Classic Auctions is back with a whole new offering for Fall 2012. Over 1200 amazing items are up for bids. Stanley Cup rings, Olympic gold medals and amazing 1972 Summit Series finds are just some of what you will find in this offering.
Let's take a look at some of the key personal collections available.
The headline collection for the Fall 2012 auction features 38 items from Wayne Cashman.
When Wayne Cashman dies, it would be only too fitting that he be buried in the corner of the cemetery. "Cash" was as fierce a cornerman as the NHL has ever seen. Teaming on a Boston Bruins line with Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge, his job was to go into the corners and battle for the loose pucks. Using his size and feared reputation, more often than not he would come out of the corner with the puck and set up either Hodge or Espo with a good scoring opportunity.
All that corner work resulted in two Stanley Cup championships. Both his 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup championship rings are available for bids. Both are 10K gold with eye-catching diamond displays that are true pieces of beauty. His 1970 Stanley Cup Finals game worn jersey promises to attract a ton of interest.
Cashman was also part of the famed 1972 Summit Series Team Canada. He has a dozen items from that "September to remember," including his 14 karat gold ring awarded to the player of the game in game 2.
Check out the entire Wayne Cashman collection.
Between The Covers with Andy Bathgate
Hockey Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate was a near perfect hockey player. He was best known as arguably the greatest player in New York Rangers history, joining the Toronto Maple Leafs later in his career, helping the Leafs win the 1964 Stanley Cup. Had he played his whole career in Toronto this former Hart Trophy winner may be remembered as English Canada's version of Jean Beliveau. He was that perfect blend of classic hockey player and classy individual.
Andy Bathgate has 17 rather eclectic items up for bids, including a real gem for hockey book collectors.
Bathgate is making available his ultra-rare players edition of ''For The Love Of Hockey'' book. It is a collection of career memories of hockey's all-time greats, all told in the first person. The book, first published back in 1997, was a huge hit. But the true gem of the collection is the rare leather bound book featuring all 93 players' autographs. Only 400 copies were made, with 100 specifically distributed to the featured players. This particular book could fetch 1000s of dollars. Think about it - a mint condition and rare classic hockey history book featuring the autographs of Maurice Richard, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Jean Beliveau, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy . . . the list goes on and on. This is a truly spectacular item that will make one very serious collector very happy.
Bathgate also makes available his copy of the leather bound volume of books, The Trail of the Stanley Cup. Commissioned by the NHL starting in 1968 and distributed to key NHL figures, including set #64 to Mr. Bathgate, this series of books is considered to be one of the earliest great works of hockey history. The leather bound sets gifted to specific players have proven to be hugely popular with collectors in the past. The Bathgate series will generate lots of interest.
All Star Game gifts, a special puck collection, and even golf clubs are also available in the Andy Bathgate collection.
The Voice of a Dynasty
Hall of Fame broadcaster Rene Lecavalier has an interesting 11 items available. Lecavalier was a colourful storyteller who was almost as popular in Quebec as Maurice Richard. It was Lecavalier who called the play by play in Canada's very first televised hockey game, as the Montreal Canadiens played the Detroit Red Wings on Radio-Canada.
The voice of the Montreal Canadiens for over 30 years also has a leather bound volume of Trail of the Stanley Cup, but it is his ultra-rare 10K gold ring commemorating the Montreal Canadiens five consecutive Stanley Cups of the 1950s that steals the show. These rings were presented to members of the record-setting team during a reunion at the Montreal Forum in 1984. Lecavalier may never have laced up his skates for the Habs, but for a couple of generations of Habs fans Rene Lecavalier was very much a big part of hockey's greatest dynasty.
Hall of Fame jackets and various awards round out the Lecavalier offering.
International Men of Mystery
Helmuts Balderis was a mustachioed showman with the Soviet National Team. The proud Latvian was a fantastic skater and dazzling puck handler. Nicknamed "The Electric Train," some old time Russian fans insist he is still the fastest player they have ever seen. And he was an absolute magician with the puck. He may forever go down as the most underrated Soviet superstar.
It does not get more electrifying than that!
But the absolute gem of the international collection must be Terry Clancy's game-worn Team Canada jerseys from the 1964 Olympics. Both the red road jersey and home white jersey are available. Terry Clancy, son of Hockey Hall of Famer King Clancy, was a forward with the esteemed Father David Bauer's Canadian national team for the Innsbruck, Austria games. These red, white and blue wool sweaters are arguably the most beautiful sweaters Canada has ever worn. And the wear and tear on these particular jerseys - rips, holes, stains - is every collector's dream.
These few items are just a few of the highlights in Classic Auctions Fall 2012 showcase. Be sure to come back often and monitor your favorite items. Treat yourself to a piece of sporting history!
- Joe Pelletier is a hockey historian who writes for GreatestHockeyLegends.com