Jim Craig, the goalie for the 1980 U.S. Olympic ‘Miracle on Ice’ team that stunned the Soviet Union, is putting his memorabilia up for sale. The asking price? $5.7 million.
“The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ Collection” features Craig’s 1980 Olympic gold medal, the jerseys he wore during the epic victory over the vaunted Soviet Union and the gold medal win against Finland, and the U.S. flag that was draped over the star goalie’s shoulders as he skated around the rink searching the stands for his father after the Finland game – the image of which is one of the most enduring moments in American sports history. In all, there are 19 items.
Lelands made the announcement just as the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention was about to open and the company had the memorabilia on display inside its booth.
The collection also includes the one and only mask worn by Craig during the XIII Winter Games, the hockey skates and goalie equipment he used throughout the Lake Placid Olympics and his monumentally important goalie stick from the Russia and Finland games, both of which were upsets for the ages and played against the backdrop of the Cold War.
“I’ve decided to sell my ‘Miracle on Ice’ collection so my children and grandchildren will be financially secure in the future,” said Craig. “Additionally, proceeds from the sale will also benefit several charities that are close to my heart. Over the years I’ve loaned my Olympic memorabilia to museums and other venues so it could be accessible to fans to enjoy and it is my hope that whoever purchases this will do the same.”
“The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team transcended sports, uplifted an entire nation and achieved what is widely considered the greatest moment in American sports history,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com. “We are honored to offer Jim Craig’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ collection for private sale.”
“The Jim Craig ‘Miracle on Ice’ Collection” includes:
- Craig’s 1980 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal (appraised value: $1,500,000 – $2,000,000)
- The Flag draped on his shoulders after the gold medal victory against Finland (appraised value: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000)
- 1980 Team USA uniform from the Soviet game (appraised value: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000)
- 1980 Team USA jersey from the gold medal game (appraised value: $500,000 – $1,000,000)
- 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games goalie mask (appraised value: $250,000 – $350,000)
- 1980 Olympic Skates (appraised value: $75,000 – $100,000)
- 1980 Olympics Opening Ceremonies Levi’s jeans worn by Craig along with the rest of the Opening Ceremonies dress outfit (appraised value: $20,000 – $30,000)
- 1980 Olympic camera in original leather case (appraised value: $5,000 – $10,000)
- 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy presented to Jim Craig as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (appraised value: $75,000 – $100,000)
- 1980 Winter Olympics official ring (appraised value: $50,000 – $75,000)
- Engraved 1980 Olympics gold medal winner pocket watch (appraised value: $25,000 – $50,000)
- 1980 Winter Olympics participants wrist watch with original band worn extensively by Jim Craig (appraised value: $10,000 – $20,000)
- 1980 Winter Olympics team-signed stick (appraised value: $10,000 – $20,000)
- Craig’s 1980 Olympics goalie equipment (appraised value: $100,000 – $150,000)
- Craig’s 1980 Winter Olympics goalie stick (appraised value: $300,000 – $400,000)
- 1980 gold medal ceremony shoes and warm-up pants worn by Jim Craig (appraised value: $15,000 – $25,000)
- National Sports Festival warm-up suit (appraised value: $5,000 – $10,000)
- 1980 Team USA pre-Olympic jacket worn by Craig before, during and after the Olympics ($5,000 – $10,000)
- 1980 Team USA Olympic winter coat worn by Craig at the Olympics ($5,000 – $10,000)
The items will be on display in Chicago through Sunday.