Published: August 22, 2000
Stanton Sets a Record for Hockey Memorabilia
Fierce Competition for Eddie Shore Estate
HAMPDEN, MASS. – Bidding was lively at Stanton Auctions’ latest offering of Important Sports Memorabilia. Much of the activity came from an enthusiastic crowd on the floor competing with phone bidders from across the country and Canada. The focal point of the sale was the Eddie Shore collection, consigned by the estate of the Boston Bruins Hall of Fame legend.
Highlights included four important game worn Eddie Shore jerseys. Eddie Shore’s 1929 game worn Bruins jersey rang up $42,560 and a 1934 “Ace” Bailey All-Star game worn jersey was the top lot in sale at $47,040, a record according to the gallery. A 1937 Howie Morenz Memorial All-Star game worn jersey sold for $36,960, a 1939 game worn Bruins complete uniform brought $38,080, and Shore’s 1970 Lester Patrick trophy fetched $8,960.
Shore’s game worn headgear reached $5,376, a 1943-44 Buffalo Bison’s coaching jacket realized $3,696, a 1934 Boston Bruins team signed photo garnered $2,464, and a 1936 Boston Bruins team signed puck slid to $1,568. A 1937 Boston Bruins team signed photo sold for $1,792, a 1938-39 Boston Bruins team signed photo brought $1,904, a 1926 Edmonton Eskimos team cabinet photo rang up $1,792, and a lot of Edmonton Eskimos game programs totaled $2,352. Shore’s 1926 rookie bonus agreement signed by Art Ross brought $2,128, a lot of five late 1920’s Boston Bruins yearbooks reached $2,240, and a set of ten partially signed 1938-39 Boston Bruins photocards sold for $2,688. The bidding was consistently strong throughout and each rdf_Description included a letter of provenance from Eddie Shore, Jr.
A selection of baseball memorabilia also sparked the interest of bidders. Among the highlights was a Babe Ruth signed and dated baseball inscribed on the last Christmas Day of his life with the salutation “Merry Xmas.” The rare lot fetched $19,040.
Also featured was a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed album page, which sold for $3,808; a Babe Ruth signed check, which brought $2,352; a rare 1871 Boston Red Stocking season pass, which reached $6,098; a 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics panoramic photo, which brought $5,600; a 1948 St. Louis Cardinals flannel jersey; which hammered down at $1,792, and a 1947 Cleveland Indians flannel uniform, which sold for $4,032.
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