Wayne Gretzky finished his peerless hockey career with 2857 points, but none were more anticipated than those he accumulated while passing Gordie Howe as the NHL's all-time scoring leader.
It happened long before Gretzky was ready to hang up the skates; October 15, 1989 to be exact. He shot one past Bill Ranford in Edmonton to pass Howe's record of 1850. This week, that very puck, squirreled away for years, sold for $57,419. Classic Auctions offered it as part of its latest catalog sale.
While fans were well aware of the history made that night, no one clamored for the puck in the days, months and even years afterward.
The Gretzky puck was in the hands of the Northlands Coliseum timekeeper until he sold it not that long ago. The buyer flipped it to the auction and it was purchased by an unidentified Canadian collector.
The entire auction generated $1.26 million for the Montreal-based auction house that specializes in hockey memorabilia.
Among the other top items sold was a complete second series uncut sheet of 1964-65 Topps hockey. It brought $30,639.