Legendary Auctions is proud to announce that hockey icon Phil Esposito has chosen Legendary Auctions for the sale of his power-packed personal collection of game equipment, awards, rings, autographs and artwork. This major collection will provide the centerpiece for a significant Hockey offering in our November 2012 Catalog Auction.
THE ESPOSITO COLLECTION
Spanning from Phil Esposito’s childhood in the 1940s up through his franchise ownership in the 1990s, the collection features heavy emphasis on Espo’s 1969-74 glory years with the Boston Bruins, 1972 Summit Series world championship, and 1979-81 swan-song seasons.
* 1969/70 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Award – Esposito’s First Stanley Cup
*1972 Team Canada “Team of the Century” Award and Ring
*1973 Signed Leg Cast from Playoff Injury
*1973/74 Lester B. Pearson Trophy
*1977 LeRoy Neiman Original Sketch Portrait
*Historic 1979/80 Signed and Inscribed 700th Goal Game Used Stick
*1980/81 Signed and Inscribed Final Game Used Stick
*1980/81 Final Game Used Gloves and Skates
*1984 Hall of Fame Induction Plaque and Ring
*Original 6-Foot Boston Garden Retired Number Banner
*1992/93 Tampa Bay Lightning Inaugural Season Ring – 1 of 3 Made
What’s more, this major Hockey auction will also showcase elite collectibles relating to Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky:
* Historic 1970 Bobby Orr Stanley Cup-Winning Puck – “The Goal”!
* Bobby Orr 1975/76 Boston Bruins Signed Game Used Home Jersey – Final Boston Season
* Wayne Gretzky Early-to-Mid-1980s Edmonton Oilers Game Used Helmet
* Wayne Gretzky 1990s L.A. Kings Signed Game Used Jersey
THE ESPOSITO LEGACY
A fiery leader and tough-as-nails scoring machine, Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito played his heart out for 18 NHL seasons (1964-1981). At the peak of his prowess, Espo anchored the Big Bad Bruins to 2 Stanley Cup championships; shattered existing single-season records with an unheard-of 76 goals, 152 points and 550 shots on goal; captured 5 Art Ross Trophies and 2 Hart Memorial Trophies; and tallied a series-high 13 points for Team Canada in their epic 1972 Summit Series victory over the Soviet Union.
“Although it was Paul Henderson’s goal that sealed the victory for Canada in the final minute of the final game,” writes Craig MacInnis in the 2003 anthology Remembering Phil Esposito, “it was Espo who emerged as the team’s spiritual leader, its heart and soul. Its guts.” Never one to hold his tongue, the brash Ontario native even became a global sensation for delivering the famously patriotic post-game oratory lamenting his countrymen’s unsportsmanlike lack of support. Esposito ultimately finished out his playing career with the New York Rangers, before taking on roles as an NHL coach, commentator and general manager, as well as founding the expansion franchise Tampa Bay Lightning.
Reflecting back in his autobiography Thunder and Lightning: A No-B.S. Hockey Memoir (2003), Esposito summed up his experiences, both on and off the ice, by saying, “Through it all, though, I feel if I can have fun every day, I have succeeded in life. I have lived a full life—several lives, in fact.”
All of the fun-filled lives and times of Phil Esposito are on full glorious display in this forthcoming collection.
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