MeiGray’s Game Worn Jersey Authentication Program will return in 2018-19 with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals headlining the list of NHL teams who are working with the New Jersey-based company this season.
Developed by the league and MeiGray back in 2002, the program offers collectors and fans the chance to buy game-worn helmets, jerseys and other memorabilia directly through the participating teams and MeiGray.
For 2018-19, MeiGray has agreements with Boston, Columbus, Edmonton, New Jersey, Nashville, Philadelphia, Vegas, and Washington.
Auctions and retail sales will take place throughout the year on the company’s website and auction platform.
One of the features of the program is the ability to pre-order a game-worn jersey, watch as it is being worn on the ice and then wait for it to be shipped. Jerseys are tagged and information is stored in a special database. Among those “pre=order” jerseys this year will be the popular “third jerseys” worn by several teams.
Among the first regular-season game-worn jerseys coming to auction will be those donned by Edmonton and New Jersey players in the Global Series that takes place Saturday, October 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both teams will wear jerseys with a Global Series patch. The Devils will wear only one set of jerseys while the Oilers will wear three sets. Jerseys from the second period will be offered via retail sale.
Also heading to auction are the jerseys worn by the Boston Bruins during their two-game China Games series with the Calgary Flames. Jerseys from both games will be sold through MeiGray Auctions in the coming weeks.