With the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers in the heat of battle in the NHL playoffs, what better time for a Kelowna woman to part ways with her treasured memorabilia.
“I started liking the Habs when I was quite young and then I got back into it 12 years ago when I met a boy that was from Montreal and we needed something to talk about so I got back into the Habs, says Kelly Jean.
Her collection includes signed jerseys from legends like Guy Lafleur, Maurice (rocket) Richard and Ken Dryden.
Such a die-hard Habs fan must obviously be from Montreal.
“I’m not, I’m from Edmonton.”
In fact, Kelly Jean doesn’t even know how to skate.
Her sea of red white and blue is her way of treating herself.
“This is my spa vacation — to buy a new jersey, to buy a new autograph.”
But Kelly Jean has decided to give it all up — selling it to someone who wants to own a piece of history.
“Every single piece at one point was my favourite piece and I want someone else to get that jersey, to get that autograph.”
Jason Wobshall is going to help her find that new owner. He sells sports memorabilia for a living. He says Kelly Jean, like her collection, is one of a kind.
“We do have some female collectors but nobody as hardcore as her,” says Wobshall of Players Choice Sportscards & Collectibles in Kelowna.
He says the buyers are already lining up.
“We’ve got some buyers definitely interested in some of the bigger pieces.”
But there are some things that Kelly Jean refuses to part with.
“My Jacques Plante stick. That’s my Van Gogh. I look at that and that’s as lovely to me as any piece of artwork,” says Kelly Jean.
Minus the Jacques Plante stick and if it all sold tomorrow, Kelly Jean could really score.
She figures her collection is worth an estimated $75,000.