It’s one of the toughest vintage autographs to find in all of sports, but there is one in an upcoming hockey memorabilia auction.
Montreal based Classic Auctions has opened its latest sports memorabilia auction, with over 900 lots on the block.
Classic specializes in hockey memorabilia and will bring another large group of items to the forefront, many of which come directly from players or former NHL team executives.
Among the highlights:
· 46 items from the stellar career of Clark Gillies including his Stanley Cup rings, trophies and jerseys;
· 29 items from Peter Pocklington who owned the Edmonton Oilers for 21 years. His collection includes five Stanley Cup rings;
· 28 lots from Pelle Lindberg’s much too short NHL career with the Flyers as well as from his international stint with the Swedish hockey team;
· The Howie Meeker collection of Maple Leafs memorabilia including his 1947-48 Stanley Cup championship bowl.
The auction also showcases many other lots of particular interest including an autograph of HOF great Hobey Baker – the only one to ever be auctioned. Baker played college hockey at Princeton and the NCAA player of the year award bears his name. An exceptional football player as well, Baker distinguished himself as a pilot in World War I, receiving the Croix de Guerre for his superior conduct under fire. He died tragically in 1918 during a post-war flying accident in France. Part of the initial group of players elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945, the legend is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The auction also includes a player’s medal and game worn jersey from the 1980 Miracle On Ice Olympics in Lake Placid.
Bidding has already started and the auction is scheduled to close at 9:00 PM on June 10th (EDT), After 9:00 PM bidding will continue until bids stop coming in for 10 minutes and there is no time limit for the auction to close.