It's a Game-Worn World After All - 9 Inevitable Game-Worn Jerseys From Our Fall Auction
16/10/2012 12:07 PM
There is no more personal connection to hockey history than literally owning a piece of it. Sticks are always popular, but nothing is more cherished than a game-worn jersey. To have such an intimate keepsake - the identifying sweater complete with blood, sweat and maybe even tears - of your favorite player from a truly special night is about as special as it gets.
Classic Auctions has no shortage of game-worn sweaters and jerseys available in the 2012 Fall offering. Bidding is getting serious. Let's take a look:
How about Jaromir Jagr's 1999-2000 game-worn captain's jersey? Jagr was the Art Ross Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award winner and was named to the NHL's First All Star Team that season. Jagr's 96 points that season paced the entire National Hockey League even though he missed 19 games. Jagr is a sure fire Hockey Hall of Famer and quite conceivably one of the top ten offensive players in hockey history. There is no denying his dominance and legacy. This particular jersey is interesting in that "hundreds of stick marks litter the front and sleeves." That must be increasingly rare in this day and age of new jerseys and even multiple jerseys used every game.
Then there is the jersey Jarome Iginla wore the night he registered his 1000th NHL point. On April 1st, 2011 the Calgary Flames captain scored two goals and one assist as the Flames knocked off the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Iginla will go down in hockey history as one of the classiest and most successful players the game has ever seen. To have his game-worn jersey from the night he scored such a significant milestone would be quite a conversation starter.
For something extra special check out Alexander Ovechkin's game-worn 2011 Winter Classic jersey. The Winter Classic has become hockey's premiere event, and the game-worn jerseys are incredibly rare. Ovechkin is undoubtedly Washington's marquee name of the 2011 Winter Classic, making this jersey a must have collectible from that amazing event.
Ovechkin vs. his eternal rival Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, on the frozen turf at Heinz Field. You can own a truly rare piece of history, but you better act fast. Bidding is already fast and furious for this amazing gem.
18 team repairs highlight Serge Savard's photo-matched Montreal Canadiens jersey from the 1979 Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, this is the very jersey "The Minister of Defence" was wearing when he hoisted the Stanley Cup.
Savard was the consummate professional and he sacrificed personal awards and statistics for the success of his team and his teammates. The result - Savard was the foundation of 8 Stanley Cup championships, including the last two as team captain.
Team Canada's entry at the 1976 Canada Cup may have been the greatest Team Canada ever assembled. 16 of the 21 players ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Canada defeated Czechoslovakia in the final to capture the inaugural championship. The on ice celebrations featured a jersey swap between the two countries. Frantisek Cernik, a little known forward who would play for Detroit in 1984-85, ended up with Guy Lafleur's 1976 Canada Cup jersey. Great trade for Cernik! Every time "The Flower" scored a goal it was an event. Few players in history were as electrifying as Guy Lafleur.
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 - are well defined.
How about a beautiful wool sweater from the 1940s? The sweater of Teeder Kennedy, arguably the greatest player in Toronto Maple Leafs history, is available and is in amazing shape. It comes from the personal collection of King Clancy. The Clancy family made sure no moths ate this sweater, a la Roch Carrier in The Hockey Sweater. No, this Leafs sweater is almost as good as new. There is little evidence of game use (no stick or puck marks) but collectors are already furiously bidding on this amazing item.
Perhaps you are looking for something a little more modern. How a game-worn Eddie Shack jersey from 1974. Eddie The Entertainer was hockey's ultimate showman, and a real fan favourite at Maple Leaf Gardens. The four time Stanley Cup champion had two stints with the Leafs and this jersey comes from his second go-around. Team sewn repairs and blood and sweat stains from one of hockey's ultimate tough guys - what more could a collector possibly want?
Now we want to know, what's your favorite game-worn jersey from this auction. Leave us your comments below!
- Joe Pelletier is a hockey historian who writes for GreatestHockeyLegends.com