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11-18-2005, 02:06 AM
has anyone heard of "Hartel Sports"?

November 4 2005 at 5:03 PM rudy (petrucious2000@yahoo.com) (Login kingjammy (http://www.network54.com/Profile/kingjammy))

Has anyone heard of Hartel Sports? Any good/bad experiences?

What's their reputation?




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Re: has anyone heard of "Hartel Sports"?

November 4 2005, 6:52 PM

R.C. Walker
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Re: has anyone heard of "Hartel Sports"?

November 4 2005, 6:58 PM

R. C. Walker

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November 4 2005, 8:58 PM
I haven't done any business with Hartel Sports. On two separate occasions I have asked about certain jerseys that were on their website and their response was that they had been sold. This is fine but I think they need to update their inventory!

Just my 2 cents!


Mark Sutton (bigtime39@aol.com)
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Re: Hartel

November 5 2005, 2:01 PM
I've purchased many jerseys from Hartel Sports. They provide top-notch service, generally have very reasonable prices, and are nice people. They DO need a webmaster, though. I don't think the website is EVER updated!

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Dennis L. Rima (Calrima@aol.com)
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Re: has anyone heard of "Hartel Sports"?

November 5 2005, 12:36 AM
I remember them offering me a game used and uncracked Johnny Bench bat at the Plymouth , Michigan show that former Detroit Free Press Writer Jim Hawkins used to promote. I thought, God........$100 for a bat, no wayyyyyyyyy!

If only I could have had that offer again.

I settled on a $5 Cracked Jerry Turner..........

They are long time, reputable dealers.


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Re: has anyone heard of "Hartel Sports"?

November 5 2005, 4:39 PM
Forget the website and get on their mailing list. Their annual catalog is a must.

Paul Smachetti (paulsmachetti@yahoo.com)
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November 5 2005, 5:04 PM

Have bought 3 jerseys from Bruce. He has some great deals on jerseys. I picked up a sweet '01 Mike Coolbaugh road w/ flag patch on neck and Home to Heroes patch for $107. He has a ton of Brewers jerseys. I'd highly recommend Hartels.

Tim Byington
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Re: Hartel

November 5 2005, 6:41 PM
I agree with the above members. I've purchased jerseys on two different occasions and have always gotten great responses and quality jerseys. The catalog is a must though, because as the other members stated the site is rarely updated. I have 14 jerseys in my collection from Bruce, and all of them are top notch.

Tim Byington

Mark Hayne (neet@erols.com)
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Simply One of the Best

November 5 2005, 8:31 PM
Hartel Sports has been in business for around 20 years. I've dealt with them for years and they are nothing but a class act. Never, ever heard one bad word about them, and wouldn't believe it if I ever did hear one.

Bruce Hartel and Mike Armstrong are both gentleman, just as was Bruce's father, the late-Floyd Hartel, who was the main face of Hartel Sports at The National and other sports memorabilia shows until he passed away in 1997. Along with the late-Dick Dobbins from Alamo, California, Floyd was one of the finest and most respected dealers in the hobby. Bruce and Mike carry on that tradition.

Forget the website and ask for the catalogue. Some of their prices will knock you off your feet as there are bargains to be had. On a 10-point scale, these guys are an 11!

Mark Hayne

rudy (petrucious2000@yahoo.com)
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hartel gone awol

November 8 2005, 5:49 PM

So much for 'Hartel Sports'. After sending 2 emails last Friday morning, practically waving money at them, I still haven't received any response from Hartel.

Do they typically not answer emails? I used all 3 of the email addresses on their website. (one was bounced back as invalid). Does anyone know if they're currently
away or no longer in business? Is there a better way to reach them?

Even BlueChip answered my email after 3 days.



Tim Byington
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Re: hartel gone awol

November 8 2005, 5:55 PM
It was my experience that they must only check the email once a day. If I emailed in the afternoon I would usually get a response the next day. Since it is over a weeked I suppose it is possible that they are just out of town.

Sometimes a little patience is necessary. I posted on the forum on Saturday evening requesting information about game worn hats that I didn't think was all that difficult to obtain. Maybe I should have posted something about some fraudulent item or bad seller. At least I would have gotten a response. It's extremely frustrating that a forum for the sharing of information takes so long to help those simply seeking information. I'm not even talking about just myself anymore, I know there are others that have had their posts go unanswered.


Tim Byington

Mark Sutton (bigtime39@aol.com)
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Re: hartel gone awol

November 8 2005, 8:23 PM
Hartel Sports is a second, or part-time job for Bruce, and sometimes emails take a while to get answered. Try calling, or just be patient. It can take a while to touch base, but it's generally worth it.

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bruce is cool

November 14 2005, 12:03 AM
bruce is alright in my book. i've bought helmets from him in the passed 2-3 years without problems. he is very pleasent to talk to and very responsive in regards to selling and shipping. plus his prices are great too! by the way mark, i am glad you like the tigers jersey!

Mark Sutton (bigtime39@aol.com)
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Re: bruce is cool

November 14 2005, 8:35 PM
Sure do like it, and still hoping you come up with another home!

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