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Cleaning Autographed Jerseys


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I have an Adam Deadmarsh Pro Player (so thicker knit) white Avalance Jersey I got off ebay years ago with Adam's autograph on the #1 on the back. Since I payed the price I would pay just for the jersey without the autograph, and he's my favorite player of all time, the jersey gets alot of wear and is starting to show it. It still looks white, but if you get up close to it, you can see dirt/grime that has accumlated on it over the years. Even with non-autoed jerseys I don't want to use the washing machine, as I feel it breaks the patches down. I have used Lids Perfcect Curve cleaning solution before to spot clean jerseys, but since this is an all white and needs some major attention, I wanted to see if anyone else had some ideas?

On a side note, not worth starting a new topic for, but when it comes to lace-up jerseys, anyone know any other ways to lace them then the standard way. Most of mine I just leave how they come or wear them untied, but in pictures I've seen them done in what I would describe as ladder steps (as somewhat replicated below). Any one know how to do this or anything else interesting?

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Yeah, not a good idea to wear any piece thats been autographed, no matter how tempting it may be. For me personally nothing makes me cringe more than when I see a guy wearing a shirt or a hat to a game that has an autograph on it. I only have one jersey that I wear thats been autographed, and I only wear it because I could care less about the player and like the jersey (Rivercats Road Gamer. Erik Cammack). It was getting really grungy so about three weeks ago I tossed it in the wash with a small amount of detergent on cold and prayed it would end up alright. Luckily it came out nice and clean and the autograph was still in tact. Although, the autograph was on the material itself rather than on ther number. I honestly cant stress this enough though, you've gotta be really careful with autographed uniform pieces. Ive framed so many jerseys really nicely thinking that theyd be fine only to have the signiture fade because it wasnt under UV protected glass, and thats even away from direct sunlight. My only suggestion is to either wash it in cold water on gentle with a small amount of detergent and pray, or risk a dry cleaner and make sure he avoids the autograph at all costs, if thats even possible. But, dry cleaning sometimes can be the worst thing you can do because those machines are so damn powerful that itll blast the stitching right off your jersey. Either way man, its probably not gonna be too easy. Good luck with that.

Oh, and nice choice on favorite player. Deadmarsh was always one of my favorites. I was so bummed when he was traded to the Kings.

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I too was bummed, as I felt the Avs were the odds on favorite to win the cup that year. After about a week I was on the LA bandwagon and got to enjoy those great playoffs series with the Wings and Avs. It was nice to see him move up from a 3rd liner to a key guy once in LA.

As for the cleaning thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll stick to the Lids hat clearnign, I don't trust a dry cleaner, and I don't trust myself with the washing machine to get it out still intact. I was looking to see if people have other suggestions of ways to "spot" clean a large area on an autoed jersey. Its really not that big of a deal, I have 3 other Deader Jerseys and it's more that I really like the player more than the jersey, which is why I wear it if that makes sense? Plus I usually only wear it to Winter Hawks games, where he played his junior hockey, so people there appreciated it.

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