Game-worn hockey jerseys don’t take a backseat to their baseball brethren–at least not in Canada, where a major auction saw some big-time prices.
Classic Auctions’ last bid wasn’t recorded until the wee hours of Wednesday morning as hockey collectors chased several hundred items including vintage game-worn hockey sweaters.
The jersey Classic matched to Bobby Orr in the 1972 Stanley Cup championship final sold for $119,182. The company’s 17.5% buyer’s premium pushed the final price of the Orr shirt to $140,039. Last weekend, one Canadian sportswriter questioned the jersey’s authenticity. On Monday, Classic auctions issued a statement indicating it had hired the MeiGray Group, an authenticator in game worn jerseys, for a third party opinion/confirmation on the Orr jersey and stated MeiGray will offer its own letter of authenticity.
The highest prices in the auction were for game-worn shirts and a Stanley Cup ring. A 1925-26 first year New York Americans’ Billy Burch wool sweater went for $59,389 with the buyer’s fee while 1941-72 Phil Watson New York Rangers’ gamer drew a high bid of $26,620. Eddie Shack’s 1966-67 Maple Leafs Stanley Cup ring went out the door for $59,455.
Other auction sales included:
- Tim Horton 1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs jersey $27,142
- Dit Clapper 1946-47 Boston Bruins jersey $24,541
- Wayne Gretzky 1981 Team Canada jersey $18,880
- Sidney Crosby 2006 Team Canada World Championships jersy $17,184
- Gold puck presented to Bobby Orr $19,387
The puck was one of the items consigned to the auction by controversial hockey figure Alan Eagleson. The disgraced former Players Association chief sold over 90 items with a portion of the proceeds designated for charity.
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