The jersey Wayne Gretzky was wearing when he scored the final point of his career in April of 1999 is heading to market for the first time.
Grey Flannel Auctions will offer the autographed blue #99 New York Rangers jersey this spring.
It was one of four Gretzky donned on April 18, 1999 at Madison Square Garden when he took to the ice for the last time as a player but the one that was on his back when he assisted on a Brian Leetch goal in the second period for the 2,857th point of his 21-year career.
Gretzky’s pregame warmup jersey was given to Rangers’ equipment manager Mike Folga. That jersey sold for $67,791 via Lelands 22 years ago.
The one Gretzky wore in the first period went to Rangers’ General Manager Neil Smith and the one being offered by Grey Flannel was given to Mike Barnett, Gretzky’s agent. Gretzky autographed and dated the tail.
Gretzky kept the final jersey, pants and other gear he wore in the third period and overtime of what was a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He then donated them to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto where they are on display.
The second period jersey was on display inside Madison Square Garden’s Defining Moments Museum for many years. MeiGray authenticated it last month and it’s been video matched to the 19:30 mark of the second period of Gretzky’s farewell game and to the time when it was removed from MSG’s display in 2019. A letter from MeiGray will be among the documents included with the jersey along with another COA from John Rosasco, the team’s public relations director who watched Gretzky give the jersey to Barnett.
Gretzky played 22 minutes during the game against the Penguins. In the locker room afterward, he handed out sticks he used in warmups and during the game to his teammates–each one signed (see video below).
The jersey is expected to be the top item in Grey Flannel’s Spring catalog auction.