Classic Auctions Offers An Historical WHA Game-Worn Jersey Collection at Auction

Today, almost exactly 40 years after the WHA collapsed and merged with the NHL, we are extremely pleased and honoured to announce that Classic Auctions will be offering an incredible and historical collection of WHA jerseys. The collection, more than 30 different jerseys, will be made available to collectors in the span of 3 auctions, starting with our upcoming #Spring2019Auction.

40 years ago, the WHA folded. But the iconic hockey league from the 70’s, the only professional league to compete with the NHL since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926, was never forgotten.

The WHA tried to capitalize on the lack of hockey teams in a number of major American cities and mid-level Canadian cities, and also hoped to attract the best players by paying more than NHL owners would. And they certainly succeeded, when Bobby Hull decided to jump the fence and join the Winnipeg Jets.

The battle between the NHL and the WHA started from the beginning and lasted as long as the WHA was alive right until it finally died and almost instantly merged with the NHL (some say beer had something to do with that).

To this day, the WHA still remains a fan favorite and WHA memorabilia remains in great demand and highly sought-after.

The collection will feature:

  • Harry Howell’s 1973-74 WHA Jersey Knights Game-Worn Jersey – First and Only Season for Team in WHA
  • Bob “Butch” Barber’s 1973-74 WHA New York Golden Blades Game-Worn Jersey – First and Only Season for Team in WHA
  • Mike Boland’s 1972-73 WHA Ottawa Nationals Game-Worn Jersey – First and Only Season for Team in WHA
  • Mike Hyndman’s/Bill Young’s 1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks Inaugural Season Game-Worn Jersey
  • Gary Veneruzzo’s 1974-75 WHA Michigan Stags Game-Worn Alternate Captain’s Jersey – First and Only Season for Team in WHA
  • Michel Parizeau’s 1978-79 WHA Cincinnati Stingers Game-Worn Jersey
  • Barry Legge’s 1975-76 WHA Cleveland Crusaders Game-Worn Jersey
  • Ken Baird’s 1972-73 WHA Alberta Oilers Inaugural Season Game-Worn Jersey – Team Repairs!
  • John Miszuk’s 1975-76 WHA Calgary Cowboys Inaugural Season Game-Worn Jersey
  • Poul Popiel’s 1976-77 WHA Houston Aeros Game-Worn Alternate Captain’s Away Jersey
  • Poul Popiel’s 1977-78 WHA Houston Aeros Game-Worn Alternate Captain’s Home Jersey
  • Bill Hughes’ 1972-73 WHA Houston Aeros Inaugural Season Game-Worn Jersey
  • Norm Cournoyer’s 1976-77 WHA San Diego Mariners Game-Worn Jersey
  • Gary Veneruzzo’s 1976-77 WHA San Diego Mariners Game-Worn Jersey
  • Frank Rochon’s 1976-77 Indianapolis Racers Game-Worn Jersey
  • Rick Ley’s 1976-77 WHA New England Whalers Game-Worn Captain’s Jersey – Team Repairs!
  • Anders Hedberg’s 1977-78 WHA Winnipeg Jets Game-Worn Alternate Captain’s Jersey – Team Repairs!
  • Nick Harbaruk’s 1976-77 WHA Indianapolis Racers Game-Worn Jersey
  • Bryon Baltimore’s 1977-78 WHA Indianapolis Racers Game-Worn Jersey
  • And more!