Classic Collectibles of Saint-Constant, Quebec, are presently hosting an online auction of hockey memorabilia highlighted by the personal collection of Rick "The Stick" Elaschuk of Edmonton. A significant portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
The premier item in the 154 lot auction is Wayne Gretzky's rookie jersey from the 1979/80 Edmonton Oilers season. Currently, the highest bid on the jersey is $78,000 US, but that figure is expected to rise substantially as the auction nears end.
Fans can also purchase Mark Messier's final Oilers jersey from the 1990/91 NHL season. The present highest bid is $7,000 US.
Hockey fans can bid on all 154 lots until Thursday, December 15, at 11:59 PM. To view these items, and register for bidding, log on to the Classic Collectibles website at www.classicauctions.net.
We've attached the media release from both Classic Collectibles and Ramp Management for your attention.
Wayne Gretzkys First NHL Jersey Offered for Auction
Historical Hockey Memorabilia on Sale to Serious Bidders
Auction ends December 15th, 2005
Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada – December 7th, 2005 – Classic Collectibles announced today that the very first jersey worn by Wayne Gretzky while he played for the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL during the 1979-80 season, is now being offered for auction. The jersey is part of a collection owned by Rick "The Stick" Elaschuk of Edmonton, who is also releasing another 153 lots of his personal collection. A significant portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. The current bid on the Gretzky jersey is of $78,000 US and is expected to surpass $100,000. Furthermore, numerous souvenirs and historical hockey memorabilia are also being offered in this auction.
Aside from the very first Gretzky jersey, the auction also showcases such items as Mark Messiers last Oilers jersey from 1990-91 (current bid $7000 US), different milestone pucks that marked the prestigious career of Wayne Gretzky, Jacques Plantes 1974-75 Edmonton Oilers game worn goalie mask – his last mask (current bid $4000 US) as well as Jacques Plantes 1974-75 Edmonton Oilers game worn jersey (current bid $3600 US).
The auction is now available online and will end at Midnight on December 15th, 2005. It features almost 700 lots and many of these items can be considered the prerequisite to any hockey collection and the pinnacle piece of the ultimate collection. Items never before offered for sale that are autographed by, and in may cases even worn by hockey elite. Here is your chance to own sport-hallowed memorabilia from Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and other great athletes that have inspired us, stirred our souls and ignited our passions.
Classic Collectibles was established in 1995 and is now considered the North American leader in historical hockey memorabilia auctions. We have successfully auctioned the private collections of numerous hockey legends and Oldtimers, namely those of Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, Johnny Bucyk, Maurice and Henri Richard, Howie Morenz, Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer and many more. We also currently hold the record for top prices obtained for a game worn jersey (1973 Bobby Orr - $135,000 US), for a Stanley Cup ring (1961 Bobby Hull - $85,000 US), for a game used hockey stick (1971 Jean Beliveau - $17,500 US) and for a Stanley Cup trophy (1957 Jean Beliveau - $42,000US). www.classicauctions.net
The right choice for passionate hockey collectors
RICK "THE STICK" ELASCHUK COLLECTION AUCTION
TO BENEFIT EDMONTON OILERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
"Gretzky Rookie Jersey Could Break World Record!"
Edmonton, AB – RAMP Management Group announced today that the auction of 26 years of hockey history, including collectibles from the Rick "The Stick" Elaschuk, will close at 11:59pm on December 15th, 2005 at www.classicauctions.net. The Elaschuk Collection of 154 Lots features over 1,000 pieces of vintage hockey memorabilia including items from hockey legends Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, and many others. A significant portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
"I think it is important that the Edmonton community share in the benefits from the sale of the collection, as everyone in our community is so proud to live in the Heartland of Hockey. It was a natural fit to have proceeds directed towards the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation," said Elaschuk.
A few highlights of the auction include Wayne Gretzkys 1979-80 Rookie Jersey, which could shatter the $135,000 US world record as the highest amount paid for a game-worn jersey, currently held by an early 1970s Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Jersey. Mark Messiers last game-worn Oilers jersey from the 1990-91 season is one of the other 60 game worn jerseys. The 500+ game used sticks in the auction support why Elaschuk was given the handle The Stick.
To register for the auction go to www.classicauctions.net. "We felt it was important that the sale of Ricks Collection was done via a public auction with open access for all fans and collectors," stated Marc Kronewitt, CEO RAMP Management Group. "With the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation as a benefactor there will be a legacy that will be driven back into the community that watched Oilers Legends win 5 Stanley Cups.".