Zack845 Posted April 3, 2019 Report Share Posted April 3, 2019 It's been a few years since I last posted, but hadn't had an itch to scratch on the collecting front... until the B's unveiled their sweater for the 2019 Winter Classic. There was just something about B, the stripes and the colors that I just dug. And I know how traditional the 'Spoked B' has become - but if the B's had (or wanted) to make a change - well I'd be all in favor of them going to this design full time. I amassed a decent (i.e. 5) collection of team issued Bruins sweaters, mostly through Jersey Barron - two of the mustard yellows from 2010 at Fenway (one turned into a Bergeron and the other a Bucyk), a black sweater from the Gillette Stadium drubbing by the Canadiens that remains customized, and a white Edge 1.0 made up as a Savard. So I first reached out to the Baron and was told 'Nope, not going to get any of the MIC/team issued stock this year', and immediately tried to ask friends who were agents if any of their players or the equipment manager could get their hands on an extra team issued stock, and had a similar 'sorry, no can do'. Remembering how quickly the 'Authentics' had sold out for the last two B's Winter Classics, I placed an order with the team's pro shop as soon as pre-orders opened, and got a Chara jersey a few weeks before the game. Quality as everyone has noticed, is 'meh' especially compared to the old air knits, and after I got the jersey, I noticed the numbers were one level sublimated (much like the current B's do their regular jerseys) but the C didn't have any stitching around the 'inner' layer, the back number inner layer was fake. and the name was heat pressed. All in all - not really impressed. Fast forward to last week and I was invited to the B's/Rangers game for a client event and unexpectedly the Bruins were wearing the 'Winter Classic' style jersey w/o the patch like most of the teams do these days to get some more mileage out of the design. One of my colleagues wanted to pick up a hat on our way out of the game, so we popped into the pro shop after the game and I figured I'd see if they had any of the 'Authentics' where the customizing was a bit more realistic. I stumbled upon something much better. Turns out the Bruins decided to do a short run of autographed 'game issue' sweaters spec'ed for each player. The price wasn't ridiculous considering what team issued stock usually runs if you can find it plus the cost of customization from a team source and then throw an autograph to boot (understanding many of the folks here view that as a negative) and to top it all off - my colleague had a TD bank card - so I scored about 10% off the price. TL/DR - Bought an "Authentic" Winter Classic and then lucked into a game issued sweater. Comparing the two is night and day - and I figured I could share a few photos of the differences. If anyone wants any other close up's just give a shout. Front of the Game Issue: Back of Game Issue: Captain's C on Game Issue: Captain's C on "Authentic": Back Numbers on Game Issue: Back Numbers on "Authentic": Name Plates - "Authentic" on Left and Game Issue on Right: Name Plate on Game Issue: Name Plate on "Authentic" Inside Collar on Game Issue: Inside Collar on "Authentic": Neckline compared: Under arm material - "Authentic" in back left, Game Issue in front right: Collar on Game Issue: Collar on "Authentic" Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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