A game-worn Bobby Hull Winnipeg Jets jersey from the club’s inaugural season of 1972-73 sold for $122,057 at auction early Wednesday.
The jersey, consigned through Bobby’s fellow Hall of Fame son Brett and accompanied by a letter of authenticity, was by far the top-selling item in the sale, which opened last month via Classic Auctions and realized $1.3 million.
Hull made history when he jumped from the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, where he was one of the league’s brightest stars, to the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972. He received what was at the time a staggering $1.75 million contract to switch leagues, a move that created major headlines and helped the WHA gain credibility with fans. Hull played in Winnipeg for several years. The buyer of the blue durene jersey was not from Canada, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
Brett Hull consigned numerous game-worn items and awards from his NHL career, including a 500th goal presentation stick which sold for $21,190.
A 1974-75 game-worn Bobby Orr Boston Bruins jersey, autographed by the iconic star, sold for $80,414 while an early 1960s George Armstrong Toronto Maple Leafs sweater brought $42,776.