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About JeffB

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    IJ.com's resident hockey history blogger
  • Birthday 08/30/1963

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    Hockey, Hockey History and Hockey Jerseys

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  • Favorite Team(s)
    Minnesota Wild
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    Lemieux, Gretzky
  • Favorite Jersey(s)
    Mario Lemieux 1991-92 "3 patch" skating Penguin road black.

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  1. I have seen Houston Aeros jerseys in both green with blue shoulders and the reverse, blue with green shoulders. I get the impression the green ones were from their earlier days and the blue ones from their later seasons. What I'd really like to know is: Was the blue jersey used as an alternate for the green before taking over as the primary like I suspect? If anyone has a good handle on when the green and blue jerseys were worn, I'd love to hear about the exact timeline for both styles. Thanks!
  2. So, I called Custom Crafted and they told me in no uncertain terms that the sample prototype was immediately rejected by the either the team president or owner (I can't recall just exactly which one he said) before it even got down to the level of coach Keenan, who is often credited as being the one who shot it down. With the jersey rejected so quickly, no customization specs were ever created. Additionally, I wrote to all the ebay sellers who are selling blank or customized jerseys or kits, and putting all the answers together, the customization you see offered on ebay is just an interpr
  3. Nathan, do you have an opinion on this name and number customization? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Never-Used-St-Louis-Blues-95-96-034-THE-TRUMPETER-034-Wayne-Gretzky-Pro-Jersey-sz-56-/282173594061 The 9's are a copy of the Los Angeles Burger King jersey font and the music note name on the back is a font called Melody Maker. I have my doubts about this customization, particularly the choice of the dark blue main coloring.
  4. My immediate reaction is.... mixed. On the one hand I can't believe they would have used blue numbers, but on the other hand, that font for the name? Would anyone just make that up? Its kinda, sorta, gotta be real, doesn't it? Back to those digits, the Canucks, Bruins and Penguins used unremarkable block font numbers, while the Kings and Ducks went off the board with theirs, so there's no way to know which camp the Blues would have been in, but part of me thinks that the more dye-sublimated the design (meaning Duck and Kings), the stranger the font...
  5. This is a bit of a fly in the ointment, since Gretzky was only with the Blues for the latter part of the 1995-96 season. If this were truly a jersey that was not set to debut until 1996-97, then I would have to change my customization choice to #16 Brett Hull. Meanwhile, back on topic, what lettering option do you think works best for this jersey style...
  6. In 1995-96 the first wave of NHL third jerseys arrived in Boston, Vancouver, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. The story goes that there was also supposed to be one in St. Louis, but coach Mike Keenan took one look at it and shot it down. A single photo was published in a book proved its existence, but that was all we ever saw of it for 20 years. Until now.... A mad genius on ebay actually produced a run of these dye sublimated bad boys and I've got mine! The conundrum is, how to customize it? Since they never wore it, no one knows what the plan was for the numbers
  7. For whatever reason, that seller has a long history of changing user ID's periodically. After a zillion transactions, I think he chalks up just enough complaints (likely from post office errors out of his control and/or crackpots who can never be satisfied) and runs afoul of ebay's policies and is forced to start over.
  8. Some time after the movie Miracle came out in 2004, some of the jerseys used in the filming of the movie started to appear on ebay. I first saw the West Germany jerseys and thought they were unique, badged like a soccer jersey more than crested like a hockey jersey. I waited to see if the prices would drop as they listed jersey after jersey from the set, also hoping to get one with a very "German" name on the back. Eventually I waited too long and they sold the entire set. Oh well. Later on I got the chance to get some of the other countries jerseys for some reasonable prices and began to pic
  9. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all got the jerseys you were hoping for! Thanks for posting the link to my blog. I hope you all enjoyed "Hockey Jesus". I was pleasantly surprised at how many images I had to pick from, both as a forward and as a goaltender.
  10. Well this has taken a turn for the weird…
  11. My first impression of the Detroit jersey was "NASCAR". I don't hate it, but I can also picture it with some Coca-Cola and Goodyear patches on it's zoomy self. The Blackhawks is fine for being rendered within this year's SS template. It's no 2009 Winter Classic or 2015 Winter Classic throwbacks, but it gets the job done without being stupid in the least. The Wild? That one leaves me flat. It's too bad they had to be forced into the NHL's SS template. The Wild is capable of so much more and I was hoping for a unique, knock-me-on-my-butt retro jersey. I'm really a fan of the design element of
  12. I've stripped older double knit baseball jerseys with very few problems getting the names and numbers off. Once the numbers are off, I have had regular issues with the bottom layer of twill color bleeding from the adhesives and heat pressing and staining the jersey. For example, I'm a Twins fan, and their white pinstripe jerseys have red numbers with a blue outline, making the blue the base color. After stripping the numbers off, blue stains remain on the back of the jersey. I took the jersey to my local dry cleaners and they tried the modern "green" chemicals to get the stain out with no lu
  13. Wow. I never knew there was a different version for the 96 Worlds and the 96 World Cup. That 96 Worlds version must be very rare.
  14. JeffB

    EPS stripping

    I've had them strip several jerseys over time and each one has turned out great. We've never had to resort to a #88 to cover up an old mess and I give them a full recommendation. That said, I'm not bad at it myself and will often take care of what needs to be done to save myself the cash, but other times it's just too big of a job and it's worth it to me not to have to deal with it, such as three color numbers all sewn through the jersey separately. I'll just throw money at the problem in that case to make it go away.
  15. JeffB

    Jersey oddities

    This is looking like an amazing project. Once it's done, I'd certainly do a feature on it on my website.
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