Mike Eruzione, who scored the winning goal for the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team against the Soviet Union, is selling off the stick he used to score the goal as well as the jersey he wore that night in Lake Placid.
Eruzione, the captain of the U.S. team, has consigned the items to Heritage Auctions, which will feature them in its upcoming Winter Platinum Night auction in Manhaattan early next year. The pre-sale estimate on the white #21 jersey is over $1 million.
A promotional announcement was sent to bidders late this past week, showcasing the stick and jersey from the ‘Miracle on Ice’ game as well as Eruzione’s jersey from the gold-medal winning game against Finland. There has been no announcement made yet and no word on why the items are being sold, although other well known athletes have been impressed with the final tallies for historic sports pieces in major auctions and decided to sell theirs as part of their family estate planning. Eruzione, now 58, is a motivational speaker.
The blue mesh jersey from the gold medal game carries a $200,000 estimate while the stick is estimated at $100,000.
The auction will be held at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East side on February 23, live and online.
Other items in the sale include what is believed to be the finest 1927 Yankees autographed baseball in existence, a 1970 game-worn Lew Alcindor Milwaukee Bucks jersey, what the auction is calling Mickey Mantle’s final game used bat, a 1956 baseball Mantle hit off the Yankee Stadium facade, a Ty Cobb game bat, a game-worn Bob Feller jersey and 1930s single-signed Lou Gehrig baseball.
Each item in the auction will have a minimum bid of $10,000.