The sports memorabilia market is heating up at the moment, and the record-breaking amount paid for the last jersey iconic hockey hero Wayne Gretzky wore for the Edmonton Oilers is clear evidence of this.
Even if you don’t have huge sums available to snap up meaningful items once owned by your favorite players, it’s entertaining to see just how much wealthy fans are willing to hand over. Let’s discuss what makes this particular jersey so special, and what else people who are passionate about hockey can do to show their support.
A game-changing auction lot
When the hammer fell on the recent sale of Gretzky’s jersey, a jaw-dropping winning bid of $1.452 million had been made to secure this totemic piece of otherwise standard hockey gear.
This easily toppled the $1.2 million paid for another jersey, this time worn by Paul Henderson, to set a new high watermark for hockey-based auction lots.
This type of sale is always interesting, in the sense that it’s not just the historic value of the lot that’s at play, but also its investment potential. The buyer will no doubt hope that Gretzky’s legendary status will grow with time, along with the value of the jersey.
How to watch the Edmonton Oilers play at home
If you want to catch the amazing Edmonton Oilers in the flesh, you can find a ticket for their next game via the web, and plan your game day visit in advance as well.
There’s something unbeatable about attending a hockey game in person, and the atmosphere is simply not something you can recreate when watching coverage from your own home.
Why this jersey in particular?
There are quite a few genuine Gretzky-worn jerseys out there, so what makes this one so special, and so valuable?
Well, as mentioned, it comes from the last game he played prior to leaving the Oilers in favor of a move to the LA Kings. It also has the honor of being from a Stanley Cup playoff game which actually had to be replayed due to a power cut part way through the first attempt.
Gretzky’s stellar performance was crucial to his team’s victory, and the post-game celebrations included him having champagne poured liberally over his head, which led to stains that can be seen on the jersey that was sold.
Other auction highlights
Any association with Gretzky helps sports memorabilia to sell, and the jersey wasn’t the only item worn by him which went under the hammer.
A little over $204,000 was paid for gloves he briefly used for protection during the aforementioned playoff game, demonstrating that even seemingly anonymous objects can fetch a pretty penny if they’ve got the right pedigree.
Of course even the $1.452 million that the jersey commanded is not even close to being the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold, when you include items from every sport, and not just hockey.
The Guinness Book of World Records reports that the current frontrunner sold in May of 2022 for a sum of £7.142 million, equivalent to $8.823 million. In this case it was another game shirt, this time one worn by soccer stalwart Diego Maradona during the quarter finals of the World Cup all the way back in 1986.
The particular game in which the shirt got its outing was one between Argentina and England, in which Maradona’s notorious goal put his team on the track to eventually win the whole tournament.
This record will no doubt be broken eventually, although it’s hard to imagine ever being able to justify such an investment.
Electricity prices: Canada, USA and Australia
If you’re only used to paying for utilities in one country, you probably have no idea how average prices compare with what consumers pay in other parts of the world.
There are all sorts of variables involved, of course, but it’s interesting to get a broad understanding of the state of play in a handful of major nations. So to that end, let’s explore electricity costs in Canada, the US and Australia.
With record gas prices still being recorded, switching to an electric vehicle has never seemed more attractive to US consumers. But if you were to make the leap, would the price of domestic power be a prohibitive factor?
Well, across the OECD countries, the average electricity price sits at just over 24 cents for a kilowatt hour (kwh) of energy. In America, the residential average is just under 14 cents per kwh.
This is impressively low, and comes in spite of the fact that there has actually been a 4.3 percent annual increase in typical costs.
Some see Canada as holding the key to energy stability. With its ample natural resources and smaller population, it follows in the footsteps of the US by enjoying cheaper than average electricity.
For 2020, Canada’s kwh costs were pegged at around 18 cents. Again, this represents a rise from the previous year, following the general upward trend in power generation expenses globally.
As a country the size of a continent, with a modest population, Australia has more in common with Canada than the US in many ways.
This is reflected in its electricity market, where competition between energy companies is significant enough to ensure that consumers have access to below average prices for power.
