why aren't replica goalie masks sold?

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  1. kurt

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    One of the most artistic aspects of the NHL is the goalie mask, yet I've never seen replica masks for sale. Why is that?
     
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    The old ones would be especially cool.
     
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    The work is done by the artist. Hence, it must be licensed.
     
  4. kurt

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    You would think this would be a revenue opportunity for both teams, and artists.

    And, considering the fact that the cap is driven by % of revenue, maybe the goalies themselves would want to get involved with this. It would increase their paycheques too. ;)
     
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    It's all fun until someone frames Belfour in a 7-11 robbery.
     
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    Do you mean wearable ones? I have a small replica of Khabibulin's last Tampa mask. It was done by Upper Deck a few years ago.
     
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    Are you kidding? I'd love to frame Belfour.
     
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    Sign me up for a Steve Shields mask from when he was with the Bs
     
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    Jersey's sell cause people wear them, hats sell cause people wear them, Goalie masks are a very select interest not much of the general public would buy them. The only people that would really buy them would be for decoration (not the a top seller for any sport) or for recreational goalies it would be way to expensive for very little profit.
     
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    I think they'd sell, honestly. They would be huge in minor/junior/senior hockey across North America. They'd even sell in lacrosse, though it would be a tiny blip on the radar compared to mens and womens hockey around the world.

    I'd imagine the costs would be comparable to the generic paintjobs on helmets sold today (not base colour, but the generic designed ones).

    They would also be killer collectibles for the wealthy fan. Who wouldn't want a signed, encased helmet of their favourite goalie?
     
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    I'd imagine it would be the cost of the mask that prevents it from being sold. I don't think they have a machine that paints hockey masks like the goalies have. Since it's done by hand you're looking at a large cost and it probably would take a long time to do, plus I'm sure the artist would get bored having to do the same design over and over again.
     
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    I don't think that's necessarily a problem. Upper Deck used to have miniature goalie masks three or four years ago of the most popular NHL masks and they had a pretty good level of detail. The problem with full sized replicas are probably cost and the licensing issues with the artists.
     
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    There must be a way to mass produce them, without compromising the quality too much.
     
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    They do, I have an 80's Michel Dion Penguins mask, and I have it hanging from my wall in my room. They run about 300 dollars, so they're not cheap
     
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    Maybe it has something to do with liablity. If you sell a replica mask and someone wears it ina game and is injured......?
     
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    But the NFL sells football helmets and they're pretty readily available so I dont think liability has anything to do with it
     
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    That hockeymasks.com catalog is pretty cool. Same with the vintagegoaliemasks.com site. That one has newer goalie masks with the cage, like Brodeur, Roy, Belfour etc. If only I had an extra 500 bucks to spare..
     
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    the vintagegoaliemasks site was a trip down memory lane. Not cheap, but for the fan with dollars, a great conversation piece(I want a Mike Palmateer myself-fav goalie growing up)
     
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    I would also like to get that John Garrett Whalers mask. that thing is sick!
     
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    Usually the replica NFL helmets come with a disclaimer that says something like "Warning: For Display Purposes Only; Do Not Use In Actual Game"...Im sure the masks would come with a similar disclaimer...
     
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    I've seen replica Nabokov ones for sale on the net. Off the top of my head I can't recall where but I know it was on the site of the artist who pointed it. There were also a few other NHL models, presumably other masks painted by the same guy.
     
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    You and me both. A bit too pricey for my tastes, but they certainly look nice.
     
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    I know Play It Again at Crossroads used to sell replica Cujo and Belfour masks for $60 around here, for road hockey purposes. Asked for one for my birthday, ended up not getting it (a full set is still pretty good tho :))
     
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    me too, for ONE BILLION DOLLARS! (in the words of eddie)
     

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