The stick Wayne Gretzky used to score the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 has sold for $29,462, the most ever paid for a game-used NHL stick according to Montreal-based Classic Auctions, which sold it as part of its first major auction of 2020.
Items from the collection of the late Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau also drew a lot of interest. Beliveau’s 1962-63 Montreal Canadiens jersey soared to $78,381; the skates worn when he scored his 500th career goal sold for $57,419 while a trophy commemorating the milestone netted $44,242.
A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 4 went for $60,332, the most ever paid for the iconic card in that grade.
In all, the auction generated sales of $1.5 million.
More items from Kobe Bryant’s career will be on the auction block this spring. Julien’s Auctions will offer several pieces in its Sports Legends sale, set to close April 30.
The items include:
Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain; his 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, a tribute typically reserved for Hollywood; a jersey worn during the 2006-2007; a pair of black and white Adidas brand basketball shoes game worn and signed by Bryant and additionally inscribed with his jersey number “8” and a team-signed 2009-2010 Lakers basketball.
The auction house told the Associated Press that the items were consigned by a collector in Kentucky and were already planned for the auction prior to Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash last month.
Francisco Lindor’s endorsement deal with Topps led to a trading card product he helped curate. Priced at around $65 and including an autograph card, cleat or bat relic, it’s similar to the one done earlier by Bryce Harper.
At spring training this week, Kenny Roda of WHBC Radio in Canton got together with Lindor in the clubhouse to talk about the set—and open a couple of them up.