Griffins Jersey Auction Rings In the New Year For GVSU Club Roller Hockey | Community Spirit
If you have ever been to a live auction, you will know the bidding can get very intense on certain things. That's exactly what happened New Years Eve just after the Griffins win.
It happens a few times throughout the Griffins season, no, not the win. That, (we hope) happens many many times. It is a jersey, or in ice hockey, a sweater auction to benefit select groups.
What is up for bid is the actual game jerseys worn by the players in the game just an hour or so before they are auction offed. Other than player worn jerseys, there were two team signed ones and one worn by the Griffins mascot Griff.The jerseys are signed by the player and in the case of a player called up by the Griffins parent cub the Detroit Red Wings, the staff will get the jersey signed by that player.
All the bidding takes place in the Fifth Third Vault on the ground floor of Van Andel Arena just east of the main entrance about 45 minutes after the game ends.
Tonight's group to benefit from the auction was the GVSU Club Roller Hockey. The auctioneer is the Griffins public address announcer Eric Zane and the opening bid starts out at $250. This night's auction had a total of 33 jerseys with a special design on them to be auction offed. In the end all 33 pieces went off in the hands of passionate fans.
The room was full of a mixture of hard-core fans to casual fans and a mix of folks whom this was their first jersey auction. Some of the participants bidding on some of their favorite players gear were wearing jerseys they had bid on and won at previous auctions. The room was full of different players names and styles of jerseys.
As explained to me by the Griffins Jon Beilstein, almost all of the purchases are paid by credit card. So there is no getting out without paying. He has never had a problem with that as he explained the process. He did mention that he is seeing a small amount of folks that are entering the bidding process and winning the bids over some of the "auction regulars" and that makes him happy. "Getting new people to experience this" is something Jon is trying to add to the auction nights.
In the end the auction raised about $6,000 for GVSU. The group receives the net amount after the jersey costs are covered.
If you have never been to one of these auctions, I highly recommend you go and experience it once. It is put on in a great space by great people for great causes. It is truly done first-class.
The next scheduled auction is Saturday January 21st.
Here is a list of some of the higher successful bids.
Jamie Johnson $400
Joey MacDonald $450
Brendan Smith $450
Tomas Tatar $500
Gustav Nyquist $500
Tom McCollum $600
Greg Amadio $1,050
GVSU Club Roller Hockey website;
Grand Rapids Griffins website;