Legendary Auctions is offering the ESPOSITO Collection, Spanning from Phil Esposito’s childhood in the 1940s up through his franchise ownership in the 1990’s, 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. This is the final days of bidding for the Legendary November 28–29 Catalog Auction — Featuring the Phil Esposito Collection Headlining an Impressive Offering of Hockey Memorabilia and Cards.
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 collection.
- Lot #1272: 1969-70 Phil Esposito Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Award – His First Stanley Cup
- Lot #1275: 1973-74 Phil Esposito Lester B. Pearson Trophy – Awarded by Peers as the League’s Outsanding Player
- Lot #1281: 1972 Phil Esposito Team Canada “Team of the Century” Award
- Lot #1277: 1972 Phil Esposito Team Canada “Team of the Century” Ring
- Lot #1288: Phil Esposito Historic 1978 Signed and Inscribed 700th Assist Stick
- Lot #1299: 1984 Phil Esposito Hall of Fame Induction Ring
- Lot #1297: Phil Esposito Original Retired Number “7” Banner That Hung In Boston Garden – Almost 6 Feet Across!
Highlights of other fine Hockey Memorabilia and Cards offered in this auction include:
- Lot #1318: Historic 1970 “The Goal” – Bobby Orr’s Game Winning Puck That Won the 1970 Stanley Cup
- Lot #1382: Wayne Gretzky 1981-1983 Edmonton Oilers Game Used Helmet
- Lot #1364 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9
- A wonderful offering of NHL Bobbin’ Heads from the Dreier Collection
- Lot #1337: Elaborate 2000 Wayne Gretzky Upper Deck Master Collection Limited Edition Box Set (#18/150)
- Lot #1388: Michel “Bunny” Larocque 1980s Philadelphia Flyers Game Worn Mask from the Dreier Collection
- Lot #1393: 2002-03 Jean-Sebastien Giguère Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Signed Game Used Goalie Equipment and Stick From Stanley Cup Season (6 Items)
- Lot #1355: 1962/63 Topps High Grade Complete Set (66)
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