The Spirit of the Game grew out of our sister
Rich Ellis, a long time game worn jersey collector with over 29 years of
experience, started dropthepucks.com in 1999 to catalog all of the
versions of every team jersey ever made (an ambitious goal!).
After a while, Rich turned his collecting
hobby into a business, and launched The Spirit of the Game in 2004 in
order to meet the need and requests from other collectors to find, buy
or sell items and authenticate for them.
Rich graduated from the University of
Minnesota in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business
management. Rich purchased his first game worn jersey in the
summer of 1976, and has been in the hobby ever since. Rich
has been to countless shows all across North America and has seen
thousands upon thousands of jerseys.
Rich also worked for one of the leading auction
houses in North America, he was the director of hockey acquisitions for
Lelands.com in 2003. Rich has also been a member of the Society
for International Hockey Research since 2004. He authenticates
hockey memorabilia for the following major auction houses,
Broadway Rick's Strikezone,
Geppis Road show ,
Rich has also helped Lelands.com and Mastronet.com on authentications.
We are always looking for consignments of
authentic game worn jerseys and other hockey memorabilia. Please feel
free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org