Father and Son ‘Miracle on Ice’ USA Hockey Olympic Gold Medals Cross The Auction Block Together

Heritage Auctions Posts Strong 2015 Results with $860 Million YearIn an unprecedented auction father and son Olympic Gold Medal winners Bill and Dave Christian – Bill Christian won Ice Hockey gold with Team USA in 1960 and Dave Christian won with Team USA in 1980 – will offer their Gold Medals at auction, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, as part of The Bill and Dave Christian Collection in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sports Auction at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E. 79th Street at 5th Ave).

The two medals tell the tale of an elite hockey bloodline, of a father and son driven to greatness for a common cause in different eras and of two of the USA’s greatest sports victories of all-time.

“It’s often said that lightning never strikes twice,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, “but the tale of the Christian family belies that axiom. Both father and son were key figures in two of the most dramatic and glorious underdog tales in the history of American athletics, as members of the United States Olympic Ice Hockey teams of 1960 and 1980.”

While the latter has become a universally recognized part of our patriotic national folklore under the heading, “The Miracle on Ice,” far fewer are aware that the rag-tag band of Davids that slew the Soviet Goliath at Lake Placid was, in point of fact, a sequel “Miracle on Ice.”

Two decades before son Dave and his 1980 teammates were celebrated as American heroes of Cold War athletics, father Bill Christian, along with his brother Roger, helped the United States claim the gold at Squaw Valley in a struggle that was, arguably, even more arduous and improbable, coming as it did at the very height of the Cold War.

While both father and son defied the odds to topple the USSR in their respective Olympics, only Dave was required to defeat all of the top seeds – adding Canada, Czechoslovakia and Sweden to the USSR – en route to Gold.

“After the success of partnerships between Heritage and several key figures of the ‘Miracle’ team,” said Ivy, “Mike Eruzione, Phil Verchota and the family of deceased Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks among them, the Christians have decided to present their own Olympic treasures to the collectors and fans.”

Our highly anticipated New York City Platinum Night Auction is now in progress and concludes  at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (2 E. 79th Street at 5th Ave. New York) on February 20-21, 2016. Highlights and details include:

Heritage Auctions
Platinum Night Sports Auction
FEBRUARY 20 – 21 | NEW YORK | LIVE & ONLINETHE PREMIER SPORTS AUCTION EVENT
OF THE YEAR
Bid now in our
New York Platinum Night Sports Auction
Highlights Include:
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 PSA NM-MT 8
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #149 PSA NM-MT 8

Estimate: $80,000+
1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX 5
1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX 5

Estimate: $60,000+
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8

Estimate: $400,000+
1949 Mickey Mantle Signed First Baseball Contract--Baxter Springs (KS) Whiz Kids
1949 Mickey Mantle Signed First Baseball Contract — Baxter Springs (KS) Whiz Kids

Estimate: $200,000+
1956 Duke Snider Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey
1956 Duke Snider Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey

Estimate: $50,000+
1968 Reggie Jackson Game Worn Oakland Athletics Rookie Jersey
1968 Reggie Jackson Game Worn Oakland Athletics Rookie Jersey

Estimate: $60,000+
1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA Mint 9
1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA Mint 9

Estimate: $200,000+
1949 Mickey Mantle Signed First Baseball Contract--Baxter Springs (KS) Whiz Kids
1969 Mickey Mantle Original Oil Painting by LeRoy Neiman featuring New York Sports – Massive Three-Panel Triptych!

Estimate: $200,000+
FEATURING

The Jerry Kramer Collection
1967 Jerry Kramer Game Worn Jersey from Super Bowl I
1967 Jerry Kramer Game Worn Jersey from Super Bowl I

Estimate: $40,000+
1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring Presented to Jerry Kramer
1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring Presented to Jerry Kramer

Estimate: $100,000+
The Dave and Bill Christian Collection
1960 U.S. Hockey Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Bill Christian
1960 U.S. Hockey Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Bill Christian

Estimate: $50,000+
1980 U.S. Hockey 'Miracle on Ice' Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Dave Christian
1980 U.S. Hockey “Miracle on Ice” Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Dave Christian

Estimate: $400,000+
The Bobby Murcer Collection
1972 Bobby Murcer Gold Glove Award
1972 Bobby Murcer Gold Glove Award

Estimate: $10,000+
1998 New York Yankees World Series Championship Ring Presented to Bobby Murcer
1998 New York Yankees World Series Championship Ring Presented to Bobby Murcer

Estimate: $20,000+
The Andy Leonard Collection
1871 Andy Leonard U.S. Treasury Department Appointment Effectively Serving as Washington Olympics Baseball Contract
1871 Andy Leonard U.S. Treasury Department Appointment Effectively Serving as Washington Olympics Baseball Contract

Estimate: $20,000+
1872-73 Andy Leonard Boston Red Stockings Player's Contract Signed by Leonard & Harry Wright
1872-73 Andy Leonard Boston Red Stockings Player’s Contract Signed by Leonard & Harry Wright

Estimate: $30,000+

View these and other lots at HA.com/7155

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HERITAGE AUCTIONS
Sports Department
Sports@HA.com
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Dallas, TX 75219-3941
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