruins).
Mike Rupp was a very interesting speaker. He had some great stories to tell that were all pretty interesting. He was asked about the opening faceoff fight when he was on the Rangers at MSG against the Devils from 3/19/12. He told what happened leading up to it but I couldn’t help to think that I should have brought my Ryan Carter jersey from that fight. Oh well lol.
Against my better judgement I got one of the grab bag spots at the expo. I got it when the top 3 were still available with about half of the spots claimed. Myself and Devils fan I am friendly with went to the front at the same time to pay for the grab bag. We both pulled the spot cards at the same time and he got #1 pick while I got #13. He was extremely happy about it and I was very happy for him. It was his first ever expo and I think he will now come to these every year haha. I went BPA when it came to my turn and got Bruins 90th patched Soderberg.
I did eventually go to the warehouse but for the first time ever I purchased nothing. I got a Will Butcher white set 2 gamer earlier in the week with one of last year’s 20% off coupons so that was pretty much my personal warehouse sale lol.
Overall it was another awesome experience. It was really fun to see everyone and this year it went even quicker than last year. I already look forward to next year and I apologize for the really wordy summary. I will eventually remember other things down the road and follow up lol.
Here is my table: