Days after Mark Eruzione’s 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ jersey goes on the auction block in New York, a Canadian auction company will sell the jersey worn by the man who set up that game winning goal.
Classic Auctions is offering the white Team USA mesh jersey donned by center Mark Pavelich. The auction is now underway and the jersey carries an early high bid of more than $27,000. Bidding continues online and via phone through March 5.
Pavelich assisted on Eruzione's go-ahead goal midway through the third period for his second assist of the improbable 4-3 victory over the powerful Soviet Union team in Lake Placid. The legendary victory on February 22, 1980, paved the way to gold for the U.S. team, which came from behind to beat Finland two days later.
During the seven-game run by the team of U.S. amateurs, Pavelich contributed a goal and six assists.
The jersey was also worn in wins over Czechoslovakia, Norway and West Germany. The jersey was produced by a firm called Norcon and the manufacturer’s size tag appears in the collar. The Norcon tag is also sewn on the left front tail.
The jersey comes with a signed letter of authenticity from Pavelich and does have a silent reserve.
Eruzione’s jersey is scheduled to be part of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Auction next Saturday night. Current high bid on that jersey is $375,000.