The rarity of autographed sports memorabilia can be traced to Wayne Gretzky, the first superstar to grant autographs only to those who could answer his riddles. Touch something an athlete also touched with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of merchandise at Maverick Sports & Collectables, located on Water Street. While this Groupon is also good for online purchases, the online shop only represents a fraction of what you'll find in-store.
Maverick Sports & Collectables celebrates the enthusiasm of sports fanatics with apparel, bygone baubles, and souvenirs, as well as games and dart supplies for home-generated recreation. Pull over a lightweight MapleLeafs blockade jacket ($84.99), decorate an office cubicle with a Sidney Crosby figurine ($16.99), or shred unflattering Michael Bublé trading cards in a Montreal Canadiens garbage can ($34.99). The McFarlane classic hockey net ($9.99) equips junior leaguers to reckon icy alleys like pros, and the Don Cherry Rock'Em DVD ($21.99) lends eyes and ears a howling icon to emulate. Maverick Sports and Collectables also adorns little pucks in cuddly team garb, such as the St. John's Fog Devils toddler jersey ($44.99), finally giving grandmothers something to coo over during their weekly monster truck rally.