Wayne Gretzky’s Final NHL Game-Worn Jersey Sells for $715,120

Wayne Gretzky’s final game sweater in which he scored his last NHL point sold for $715,120 Sunday night at Grey Flannel Auctions. It’s the third most valuable hockey jersey to sell at auction behind Gretzky’s final Stanley Cup jersey during the 1987-1988 season with the Oilers, which sold for $1.452 million and Paul Henderson’s 1972 jersey from the Summit Series which sold for $1.3 million. It’s the highest price realized for a US-based hockey jersey. Mike Erezione’s 1980 Miracle on Ice jersey vs. the USSR is the second highest total selling for $657,250.

Gretzky’s Final NHL Jersey: Photo-Matched to Record-Setting Career Point

Wayne Gretzky is one of the greatest hockey players of all time and the final game of his illustrious NHL career (No. 1,487) was another historic moment in the sport’s history. The New York Rangers jersey he wore on that significant night at Madison Square Garden (April 18, 1999) against the Pittsburgh Penguins is a true collector’s item for any serious hockey fan.

“We were incredibly honored to have the opportunity to offer this incredible piece of sports history to our customers,” said Michael Russek, director of Operations at Grey Flannel Auctions. “Wayne Gretzky is an icon in the world of hockey and his final game-worn jersey represents a truly unique and special part of his legacy.”

The official Starter jersey is in excellent condition and has been meticulously preserved since Gretzky wore it in his final game. Known as “The Great One,” the then-38-year-old Gretzky played 22 and a half minutes that night and recorded an assist for his 2,857th and final career point while wearing this jersey. No other player in NHL history has ever amassed 2,000 career points. Gretzky was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which had waived the normal three-year mandatory waiting period by special exemption. The NHL also retired his jersey number (99) league-wide, making him the only player in the league’s history to receive this distinction. Prior to Gretzky’s final career game, “The Star-Spangled Banner” singer that evening, John Amirante, changed one of the lyrics to “in the land of Wayne Gretzky.” Not to be outdone, the Canadian anthem was also slightly altered by Bryan Adams who ad-libbed a line, replacing “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee” to “We’re going to miss you, Wayne Gretzky.”

Gretzky’s historic assist came on a beautiful set-up pass that led to fellow Hall of Famer Brian Leetch’s goal at the 19:30 mark of the second period. The jersey was featured in MSG’s “Defining Moments” Museum on the concourse level from 2013 to ‘19, but this auction marks the first time the historically significant relic is being offered publicly and includes a Photo-Match Letter of Authenticity from MeiGray as well as a letter from John Rosasco, the Rangers long-time Senior Vice President of Public Relations attesting to its authenticity on New York Rangers letterhead. The bidding on this relic opened at $50,000.

About Grey Flannel Auctions
Grey Flannel Auctions has been the Standard Of The Industry for over 30 years. Family owned and operated out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Grey Flannel Auctions specializes in vintage game-used jerseys and high-end autographs. The 60th edition of the fully illustrated catalog detailing all lots is now available for viewing at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com.

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