They’re several hours from the nearest arena, far enough north to where the ice forms early.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has its own minor league hockey team and at least a couple of major league collectors.
The recent sale of Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series jersey for over $1 million put the focus on premier hockey memorabilia. Yet it’s the everyday collectors who are the base of that segment of the collecting world.
Joe Malone is one of the more active collectors in Sault Ste. Marie, located just over the border from Upper Michigan. He’s watched the rising prices in hockey collectibles since the arrival of Wayne Gretzky and then Sidney Crosby.
Malone told the Sault Star that it’s another legend who still rules the roost…in his collection and elsewhere.