“Mr. Hockey” wore plenty of sweaters during his more than 30 seasons on the ice as a professional, but it’s still a big deal when one of his gamers hits the auction block.
This one’s a $64,843 big deal — though that still sounds like a bargain — with more than a week to go in an SCP Auctions sale of the Detroit Red Wings gamer once worn and signed by Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, who owned most notable NHL records until some kid named Wayne Gretzky came along. Howe died earlier this summer at age 88.
“In the field of game-worn hockey jerseys this is a pinnacle artifact,” said Dan Imler, who is SCP’s vice president, “[it’s one] worthy of museum exhibition.”
According to SCP, this jersey is a photo-matched Durene Red Wings knit worn by Howe during the 1970-71 season. It’s also, per SCP, one of only two Howe game-worn jerseys to be photo-matched by MeiGray Authenticated.
The auction closes on Aug. 20 and more information on the item can be found here.
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