Classic Auctions Spring 2016 Auction closed with a huge push and finished with an astounding total of $1,320,097 realized! This auction featured some remarkable items, and here is a quick rundown of some of the highlights!
By far, the highest price ever realized for a Maurice “Rocket” Richard Montreal Canadiens Game-Worn Wool Jersey is this 1949-50 example, which closed at over $129K. This extremely rare wool example is one of a very small number of Richard gamers that has ever become available in the hobby, and this one certainly captured the attention and bids of many serious collectors! It looks like Richard’s jerseys have reached the upper echelon, with collectors ready to pay top dollar for one of hockey’s greatest legends!
Several other remarkable jerseys finished strong as well, including this1972 Summit Series Jersey, worn by Ron Ellis, which fetched just shy of $59,000! A fantastic gamer, with plenty of game wear, this piece of Canadian hockey history was one of our most viewed lots. Also, this Tim Horton 1969 Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey sold for over $33,000, and Jim Craig’s 1980 Team USA Pre-Olympic Jersey closed at $12,493, with both sitting in the top 10 of jerseys in this event.
Other top items included:
Babe Siebert’s 1937 “Howie Morenz Memorial Game” Montreal Canadiens/Maroons Game-Worn Wool Jersey with LOA – $21,975 realized
Doug Harvey’s 1959-60 Montreal Canadiens Game-Worn Wool Jersey with LOA – Team Repairs! – Photo-Matched! – $12,812 realized
Jim Craig’s 1980 Team USA Pre-Olympic Tournament Game-Worn Jersey – Photo-Matched! – $12,493 realized
Bill Cowley’s 1940s Boston Bruins Game-Worn Wool Jersey Obtained from Family with LOA – $18,138 realized
Henri Richard’s 1968-69 Montreal Canadiens Game-Worn Jersey with LOA – Photo-Matched! – $14,450 realized
Guy Lafleur’s 1972-73 Montreal Canadiens Game-Worn Jersey with LOA – Photo-Matched! – $14,989 realized
Mario Lemieux’s 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins Game-Worn Captain’s Playoffs Jersey – Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Trophy Season! – Photo-Matched! – $10,982 realized
Charlie Burns’ 1967-68 California / Oakland Seals Inaugural Season Game-Worn Jersey and Socks – 20+ Team Repairs! – $9,758 realized
Canada’s 1948 Men’s Hockey Olympic Gold Medal, won by the RCAF Flyers at St. Moritz, sold last night for almost $31,000! Julius ‘Pete’ Leichnitz, who was a reserve for the team, was awarded the medal after the Canadian team went undefeated in the 8-game tournament. Multiple other items from his personal collection were sold at auction when the hammer dropped early this morning.
Montreal Canadiens were well represented in this category, as both Jacques Laperriere’s 1972-73 Stanley Cup Ring and Jacques Lemaire’s 1977-78 Stanley Cup Ring sold for almost $21,000 each. Other items in this collection to close high included Andre Boudrias’ 2002-03 New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Ring, and Yvon Cournoyer’s 1967-68 Stanley Cup Trophy, which closed just shy of $8,000 each.
Hot on the heels of the Canadian Grand Prix event in Montreal, the Jacques Villeneuve Collection closed at over $100K! Several of Jacques’ race-worn helmets closed extremely well, with a helmet from his 1997 Championship Season and one from his 2006 Season with BMW Sauberfetching over $13K each. Several other race-worn helmets and various items from this collection sold well including race-worn suits and other items.
We had interest from around the world for this collection, with exposure on social media driving thousands of views and bids from new customers in over a dozen new countries!
OTHER HEAVY HITTERS
Here’s a various assortment of other items that performed well in our Spring 2016 Auction:
Jaromir Jagr’s 1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins Game-Worn Playoffs Jersey – Art Ross Trophy Season! – Video-Matched! – Photo-Matched! – $9,542 realized
1964-65 Topps Hockey Tall Boys Complete 110-Card Set with PSA-Graded Stars – $6,656 realized
1905 World Series Program (New York) – New York Giants vs Philadelphia Athletics – $6,656 realized
Bernie Parent’s 1975-77 Philadelphia Flyers Signed Game-Worn Jersey with LOA – $6,409 realized
Stephen Holland’s “Wayne Gretzky Team Canada” Dual-Signed Enhanced Giclee on Canvas (Epreuve D’Artiste 3/3) – from Gretzky’s Personal Collection! (28″ x 42″) – $5,632 realized
Eric Lindros’ 1989-90 Oshawa Generals Game-Worn OHL Rookie Season Jersey – Worn Throughout the Season, OHL Playoffs and Memorial Cup – Photo-Matched! – $5,006 realized
1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Hockey PSA-Graded Near Complete Set (250/264) – Most Graded PSA 8! – $4,999 realized
There it is! The Spring 2016 Auction has come to a close, but we are certainly not taking the summer off. Classic Auctions Consignment Team will be heading all over the US and Canada throughout July and August, and the consignment period is now open for our Fall 2016 Auction, which will go live in October. If you are interested in getting involved with our next event, drop us an email at email@example.com or call us at 450-638-7058 to let us know about your items or collection.