Autographed sticks are perhaps hockey’s most unique collectible. While more expensive than items such as photographs or pucks, they are a great item for a game room or even an office.
Due to their size and shape, autographed hockey sticks may not be the most convenient item to collect. But one advantage to collecting sticks instead of pucks is that they don’t smear as easily because they’re made of wood rather than rubber.
There’s no way around it – hockey sticks are an incredibly difficult item to store. Not only are they long, but the curved item prevents them being easily kept in certain boxes or containers.
But if you’ve decided to collect autographed hockey sticks, you probably want to display them. Your only real options are to leave them ‘as is’, propping them up into a corner in a room, keeping them in a large display case, or placing them on some sort of shelf.
If you choose to display them without any sort of expensive display case, it will allow viewers to get an up close look at them. But you’re not only leaving the signature exposed to lighting, which can cause the signature to fade over time, you run the risk of having the stick damaged, cracked, or even broken.
You may decide to collect game-used sticks and this can be tricky. Unless you get the stick directly from a player, you should be concerned about authenticity. Reliable sources for game-used sticks are the teams themselves. Many teams, realizing the interest from collectors, offer game-used items such as jerseys and hockey sticks in auctions or in their team stores.
Other places to obtain game-used sticks are charities or businesses with which a player is affiliated. Many players will donate their game-used items to charities in particular to help them raise funds. When you deal with such charities, you can generally feel pretty confident that you are receiving an authentic item.
Because hockey sticks are fairly large items, it is difficult to carry them around to have signed. Further, most arenas will not allow you to bring these items inside the building during a game. If you plan on having a stick signed at a game, your best bet is to try to wait around before or afterwards near the player parking lot.
The best item to use on a hockey stick is a Sharpie marker. Most collectors prefer the color to be either blue or black. And while any part of the stick is fine to have signed, the best location is probably the blade. It’s the most visible part of the stick and the one which allows for the most room for an autograph.
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