The last jersey Wayne Gretzky wore as a member of the Edmonton Oilers—one in which he captured his fourth Stanley Cup —has become the most expensive piece of NHL memorabilia ever sold.
The $1.45 million sale through Grey Flannel Auctions happened early Monday morning, with the jersey garnering 12 bids after opening at $250,000 last month.
Still soaked with champagne from the Oilers postgame celebration along with stick and puck parks, the jersey had never been offered at auction before.
It was part of an odd piece of Stanley Cup history. A power failure in Game 4 of the 1988 Final at the Boston Garden caused the in progress game to be canceled. It was replayed from the start in Edmonton two days later, with the Oilers defeating the Bruins 6-3 to complete the sweep and win their fourth Stanley Cup in five seasons. Gretzky won the Conn Smythe Trophy with 12 playoff goals and 31 assists for 43 points.
Just 12 weeks later, the Oilers traded Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.
The name of the buyer for the jersey wasn’t revealed. Gretzky’s game-used gloves from the 1988 Cup Final sold to collector Chase Jordan for $204,162.
The excitement of a new piece leads to continued photomatching research to put the full story of the artifact together. Here is Wayne on the cover of the May 30, 1988 Sports Illustrated wearing the gloves. pic.twitter.com/opfVkIT0X9
— Chase Jordan (@goatcollect) June 6, 2022
One of the three jerseys Gretzky wore in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game jersey, bearing a “first period goal” inscription and autograph sold for $71,554.
Another item in the auction with a connection to sports history was the New York Knicks warmup jacket from Willis Reed’s famous appearance in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. It sold for $371,005.
A 1917 Chicago White Sox jersey and 1919 contract consigned by the family of pitcher Eddie Cicotte sold for $183,485 and $40,388, respectively. Cicotte was one of baseball’s top pitchers before his involvement in the Black Sox scandal during the ’19 season.
A 1974-75 Bobby Orr game jersey netted $173,082 while a 1960s Gordie Howe jersey, signed by the late Detroit Red Wings legend brought $143,059.
Barry Bonds’ first home run ball dating to the 1986 season realized $130,054 while a dual signed Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig ball reached $145,206.
Complete results can be found here.