A hockey jersey is like a flag, a show of colors, stripes, and symbols varying only from player to player in number and name. For the player, a jersey is a key part of one’s uniform, worn to instantly identify one’s allegiances. For the fan, a jersey is a symbol of victories achieved, as well as ones that got away.

Collectors have long gravitated to hockey jerseys for their graphic appeal and historical significance. In general, there are two types of hockey jerseys, which are often referred to as sweaters in Canada.

The first, less desirable variety, is the replica jersey, a reproduction of a player’s team jersey from a particular era. Some people collect home jerseys, others collect road colors, and serious fans collect jerseys worn by players at various points in their career. For example, Wayne Gretzky’s blue and orange Edmonton Oilers road jersey from 1979 might be paired with his black and silver Los Angeles Kings road uniform from 1988.

Game-worn or game-used jerseys (the terms are used interchangeably) are even more highly prized. If you get a really old one, say from the 1930s, it’s likely to be made out of wool rather than the mesh polyester jerseys of modern times.

Jerseys worn by players such as Maurice “Rocket” Richards and Guy Lafleur of the Montreal Canadiens, Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Mark Messier of the New York Rangers are particularly collectible.

Finally there are autographed jerseys. Again, game-worn jerseys are more sought-after than replicas. For players like Bobbie Orr, Gordie Howe, and Wayne Gretzky, the older the jersey the better, if you can afford it, that is.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

Beehive Hockey Photo Museum

This easy-to-navigate site contains a complete inventory of the 1,026 Bee Hive Hockey Photos (organized by team and… [read review or visit site]

Hockeylegend.com

Hockeylegend.com

Scott Petterson’s personal collection of vintage ice hockey memorabilia focuses on the history of the Portland Bu… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Game Worn 01-02 Set 2 Phoenix Coyotes Claude Lemieux Jersey W/a Photomatched!!!!Patrick Roy Autographed Colorado Avalanche White Jersey No Reserve!!Patrick Roy Autographed Montreal Canadiens White Jersey No Reserve!!Brendan Shanahan New Jersey Devils Signed Custom Crafted Sz 54 Game JerseyCasey Hankinson Minnesota Gophers Hockey Jersey 1997 Rare Alternate ThirdCarey Price Autographed Montreal Canadiens White Jersey No Reserve!! Wow!!!10-11 Rochester Americans Stars & Bars Jersey #19 Mike Santorelli 75th Patch GiGame Worn Chicago Blackhawks Michael Frolik Jersey With Hawk LoaMontreal Canadiens 2014 Autographed Jersey Goalie Glove Carey Price Pk Subban++ Carey Price Autographed Montreal Canadiens Red Jersey No Reserve!! Wow!!!Brendan Shanahan New Jersey Devils Signed Custom Crafted Sz 54 Game Jersey1976 Usa Canada Cup Durene Hockey Jersey Guy Lafleur Autographed Montreal Canadiens Red Jersey No Reserve!! Wow!!!Beliveau, Richard, Cournoyer Triple Autographed Montreal Canadiens White Jersey2014 Los Angeles Kings Team Signed Jersey Helmet Anze Kopitar Drew Doughty QuickBrendan Gallagher Autographed Montreal Canadiens Red Jersey No Reserve!! Wow!!!Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers Game Jersey 2.0 Size 52 Winter ClassicMark Messier Signed New York Rangers Ccm Jersey Nwt Autograph Size 50 Oilers GaJames Van Riemsdyk Autographed Toronto Maple Leafs White Jersey No Reserve!!Patrick Roy Autographed Canadiens Vintage Cooper Goalie Jersey Gloves - 1986 CupDominik Hasek Autographed Vintage Buffalo Sabres Blue Jersey No ReserveMike Modano Dallas Stars Game Jersey Size 58 Team Issued OverstockClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers Game Jersey 2.0 Size 52 Winter ClassicWayne Gretzky Ccm Game Issued Jersey Rare La Kings Ray Bourque Boston Bruins Autographed Black Hockey Jersey W/coa Xl Jsa WitnessedJeremy Roenick Autographed Chicago Blackhawks Red Jersey Jsa W621763Alexandre Durette Rimouski Oceanic Game Worn Memorial Cup 2008-2009 Sz 54 Qmjhl1976 Bobby Hull Team Canada Autographed Canada Cup Jersey DureneSigned Konrad Reeder 2013-14 Game Worn JerseyTampa Bay Lightning Radko Gudas' Signed Jersey!Beliveau, Richard, & Cournoyer Triple Autographed Montreal Canadiens Red Jersey Chicago Blackhawks Autographed Jersey! 23 Autos! Kane Hossa Keith +Jim Craig 1980 Miracle On Ice Usa Hockey White Custom Jersey Size XxlDrew Doughty Autographed Official Reebok Los Angeles Kings Jersey- W/coaGordon "gordie" Howe Autographed Red Wings W Statjersey Mr. Hockey Psa S84706Bobby Hull Autographed Blackhawks Red Jersey Hof 1983 Jsa W695017Tj Oshie Team Usa Signed Custom 1960 Throwback Usa Jersey JsaToronto Maple Leafs Autographed Helmet Gilmour Belfour Bower Clark Sittler DomiShawn Thornton Boston Bruins Autographed Black Hockey Jersey W/coa Xl Witnessed'Wayne Gretzky Autographed Team Canada Jersey W/gai Coa & TagsMathieu Schneider Game Worn Detroit Red Wing Jersey With Coa!!!!Nike Boston University Terriers Kevin Shattenkirk Hockey Jersey Frozen Four 2009Peter Forsberg Philadelphia Flyers Game Jersey Size 54 IssuedWayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers Hand Signed Autographed Blue Jersey Gai CoaCam Neely Boston Bruins Autographed Black Hockey Jersey W/coa Xl Jsa Witnessed.Johnny Bower Toronto Maple Leafs Autographed Signed Blue Hockey Jersey W/coa XlPro Authentic San Jose Sharks Hockey Jersey Ccm Sz. 52 1992 EditionJames Van Riemsdyk Autographed Toronto Maple Leafs Home Jersey No ReserveJoe Blaznek Florida Everblades Rare Game Worn Used 3rd Style 2002 Jersey 1of 1 !Cam Neely Boston Bruins Signed White Custom Jersey Jsa ItpChris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks Signed Custom Red Jersey SiQjaaahl Qmjhl Granby Inouk Game Worn Used Jersey # 68 Philippe CharbonneauPeter Forsberg Philadelphia Flyers Game Jersey Size 56 IssuedDarren Mccarty Autographed Red Wings Jersey 4x Stanley Cup Champion Wjsa W667283Walter & Wayne Gretzky Autographed 8x10 Magazine Cover Edmonton Oilers **rare**Cam Neely Signed Autographed Custom Bruins Jersey Jsa1980's Vintage Game Used/worn Joe Murphy Adirondack Red Wings Jersey - AhlSan Jose Sharks Game Issued Jimmy Bonneau JerseyMilan Lucic Boston Bruins Autographed Signed Black Hockey Jersey W/coa XlAndy Moog Boston Bruins Autographed Signed Black Hockey Jersey W/coa Xl.