“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.”
The helmet that Mike Piazza used in the first game after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be on the auction block and sold during an auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
The New York Mets catcher and Hall of Famer’s helmet will be sold via Goldin Auctions with 50 percent of the buyer’s premium headed to a New York-based charity, Tuesday’s Children, which supports first-responders and their families.
“We are very lucky to have the opportunity to share such an important piece of baseball history and at the same time support the worthwhile work of this wonderful organization that supports those affected by the events of Sept. 11,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “Similar to Piazza’s jersey from that night, this helmet will forever connect fans to one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. Those who were lucky enough to be there, or view it on television will never forget it.”