Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
The brainchild of Wayne Gretzky and friends, the Ninety Nine All Stars Tour was created to promote hockey around the globe as well as raise money for charity during the 1994-95 NHL lockout. Matches were contested against both professional and all-star clubs, with 8 total games played in 5 different countries during the tour. With Doug Wilson chosen as head coach and Wayne taking on assistant duties, others who joined the noteworthy cause included Paul Coffey, Brett Hull, Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman, with the team winning 5 of the 8 games played, including an 8-5 win over a team of German all-stars on Dec 14th 1994.
This jersey was donned by The Great one during the tournament, and it’s been signed and photo-matched. A Maska Ultrafil label along with size “56” fly tag sit affixed to the collar, with dual-embroidered CCM crests on the back bottom hem. Styled with “Ninety-Nine “ across the chest in attractive script, the white sweater features affixed tackle twill stars on the upper and lower front, along with a tri-layer captain’s “C” with the verso number repeated in matching material. A pair of sponsorship patches also grace each shoulder, with the NHLPA crest over the right breast. Wayne has signed within the middle section of the second reverse “9”, adding “Tour 94” below, and the signature displays well, with just some very minor bleeding. With just light but definite game wear with a few random marks present, there is also some staining/discolouration on verso beneath the numbers.
Regarding the previously mentioned photo-matches, an included numeric image shows Gretzky presenting this jersey, with the stained area on the back below the second "9" and near the CCM logo accurately matched. A second match comes from Getty, with image #51842125 matched to the extra material visible on top of the NHLPA crest over the right breast. Game-worn jerseys from the greatest player of all-time don’t exactly make themselves available everyday, with this sweater perfect for those collectors unable to fund the considerable cost for examples from earlier in Gretzky’s amazing career. An LOA will be included.
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