Thirty-two years to the day after he was part of one of the greatest victories in American sports history, Ken Morrow’s 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey jersey was sold at auction. The white USA Hockey shirt was the centerpiece of a collection of items consigned by Morrow to Classic Auctions of Montreal. It sold early Thursday morning to an undisclosed American buyer for $104,328.
The sale was a landmark in that it was the first player jersey from the “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union to be sold. A gold medal from another member of the team brought more than $300,000 at auction last year.
The auction house said it had “conclusively photo-matched to two action shots taken in the February 22, 1980 game against the Russians. A black stick mark down low on the side seam and black hockey-stick-shaped mark just to the left of the back number appear on the jersey and in photos from the historic game.
“You start going through those things and I just came to the realization that I couldn’t keep it all,” Morrow told Yahoo Sports last month. “So I’ve gone through things that I did want to pass along and keep, and give people a chance to have a piece of history.”
Morrow’s gloves from the 1980 games sold for over $6,000. Other items from his collection included jerseys and other memorabilia from his 550-game NHL career.
A 2010 Canadian Olympic team ring consigned by Jacques Lemaire brought $75,785 while a 1957 Jacques Plante jersey went for $33,238.