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Vintage Hockey Jerseys Drive Auction

1940s Chicago Blackhawks Bill Mosienko game used jersey Classic Auctions closed a major sale this week with collectors again spending big bucks on hockey jerseys and other memorabilia.

Canadian-based Classic Auctions is a powerhouse when it comes to hockey memorabilia.

Founded in 1995, the company is aggressive in acquiring items and well-known for bringing big money to its sales of vintage jerseys and other NHL goods.

This week, Classic’s sale was highlighted by a circa 1946 Bill Mosienko Chicago Blackhawks wool sweater plus socks and shin pads which sold for $25,390. A 1951-52 Chuck Rayner New York Rangers jersey brought $20,938 while a 1974 Phil Esposito Stanley Cup-worn Boston Bruins shirt sold for $14,272.

Among the hundreds of hockey pieces sold were several from the collection of a former Edmonton Oilers’ public relations man. Bill Teule’s 1986-87 Stanley Cup trophy brought 19 serious bidders and closed at $21,000. The Oilers’ next title came the following season and that trophy brought $20,000.

One unique piece from Teule’s collection was a napkin signed multiple times by a young Wayne Gretzky. Teule and Gretzky sat in a restaurant in the early 1980s when the hockey superstar showed his friend the variations of his signature. Teule kept the napkin, never dreaming it would someday sell for $2,341.

For a list of items sold in the auction, click here.

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