Montreal-based Classic Auctions scours North America for hockey memorabilia. Their latest trip was to the country’s west coast to meet one of the sport’s old-timers.
The Vancouver Sun reports that Classic Auctions has secured memorabilia from hockey legend Howie Meeker for one of the company’s upcoming sales.
"I gave most of my stuff to my kids," Meeker, part of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup three-year run in l947, ’48 and ’49, told the paper in his familiar raspy voice. "Whoever thought it would be worth a fortune today?"
Classic President Marc Juteau was in Vancouver for a major collectibles show at the Croatian Cultural Centre over the weekend. The Sun reports he left Parksville grasping a rare 1948 Stanley Cup souvenir bowl the players were given that year, as well as Meeker’s collection of game programs signed by the full rosters of those championship teams.
They sold for 15 cents in l947 and went up to a quarter the next year," Meeker said. "We all thought it was outrageous at the time."