MVG Transfer Gossip Leads to Bargains for Fans.

Our columnist JR Lott has written today about the gossip surrounding MVG. These circumstances often lead to a knock-on bonus for fans. Whether you are an MVG fan, a darter looking for better value or even a collector moves in the market lead to opportunities for customers:

Here are a couple of highlights from the special offers that have appeared recently and indicate that stockists are clearing items from MVG’s current supplier XQ Max darts.

MVG Limited Edition – (Gold and Tungsten) Now £48

This is a limited edition boxed set available from Darts Corner. An email offer from the retailer was circulated today. The set is now available for almost half price. It includes a nice-looking edition of the traditional MVG dart. Gold highlighted with three stars and 2019 on the barrel. The set is to celebrate MVG becoming a three-time World Champion.

In addition to the darts, which come in a presentation box, the set up is also a special edition. There are gold & white flights with 2019 and gold stars combined with the MVG logo. The stems are transparent with gold flecks. Also included is a signed picture and MVG logo stickers.

The long and short of this is that if you are a collector and plan on keeping them n display these are a bargain. But also if you like MVG’s main design these are simply good value. Normally it’s hard to get any leading player signature darts for less than £40. Here for £48, you get the premium version. A no-lose situation.

A closer look here; https://www.dartscorner.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=25792

High Discounts on a Variety of Models. (Up to £20 of RRP.)

Over at Red Dragon darts, there is more opportunity for fans of MVG or collectors etc. Their clearance page is dominated by MVG bargains. Whether its the main design, special editions, soft tip box sets or the many sub-models that have been introduced over the years.

Distributors for MVG products.

The main design sets available include the Premier League Winner Special Edition in Black/Green and Natural. This is a £60 set that is now under £40. The 2016/17 Box set is also available for more than £30 off at £54.90.

The Green Demolisher or Mighty Generation type models are also available for at least £10 off.

Although it’s only a small item the pack of MVG flights is a great bargain. Only £1 for 2 sets of three.

All available here: https://www.reddragondarts.com/clearance.html

I am sure there will be loads more MVG offers, both clearance and introductory, in the coming weeks or months. We will do our best to keep you up to date with them.


MVG on the Move? Major Brands Shuffling Their Cards.

Rumours have abounded, for quite a while, that World No.1 Micheal Van Gerwen might soon be looking to maximise his profile with a change of equipment manufacturer. The evidence that this is true seems to be mounting.

On the move? MVG may be restructuring his brand associations.

The darts’ business is like any other that deals with talent or creativity. The personalities and their decisions are the highest capital. Their decisions and possible future plans are a constant source of worry, gossip and rumour to all those with a stake in the game.

It’s a bit like that moment in the Premier League Transfer Window when everyone is waiting for the big deal to be done so that all the others can be kicked into gear.

The current and future plans of MVG are currently of interest to many. Unusually, amongst multiple major champions, he has never been attached to one of the bigger darts brands. Try to think of another multiple World Champion who is not associated with Unicorn, Harrows, Winmau, Target or Red Dragon.

Micheal was signed to a relatively small Masterdarts in his early days and then he joined start-up XQ Max as soon as his second successful spell began. Neither of these can offer the exposure, distribution or volume that one of the biggest names can manage.

Indications have been building for a while that MVG will soon leave XQ Max and head for one of the biggest names in the business.XQ Max has also gone with the idea of adding new but lesser names to their roster. There have been few new MVG items from XQ in recent months and the many of their previous products are appealing in unusual places for reduced prices. This has been the case for almost twelve months.

MVG in his Masterdarts days. But would you want last years kit in your Xmas stocking?

This seems to be accelerating with retailers discounting many MVG products substantially. This is a bonus for fans in one way. They can pick-up special edition products for up to half price in the lead up to Christmas. On the other hand, some may be disappointed not to own the latest design. A bit like getting last years football strip for Xmas!

Target seems to be refreshing their line-up and focusing on the next generation. Unicorn may be forced back into the “transfer market”. Gary Anderson has not returned strongly, from injury, and may not recapture his imperious major event form. Harrows have, slowly but surely, reasserted themselves as a player again. Their association with Glen Durrant was a perfectly timed partnership. The capture of Dave Chisnall seems a very shrewd move and suits their brand style and image. They also have an interesting squad of younger but solid players, Josh Payne is a fine example, who provide strong support and may have their own day in the sun.

Chizzy – An Example of Life After Target?
PIC: LAWRENCE LUSTIG: DAVE CHISNALL IN ACTION

Finally, Winmau have been quietly reasserting themselves as an industry-leading force. They have a fine combination of legendary figures ( Rees, Priestley, Hankey etc.) and current/recent champions ( Gurney, Whitlock & Waites) on their books. They also have a wide range of products and excellent distribution networks. For many years Winmau seemed to lean toward the BDO side of darts. This was mainly as it was seen as a grassroots code. With Winmau wanting their boards, and other products, to be seen by as wide a cross-section of the darting public as possible.

Legendary Champion Dennis Priestley is part of the Winmau stable. Still inspiring new products in 2020.
Pic – Winmau promo

However, there is a gaping hole in the Winmau CV. They have no recent PDC World Champion. Although Dennis Priestley is a cross-code champ he was not with Winmau in his earlier career and for many he is at least as strongly associated with Harrow & the BDO. Their current stable includes at least 7 World Champions and multiple other finalists.

So, it appears to me that Winmau may well be best placed to capture MVG. He could join an already strongly established brand and both would boost the other. The extensive range of boards, cabinets, accessories, clothes and much more could be easily exploited. Winmau have recently shown a, previously unimagined, nimbleness and flexibility with their special edition ranges. Could they be about to fill that aforementioned gap by making a huge move?

So keep your eye out for MVG bargains in unusual places. Clearance routes and eBay often provide clues and opportunities. But in the meantime look-out for moves and reactions from the best-known brands in darts and for a big announcement from MVG.


J.R.Lott – Writes for Darts World Magazine, dartsworld.com and other outlets. He has extensive knowledge of the darts industry and simply loves all aspects of darts!

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Ward Goes Long – Latest PDC Champion’s Unusual Arrows.

CORAL UK OPEN 2016 PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG: HARRY WARD HARRY WARD IN ACTION

Harry Ward claimed his first PDC title over the weekend. His victory in Barnsley signified the turning of obvious talent into genuine achievement.

The twenty-one-year-old, Unicorn player stands out from the crowd in more ways than one. He stands over 6’3″ tall and could be described as sturdily built. But it’s not just his form that is unusual. His darts are over 56mm in length.

The majority of modern, thinner style, tungsten darts are around 50.8mm long, with bomb shaped barrels being even shorter. Martin Adams, Peter Wright & MVG use between 52 & 54.6mm.

Big H may well be the user of the longest barrel in the PDC. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues, or is extended and whether a pattern emerges as to what type of player uses them.

In the meantime, we wish Harry continued success. He is very popular and easy going. Another young player whose rise has been a pleasure to watch.