NHL Auctions and its new partner, Fanatics, have opened auctions featuring game-used items from the recent NHL Winter Classic and Centennial Classic games.
The Winter Classic was held in St. Louis Monday, with the Blues stopping the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1. The Centennial Classic took place Sunday in Toronto with the Maple Leafs’ young star, Auston Matthews scoring the game-winner in a 5-4 overtime classic. That puck isn’t among the auction items, but the one he shot to score a first period goal is listed with a current high bid of $556.
The nine goals provided plenty of pucks for the auction including the one that came from the stick of Detroit’s Anthony Mantha that tied the game with two seconds left in the third period, sending it to the OT.
Jerseys worn during the first period of the Winter Classic are among the top items in that portion of the online auction. Over two dozen were collected from the team locker rooms by Fanatics representatives. Matthews’ sweater is currently sitting at $6,100.
Bidding ends January 8.
The Winter Classic portion of the auction continues through January 16. Among the top items there are game-used jerseys from both rosters and pucks. Topping the auction so far is the jersey worn in the opening period by Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews, which is currently at $3,219.
In October, the league and Fanatics announced a long-term deal that included not only fan apparel but operation of the NHL Auctions website, which has gotten a makeover since the agreement was announced.