Wayne Gretzky’s 1981 Canada Cup jersey soared to $104,328 to set the pace in Classic Auctions’ Spring catalog, which closed early Wednesday morning.
The red #99 jersey had been in the collection of Alan Eagleson, a one-time NHLPA boss who was later convicted of fraud and embezzlement.
In what was his first Canada Cup tournament, Gretzky’s 12 points (five goals, seven assists) led all scorers.
The second highest priced item was a 1933-34 jersey worn by Nick Wasnie of the original Ottawa Senators. The wool sweater came with a letter of authenticity from his family and sold for $88,456. NHL wool sweaters from the depression era are literally non-existant, with examples from arguably one of the most important club’s in history impossible to locate.
Red Kelly’s blue jersey from the 1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs championship season sold for $32,135.
Other items sold included a pair of pre-War hockey sets; the second highest graded 1936-37 OPC Series D hockey set on PSA’s registry went for $30,951 while the second all-time finest 1933-34 Hamilton Gum (V288) hockey set sold to a new owner for $13,625.
Among the baseball items was a 1981 Tim Raines home white game-worn and autographed Montreal Expos jersey that hammered at $6,328 with the buyer’s premium.
In all, the auction generated nearly $1.28 million in sales.