February 1, 2014 – This year Tip A King was held at the LA Live Event Deck which is the roof of the West Garage. The event also followed the Kings vs. Flyers game that afternoon. Anthony and I arrived to LA Live around 4pm to park at the Convention Center parking lot. We had just gotten a quick bite to eat just moments before since we did not want to pay an arm and a leg for food at Dodgers Fan Fest. As we made our way to the West Garage of LA Live, Anthony noticed that Dustin Brown was making his way across the street from Staples Center right behind us. Dustin was nice enough to take a really quick photo with Anthony that I was not able to get one myself. After the photo op, we continued our way to the general admission line since I was not able to afford the VIP ticket this year. When we finally made to the Event Deck, I noticed that there were a lot more people than the years prior that it did not seem possible to get an autograph from the whole team.
As the sun was fading away into the horizon, it was time for Tip A King to open its doors to the fans that purchased general admission. If Anthony and I had not gotten lunch before the event we would have been towards the front of the line. With that being said, we were at the tail end and when we were allowed inside the event we found ourselves waiting an additional thirty minutes just to get our first autograph. The first person that we went for was Anze Kopitar. I had him sign my jersey that I have been holding since 2011.
Anze Kopitar Home Jersey – Signed with broad black Sharpie Paint Marker
After we got Kopitar, we made our way to Jonathan Quick’s line and was told that the line was so long that they did not guarantee that we would be able to get his autograph. Because of that we were discouraged since we purchased a lot of Tip A King money before hand that we wanted to hit up as many lines as possible. So our next line ended up being Mike Richard’s line. His line was so short that I barely had time to prep my marker for him.
Mike Richards Away Jersey – Signed with broad silver Deco Paint Marker
As we exited Mike Richards’ line, we tried our luck for Dustin Brown. When we got there, the line was already closed. So our next autograph that we went after was for Coach Darryl Sutter. I needed him to sign my 2011-12 Season Jersey. I started this jersey at the last Tip A King event.
Los Angeles Kings 2011-12 Season
My final autograph line for the night was for Luc Robitaille. I have a lot of items for him to sign was was only able to get him on a couple of jerseys that I had been sitting on for a while. Luc was nice enough to give me a couple of inscriptions that I did not want to push my luck and ask for more.
Luc Robitaille Jersey ROY 87 inscription – Signed with silver broad Deco Paint Marker
Luc Robitaille Jersey HOF 09 inscription – Signed with silver broad Deco Paint Marker
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