You’re watching footage of old hockey games and the next thing you know, you’re thinking about collecting vintage hockey memorabilia. You can get all kinds of things – ranging from goalie masks to programs to pucks to pads to seats from old stadiums – you name it, there’s someone who has it out there for sale.
Some popular items include game-worn jerseys, sticks, pucks, signed photos of certain events (like the Bobby Orr dive after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup).
If you’re starting to collect, a good piece of advice is to make your collection small but important. Save your money and buy rare items. Vintage hockey memorabilia isn’t likely to decline in value if it’s a one-of-a-kind type piece or something used in a game by an NHL icon. Buy the best quality you can afford, whether it’s hockey cards or memorabilia.
As always, there are several options to buy what you want. You can search for memorabilia through our handy links to eBay’s hockey memorabilia. Search by team, condition, price range, type of memorabilia (like ticket stubs, programs, schedules, pennants and even cereal boxes or bobblehead dolls - whatever you can think of). Be sure to note the return policy – some resellers don’t allow them.
The most important thing you can do in any of these dealings is to detach your emotions, since those can cloud your judgment. If your gut is giving you ANY sort of warning, heed it and back off. No item is worth possibly wrecking your finances or even your credit or identity.
These warnings aren’t trying to turn you off from collecting vintage hockey memorabilia – quite the opposite, actually. Being cautious can lead to more satisfying experience overall in the long run.