The most recent available stats place Australia’s averages at 19.21 cents per kwh. Interestingly this actually represents the lowest level of pricing seen in the past eight years, which suggests that Australia is actually bucking the trend of the price rises seen elsewhere.
Understanding the factors at play
Now that you have an idea of how much variation there is in electricity costs between three developed, progressive Western nations, it’s worth unpacking what can cause these differences, and what other factors are at play.
First, there’s the part played by the government in terms of taxing the different types of power that are available. In Australia, for example, around a tenth of the total costs that’s passed onto consumers is used to fund environmental programs and counteract the damage done by energy sources still powered by fossil fuels.
Then there’s the cost of actually getting the electricity to the consumer. Australia’s large size and dispersed population mean that building and maintaining the network accounts for almost half the cost of provision. Meanwhile in the US, where there are more than ten times the number of people, the economies of scale make the provision of power more affordable on a per customer basis.
Finally there’s the factor of resources. Whenever a nation needs to import the fuel required to generate electricity, rather than being able to source it closer to home, prices will be higher, and also more susceptible to fluctuations on the global stage.
For the time being the US is home to cheaper electricity costs than Canada or Australia, but if price rises continue apace then America might eventually overtake its neighbor to the north, and also eclipse its ally in the southern hemisphere.
Consumers in all countries should keep a keen eye on energy prices where they live, and aim to switch to the best value deals from providers where possible.
4 Appropriate Types of Flowers to Send to Someone in the Hospitals
It just might be that nothing is more uplifting to a sick patient than a get well soon note. Sometimes all one needs to get better is a gift that literally tells them, “Hey, you can beat this” or “we need you, get out of that hospital bed” And if your guess is as good as anyone’s, a bouquet of flowers can work magic at this!
However, not all flowers may be appropriate for use as a get-well-fast gift. If someone you love is hospitalized and you want to help them get well, here are some types of flowers you can consider.
Sending Flowers to Hospitals
If you have to send flowers to a hospital, this could mean a few things. Perhaps you’re unable to deliver them personally to your ill loved one. Maybe you’re abroad at the moment, but you want to support someone you know (or don’t know) to get well soon.
Whether you choose to send the flowers through a courier or flower delivery service, it pays to do the following:
- Find out if the hospital accepts flower deliveries
- Know the hospital’s preferred delivery times for floral gifts
- Make sure to get the recipient’s name, medical facility address, and hospital room number right
- Send the right flowers
What To Consider When Choosing Get-Well-Soon Flowers
Quick recovery flowers should help brighten up the sick person’s day. They should be timed right as well. They shouldn’t be too small or too large. The color shouldn’t be tied to any bad memories or traumatic events that the recipient may have experienced.
Most importantly, you will want to consider picking flowers that won’t cause any harm to the recipient/s, especially those with a history of allergies to pollen.
This makes it important to consider things like:
- Flower type and size
- Flower color (with preference for bright flowers)
- Allergy-free flowers
Some Appropriate Flower Options to Send to A Sick Person
If a person known to you has been hospitalized, you’ll want to send blooms that will make them feel special, loved, and supported. And of course, there are so many different types of flowers out there, some of which a sick person would find alluring.
Here are some that might even help an ill person get out of the hospital sooner than everyone thought.
Irises are some of the most popular and beautiful flowers to send to a hospitalized person. The flower is a symbol of rebirth and renewal, making it a powerful and uplifting get-well-soon gift.
As you may already know, being hospitalized is no joke. Daisies are commonly used as a heart sign to express feelings of sympathy for a sick person. Some people love daisies because they are soft and very sweet and look amazing on all occasions.
There’s a big chance your recipient will feel energetic and loved, enough to get out of that hospital bed once they receive some daisies from you.
Tulips are loved and admired for being vibrant and beautiful. Many people think tulips represent true love and friendship, so some people take this as a symbol that the love in their lives is with them even when they’re sick. So, this is definitely a great get-well-soon gift to send to a hospitalized person.
4. White Roses
People adore white roses, so it’s not surprising that some will even do anything to get their hands on one. They’re often a symbol of hope and good health, making them a great option when you want someone ill to feel special.
And besides being available in a wide range of different colors, you can order roses online these days, and have them delivered right where the sick recipient is situated.
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